Most of you might not know, but this year has been a complete whirlwind for me. I took the plunge to be a full time student, whilst being a wife, a mommy to two fur children and last but not least, running Fooding It.
I received an email from Duncan from Hartford house, inviting my husband and I for a relaxing weekend away. Finding the right weekend was a challenge, but after my exams seemed the perfect opportunity to unwind and spend some time rebooting.
Situated on Summerhill stud farm, Hartford House boasts picturesque walks all round. Wandering around, rolling hills, horses playing about full of mischief, was one of my most favourite things I loved about this place.
Our Room: Suite 11 “Emanzini”
This room was in close proximity to the Spa, pool and orchard, giving it the zulu name meaning: At the waterside. Our room was private, quaint and very comfortable. The underfloor heating kept the room toasty, while the fireplace and port were the perfect accompaniment for winter. Taking a long, hot bath with bubbles and aromatic salts was literally first on the agenda to start the weekend off.
Dinner: Five course tasting menu+wine pairing
Food is something I spend my day thinking about. What am I having for breakfast, “hmmmm” I feel like a snack, “oooooh” I am going to make this for dinner, or no wait I’m going to make this.
Eating out at various establishments makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I get overwhelmed by too many options, and often opt for what the restaurant specialises in.
Dinner a Hartford house is a spectacularly, exciting affair. Every night the menu gets changed according to products that have been sourced and chosen by chef Constantijn Hahndiek himself. The five course menu is revealed to you at your table when you are seated and Constantijn walks you through each dish before you get started.
If you are a fan of locally sourced, sustainable produce, then Hartford House ticks all the boxes. They celebrate small family farms, responsible fisherman and showcase this by treating the ingredients with the love and respect they deserve.
Artisan breads on the table with truffle infused butter
Gourmet Greek brie brulee’, raw honey, fig preserve
Blue Orange Farms
Oven roast duck breast, amadumbes, star anise, chickweed
Fresh from the North Coast
Rock Cod, lemon verbena and pancetta, courgette
Wildebeest fillet, rainbow beetroots, cauliflower, sultana
Chestnut and Chocolate
We enjoyed a candlelit dinner tasting perfectly rounded dishes with some sensational wines. I was taken out of my comfort zone with wildebeest as I have never tried it before, that’s why this nightly dinner menu unveiling is so appealing to me, it’s a foodie experience I will never forget.
Breakfast Harvest table
Breakfast in the morning was a rustic harvest table, celebrating some fresh, local produce. Starting our day off with some freshly squeezed carrot and ginger juice, followed by some croissants, cold meats, cheeses, healthy muesli with thick, creamy greek yoghurt.
If you think I’m going to stop there, you’re wrong……
We then had a choice of a hot, plated breakfast.
Food aside, Hartford offers many activities such as: stud tours, trout fishing, horse riding and my favourite being the wellness house. An hour long Swedish massage, CHECK.
I would just like to say a huge thank you to Duncan for organising the perfect getaway, we had the full “Hartford House” experience and left feeling revitalized and well rested.
If you are wanting to book an unforgettable holiday, then don’t hesitate to contact Hartford house at:
Contact: (0)33 – 263 2713