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#2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Mooi River
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Babysitting
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Internet
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
Spa
Non-smoking hotel
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Bathrobes
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Bridal suite
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans
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LoriDavidson wrote a review Today
Durban, South Africa4 contributions
The newly renovated accommodation is absolutely amazing, The scenery breathtaking to enjoy beautiful runs and walks. The food sensational. And the staff accommodating, professional and friendly. A must treat in the Midlands area - will not disappoint.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Josvr2021 wrote a review 12 Oct
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
It is always pleasing if an establishment were expecting you and meets and exceeds yours expectation without fail. The hotel is tastefully elegant in a modern but authentic style surrounded by a a well designed and mature garden with cherry trees in blossoms, extending to a vista of paddocks and hedges. The hotel staff and all staff at the venue are friendly and helpful. Our dinner was exceptional and breakfast offered a wide selection with the freshly backed muffins not to be missed.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Hartford House, General Manager at Hartford House
Responded 4 days ago
Good Evening. Thank you for taking the time to write about your most recent stay. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed every moment of it. The cherry tree blossoms are an absolutely highlight for all of us this time of the year and we are glad that you could share in the joy they give. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Regards, Maretha Langenhoven
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schapm359392 wrote a review 04 Oct
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
What a treat. On a quick business trip to the Midlands it was such a pleasure to stay at Hatford House. Recently redecorated and revamped everything is a subtle nod to the old english equestrian style. Stunning cottages. Superb food - both the four course dinner and the breakfast. A slow walk through the spring gardens with a chat to some of the brood mares before leaving was a lovely end to a rather rushed stay. Next time i will spend a little more time
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Hartford House, General Manager at Hartford House
Responded 1 week ago
Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Our goal is to ensure that every guest entering through our gates, experience true #hartfordmagic and we are delighted to read that you experienced it too. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Regards, Maretha Langenhoven
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Schalk B wrote a review Sep 2021
Randpark Ridge, South Africa21 contributions5 helpful votes
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What an amazing place. The food was exceptional , the service amazing and the setting is breathtaking. Definitely a must do when in the midlands. We went for the four course tasting menu, which was well portioned and great value for money. All round a great experience.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hartford House, General Manager at Hartford House
Responded 2 weeks ago
Good Morning Schalk. It was such a pleasure welcoming both of you to Hartford last night for dinner. We are delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service. Hopefully, next time you will stay over so that you can experience our comfortable and luxurious rooms as well as the tranquil gardens and delicious breakfast. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Regards, Maretha Langenhoven
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savanzyl wrote a review Sep 2021
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The Hotel and the surroundings are of a high caliber. Our room was very comfortable and the decor was beautiful. The only thing we were not expecting was a single basin in our on suite-would have preferred a his and hers. The veranda is very well appointed and the style and decor is really exceptional. Well done decor team. They may consider some window treatment for the sun in the morning. We had an amazing stay and the staff are friendly and well trained and the food was good, an al le carte option would be nice. I certainly will visit again.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Good Morning Sandy, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the comfort of your room, the food, the decor and that service you received from our staff. We appreciate your suggestion for the window treatment on the veranda to block out a bit of morning sun. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Regards. Maretha Langenhoven
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PRICE RANGE
US$105 - US$192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalMooi River
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hartford House
Which popular attractions are close to Hartford House?
Nearby attractions include Graceland Gallery (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hartford House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hartford House?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hartford House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hartford House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hartford House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hartford House, Station Masters Arms, and Willowvale Picnics.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hartford House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hartford House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hartford House offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Is Hartford House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.