With thoughts of Easter just passed, Huntingon House and Satemwa Lodges tell us the story of how the Chapel Room got its name.
Many years ago, there lived a Scottish landowner in Malawi’s Thyolo District who married a beautiful woman much younger than himself. He loved her dearly and built her a home – today’s Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges – putting brick upon brick over several years until there was a building fit for his wife. She, in turn, created a magical garden filled with trees, roses, hydrangeas and creepers until there were many secret and perfumed places to for their son and daughter to hide and play.
A little while later, their daughter was tragically lost in an accident and the Scottish landowner, his wife and son mourned her sorely. His wife decided to become a Roman Catholic to help regain her tranquillity and she created a tiny chapel which she put into the nursery and nurtured an Eternal Flame blessed by the Pope in Rome. The flame was placed in a special arch of the old nursery that had been used by the children.
In due course, the Scottish landowner passed away and was buried close to his beloved home. After a few years, his lovely wife decided to leave the area to find a new home but not without first building a proper Chapel on the west side of the home. This room was built with a Dutch Cape façade and wonderfully high ceilings. Sadly, long before it was completed, she had left the country and the poor chapel was left to be used as a warehouse for wood.
After some time, her son and his wife returned and decided to bring life back into the old house. The house was once again ringing with workmen and the Chapel room was lovingly revived, where it is hoped that those at home in there will have the happiest of happy dreams.
So now you know how the Chapel Room at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges got its name!