We stayed here on our second night, following a drive along the 'Midlands Meander'.
The hotel public rooms are stunning, beautifully and colourfully furnished.
We were greeted on arrival with a glass of fizz and - a thunderstorm!
Eventually we made our way to our room which was in an outer 'cottage'. Attractive room, large comfy bed and a heated blanket which I was unable to turn off - had to disconnect it in the end! the TV did not work but this did not matter to us.
We had dinner at the hotel, which was a 5 course affair. It was a pleasant experience although some dishes were tastier than others. It was the most expensive meal we had throughout our stay in South Africa, and we did go to nice places.
Breakfast the next morning was very good.
The hotel is remote and so if staying there you would need a car to visit other places and I suspect you would need to eat in each evening as I don't think you would want to spend time in the nearby town of Mooi River !
There is a nice pool area which we did not use due to lack of time.
- 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
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