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Huntingdon House is the epitome of old colonialism in Malawi, from the beautiful backdrop of the tea estates to the manicured lawn with a croquet set up. The formal rose garden and the cosy lounge with bookcases where you can sit with a book in front of the fireplace are highlights. With delicious food and a tea-inspired cocktail menu, it is the perfect place to explore the tea estates. Hike up to the picnic spot, take a guided walk, enjoy a tea tasting (of over 25 teas!) and relax in between more adventurous destinations!

“I loved the old-style colonial feel to what once was a beautiful house and is now a stunning boutique guesthouse. The lush green gardens and wild flora and fauna, beautiful tea estates and stunning sunset views make it an all-round very picturesque destination. Our host could not have done more to look after us and the food was exceptional. We loved our guide, especially when I asked for a Savanna for the drive and his response was “No, you will be fine!”

Last visited by Mike Varndell, Managing Founder – July 2019

“Huntingdon House is such a special place, with so much history in its walls and a lovely story to go with it, I felt transported back in time to the colonial era. The beautiful surroundings really took my breath away, I think I took a few hundred pictures within an hour (definitely go and visit the picnic spot – it feels like you’re on top of the world!). The delicious and well-thought-out meals were such a treat (each with a hint of the tea and coffee grown on the grounds – Satemwa coffee Tiramisu…. yum) and I loved the hot water bottle placed in my bed, such a thoughtful touch.”

Gabi, Sales & Marketing – July 2019

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Rooms

Each room in the house is completely unique, with great views of the gardens and the converted chapel which you could get lost in – it’s so big! Each room has the old colonial charm from rose prints to chintz china! The beds are big and so comfortable, the bathrooms even bigger! You can have fun deciphering whether it was granny or grandchild in days gone by who used to occupy the room before you!

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Food and drinks

The food here is delicious, from huge roast dinners to a hearty burger or a fresh salad, each meal was better than the last. Then, of course, you can taste the tea and coffee made here on a tasting tour, where you can learn about the history of the farm and enjoy over 25 teas! They also offer an excellent array of cakes and sandwiches for their indulgent afternoon tea, served in the gardens. If that isn’t enough they have a variety of tea and coffee-infused cocktails you can enjoy like to ‘Moj-tea-to’ or ‘Marteani’! A pretty great way to enjoy a sundowner!

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Scenery

The main reason you visit Huntingdon House is to see the tea estates. Explore the beautiful fields and the surrounding countryside by foot or mountain bike. Take a picnic and a bottle of wine for a special lunch up one of the surrounding hills; it’s a romantic meal with a view. Alternatively, ask the lodge to arrange a truly unforgettable breakfast. The endless rolling hills of green leaves make for an epic backdrop to the house, it is also a lovely area to stretch your legs. Enjoy gentle rambles in one of the greener parts of the country as you relax in an old colonial piece of heaven.

Nov-Apr:

  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and butterflies galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates

May-Jun:

  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures

Jul-Oct:

  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Ideal time to combine with the lake
  • Ideal time to combine with safari

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Amazing experience and great hospitality.

    I stayed here with my partner and his dad. The hospitality that I received was beyond excellent! The tea tasting and afternoon tea were both brilliant. I would recommend the cycling tour, although tough, it was also worth it. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, just like the gardens. Highly recommend stay whilst visiting Malawi! It’s not easy to find such luxury in Malawi.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Pure Heaven!

    I stayed here last week as part of a group, with some of us revisiting Malawi after 60 years. Huntingdon House was the last stop after 10 days travelling. Such a tranquil place to rest and relax. The food was delicious at every meal and the nourishing breakfasts gave us plenty of energy for our daily expeditions. The ‘Nursery’ ensuite was extremely comfortable as were the various seating areas for guests. Nothing was too much trouble for Tracey and David and I wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Probably the most romantic dinner ever

    we were the only two guests staying at Huntingdon House. Thanks to Emos we had probably the most romantic dinner ever. and he was so friendly and nice. he was always there when we had a wish. The room was just great! could not be any better. also lovely green garden, a paradise.

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Satemwa Tea Estate, Thyolo, Malawi
  • Internet connection:WiFi (intermittently)
  • Fans/Air ConStanding Fans
  • Number of rooms:5 unique suites
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolYes
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