Located in Shimla, the summer capital of British India, is a magical homestay that seems to be right out of a fairytale with flower filled gardens, charming interiors and surrounded by a lush, green estate.
It's neither too far, nor to close to the chaos of the otherwise popular hill station of Shimla, ideal for those looking for a charming and quiet mountain getaway. Set amidst gorgeous oak and pine forests, this homestay experience is breathtakingly beautiful outside and inside.
ABOUT THE STAY
Originally built in 1890 when Mr. Kitchlu came to Shimla to work with the British government, the cottage still exudes an old world charm with all the comforts needed to make your stay enjoyable and absolutely wonderful!
The hostess, Madhavi who now owns and runs the show at the cottage is a beautiful soul with extensive knowledge about various flora around her estate and loves to share this knowledge with her guests. She's a true flower child, happy amidst the wilderness and the serenity of her gorgeous estate.
There are 4 rooms at the cottage, each done up in the most charming and aesthetically pleasing manner. Wooden floors and ceilings, Windows offering stunning views of the the surrounding forest and the flower filled garden, antique wooden furniture, gorgeous floral upholstery, that all adds up to make you feel like you're still living in the colonial times.
Every room has a study because you're bound to be inspired to write, draw or read whilst your stay at the estate. The house has a spacious living room, a small TV lounge and a dining area where the hostess serves delicious home-cooked meals.
Originally from Delhi, Madhavi moved to Shimla 5 years ago to care for the estate that her great grand aunt left behind. When she got here, the house was in shambles and she successfully transformed this abandoned estate into a magical, flower filled estate that seems to be right out of fairytale!
Madhavi lives on the estate with her soul friend and cook, Madhu who moved with her from Delhi, the care-taker Motilal and her three dogs - Bhusa singh, Bholu and sweety and one cat named Milkha. All their energies and efforts combine to make this a truly magical and unforgettable experience :)
THINGS TO KNOW
The Fairytale Home is located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
7 hours from Delhi.
Nearest station is Kalka, 2.5 hrs away.
Nearest airport is Chandigarh, 3 hrs away.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Spring, Summer and monsoon are the best seasons to visit Shimla.
BEST SUITED FOR
Couples and solo travellers
Rs. 6,500 per room per night inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults.
The Fairytale Home is an ideal place for slow travellers as well as adventure junkies and activity seekers.
For the ones who like to stay in and relax, this is a great place to read and write. The various, cozy indoor nooks and the charming outdoor spaces act as inspiring reading and writing corners. For travellers who practice yoga, the flower-filled lawns are ideal for some yoga and meditation.
There are various nature trails that one can embark on to explore the surrounding forests. You could hike to Tara Devi Temple located on a hill top offering stunning views of Shimla and the lush green mountains.
For travellers seeking more activity, you could walk to the famous Mall Road and Ridge in the main town and make day trips to nearby places like Chail and Kufri.
INSPIRED TO WANDER?
TO PLAN YOUR JOURNEY TO THE FAIRYTALE HOME IN SHIMLA OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN HIMACHAL, CONTACT ME AT KRITIKA@WANDERBUG.IN
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