At a Glance
- gourmet getaway
- beautiful English-styled garden
- some suites have a fireplace and all have heated floors
- all guests are required to eat dinner at the same time
- common areas are rather formal
Hartford House Review
Built in 1875, this inn is steeped in history and misty beauty. High up on the Meander, in the foothills of the Drakensberg, and adjacent to the Summerhill racing stud, it's a deliciously luxurious, if rather formal, escape for the lucky few. A few of the suites are in the original house; others front an ethereal, lovely lake. Each suite is different, decorated in a gloriously eclectic collision of fabrics and furnishings from Africa, Europe, and the East. The food, which has garnered top honors, is just as rich and eclectically surprising. Dinner (R325 for a five-course set menu, reservations essential), which the chefs start preparing at dawn, is an unforgettable event with wines to match. Summerhill Stud, the neighboring thoroughbred racehorse stud farm, is a great place to visit if you have a few hours.