Huntingdon House

Huntingdon House in Satemwa Tea Estate

Welcome to the lush tea-growing region in Malawi, probably the most picturesque of all Malawian landscapes in the marvellous Mount Mulanje region and check into the superb accommodation at Huntingdon House on the famous Satemwa Tea Estate in the Thoyole district.

Absorb the ambience of the enchanted garden and tea plantation at the gracious colonial-style Huntingdon House with its astounding views of the highest mountain in Malawi, Mulanje standing over the Lower Shire valley. Visitors are embraced by all things reflecting a bygone era, the antiques and gracious facilities, of a homestead built in the 1930s by a Scottish settler called Maclean Kay. 

He called his first tea plantation Satemwa and the rest is history – now his old home is a fabulous boutique hotel. See the other side of Malawi when you explore the dirt road on mountain bikes or don your boots and explore the many trails. Head to the adjacent Thyolo Sports Club for a round of golf. Sautner around the gardens and admire the manicured lawns, stately old trees, lily-clad ponds and flowers. 

Huntingdon House features a typical wraparound veranda with inviting plush sofas and elegant French windows leading out into the garden, everything so green and sparkly. Enjoy gracious lunches under the trees and high tea piled high with delicious treats though the theme is organic and wholesome. 

Only 5 elegant suites boast individual décor and themes from masculine modern rooms to more feminine and flowery rooms – rich cotton fabrics, Victorian ball and claw bathtubs and large soft four-poster beds with garden access and views. Croquet on the lawn and a trip to the hilltop picnic site for sundowners make guests feel like travellers to a different era (not just a different continent!)

The friendly staff treat all guests to the best service and excellent dining in changing locations lighting fires for atmosphere in this mountain valley region.  Enjoy a tour of the plantation to see the full process of tea and coffee production and an unforgettable tea tasting. What wonderful Mount Mulanje accommodation is Huntingdon House!



Huntingdon House is situated on Satemwa Estate, a working tea and coffee farm in Thyolo District in the Shire Highlands of southern Malawi. The estate has been passed down through the generations of the Cathcart Kay family since its construction in the 1920s. 

This elegant, old, colonial-style homestead in Thyolo is surrounded by magnificent gardens, and lovely old trees and offers breath-taking views of Mount Mulanje and the Lower Shire Valley. Huntingdon House provides a tranquil haven far from the hustle and bustle of city life, radiating colonial character and old-world charm.

The Satemwa Tea Estate is a legendary Malawi destination and Huntingdon House is the attraction for discerning tourists who want to taste the tea and relax in elegant surroundings – the heart of the estate is this mansion with its huge rooms, verandas, enormous, manicured lawns and pretty flowers, a dedication to a past of colonial charm and quality antiques, gracious living in style!

Choose from just 5 suites with exquisite furnishings and antiques, soft cotton fabrics and throws, carpets and mirrors. Deep claw-footed baths and stunning showers, huge canopied beds and views through draped windows. 

Mount Mulanje is a gorgeous lush mountainous destination so make sure you visit this huge granite ridge in Malawi, stretching about 30km from west to east and 25km from north to south. Drink from wonderful waterfalls and pools and ogle the beautiful forest butterflies and dwarf chameleons. 

Voyage2Africa is keen to show you the best parts of this magnificent region so choose one of our packages and we will show you lavish accommodations in the area.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Huntingdon House

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The very best of Malawi and South Luangwa Safari

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From complete immersion in all things Malawi to a walking safari in Zambia, this tailored 16-night package deal takes keen wildlife enthusiasts to experience two of our best safari destinations. The tour begins in the 100-year-old colonial-style Satemwa tea estate, […]
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Scintillating Southern Malawi Safari

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Travellers on our Southern Malawi Safari fall in love with the regal colonial-style Huntingdon House on the lush Satemwa Tea Estate, and the traditional Mkulumadzi Safari Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve. Birding at surreal Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park and […]

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  • Mountain biking, hiking trails, mountain climbing
  • Golfing, tennis, swimming, croquet, bowls
  • Fascinating tea & coffee tours and tasting
  • Birding


  • Luxury accommodation 
  • Breakfast

Satemwa Tea Estate Malawi
that include this property


  • 5 spacious and tastefully furnished suites, each individually designed and named after its original function
  • In-room amenities: en-suite bathrooms with claw-foot bath tubs, separate shower, plus a full range of deluxe toiletries and bathrobes
  • Lounge with a cosy fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Wraparound terrace
  • Beautiful gardens


  • Breathtaking views of Mount Mulanje and the Lower Shire Valley with verdant tea planttatiosn and forests the highlights for tours and hikes
  • Colonial luxury in the heart of Malawi’s Shire Highlands and staff treat guests like royalty
  • Magnificent setting within a working tea & coffee farm so make the most of the tea and coffee tastings
  • Romantic, private dining in different locations each time

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