Huntingdon House: The Lowdown

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Huntingdon House is a colonial family home turned present day guesthouse, set on a tea plantation in southern Malawi.

What’s Huntingdon House really like?

Huntingdon House is still run by the family of Maclean Kay who built the house in the 1930s, so this is no conventional hotel. Instead, it’s a labour of love. Each of the five rooms is different and has its own name and story, and it doesn’t take much imagination to take a serious trip back in time. All of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms with lovely tubs and fairly traditional décor- some are quieter, some are cosier, and others have private patios. If you have any particular preferences or requests, please let us know. Food here is generally pretty good- certainly enough to tempt diners from outside for lunch or afternoon tea. Many of the ingredients are locally grown, and food, like the cocktail menu, lends a definite nod to the plantation’s tea and coffee production.

What can I do at Huntingdon House?

With a prime location on the Satemwa tea estate, all guests are welcome to join a tea or coffee tour (the latter are usually best during May-August for the harvest). Hiking on the estate and in the surrounding area is excellent, and for those who want more of a challenge, we can arrange a day hike of Mount Mulanje. Huntingdon also has mountain bikes to explore with, there is croquet and badminton, as well as some lovely birding.

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