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Plantations

A plantation holiday could be your cup of tea

Malawi is quickly making a name for itself as a unique holiday destination thanks to the range of special visitor experiences on offer, from Lake Malawi to Mount Mulanje.

Joining this stable of remarkable experiences are tea plantation holidays offered at the Thyolo estates. Tea has been grown here for over a century and this accounts for the signature landscape of the Shire Highlands, where tea-covered hills stretch as far as the eye can see. There are various packages on offer that allow visitors to tour some of the region’s estates. Some tours also include the opportunity to visit Malawi’s friendly farming communities as well as a chance to taste a variety of indigenous tea at various factories in the area.

ACCOMMODATION

Chawani Bungalow is located on the working Fair Trade tea estate of Satemwa. Its beautiful gardens are surrounded by tea fields, making this an ideal getaway for family and friends. This recently refurbished property is available on a self-catering basis. Decorated in Edwardian rustic style, the bungalow retains the character and charm that have made it so popular with visitors to the Highlands over the years. Chawani Bungalow has large entertainment rooms, a beautiful wooden deck and a fireplace for those cold nights. Staff members are on hand to make your stay more comfortable.

A short distant from Chawani Bungalow is Huntingdon House, a charming boutique property. Once a family home, it is filled with 19th-century pieces of art. The house is set in grounds with manicured lawns and surrounded by gigantic blue gum trees. There are five tastefully decorated suites, quaintly named Mother’s Room, Father’s Room, The Nursery, Planter’s Suite and The Chapel. All come with magnificent king-sized beds and superb bathrooms featuring clawed tubs, separate showers, bath robes and bamboo cotton blend towels.

LOCALLY SOURCED

The culinary experience here is second to none, with an à la carte menu that features meals made from locally sourced ingredients made to perfection by the resident chef. Huntingdon House is an ideal place to stop and relax while exploring the countryside of Malawi and a perfect venue for visitors who appreciate a temperate climate.