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Huntingdon House
Ranked #1 of 2 Thyolo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Our family, 2 teenagers and 2 adults, spent 3 nights at Huntingdon House over Easter 2013. We had a very good experience at this unique location. Friendly staff, good food, stunning gardens, interestig rooms and the beautiful surroundings of a working te estate made this a holiday to remember. We also played a round of golf at the nearby Thyolo Country Club - an undulating 9 hole course, complete with sand greens and roaming herds of goats, set amongst tea plantations. A must do is to take a picnic basket - prepared by the kitchen staff at Huntingdon house - and go up to the Thylo mountain lookout point. Stunning views of the earea, mount Mulanje and the Shire valley.

Room Tip: Father's room seemed the best, but our teenage kidz loved the Planter's room. we stayed in t...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

I spent two days and nights at Huntingdon House with my spouse and teenage daughter and was fully immersed in the life of a tea planter circa 1930s. Huntingdon House has a very authentic feel. It feels as though the owners have just left for the weekend and allowed you free rein of their house. It has a relaxing largesse but also an intimacy that is very beguiling. The local staff have a knack of appearing just when you're contemplating a cup of tea or a refreshing rock shandy and consult you on your meal requirements as if you were VIPs in a luxurious retreat. Every mealtime was special and with little touches which I won't describe so that I don't spoil the magic for future visitors. The house is mostly a wonderful place to relax but there are self-guided walks or bike rides around the estate, the chance to visit the tea factory for a lesson in tea tasting and also a drive to a remarkable picnic site (with a very fine picnic lunch provided). Annette, who is the manager and a member of the family that runs the tea estate, is very attentive and ensures that you get the most from your experience. I thoroughly recommend it as a unique place to stay (better than any 'themed' hotel), a place to enjoy delicious food and good service and to experience the nature and birdlife of Malawi. A real gem

Room Tip: There are five rooms. All are wonderful, characterful and relaxing. Anette seems to have a knack of...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My wife and I booked to have high tea at the Huntingdon house in Satemwa Tea estate. We were staying at Blantyre (the commercial city of Malawi) and drove down south east, first went to Mulanje mountain via the M1 route. Decided to drive back to Blantyre via the M5 route which takes you right through Thyolo district where the lodge is located. Location setting is simply breathe taking, a seven kilometer drive into a tea farm. Very friendly and motivated service. Homely milieu. The food menu has a wide range, and even from the teas there was plenty of variety. The tea we had been brewed to perfection. Chocolate cake, light to the palate and very tasty. We did not sleep in the rooms, but just from looking around, we we were impressed by the attention to detail. The setting is of a Victorian theme, with very well dusted and polished floors, precision artwork hanging on the walls, huge four pole beds, Victorian bath tabs with polished bronze taps and piping. The exterior is of a simplistic but very stylish theme with luscious green lawns. This is definitely a hidden treasure in central Africa. I would recommend it to everyone, and i plan to go back to spend a night! just a tip, to visit the place one has to make an advance reservation (24 hours prior) and avoid making reservations via mail, it is better to call.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were staying nearby and after a tea tasting session at the nearby tea factory called in for lunch and what a delight it was.
We were all beaten by the chef who produced an excellent so called light lunch of great quality.Ellen was our waitress who looked after us very well and took us on a tour of this delightful property.
You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights as part of a tour of Malawi. A great place to relax- staff very friendly and helpful. Lovely gardens and the tea estate to wander around.Evening meals a pleasure - beautifully set out on the verandah or on the lawn.A private patio adjacent to our spacious room was an additional plus. Would love to return.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Huntingdon House is on Satemwa Estate, a little drive from Mulanje and Thyolo, but I think it's worth the drive to spend the night here if you've just come down the great Mount Mulanje. After roughing it in the huts on the mountain, it would be pure luxury to sink into a huge four poster beds or soak in a beautiful Victorian style bath tub.
Unfortunately I didn't stay over at Huntingdon House, because I didn't know just how beautiful it was before hand. We stopped over for tea on a day after it had been raining and were lucky to be in a 4x4 or we would've gotten stuck in the mud. But the challenging drive was definitely worth it. We were greeted by the friendliest guys: Ibrahim and Amos. They made us feel so welcome and comfortable. We were taken around to see all the rooms and then sat down to have tea and hot scones, while we watched Amos setting up for a crocquet game on the lawn. It was picturesque!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank u-amanda
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Huntingdon House is really a beautiful place - the setting - in the middle of the beautiful Satemwa Estate tea plantations - the house, the lovely staff, the wonderful food.

I stayed in the Chapel, wow - what a wonderful suite. The beautiful bathroom, the high ceiling, the lovely big patio. Just most beautiful.

The whole feeling of HH is very british colonial, but not stiff at all. Very very lovely staff, good food in great settings - on the patio for breakfast, in the courtyard for lunch and in the dining room with a chimney for dinner. Where Chip - the owner and a lovely gentleman - joined us.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Huntingdon House

Address: Satemwa Tea Estate | PO Box 6, Thyolo, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Thyolo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Thyolo
Hotel Class:5 star — Huntingdon House 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi, The Thyolo district forms the heart of Malawi's tea producing region with rolling hills of immaculately cultivated, emerald green plantations and some of the oldest estates in the country. With magnificent views of Mount Mulanje and the Lower Shire valley to the west, Satemwa enjoys a temperate climate of the Shire Highlands and relaxed ambiance of a by-gone era. Visitors to this corner of Malawi cannot but help to be caught up in the colonial magic of the area and diverse scenery which ranges from tropical evergreen forests to riverine thickets and rolling hills. Huntingdon House was built in the 1920's and the estate has been in the Cathcart Kay family for generations with members of the family still running the tea and coffee production of the estate. The grand old colonial style house has been tastefully restored as a joint venture between the Satemwa Tea Estate and the Ulendo Travel Group. ... more   less 
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