A journey through the suites at Hartford House recently included among the Top Boutique hotels in South Africa.
This week’s choice of suite is the Gossling Suite (Suite 3).
Most recently occupied by Mick and Cheryl Goss’ youngest son, Nicholas, this suite’s most famous resident from the past was Mrs. Bridget Oppenheimer, the first lady of South African racing, and arguably the First Lady of South African society for decades as the wife of the late, great Harry Oppenheimer.
In the days before heaters became voguish, and in the context of the Ellis era and a somewhat spartan approach to their furnishings, Mrs. Oppenheimer spent her first visit at Hartford in this room. She once remarked to Mick Goss that she was so cold (at the height of winter) that she used to go to bed in her fur coat! That has all changed of course, and we trust your comfort will not be compromised by a lack of warmth.
Since the re-opening of Hartford House as a hospitality establishment in 1997, this little suite has provided access for many a young couple, a Michaelhouse, Hilton or Treverton student, the odd granny or grandpa and several storied tour guides, fabled aviators and historians, among the most celebrated of whom was our late and greatly lamented friend, David Rattray.
It’s our smallest suite, but it’s been the debutant introduction for countless enduring relationships and visitations to Hartford House, and its popularity has survived the subtle but extensive developmental changes in the rest of our accommodation during the past decade, all aimed at the increasing comfort of our treasured guests.