This is a return trip to Hartford House and we enjoyed it as much as ever. What I love about Hartford is that it is not a cookie-cutter five star. The whole stay is an experience and you feel as though you are in the arms of true hosting from start to finish.
On both nights we booked the wine pairing tasting dinner, and we thoroughly enjoyed this. You could appreciate that there had been consideration placed on the correct pairings and the food was beautifully presented and tasty. I enjoyed being briefed by the chefs before each dinner of what was being served that evening.
We rode our bikes through the stud farm, Summerhill, and this was a very enjoyable activity as the surrounds are gorgeous. Next time we come, we will request a stud farm tour as it is quite an operation.
When our usual lakeside suite (Siyabonga) was not available, I was quite disappointed, but I booked Suite 16 - Nhlanhla. Turns out I didn't have to worry at all, Nhlanhla is well-decorated and very spacious. We would probably book into this one again. Only thing to mention was that our Wifi was glichy in the suite, not sure if this was signal-based or is there was a problem with the wifi device.
Everyone from the top down is there to assist you.
Our head-waiter was knowledgeable, polite and humourous. The manager, Duncan is excellent and is a contributing factor for our returns to Hartford.
We will definitely be back, and I would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful spot, it is such an enjoyable stay.
- 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