Summerhill Guest Estate

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Summerhill Guest Estate

An Escape to Tranquillity

Our Story

Summerhill Guest Estate, home of The LivingRoom – the 2022 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant of the Year – is a family-owned and run guesthouse in Cowies Hill, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Its unique location, between the Midlands and Durban makes it the ideal home-away-from-home for the corporate traveller, while offering those seeking leisure the opportunity to sojourn during their travels or even just escape from the city.

The LivingRoom

A Passion for Provenance


Situated within Summerhill Guest Estate in Kwa-Zulu Natal, The LivingRoom is South Africa’s best restaurant. Named as the 2022 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in November 2022, it is where chef Johannes Richter showcases the province’s culinary diversity from garden to plate, expressed through his fine French training and passion for Asian techniques.

Family owned-and-run, the team deliver a fine-dining experience combining exceptional food with premium wines and top-notch hospitality.

Join us for your Culinary Getaway!


What People are Saying

Fine dining at its best

We chose Summerhill as a special treat for a special occasion and we were not disappointed. What a magical evening we had. The fine dining experience and wine pairing is world class.The taste sensations were exquisite and sublime and I am so pleased we chose the experience and the remarkably talented chef created a truly memorable experience for us. The ambiance, the setting, the service and the food were a delight..


“Summerhill Estate is a tranquil, delightful, and exceptional establishment. The staff are extremely helpful and the setting is beautiful. Delicious and personalized catering is provided by a resident chef trained in Germany. The rooms are gorgeous: spacious, bright and immaculate. A bar fridge with drinks is also available. An inviting, large lounge area with fire-place is available, and for breakfast, and out-door feel entertainment area is very hospitable.”

David S

“Little Gem”

“What a lovely little getaway! We were upgraded to a suite which was a wonderful surprise, much appreciated! Really enjoyed the pool. The real surprise was the quality of their food! Absolutely loved their tasting menu. The flavours and presentation were outstanding which went down even better with the wine pairing, well worth the R300 per person! Would love to go back and try some of their ala carte dishes.
The staff were great as well! Definitely recommend it to everyone, particularly foodies out there!”

John C 

“Business Trip”

A place where the estate owners welcome you like family. Food is highly rated and while enjoying your meal a staff member plays his guitar and sings mellow songs in the corner of the room. Truly a gem in Cowies Hill “

Jacques Koekemoer