This British-Era Bungalow In Bhimtal Has Tea Estates & Apple Pancakes

Homestays

The Retreat

Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

Jones Estate, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

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What Makes It Awesome

The Retreat in Bhimtal is one of those cosy British-era homestays that’s rustic on the edges, charming on the inside and, from what we hear, the host’s hospitality makes everything even better.

Run by the family of Frederick Smetacek, a man who fled the Nazis and came to India, this one's a British-era cottage situated on the foothills of the Kumaon Himalayas with only green hills around as far as the eyes can see. The property lets visitors experience a slice of the colonial life with its vintage paintings, a gramophone, rustic wooden furniture and their lovely piano. They also have three bedrooms with attached bathrooms that live and breathe an old-world charm. If not in these cosy rooms, you can always laze around in the garden and enjoy the perfect breakfast with Herb and Cheese Cutlets and fluffy Apple Pancakes. They've got organic and vegan meal options, too!

They also offer cooking classes for anyone who's interested to learn. How cool is that?

The rooms are priced at INR 4,000 for double occupancy and INR 3,500 for single occupancy. Know that the fare is slightly lower during the off-season. 

Pro-Tip

There’s plenty to do around the cottage. You can walk down the Panna Tal lake (that's 30 minutes away), go fishing, hike through the forested hills to Surya Goan, spot Muntjac and Sambhar, and eat a pahadi meal in a village home (on prior booking). The hosts can also arrange picnics and cosy campfire barbecues—just saying. 

Also, they arrange for cab services as well. Just let them know in advance and they'll send taxis to pick you up from the nearest airport, station, bus depot or even from Delhi. 

Homestays

The Retreat

Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

Jones Estate, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

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