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Hartford House

Hartford House

Hartford House is in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, an area home to many of the worlds’ best known horse-racing studs. The rulers of Dubai stable their own stud stallions here.

Hartford House harks back to a previous generation and might have been perfectly at home in colonial India. Its colonial furnishings, teak timber doors, and luxurious fittings are all the definition of excellence. But Hartford House is not stuffy or museum-like. Instead, it is a thoroughly modern hotel with excellent amenities. The hotel clearly caters to the horse-breeding fraternity and is completely at home in the Zululand countryside.

Accommodation at Hartford House is exceptionally luxurious. The four Lakeside Suites have delightful names: Mbulelo (Thanksgiving), Inkanyezi (Morning Star), Siyabonga (Thank You), and Nhlanhla (Good Luck). Three Main House Suites are prosaically named Moor, Gossling and Ellis. The four Garden and Pool Suites are appropriately named Alyssum, Heliotrope, Emanzini, and Emotjeni. And the four Verandah Suites have the interesting names St Paul’s, Sentinel, Mowgli, and Preston Pan.

Each suite is stunningly decorated with the best of furnishing and fabrics, beautifully combining colors and textures. All suites have under-floor heating, heated towel rails, telephone, TV, and mini bar.

Meals at Hartford House are reminiscent of a bygone era yet are thoroughly contemporary. Dinners are more event than meal, consisting of five courses in the candle-lit dining room or on the large veranda. Excellent wines accompany the dishes, and the tribal dance on Saturday nights is outstanding. Hartford house is an award-winning restaurant and hotel.

The Drakensberg region is close to Zulu War and Boer War battlefields, which history buffs will be delighted to tour. The Hartford House estate also has tennis courts and even willing to arrange fly fishing lessons! Trophy-size trout and bass have been caught in the area. Golf enthusiasts can take advantage of numerous excellent golf courses. And the Hartford Wellness Centre offers a wide range of therapies, body treatments, massages, and facials.

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