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Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat

9 Belvedale Road Cowies Hill, Durban 3610 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/06/17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#7 of 157 in Durban
Travellers' Choice
Summerhill Boutique Hotel - a culinary retreat with unpretentious vibes overlooking Durban and the Indian Ocean. Established in 1997 by Christine Richter, Summerhill has successfully accomplished a combination of casual ambience paired with professionalism in hospitality, Family owned and run The LivingRoom @ Summerhill Estate supper club showcases Durban's culinary diversity at an internationally recognised level. Top 20 Mercedes Benz Eat Out Awards 2019, coming in at number 13 in the country. Logistical strength: Nestled between Westville and Pinetown, we are in the centre of M7, M13, M19, N2 and N3. Secure: CCTV on- and off site monitoring, special access gate and night guard.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Children's playground
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Waxing services
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Afrikaans and 2 more
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Gereth E wrote a review 07 May
Parkhurst, South Africa70 contributions27 helpful votes
When we booked at Summer Hill Estate I thought of a peri-urban golf or equine development in Johannesburg, nothing could be father from that. We had a tasting menu two days ago.. From the first course to the 8th each part was a new experience. I got tired of the pseudo local produce scam. Merely because a tomato is within a radius of X kilometres doesn’t make it better, because then by that definition a heirloom potato by would be South American. This chef did something a step higher he cooked intuitively and with intelligent use of regional ingredients. Sourdough bread with sardine butter is a clever way to add a South African twist on the classic anchovy butter by paying to the annual South African sardine migration. When you taste a carrot soup and you cannot put your point on why this dish is better than another as its flavours cannot be divined, is the mark of a truly gifted chef. I can could continue with the venison, the duck and the chicken. When a simple sirloin steak hits your plate I felt somewhat disappointed. A fillet of a ribeye I had become the standard at many of restraints. Fortunately I had to mentally retract it. Perfectly cooked, maybe somewhere between medium rare and a tad more on the medium (shock and horror) I can imagine the purists exclaim. To them I say steak tartare and 8 hour braised brisket is merely a different in preparing the protein. The way to cook shouldn’t ever be prescribed the meat it must highlight the best quality of the cut . This often overlooked sirloin is now something Will be trying. To The desert for me, can be a disappoint. Another panna cotta or overwhelming cardamom/spiced ice-cream and I leave defeated. Here his unique use of a madumba (taro) ice-cream topped popped sorghum and sous sous not only stops you in your tracks it blows your mind. What a joy. More amazing is the level of hospitality. We felt we were visiting family the level of care and attention cannot be manufactured. I hope you will feel the same when you eat there.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
dick0247 wrote a review Mar 2022
Hillcrest, South Africa45 contributions21 helpful votes
I cannot speak too highly of this venue. Accommodation, Setting, Service and Staffing all excellent, but most of all the food. The five or seven course tasting menu is genuine world class, and clearly demonstrates the professional culinary expertise of the owners. Wine pairings are optional, alternatively the wine list is as extensive and expertly put together as any I have come across in South Africa. Just for good measure, an excellent breakfast the following morning, inclusive in the very reasonable accommodation rates.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Sherene S wrote a review Mar 2022
Durban, South Africa13 contributions2 helpful votes
I decided to book overnight accommodation, as I was attending a birthday supper at their restaurant. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, with lovely fluffy comfortable pillows, crisp white linen and towels. I didn’t spend much time in the room but I did find it more than adequate for an overnight stay. The staff and owners made me feel welcome and at “home.” The food was out of this world, it was something that is so unique and totally different than anything I’ve ever experienced. The staff are well trained, every course was explained in detail so that we knew exactly what we were eating. I will be taking guests to experience this unique restaurant soon. It’s something one just can’t help raving about and returning to, over and over again. I appreciated the beautiful antique champagne glasses so much, they tell of the level of attention to detail I experienced. The next day the Breakfast too, was so special and unique, the tastes were fresh and true, one could taste that everything was served with care and attention to detail. Stunning doesn’t begin to describe the whole experience.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
pdwolf wrote a review Feb 2022
North Wisconsin149 contributions3 helpful votes
Our first time visiting this beautiful and unique place. We had the 7-course dinner and wine paring. It was unbelievable!!! Every course was so delicious with stunning presentations. The staff and owners were kind and thoughtful. We will go back on our next trip, and we will plan to stay longer.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
james h wrote a review Feb 2022
3 contributions2 helpful votes
The grounds of the guesthouse are lovely and I saw several interesting bird species including Purple Crested Turaco and White-eared Barbet. The room was lovely, clean, well maintained and comfortable. Food at the restaurant was delicious and the wine list is comprehensive and has an interesting selection of quality but less well known SA wines.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
US$86 - US$120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
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Frequently Asked Questions about Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Bonana Tours & Transfers (2.3 km), Pavillion Shopping Mall (4.8 km), and Paradise Valley Nature Reserve (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bellevue Cafe, Lupa Osteria, and The Hussar Grill Kloof.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Summerhill Estate Culinary Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Afrikaans, and Zulu.