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“Relaxing country hotel in Horse Country”
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Hartford House
Ranked #2 of 8 Mooi River B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 7, 2012

A breathtaking winter break location. We were fortunate enough to spend 2 nights here in July, when the hotel was near empty, and we had all that fabulous downland and the estate to ourselves - what a fabulous time! The grounds of the hotel form the basis for the extensive stud farm and with open skies and frost all around, it allows for wonderful rolling walks, forming a beautiful backdrop to a very relaxed hotel. The meals are clearly a highlight with the quality of the cheffing on offer here (two totally outstanding dinners and a varied but affordable wine list too), but breakfasts are equally varied and tasty too. We were a party of four and had two chalets and a guest room between us, all immaculately presented and very relaxing - sherry, fruit, biscuits and log fires just finished off the experience. In the depths of winter, the rooms in the main hotel could be a little cold for some, but there was gas heaters when needed and there was no problem in stoking up a big fire in the library and sprawling around on cushions nursing a glass of port. We indulged in the excellent spa services and also had tours of the stud and the riding experience to add in too. Overall, highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Fit for royalty or those who want to experience royalty! Sophisticated yet it feels like home! Relax and enjoy the ultimate of five star living! The best ever stay I've experienced at any accommodation away from home! You have not experienced five star accommodation if you have not yet stayed at this outstanding hotel! The best in the world! Congratulations to the owners and managers of this beautiful and comfortable estate!

Room Tip: I did not make use of the fitness centre (nature, horse riding, etc) or the Spa, as it was a busines...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Wow - really great getaway. relaxing. unspoilt. undisturbed.

Fabulous Horses! A perfect venue for a relaxing getaway.

Room Tip: Go for the bigger suites - we were bumped up due to power failure - The bathrooms are superb.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jason B
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

The visit to Harford House will be live with me forever, it is truly a wonderful place with the best hosts you could ever ask for. Perfect spot for some peace and quiet, if you love good food this is the place to be visit. I can't wait to return.

Room Tip: The lakeside suites are perfect.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

A beautiful setting, stunning public areas and well fitted bedrooms are rather marred by some poor finishing. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food and wine are excellent, but not spectacular. Dinner is a take it or leave it five course meal, and is overpriced at R350 pp, especially if you are not able to eat all five courses. The room we were in did not have a shower, and the lights in the bathroom were so bright it was intolerable. There was a dimmer, but it did not work and the amenities kit was half used. Using the bath requires advance planning, as filling it is a time consuming affair. Eventually I did discover that removing the filter on the wobbly tap, which had probably never been cleaned, improved on the trickle of water. Perhaps it's considered romantic, but under those bright lights it's anything but. And it's a real pain in the morning when all you want is a quick shower. The walls are also not soundproof, so you can hear your neighbors talking. Because the rooms are poorly maintained and lacking some basics, R1700.00 per night is overpriced. So, whilst this is undoubtedly a stunning property, there are better options in this area at much more realistic pricing, Cleopatra's, for example, is much better value for money even though some room options may cost slightly more..

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Hartford House is a lovely hotel on a stud farm. At the moment this is one of the best hotels in this area and it serves the best gourmet breakfast I know!

The rooms are all very big and tastefully furnished with complimentary sherry, coffee, tea and fruit. Unfortunately the rooms need some refurbishing and maintenance. In our suite it rained through the roof at various places.

The hotel has a gourmet restaurant and Jackie belongs to one of the top chefs in South Africa. But we were dissapointed on our second visit to the restaurant a year later. We only had a set menu (no alterations possible) and if you don't like a particular dish you have a problem. Upon checking in, they just ask you if you have any food allergies and they show you the menu but don't explain anything. For a top restaurant I feel it is important to at least have a choice between 2-3 dishes.

Also, they start serving dinner at a particular time so that all courses come out at the same time, which I don't find appropriate for a restaurant in this category.

The food did not convince us. The Lamb was lovely and juicy but the jus was too intense and the fish and prawns on the otherhand were overcooked. The value for money for the menu is not good.

There is no real spa. Only a room where you can get a massage (also here, it rained through the roof during my massage).

But, the location is superb to explore the Drakensberg and the hotel does have it's own charm. Not perfect but therefore the prices are still low. Ideally suited for a stopover.

Room Tip: Suite-Nr. 16 is the best suite on this estate. Not just the best lake side location but also from th...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank cape-town-best
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

Situated on Summerhill Stud, this historic property has been beautifully decorated. The food was brilliant and chef Jackie very charming. The service was attentive and the wine list quite satisfactory. While Hartford House is conveniently situated to visit the Berg and the Midlands Meander, one actually just wants to stay on the farm and enjoy the tranquility and old world charm!

Room Tip: We stayed in suites 14 and 15, which is a short, pleasant walk from the main lodge and situated on t...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Leon V
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Additional Information about Hartford House

Address: Hlatikulu Road | Mooi River, Mooi River 3300, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Mooi River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Mooi River
Price Range: $117 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peering through one teakwood door at Hartford House, you face an historic world. Opening another, the distant sounds of an ancient people at work lilt across the silent landscape, a country of great space, spectacular mountains and big skies. This place commands a headland between the world of traditional cultures and the splendid style of the 1800s. It is the resolution of all South African safaris. The journey’s exclamation point, a retreat from the hubbub where you make sense of a fast life and its senseless details. This is where we learn to redress ourselves on a first name basis. There are too many luxury hotels these days offering the same: a chocolate on the pillow, canned romance, and cuisine called “haut” because it’s spelled in French. Hartford stands apart for its integrity; its architecture and its views, its sounds, its scents and its colours; its racehorses and its people are all exhilarating surprises, unique to this Zululand, this culture, to Africa. Yes, you come here to be pampered, but at Hartford luxury is the journey, not the destination. The truth is, Hartford just happened. A home, and a grand one at that, which grew into a hotel. A community looks to it as its watering hole, its nexus of entertainment, its fountain of gossip. In so many ways, it’s gained and regained inspiration from the cultures it celebrates. It is life’s exception, a place at the same time comfortable beyond dreams, yet innocent of pretence. Moulded by its people, their vibrancy and their enterprise. And driven by a wish to be remembered. ... more   less 

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