Our first two nights in Malawi, after our long flights from NYC, were spent at the gorgeous and gracious Huntingdon House where the rooms are spectacular, the food is superb, and the setting is peaceful. My husband and I stayed in what had been built as a chapel. The room is enormous, with soaring ceilings and double doors out to lovely gardens. Our son and his wife had a somewhat smaller but no less elegant room off the main hallway. Meals were generous, excellently prepared, and beautifully served. Staff and management were warm and attentive. A one-hour walking tour of the grounds turned into something closer to three hours—the tea estate workers were welcoming and anxious to show us what they did. As a thank you, we printed some of their photos on our instant travel printer for them. (The electricity goes down from time to time—it's Malawi!) I would have loved to have had another couple of days to unwind in this gorgeous setting!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi, The Thyolo district forms the heart of Malawi's tea producing region with rolling hills of immaculately cultivated, emerald green plantations and some of the oldest estates in the country. With magnificent views of Mount Mulanje and the Lower Shire valley to the west, Satemwa enjoys a temperate climate of the Shire Highlands and relaxed ambiance of a by-gone era. Visitors to this corner of Malawi cannot but help to be caught up in the colonial magic of the area and diverse scenery which ranges from tropical evergreen forests to riverine thickets and rolling hills. Huntingdon House was built in the 1920's and the estate has been in the Cathcart Kay family for generations with members of the family still running the tea and coffee production of the estate. The grand old colonial style house has been tastefully restored as a joint venture between the Satemwa Tea Estate and the Ulendo Travel Group. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huntingdon House Malawi/Thyolo