“Driving down avenues of trees, past the finest Thoroughbred horses and through a set of large gates – the magnificent facade of Hartford House Hotel appears. An ivy covered facade that has appeared in numerous publications over the years. A boutique hotel with a fascinating history that should be added to your must stay list.”
— Nicola, Run on Coffee
What can you expect on arrival? A very warm welcome and after signing in a choice of either sparkling wine or sparkling grape juice. With drink in hand you will then be given a short tour of the main building before being taken to your suite.
Suite 10 (Heliotrope) is a Garden Suite, a stand alone “cottage” situated in front of the Chapel. There is a lounge (with fireplace), bedroom and dressing table area that are all open plan. The fabulous bathroom is the only area with a door and you will want to close yourself in there and soak away any troubles from the outside world. Heliotrope also has a verandah with a small table and two chairs.
After leaving our luggage in the Suite we made our way to the Tijnhuis, Hartford House Hotel’s stone and glass thatched restaurant that serves a more relaxed menu. The building is surrounded by ponds, gardens and cascading water and it is an adventurous walk to get inside this incredible building. Relaxation was the order of the day and I enjoyed my delicious order of Lamb Ragu served on tagliatelle. We are currently in Autumn but the day was very warm and it was fitting to have homemade blueberry ice cream for dessert. We then ended our meal with cappuccinos that were made with coffee beans supplied by Terbodore Coffee.
More culinary delights lay ahead of us that evening but first we could go and relax the rest of the afternoon away in our Suites. What a wonderful afternoon it was with the sounds of birds, mooing of cows in a next door field and neighing of horses coming from a nearby stable block. It was cool in the shade but the suite verandah was the perfect place to sit and enjoy a G & T and have a chat.