Ten-Second Takeaway

Homely and comfortable, this Neemrana property is great for some quiet down time in the hills. Plus, a stunning view of tea garden every direction you look in.

Living In History

Not that anyone needs an excuse to head to the sleepy town of Coonoor, but this charming British bungalow is the perfect one if you’re looking to escape. With over 100 years of history {it was built by a Scottish Major General, and after passing many hands through the years, it’s now with the tea company Matheson Bosanquest}, it really takes you back in time. Starting from the stately porch, the wooden flooring, fire place and common room, the entire set up is vintage. But don’t go thinking that it’s old-school. This place has modern amenities {don’t we all love those power showers}, some level of cell reception and televisions, of course.

Get A Room

wallwood garden neemrana in conoor

Source: Neemrana Hotels

The spacious and quaint rooms {ten in total}, are what we fell in love with, and suspect you might too. The best one, in terms of view, is Eucalyptus, which directly looks onto the property’s prized pomological garden. For luxury, check into Pine or Gulmohar, complete with fireplace, writing desks and massive double beds. Acacia’s trump card is that it has a door opening straight onto the garden. Looking for cosy? Make Camphor your home for the holiday.

Fruit Loops

Having tea in the gardens is always a romantic idea. More so if you’re the Enid Blyton sort. But if that’s too much sunbathing, sneak into their atrium and restaurant Feast which doubles up as an amazing view point. Serving homely food, it’s usually a limited menu with Indian khana reigning supreme. Make sure you order in advance, though. Once you’re settled in, Downton Abbey style, make sure to take a walk in the large gardens. And if you’re wondering what this pomological garden is, then brace yourself. One of only three experimental fruit gardens for the State Agricultural Department, you’ll see research being done on fruits of all kinds here, ranging from pomegranate and apples to plums and apricots.

So We’re Thinking…

Elegant and inspiring even, we’d go back for the tranquil set-up and non-intrusive but helpful staff. Privacy is what you should go here for, because it’s exactly what you’ll get.

Where: 58, Kotagiri Road, Coonoor 643 101, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

Contact: +91 423 2230584

Price: INR 2,750 upwards

Check out their website here.