Huntingdon House

Top choice historic hotel in Mulanje

Between Mulanje and Blantyre, this atmospheric colonial homestead, still run by the founding family, offers accommodation among the emerald-green fields of a Shire Highlands tea estate. Book ahead to stay in one of the five rooms, with their coat stands, claw-footed bathtubs and pervasive mood of calm, and enjoy the excellent restaurant and tea tastings, guided walks and mountain biking.

It's signposted from the M2 just north of Thyolo.