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Huntingdon House

Huntingdon House

True colonial beauty in the heart of the thriving Satemwa Tea Estate, Huntingdon House retains its historic ambiance while providing luxurious amenities. The estate itself is managed by the third generation of Cathcart Kay family, and the family has carefully preserved and renovated the house in order to share its celebrated past with today’s discerning traveler. Its romantic location in the heart of Malawi’s shire highlands lends a degree of nostalgia unmatched by any other in the region.

In the main house, five unique suites with names such as Planters’ Suite, The Chapel, and The Nursery each have a story to tell. En-suite bathrooms feature claw-foot bathtubs, separate showers, bathrobes, bamboo cotton blend towels, and Charlotte Rhys guest amenities, while romantically draped beds with fresh cotton linens ensure a restful night’s sleep.

An even more exclusive accommodation option is Chawani Bungalow, a private retreat ideal for families traveling together. Chawani is self-catering, but guests are welcome to make reservations at Huntingdon House. Chawani Bungalow is typical of farm living, with an emphasis on historic character and comfort.

You may choose not to even leave Satema, especially after enjoying one of the estate’s delightful meals. Fresh milk from the estate’s dairy herd, honey from a nearby bee project, tea and coffee harvested from the estate, and local fresh produce are the basis for the chef’s ever-changing and delectable menus.

Huntingdon’s extensive gardens offer plenty of opportunities for exploration, but hiking and mountain biking trips offer more rigorous opportunities to explore this breathtaking area. Be sure to book a Satemwa tea-tasting and coffee tour to learn the inner workings of this unique and busy working estate. Take a birding expedition to see the

Thyolo Alethe, a little-known bird of Africa’s disappearing montane evergreen forests or go mountain climbing up popular 10,000-ft. Mount Mulanje.

Other favorite guest activities include lawn games such as croquet and boulle as well as a trip to Thyolo Sports Club, which features a nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, and tennis.

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