Boutique Hotel & Culinary Retreat


A culinary retreat with unpretentious vibes overlooking Durban and the Indian Ocean.


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Social Distance is guaranteed through the layout of the rooms – 2 individual properties merged together, over 13.000 square metres.

Our Story


Summerhill Estate, established in 1997 by Christine Richter, has successfully accomplished a combination of casual ambience paired with professionalism in hospitality. 

With 14 individually designed, fully air-conditioned and spacious rooms spread across 13.000 square meters of indigenous gardens and heirloom food crops, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Logistical strength: Nestled in Cowies Hill Estate,  between Westville and Pinetown in close proximity to M7, M13, M19, N2 and N3.

Secure: CCTV on- and off site monitoring, special access gate & night service, Cowies Hill Estate

Summerhill Estate is based at the top of Cowies Hill and has commanding views to the sea and outstanding indigenous landscapes. At night the lighting is enchanting and the whole experience is the perfect getaway for every hard-working individual.

There is something about Summerhill Estate – you can feel it the moment you enter the driveway. The daily hustle and pressure drifts away and suddenly, you feel lighter. Difficult to imagine that you are in the midst of everything that is Durban…

The LivingRoom supper club

The LivingRoom’s aim is to showcase our provinces culinary diversity from product to plate.

Additionally, we strive to be one of the country’s flagships regarding sustainability and community development

Unpretentious. Delicious. Real.

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 

Get in touch

Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!

Tel: +27 63 529 1966