Rolling hills, large green paddocks, big old trees and peace and tranquility give Hartford House the feel on the English countryside.Professional staff, beautiful rooms and one of the top ten restaurants in the country add to the unique experience and beauty of the Midlands.
To add to this, it is on a stud farm and we were lucky enough to have Mick Goss take us on a tour of the property and tell us about it' significant history.
We booked two weeks before so could not get a lakeside room but we were given a veranda room (room 8- Mowgli) which we were told had been one of the original stables.The room was beautiful, had a huge bathroom with and a back door onto a private patio with chairs and table.
It was wonderful to be in a place where traffic cannot be seen or heard and where there aren't many people.
Our experience at Hartford house was memorable but far too short.We will stay longer next time and take long walks on the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peering through one teakwood door at Hartford House, you face a Colonial 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 our settler forebears.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 in the world 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, views, dining, sounds, smells, 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. ... more less
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