Newly-appointed Hartford House General Manager Maretha Langenhoven, who takes over from Frank Rubino, brings with her a wealth of experience. Her CV includes stints at Singita Ebony and Boulders, InterContinental Sandton Towers and The Beverly Hills in Umhlanga.
“I’m so fortunate to join a team of passionate investors and staff whose only measure of their standards is the pursuit of excellence,” says Maretha Langenhoven. “There are so many opportunities for signature moments on this property, quite unique to the hospitality world, created not only by the offerings of the neighbourhood as a whole, but by one of the most beautiful farms on the continent. I have made it my challenge to ensure that every guest departing Hartford and the greater Summerhill estate, leaves with a sense that they have trodden the path less-travelled, and that if all they do in honouring their visit is to return again, we’ll know we’ve done the job we were expected to.”
“It’s never been Hartford’s policy to seek out the obvious in our endeavours to find the finest staff our money can buy. We’ve always looked for people with the potential to be exceptional, and that policy has served us well,” says Hartford House co-founder Cheryl Goss in her announcement of Maretha’s appointment. “Remembering that we are one of the remotest of South Africa’s leading boutique hotels and that our restaurant has enjoyed the admiration of the length and the breadth of the world through the exploits of Richard Carstens (South Africa’s No.1 chef), Jackie Cameron (South Africa’s leading female chef, on whose watch the restaurant was recognised by The Wall Street Journal among the top three country eateries in the world), and Tijn Hahndiek (whose craft at Hartford was acknowledged by its ranking at the top of 5 South African eateries in San Pellegrino’s “World Top Fifty” restaurants), we believe we have another gem in young Matthew Armbruster, who is cooking up an entirely new storm at the moment. In that same vein, recalling Maretha’s history in the trade and the people who’ve endorsed her talents, we know she’ll bring another dimension again to the foundations already laid in the guest experience here.”