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Huntingdon House

Scenic Malawi

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Huntingdon House overview

Huntingdon House is a grand colonial building on the Satemwa Tea Estate, south of Blantyre in Southern Malawi. The house was the home of Mclean Kay and has been restored combining modern comforts with historical antiques and furnishings. The gardens are huge and meals are often taken on the lawn or verandah. This is a gracious house and you will feel like an honoured family friend.

Accommodation is booked on a bed and breakfast or all inclusive rate. There are five suites with lovely bathrooms, having bath tubs and showers and luxury toiletries. Each room is individually styled and decorated with names reflecting the original residents: Mothers Room, Planters Suite and The Chapel. Most rooms now have king size beds. Relax and enjoy the colonial splendour of the house and let the friendly staff look after you.

This is an ideal base to tour Southern Malawi from, being a short drive takes you to Blantyre city. It is easilly combined with the historical town and plateau of Zomba, hiking at Mount Mulanje or heading south down the rift valley escarpment, onto the Lower Shire Valley floor and the game reserves of Majete, Lengwe and Mbwavi.

You get free use of mountain bikes to explore the estate and there are 150 miles of walking trails nearby through the estate and adjoining forests and hills. Tours of the tea and coffee estate can be enjoyed here too, including, of course, tastings!


Open:  Huntingdon House is open all year.  

Location:  Huntingdon House is in the beautiful Thyolo district of Malawi. It is on Satemwa Tea Estate in the Shire Highlands. This area has some of the oldest estates in Malawi.   

Rooms:  There are 5 suites accommodating up to 12 guests. Bathrooms have ball and claw bath tubs, separate showers, a range of toiletries and soft towels. Bathrobes are provided. Rooms are individually decorated and named to reflect their former use, such as Mothers Room, The Nursery, The Chapel.    

Activities:  You can join a tour of the tea estate, go on a coffee tour, take walks on the estate (maps provided), explore by mountain bike, free for guest use, and go on a guided birding tour in Thyolo Forest. You can enjoy sundowners on Thyolo ‘mountain’ with views of Mount Mulanje and the Shire Valley. Golf is available at Thyolo Country Club nearby. There are croquet facilities. Tennis and squash are available nearby. Hotel staff can arrange tours to Blantyre, Lake Chirwa, Mount Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau.

Facilities:   The house is set in lovely gardens on the estate, which is a working tea farm. Accommodation is usually booked on a bed and breakfast basis and includes all tea and coffee. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are provided on request. Meals are served in the dining room, where a fire can be lit on chilly days, or on the veranda when he weather is favourable. There are many places to sit, chat and relax in the house. Outside there are terraces and courtyards. The whole house can be rented for exclusive use on a full board and activities basis.

Dining:  Meals are eaten at separate tables indoor and outdoors.  

Children:  Children over the age of 12 years are welcome. Children under 12 may be accommodated on request.  

Health:  This is a malarial area.

Communication:  There is free
Wi-Fi internet access.   

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Satemwa employs thousands of local workers and supports a school of over 900 pupils and a local hospital, providing a 24 hour ambulance and ante-natal facilities as well. The estate was Malawi's first ever Fair Trade Certified Tea producer.



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