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Hartford House, a world-class country lodge, is in the Natal Midlands, in the heart of thoroughbred country, amidst the sun drenched valleys of Giants Castle. Situated on the same property as Summerhill Stud Farm, you can enjoy the unique experience of being right next to a world-class stud breeding ground. Hartford House is in a world of heroic battles, serene mountain passes, arts and crafts, famous schools and colleges, and trout fishing spots, as well as traditional tennis and golf courses. 

You can spend your days strolling around the beautiful estate, pampering yourself with treatments at the Wellness Centre and enjoying the tranquil and peaceful setting. Hartford was home to the family of Natal's last Prime Minister, and has been noted as one of South Africa's most beautiful houses and most magnificent stud farms.


  • Set in the heart of the midlands on a beautiful estate
  • The only world-class hotel on a world-class racehorse stud in the world
  • The restaurant is among the Top 10 in South Africa
  • A grand old manor house beautifully restored
  • Spacious suites - we recommend staying in the Lakeside Suites
  • Enjoy relaxing treatments offered at the spa
  • Hartford offers a host of activities, including trout fishing, and horse-riding, of course!

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Tour the world-class stud farm, do a spot of trout fishing or explore the many paths criss-crossing the 7000 acre conservancy.

Alternatively, concentrate on relaxing around the swimming pool or be pummeled by the masseurs in the wellness centre who are trained in various forms of massage from Swedish and deep tissue to Indian head massage and reflexology.

General Facilities

    Laundry service
    Swimming Pool
    Tennis Court


The award-winning restaurant serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners either overlooking the magnificent gardens from the veranda or in the candle-lit dining hall.

Dinners are particularly decadent 5-course affairs. Traditional Zulu dancers and singers perform on selected evenings. Master Chef Jacqueline Cameron has been said to be one of the best chefs in the region.

Pool Suites

Hartford House offers accommodation in 14 luxury suites in the main manor house, overlooking the garden and overlooking the trout lake; each with their own unique style, decor and design.

The bedrooms are designed for country comfort, with under-floor heating, heated towel rails and fireplaces. 


    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini Bar
    Underfloor heating

Other Room Types

The four Lakeside Suites are positioned right on the lake, allowing great views of the trout lake from the rooms. These suites each have their own private splash pool for hot, lazy country afternoons.


  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical tours
  • Horse-riding
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Tennis
  • Guided walks
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Sep 2015 $135 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Verandah Double Suite,Lake Suite,Hartford Suite,Inner House Suite,Verandah Twin Suite,Garden Suite,Manor Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We thought Hartford House was beautiful and enjoyed it, good accommodation, food and service and would recommend it to anyone. The estate and gardens are also lovely and the horses.

    Marjorie Needham, December 2009
  • Food in a class of its own both dinner and breakfast (where we met the owner having breakfast with his family, couldn't have been nicer and talked to us for ages also at dinner that night] Staff fabulous nothing was any trouble. We were fortunate to take part in a Meerlust wine tasting [that was wonderful) What an amazing story, Mik Goss has a first class establishment there and overseas it daily himself, there is no substitute for that and it shows.

    Ian Stirling, April 2009

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Tanya Ellis

Tanya Ellis

Africa Safari Expert

"The Midlands setting is just so peaceful and tranquil; the horse riding and the spa treatments were my favourite moments!"



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We thought Hartford House was beautiful and enjoyed it, good accommodation, food and service and would recommend it to anyone. The estate and gardens are also lovely and the horses.

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