Hartford House

The Hartford House Mooi River hotel is a must for anyone looking a real 5-star experience in the Natal Midlands. The house is set on horse racing stud farm with the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains as its backdrop. If you like excellent food, warm and comforting environment, then this is for you. Country living in a five-star hotel environment best encapsulates the essence of this exceptional hotel.

The Hotel is renowned for its excellent dining experiences and lavish accommodation, this hotel offers guests a great country getaway destination which is ideal for couples and honeymooners looking to relax and unwind in a naturally beautiful setting. Situated in the mountainous region of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, guests staying at the five-star hotel can enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting of the iconic Summerhill Stud Farm.

As a member hotel of 'The Leading Independent Hotels of Southern Africa' and having been voted 'Top Billing’s Top Six Boutique Hotels', the hotel, features meticulously decorated suites featuring heated towel rails, underfloor heating as well as generous bathrooms. The spacious suites are unique in decor with a fusion of style and colour.


A delicious fine-dining experience is what hotel guests can expect when staying at the hotel. Candle lit dining in the elegant dining venue or an enjoying a beautiful setting in the beautiful garden.

Restaurant awards:

  • National Top-Ten Deluxe Restaurants
  • Voted KwaZulu-Natal Number One Restaurant by Federation of Hotels South Africa
  • Diners Club Platinum Wine List for six consecutive years.

Facilities and Services

The boutique style hotel features private facilities as well as convenient services which make a stay at this country retreat memorable.

  • World-class racehorse stud farm
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Scenic dams and gardens
  • Award-winning restaurant
  • Well stocked wine cellar
  • Fully-equipped conference facility
  • Extensive game conservancy: rare wild animals and bird species
  • Helicopter landing pad
  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry and valet service


The House features a conference venue which is equipped with all the essentials that are needed and due to its proximity to Durban and Pietermaritzburg, it is an ideal meeting destination for team building events, formal events, and conferences.

Things to do

Relax or do exciting outdoor activities such as horse riding. Tours are available of the world famous Summerhill Stud Farm as well as trips to the battlefields and the Drakensberg World Heritage Site can be arranged.

Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • A personalised tour of Stud
  • Tennis court
  • Historic gardens
  • Trophy trout and bass fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Beautiful walks
  • Guided Stud and history tours
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Horse riding

Hartford is an excellent destination for anyone who enjoys the countryside, good food, and five-star elegance.