Huntingdon House

Location: Highlands, Thyolo & Tea Plantations | Malawi

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Away from the turquoise waters of the lake, Malawi is a highland country, where misty dawns rise over the tea plantations and chickens scratch in the red earth. The Satemwa Tea Estate has been home to the Cathcart Kay family since the 1920’s. Huntingdon House, the original family home has been converted into a delightful colonial style lodge that provides a perfect introduction to rural Malawi.
Perfect forAnyone keen for an insight into rural African life.
In the knowSatemwa Tea Estate was the first to get Fair Trade certification in Malawi. To see the good work for yourselves, be sure to make time for some tea and coffee tasting during your stay.

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  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Rustic
  • Unusual

Hotel Overview


On the Satemwa Tea Estate near Thyolo, around 30 minutes south of Blantyre.

Rooms at Huntingdon House

The five suites at Huntingdon House are all decorated in the colonial style, with large roll-topped bathtubs. Each has its own character arising from its original use- there’s the Planter’s Suite (a visitor’s room), the Nursery (where Chip and Juliet grew up), the Chapel (now converted to a honeymoon suite), Mother’s Room and Father’s Room.

Food and Facilities

There’s a restaurant and bar, and for a small fee guests can make use of the facilities at the nearby Thyolo club, where there is a swimming pool, a small nine hole golf course, and tennis and squash courts.

Activities at Huntingdon House

The cool highlands provide the ideal climate for plenty of activities. There’s mountain biking and horse riding, quad bikes and hiking trails. For those who want to truly recreate the colonial experience, there is also a croquet set on the lawn.

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