Ten-Second Takeaway

Fit seamlessly into the days of yore at Ooty’s very Victorian hotel, Kluney Manor and its vast 150 acre estate.

On A High

Located on the very appropriately-named road, Mount Pleasant, in Ooty, Kluney Manor is truly a piece of history. Dating back to the 1820 when the original owner, Captain Macpherson of the British Army to the more recent erstwhile royal family of Patna, it’s been an aristocratic house through and through. But when you drive into the unending estate, you’ll see it still reflects that life.

Make Room

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Source: Kluney Manor

There’s three types of accommodation and you’ll want to stay in them all. The Vintage Rooms really steal the show though. High ceilings, decked out in wood, solid brass four-poster beds, neatly draped curtains that give way to windows and a view so spectacular, you’ll want to pinch yourself…we can really go on here. You get the picture, right? But you get to fall in love twice too, no?

So we did. With the Our Classic Cottage Rooms. Straight out of Downtown Abbey, they’re decked out in period furniture and a cosy living room with a fireplace to boot. Slightly further off the main house, nestled in the woods are another set of rooms which are great for a large family or those travelling in a group. Privacy and space are a given, in addition to Victorian beds and furniture.

On The Cards

Cute and cosy, their dining rooms are very warm and the food, though not exotic, covers quality Indian, Chinese and European fare. In Ooty, we suggest a mix of them – a Chinese soup, Indian starters and perhaps a steak or baked pasta for mains. After all, you need your carbs and protein to go trekking. Book yourself on one of these and you’ll thank us later. Apart from hiking up to the top of a few mountains {it’s not as intimidating as it seems}, they throw in a jeep ride through the jungles which is thrilling. Even more so if you spot a few wild animals like bison, porcupine and perhaps elephants.

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While it’s beautiful in the monsoon, it is a bit restricting. Load up on books, board games and cards for a super time.

Where: Kluney Manor, 196/197 Patna House, Mount Pleasant, Ooty

Price: INR 2,500 upwards off-season and INR 4,000 during peak season

Contact: +91 423 2447336

Find out more about them here.