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Hartford House

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Home to the family of the last prime minister of the Colony of Natal, Hartford House is situated on South Africa’s most famous thoroughbred farm near Giant’s Castle.


Chosen by the Rulers of Dubai as the location for their priceless stallions, the "gem of the Midlands" is remembered by chroniclers as one of the country’s most beautiful homes, with its award-winning gardens and acclaimed fine dining.

Renowned for its location on one of the world’s most enchanting estates, as well as its proximity to the Midlands Meander, Weenen and Drakensberg game and mountain reserves and Boschhoek Golf Estate, Hartford is revered by travellers as the home of good conversation, old whiskey and classic horses.


Renowned for its 15 incomparably styled luxury suites and with under-floor heating, heated towel rails and fireplaces. All suites are decorated with a fusion of colour, style and texture. They are all equipped with a telephone, TV (with M-Net and satellite channels) and a mini-bar.

At a Glance

fully serviced
award-winning restaurant serves sumptuous breakfasts, lunches and dinners either overlooking the magnificent gardens or in the candle lit dining hall. Traditional Zulu dancers and singers perform on selected evenings
Room service available 16 hours a day
Laundry and valet service
Fully equipped mini-conference facility
The historic chapel provides for weddings, baptisms and memorial services
Personalized stud tour of Summerhill; SA’s leading thoroughbred farm, includes the stallions of the Rulers of Dubai
Personal, accompanied tours into the surrounding mountain, game and nature reserves by Hartford's resident guide
Horse riding on expansive bridle paths and race tracks
Fly fishing
Wellness Centre offers a range of massages, therapeutic treatments and sauna. Overlooks the pool
Swimming pool
Historic gardens
Walks on the extensive game conservancy; several rare wild animal and bird species inhabit the estate
Helicopter landing facilities
Airport transfers (Durban International and Oribi Airport)

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