Hartford House

We love Hartford House! We spent time there during our honeymoon, then we went back for our 10th wedding anniversary and I am already planning the next trip (it is my birthday soon….hint, hint). So, staying within walking distance from Hartford House during our little meander of the Natal Midlands meant a few trips to the beautiful country lodge. They probably had to re-order cola tonic after our visits J

The enchanting colonial house is on Summerhill Stud, a world class stud farm, and features fantastic accommodation. But the real draw card, in my opinion, is the restaurant run by Chef Jackie Cameron. Dinner, especially, is a spectacular affair during which Jackie guides her guests through each course, explaining her creative inspiration behind all five courses. It is served bathed in very romantic candlelight on the beautiful veranda or in the formal dining room. 


With Daniel as our dining companion we opted for lunch at the manor house this time. Overlooking the beautiful gardens, making a selection for the Chef’s à la carte menu was not easy. While Daniel played with a bit of bark as a boat in one of the many fountains in the garden, we had a truly memorable lunch. As my husband tweeted, “probably too epic for a normal Monday lunch”!

Daniel was quick to forget about his “sinking ship” at dessert time and joined us for the beautiful desserts.

It is very clear why this restaurant has been in the TOP 10 restaurants in South Africa more often than not in the last decade. Actually, I think the entire place needs to be on the top 10 list of every category imaginable, because it certainly makes my top 10 and shows no sign of relinquishing its crown. I’ll be back as soon as I can.

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