As one of Malawi’s first land claims registered in 1874, Satemwa Tea Estate is undoubtedly among the country’s most respected and established tea and coffee producers managed and operated by third generation members of the Cathcart Kay family.  Guests are invited to step back in time and share some of wonderful memories of this family home, explore the estate, discover the multitude of teas produced and hear the fascinating history of Satemwa Estate.

Sourcing local fresh produce, including fresh milk from the estate’s dairy herd and honey from a nearby bee project, ensures that the community is supported and the freshest, organic ingredients are provided for their kitchens. A small team of staff produce wonderful meals with menus changing on a daily basis to suit the weather and personal preferences of guests.

Chawani Bungalow is an informal, self catering, retreat. Sited on the slopes of Thyolo Mountain, this historic tea planters’ bungalow is a relaxed, family friendly retreat surrounded by lush protected subtropical rainforests which are home to a variety of endemic and special species of birds making the property an ideal choice for birding enthusiasts. While the house is self catered, Chawani guests are welcome to spoil themselves and book a meal at Huntingdon House or relax and allow the Chawani team of house staff to assist in the preparation of your own meals.

Our Rating:  3 Hand Rating

Location: Satemwa Tea Estate, Thyolo, 35km South East of Blantyre. Easily accessed by road transfer from Blantyre, Malawi or any other parts of Malawi.

Number Rooms: 5 suites, all uniquely decorated (mother’s room, planters’ suite, the chapel, the nursery and father’s room)

Room Features: Bathrooms feature clawed bath tubs and separate showers. Each room has been individually decorated to reflect the quirks and character of this grand residence appropriately named based on their original function in the household: Mother’s Room, Father’s Room, The Nursery, Planters’ Suite and The Chapel. Each area of the house has a story of its own from the original children’s nursery to the resident priest’s quarters and private Chapel.

Other House Features: Resident Priest’s quarters and Private Chapel, Wifi in the main area, small gift shop selling tea and coffee produced on the estate

Power Source: Mains electricity with backup generator

Activities: Tea Tasting, Mountain Biking, Coffee tour, Walking Trails, Birding, visits to Mount Mulanje, Croquet and Boulle in the House Gardens and access to nearby sporting facilities

Child Policy: welcomes children of all ages

Season: open all year