Fodor's Expert Review Hartford House

Hlatikulu Rd., Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal, 3300, South Africa

Deliciously luxurious, if rather formal, this 1875 inn, high up on the Meander in the foothills of the Drakensberg, is steeped in history and misty beauty. Some suites are in the original house; others in the gardens look onto an ethereal, lovely lake. The hotel has undergone a trendy revamp and each suite is individually decorated in a gloriously cosmopolitan 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 (reservations are essential) is an unforgettable event with wine-pairing. Tijnhuis offers a relaxed venue for high teas and lunches Wednesday through Sunday. If you have time, visit Summerhill Stud, the neighboring Thoroughbred racehorse stud farm. 

PROS

  • gourmet getaway
  • beautiful English-styled garden
  • all suites are thoughtfully appointed

CONS

  • food is excellent, but a little traditional
  • can feel a little formal
  • service exceedingly polite

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Romantic
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 033-263–1081

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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