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Hartford House - Up Market deluxe accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands

Hartford House is renowned for its up maket accommodation, exquisite d cor, enchanting gardens and reputable restaurant that serves some of the rarest wines. Hartford House is situated on South Africa’s most famous Summerhill stud.

Hartford House - Up Market deluxe accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal MidlandsAt the foothills of the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg lies Summerhill Farm and Hartford House, once the residence of the last Prime Minister of Natal. The estate is the largest thoroughbred horse stud in the region. The Sheikh Maktoum of the ruling family of Dubai boards his prime stallions on the property. The Activities available at Hartford house include wildlife, self drive, walking / hiking, horse trails, country lodge, fishing, photography, birding, cuisine, mountain biking, sport facility and day excursions.

Facilities at Hartford House

Each suites has been individually decorated with charm and character. The main house consists of three suites, the Hartford Suite, the Manor Suite and the Courtyard Suite. Bay windows look onto the front garden, french doors open onto a secluded courtyard, a well appointed bathroom with a marble bath and a fireplace is standard in the suites. The home offers comfort and a relaxing environment. The table visited by royalty offers feasts of our excellent cuisine, complemented by the regions finest produce and selection of wines. During spring and summer the gardens are at their best. Daffodils, flowering cherries and ancient roses make an elaborate display. To celebrate winters log fires crackle away within the cosy heart of Hartford House.

Attractions at Hartford House

Here you have the option of age-old pastimes of trout-fishing, tennis and golf as practised in the traditional manner. Witness the preparation of champion race horses. Horse-back rides are arranged for the experienced, a game conservancy offers 7000-acres of wildlife to explore on foot and any number of options in the countryside, known as the Midlands Meander are well worth exploring.

Hartford House is renowned for its thirteen incomparably styled luxury suites and a choice of underfloor heating, heated towel rails, Jacuzzi spa baths and fireplaces. All suites have recently been uniquely redecorated with a fusion of colour, style and texture. They are all equipped with a telephone, TV (with M-Net and Satellite Channels) and a mini-bar.


Once the accommodation of the last Prime Minister of the Colony of Natal, this is the main superior suite in the Manor. Exquisite entrance hall, large bedroom with fireplace, dressing room, two bathrooms - one with a marble bath, the other with a shower. Views of Hartford House 's inspirational gardens from the bedroom and bathroom bay windows.


Hartford House - Up Market deluxe accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal MidlandsThis Hartford House suite is situated next to main suite in the Manor and offers a double bed with bathroom en-suite - no shower. Double doors lead out onto a courtyard.


Hartford House - Up Market deluxe accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal MidlandsTwin bedded large luxurious suite with fireplace situated in the Manor - newly decorated. En-suite spacious bathroom, with bath and shower. Often booked months in advance - some people’s favourite. Overlooking the rose garden.


Large luxury bedrooms with king size beds, with lounge area and generous open plan mosaiced bathroom. Corner bath and shower - under floor heating. Recently decorated with wonderful ambience and own unique character. Views of rose garden.




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