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Huntingdon House

Share the colourful history of one of Malawi’s oldest homes

The house of Satemwa Tea Estate

Each room has been individually decorated to reflect the quirks and character of this grand residence.

Huntingdon, and indeed Satemwa Estate, evokes a romantic nostalgia for Malawi's past. Huntingdon House was built in the mid-30s; by African standards, 100 years of history is seldom found. Every tea field, tree and building on this estate shares a tale and you are invited to enjoy a glimpse of a bygone era in this rapidly changing continent. When you are tired of strolling in the garden, had enough tea cocktails, are full of cake and finished that book, Satemwa is conveniently located for day trips to Majete Game Reserve in the Lower Shire Valley, Zomba Plateau, Blantyre or Mulanje are possible.

Guests are accommodated in five unique suites with superb bathrooms featuring clawed bath tubs, separate showers, bath robes, wonderful bamboo cotton blend towels and rounded off with a range of guest amenities. Each room has been individually decorated to reflect the quirks and character of this grand residence appropriately named based on their original function in the household: Mother's Room, Father's Room, The Nursery, Planters' Suite and The Chapel. The majority of rooms have king size beds with 100% cotton linen and a selection of pillows to ensure our guests enjoy a good night’s sleep. Each area of the house has a story of its own from the original children’s nursery to the resident priest's quarters and private Chapel. Guests are encouraged to share the colourful history of one of Malawi’s oldest homes while being spoilt by the team of professional staff.

One of the not-to-be-missed experiences unique to staying on a tea growing estate is, of course, tea-tasting. This is a definite for tea enthusiasts and simple occasional tea drinkers alike. Your guide will explain the full process from planting through to harvesting and production whilst titillating your taste buds with various teas, including white, green, black, oolong and other Satemwa specialties. Coffee tours, birding, mountain biking and hiking are also popular activities. Mountaineering on Mount Mulanje, Malawi’s highest peak can also be arranged; Mulanje is the third highest free-standing peak in Africa.

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