Looking to hibernate in style? I’ve discovered just the place for you. Hidden just 200 kilometres away from Bangalore, between Hassan and Sakleshpur, Hirvate Estate is a charming home stay that will let you live life off the grid.
Owned and operated by the lovely Trupti and Samrat Chengapa, they truly take hospitality to the max. Once you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by four out-of-Enid-Blyton cottages that have a patio leading into your bedroom. I loved the open-plan space that featured antique-style four-poster beds, desks, chaise longue and drawers without going overboard.
Food and fun happens at the clubhouse, set a few metres away from the cottages. A pretty flowered path leads you there, and a massive bonfire pit will confirm you are there. Expect homely but delicious food. We had everything from fish curry with akki roti to divine biryani (from a family recipe, made by Trupti’s mother herself), as well as Samrat-made starters including chicken karaage, bruschetta, pork belly and comfort bhajjis! Breakfast is cyclical South Indian fare, which didn’t repeat even once in the four breakfasts we did have. Plus, eggs, toast, butter and jam. As one does in a coffee plantation, I also loaded up on copious amounts of coffee.
While lounging in your room, just snoozing on the beds wrapped in the duvet sounds tempting, make sure you step out into the great outdoors too. Walk or run in and around the Hirvate Estate and you’ll probably see peacocks strutting about. If not, just marvel at the trees, coffee plants and just soak in nature. They also have a coffee plantation trail walk which teaches you about coffee, and it’s worth your time. There's a dam nearby that will get you stunning views of the sunrise or sunset. Try coaxing Samrat and Trupti to get you access!
Prices per person are INR 5,500 per night with all meals.