What we love
- As one leaves the heat of plains and climbs on a serpentine road clinging to the river Gaula, the fresh mountain air breathes life into the tired mind. The road snakes through dense oak forests echoing the melody of streams. Rugged shacks along the road dish out crunchy pakodas, potato wedges and roasted corn served with tingly chutneys. Sleepy villages perched on imposing cliffs and neatly arranged terraced fields play hide and seek with the mist. In this little hamlet, a misunderstood pit-stop on the highway to Nainital, the cacophony of an overcrowded hill-station is absent and a reassuring calm roams freely.
- Though outwardly the cottage exudes a hangover from the colonial days, the interiors have meticulously been redone with exemplary taste! Couches, lamps, linen, rugs, paintings and books have been hand-picked to arrive at a comfy ambience that is in stark contrast to the mundane milieu of traditional hotels.
- A personal touch in shaping the idea of the home-stay is palpable in hand-painted bathrooms and home cooked meals. But particularly striking are the intricately wood sculpted frames of several doors and windows that have been salvaged, painstakingly, from old Kumaoni homes, and here, this dying art of the hills has been kept alive.
- The Victorian cottage comes alive with conversations with the owner who apart from taking a keen interest in ensuring that guests are comfortable, regales them with engaging stories on topics ranging from history to philosophy! These discussions, often over piping hot tea and snacks, provide a glimpse into her love for the mountains and contributions in conserving their beauty and culture.
What to know
- Walking has been the time-tested way of appreciating the pull of the mountains. The property is blessed with pristine natural elegance with a solid tree cover and well maintained flowers - the white rose bush on the sloping roof is beautiful.
- Do not miss going hiking on the trails around the cottage! You can walk down to the stream below visiting the government apiary and horticulture department en-route pucking up fresh kiwi, mushrooms, olives, strawberries and honey! During the monsoons, waterfalls spring to life!
- Only the deluxe rooms have access to sit-outs that offer views of the neighbouring mountains and ravines. However the common lounge area and nearby terrace can be used by guests of the standard rooms as well.
- During the rainy season or after heavy rainfall be careful while going near the streams as the current can be deceptively strong.
- If you’re interested in birding, pack a book of Indian birds as the bird-life around the cottage is really impressive!
- Expect delectable freshly prepared home cooked food during your stay here. Incase you’ve got any special requests, do inform in advance.
- Pack a pair of sturdy shoes if you plan to explore the trails around the cottage.
- Wifi while available may be sporadic; you may want to carry your own dongle to access internet.