Hartford House

The Home of Good Conversation, Fine Wine and Classic Horses.

Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

SUITES

THE LAKESIDE SUITES

Each suite as unique as the material it is constructed from.

 Mbulelo

Mbulelo

Suite 13 - Mbulelo
Mbulelo is the Xhosa word for “thanksgiving”. One of four eco-friendly suites only a cricket pitch length from an enchanting lake, Mbulelo is constructed of materials harvested from the estate and the immediate vicinity, and reminds us of the creative genius of our local craftsmen.

 Inkanyezi

Inkanyezi

Suite 14 - Inkanyezi
Named after after the “Evening Star”, our Zulu tradesmen have mimicked their traditional rondavel style in a creation of splendidly carved teak columns, clay rendering and farm-harvested thatch with its own pool metres from the tranquillity of abundant waters.

 Siyabonga

Siyabonga

Suite 15 - Siyabonga
The Zulu expression of gratitude, Siyabonga signals the transition from the traditional style of Inkanyezi (Suite 14) and the modern embrace of the flat-roofed bungalow found in the northern reaches of Zululand.

 Nhlanhla

Nhlanhla

Suite 16 - Nhlanhla
The Zulu equivalent of “Good Luck”, Nhlanhla iscosily ensconced in walls of “amabhele” (hay bales) under a rust-coloured clay rendering, Nhlanhla’s serendipitous gift is the cool airiness of summer and the homely warmth of winter.

THE MANOR HOUSE SUITES

Housed within the precincts of the original manor house,
these suites are named for the three families that have occupied Hartford for the first 150 years of its existence.

 
 Moor

Moor

Suite 1 - Moor
The founders of Hartford House, the Moors, initiated a habit of giving to one another a piece of garden ornamentation or statuary on wedding anniversaries. 

 Gossling

Gossling

Suite 3 - Gossling
The quaintest of Hartford’s rooms, its most famous inhabitants include the late “Queen of the Turf”, Bridget Oppenheimer, and the world’s most famous storyteller, David Rattray.

 Ellis

Ellis

Suite 4 - Ellis
One of the most triumphant eras in South African racing history is recalled in the name “Ellis”, Hartford’s second custodians from 1939 to 1989.

 

THE GARDEN & POOL SUITES

Erected in celebration of Hartford’s transition into hospitality, these suites have prime locations in the establishment’s award-winning gardens.

 Alyssum

Alyssum

Suite 9 - Alyssum
A tribute to the botanical delicacy of the flower and the awesome power of a famous racehorse, like all of Hartford’s suites, Alyssum is a blend of the treasures of a bygone era and the comforts of the modern age.

 Helliotrope

Helliotrope

Suite 10 - HeliotropeAppropriately, the Goss family’s first winning racehorse was named for the budding beauty of the Heliotrope flower.

 Emanzini

Emanzini

Suite 11 - Emanzini
Zulu for “At the Waterside”, self-standing Emanzini is a stone’s throw from Hartford’s tranquil pool and spa, and the bubbling caress of the Tijnhuis rill.  

 Emtonjeni

Emtonjeni

Suite 12 - Emtonjeni
The name “The Springs” is synonymous with this suite’s proximity to the water features in Hartford’s gardens as well as the original Goss family farm in East Griquland, from whence their first Durban July hero, St Pauls, graduated.

THE VERANDAH SUITES

Built in an era when the prime mode of transport was on horseback, the “stables” were home to the carriage horses of the estate’s first custodians.

 St Pauls

St Pauls

Suite 5 - St Pauls
Commemorating the sentinel survivor of the Battle of Britain in 1940, St Pauls was the Goss family’s first laureate of Africa’s greatest horse race.

 Sentinel

Sentinel

Suite 6 - Sentinel
This suite, is named for the winner of 30 starts at the highest level, commemorating one of the most valiant warriors in South African racing history.

 Preston Pan

Preston Pan

Suite 7 - Preston Pan
Several times home to World Cup-winning captain, Francois Pienaar and his wife Nerine, this suite appropriately adopted the appellation of one of South Africa’s most prolific broodmares, Preston Pan.

 Mowgli

Mowgli

Suite 8 - Mowgli
Reminiscent of Jungle Book’s favourite character, the racehorse Mowgli’s lion-hearted exploits in the Hartford silks earned him a place among the top five thoroughbreds of the 20th century.