What we love
- The view is to die for! The property has a nearly 360 degree of the surrounding panorama! Not only can you see the mighty Trishul and other major Himalayan peaks, but also the sweeping valleys of Kumaon. As per the legends, this was the erstwhile house of a British Commissioner who stumbled upon this spot after a 10 year search for the perfect place in Kumaon!
- You’ll love the colonial charm of the interiors. The place is dotted with old photographs, period furniture preserved over the years, hundred year old tapestries and vintage sideboards.
- Peace, calm and serenity surround the place. Given that the house is located within the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, there is nothing around for miles but the oak and cedar forest, marked by the occasional burst of red rhododendrons, the sharp cry of the barking deer, the twitter of Eurasian jays, the babblers in the mornings and the colours of the sky as the sun sets.
- Everyday, the chef prepares a fresh menu that is written on the chalkboard outside the restaurant. We recommend you go with the handcrafted menu that takes you from soup to dessert, different for every meal. We also recommend trying the Kumaoni thali to sample local cuisine that is otherwise hard to find! Of course, there’s an ala carte menu as well if you prefer not to go with any of these options.
What to know
- This beautiful house is located within Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which is off the grid hence, there’s no electricity here. The place lays a strong emphasis on being green and uses a combination of solar power and gen-set. You’ll have lights every evening from sunset to bedtime during which time cameras, phone and other gadgets can be charged.
- The sanctuary gates open at sunrise and close at sunset, so plan your arrival and exit accordingly.
- Being an out and out nature retreat, there’s no television or wifi here. Internet is available on special request on a chargeable basis.
- Nestled in the core of the forest, this place is home to and corridor of many wild animals from ghorals, a variery of goat-antelope, to wild boars and leopards. We request you to be respectful to the environment and the flora and fauna it hosts.
- A small entrance fee will be charged at the forest check post of the sanctuary.
- The service is highly personalized here! Everyone, from the butler to the owners will look after your individual needs and ensure you have a comfortable. Spend some time with the owners and listen to them talk about the history of the place, anecdotes of ancestors who bought the property, summer holidays there as children and anything else that you want to know about the region.