During this year’s maintenance period, Huntingdon House will be undergoing some sprucing up to prepare it for another year of guests.
Like many properties across Malawi, part of January serves as the annual maintenance period at Huntingdon House. The two-week closure gives the staff a well-earned break, while the rest of the team pulls out the paintbrushes, brings in the plumbers and electricians, and together get working to make the house sparkle.
This time, Huntingdon is getting a make-over, with new paint, tiles, chandelier and staff shower room as well as a total revamp of one of the rooms and a myriad of other little jobs. The tradesmen and -women will be kept very busy getting everything ready for when doors open on 30 January for a very busy coming year.
January is also an active time for the gangs of tea pickers. They can be seen dotted around the Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate standing out against the vibrant green in their navy blue raincoats, hastily plucking leaves that are growing at a furious pace, thanks to a fantastic new organic fertilizer.
All through the day and night the factory will be running, drying and processing the tea so that it can be sent to every region of Malawi to stock shelves in the local supermarkets. Satemwa tea is also sent far and wide around the globe to countries including Germany, Belgium and Italy.
While taking a walk in the evening, the senses are soothed by the heady scent of drying tea and the thought of a lovely cup of fresh brew that is waiting upon your return to the house.