My partner and I were looking for an intimate getaway not too far from Durban and this hotel had been on my wish list for years, so we decided to give it a try. The pictures on the website looked very promising, and the prices seemed quite good value for a high-end destination.
On arrival we were blown away.
This is not a five star hotel. This is an English country manor. You are treated as if the Queen of England has invited you to her own personal retreat in the midlands. No, really, I am serious. I do not say this lightly. From the sprawling and well kept gardens to the ornately decorated interior, it all oozes olde worlde luxury.
The suite we had booked is The Moor, which was huuuuuge, and truly special. Fit for a King!
We are self-confessed gourmands and the restaurant delivered with flair, and grace. A wide enough choice executed perfectly. Jackie Cameron is the head chef, and there is no doubt that she is the finest chef in KZN. From the moment you taste the "health bread" served as you are seated to dinner, you know that EVERYTHING served is special. The salad starter that we had decided on was exquisite beyond compare. The lamb main course delighted the senses. Dessert was equally well executed.
Breakfast was served with a menu that offers something for everyone. Each dish prepared as if the chef is your very own personal chef. Perfection.
There is no better hotel in KZN !
- 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