This was my first visit to Mussoorie. The team in Rokeby was warm and extremely cordial. My room was facing the valley and every morning I stepped out into the mist. Being from the big city I was mesmerised to see snowflakes. The team in the restaurant was efficient and served with a smile. I took long walks into the woods and enjoyed the fresh air and the breathtaking view. There is a quaint bakery nearby and had snacks and hot flavoured tea.
Overall an excellent experience. I shall definitely visit again and of course stay at Rokeby :)
May June is usually the time for a Lazy Summer Holiday with family in the Mountains for Indian Families.
The Booking were made directly by a Family Member and A separate Cottage with 3 Bedrooms, approx. 150 meters away from the Rockby Manor and Residences, by the name of Bothwell Bank House was reserved for us for 3 Nights .
The location is a Cantonment area near Mussoorie, Uttarakhand by the name of Landour Cantt around 300 Kms from the Capital New Delhi.
It is a pristine semi reserved forest area with almost no commercial activity going around. So if you wish to have a holiday with Quite, Refreshing and safe hikes then this area is recommended.
Bothwell Bank house has been a Family Residence since it was made and as the owners moved to a New Property nearby, this place is used to let out for tourists.
The 19th Century Interiors are maintained to enable us to enjoy the Bygone period of Raj Era. With lot of Wooden Beams, Stone Floors, Fireplaces, aesthetically matched with modern furniture and colourful tapestry and interiors made the place almost magical for us at many times .
We flew from New Delhi Airport to Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport .
The hotel had arranged two Taxies to bring us back to the property.
It Took approx. two hours of leisurely drive to reach our destination.
Bothwell bank house is a 3 bedroom villa .One Bedroom had a second Double bed for 2 kids. In total we were a family of 8.
The Tariff was Inclusive of Breakfast and we had an option of having a full time Chef, a server and a housekeeping person at all times in the property in a separate room outside the main building.
Which means , we could order for any food item ,at any time of the day, to be made specially for us at a nominal additional cost.
We also had the option of bringing our our own raw ingredients and then chef could whip a own local and original version of a home style dish with his skillfull hands and we surely took advantage of that.
Everyday we had a different breakfast and scores of favourite dishes in Lunch and Dinner. Some times a special dish was made in the main kitchen of the hotel and then served on our huge dining table.
The Glass conservatory outside the living room had a superb Multi function Massage chair, strategically placed , so that we could enjoy the Vast Green Valley while having a wonderful relaxing massage and sipping beer and cocktails. (Conjured up by ourselves of course)
They also had an Outdoor Jacuzzi , mounted on a small terrace at a separate level, which was filled with perfect temperature water for us to enjoy.
They have Seating area outside on the terrace too, where we would have our morning teas.
There is Bar by the name of The Stray Dog near by. However we did not go there.
There are a few interesting eating joints within a walking distance, at a place called Char Dukaan ( translating into 4 Shops) . It is small crossing , where tourists from mussourie either hike up or come in taxis to savour the view or to go up to a place called Lal Tibba.
There is a Church also nearby .
It is approx. 4 to 5 km Walk down to mussuorie.
It was fun for us but too strenuous for our parents, so while retuning back from the Mall Road we took a cab, which costed approx 300 rupees.
Even though there were TV's in all the rooms and in the Main Living area, we hardly watched it .
Free wifi was there and the speed was acceptable.
There were lot of Books, Blankets, Throws around to make everybody comfortable and relax at their own pace .
The Rooms and bathrooms were clean and modern .
We had a Great family time and Loved the Home.
Memorable lunch at Rokeby. Beautiful ambience. Chef Chandramohan recommended roast chicken and salmon fish. Both were delicious. Very helpful . The desserts were lovely --New York chocolate cake and date cake with toffee sauce. A special mention of steward Deepak, who was very courteous and polite. All in all a wonderful experience.
While at Mussoorie, do not forget to visit this place which is near Char Dukan cantt area. Nice restaurant of colonial era which will not disappoint. Be little lavish in ordering and you will not regret. No drinks. Ice tea is good. Italian food is awesome. Indian food is also available. Nice place to have Lunch / Dinner in a relaxed way.
I took my family up to one of the highest points of the city, and followed the recommendation of a close local friend who suggested we eat here when we're done with the fantastic views. What we saw, we really liked. It's an old English styled cottage setting with warm and plush interiors with some fantastic service. The food was excellent with decent portion sizes. We ordered the seafood risotto, their nanzaa (a naan based pizza), a whole lot of French fries - thanks to the generous portion and a spaghetti carbonara with chicken and ham. One should surely visit the place if you want to have a nice sit down meal, or even consider staying here if you don't mind getting away from civilization, only to be surrounded by some of the best views one can hope for..