Such a nice place you hardly find today anymore in India. A very cozy, beautifully decorated old cottage owned by an artist. Everything was really good. The beds comfortable. The place neat and clean. And the view is just breathtaking. I'll definitely put on my regular to visit place list.
A place thatll guarantee a very relaxing stay, far from the humdrum of city life. Its a place where time seems to stand still. A cottage hidden at the end of a steep dead end lane (so theres parking). Its unassuming & unrevealing of what lies within. Once you enter, a surprise unfolds. The warmth, both in temperature & hospitality is wonderful. A welcome cake & warm tea later just introduces us to the owners & staff whose homeliness & hospitality is overwhelming. The rooms are all quaint & well appointed as well a cottage can. The room colours, wall textures, wall displays in combination lend a very fairy tale like atmosphere. The decor is very eclectic & unique in every sense. Four friendly dogs lend enough entertainment to the kids. The verandah commands a nice view of a valley & the assortment of avian highland species was surprisingly varied. Theyve The Book of Indian Birds to assists birdwatchers. Early mornings in the verandah, filling ones lungs with crisp morning air while trying identify birds was invigorating. Each meal (decided earlier) was homely & unpretentious. The entire experience spirited me away from the hurly burly of daily life & was enervating. Although, we did travel away during the day, I could imagine remaining indoors the whole day between the room & the verandah just treating myself to reading & pondering the calm. Our host, Ms.Bhuvan Kumari is a great conversationalist & ensures that we felt right at home. Definitely a stay worth trying. Myself, Ill surely revisit!
I am so much in love with this place and its just not me my kids too loved it. This place is built up with unique taste for colors and luxury style of living . Hats off to Bhuvan Kumari who is running this boutique place with so much ZEAL and knowledge and I guess she knows what her guests wants from the trip. We took a great decision to stay away from hustle bustle of Nainital and stay in this cottage. The staff is so well trained that they were completely aware of how the dining experience should be. The banana cake was heart steal for us and beautifully designed rooms makes you feel at unique place for sure.
The coffee table was our favourite hang out place. This cottage also has two dogs name Shaintan singh ( who is quiet) and Damroo singh ( who is naughty) and they are kids friendly and hence super safe to take your kids to this place.
The small verandas can also help you to practise Yoga ( do carry your Yoga matt) and also enjoy the morning tea by sitting in the small veradas,
We wish to visit this place again during our next Uttranachal excursion.
All the best to Bhuvan maam and lots of love.
The Cottage is a quaint little cottage in Jeolikote.
We had started from Delhi at 5:20 am and we reached The Cottage around noon 12:15pm with a single break for tea. This was our first destination of our 10 day Kumaon holiday. When you reach Jeolikote, you will see SBI on your right and a little ahead there is a very small motorable lane going down which will take you to The Cottage. Ms. Bhuvan Kumari welcomed us and made us feel at home and showed us our room. We stayed for a night in later half of May 2018.
We had booked a deluxe room which was a few steps down from the living room. Our room was big with a fan and A/C as well and an additional room (with big windows) which we loved more than the main room. The main room had a small door which led to a private sit-out looking out to the valley. The walls of our room were covered with Ivy and it looked just awesome. Our bathroom was very big with handpainted walls in vivid colors. The use of wooden frames throughout the room and The Cottage in general gives it a unique look. The aesthetics of this place are so very nice!
The common living area is fantastic with lovely decor and inviting sofa n chairs to just laze in and look out of the huge windows. There are books/magazines kept in the room n living area if one wishes to read something. This living room also leads to a terrace. Food is served in the living room and was good n homely. Tea n Coffee can be ordered throught the day at no extra cost in addition to the in-room tea / coffee maker.
In the afternoon we visited the bee-keeping government facility nearby and got a chance to see honeybees. There is also a mushroom cultivation plant in the same premises. It can be reached by a small path downhill from The Cottage. But we opted to go by our car. The next day we went to Nainital for some sigtseeing and further on to our next destination in Kumaon.
Amazing bird watching
by jyoB on
May 5, 2018
Tucked in a dead end lane, on the hill side, off the main highway, with no signage, one had to ask the shopkeepers for the place. Even Google maps didnt quite get it.
A rather quaint house, overlooking the 'forested 'valley, the Cottage was interesting in its quaintness. wooden floors, old thresholds & door frames converted into panels, mantlepieces, and shelves it was unusual in its elaborate ' make believe' of an old / heritage house.Period furniture & interesting pieces, with the occasional black & white photo of another generation made it quaint.
We had a huge room, with a double bed & an antichamber with a single bed, a seating arrangement along the bay window, a fridge & a coffee tea service. The toilet was over the top in its art work on the walls, but fairly well appointed. Our room opened out to the back, and sitting there we had a visual treat of bird life. The same went for the patio unstairs. The bird life was stunning.
The various levels and steps would pose a problem for anyone handicapped or with a walking problem. But barring that, the place was comfortable. We did a couple of short walks - up the hill in search of the old British cemetry. ( only a few desolate graves remain on the hill side) and down the walking track towards the river. Again - hundereds of birds. Our walk on the second day was cut short by rain and then a hailstorm.
The usp for The Cottage was the owner - Bhuvan Kumari - who is apparently extremely interesting and a good cook. But she was travelling, and Aditya ( her son) did everything he could to make us feel comfortable. We loved the Cottage - in everyway ..except the food. Which was appalling.
We'd like to blame that on the absence Ms. Bhuvan Kumari. We were asked the previous nite how we would like our eggs. Next morning there was aloo paratha and puri potato. Butter, jam & honey but no bread. Never mind...we started..along came one omlette. A while later ' who wants eggs ?'..I refused, my friend asked for one, got two and so one went waste. If that was bad, lunch was worse. The mornings left over potato dressed up ( every housewife knows that trick) paneer with capsicum & potato which was tasteless, dhal which really had no taste. In comparison the bhindi came out looking like gourmet fare. The ' semia kheer' took the cake...boiled semia dunked in milk. Totally inedible. We cracked up laughing just looking at it. The bundt, though a bit dry, passed,
Dinners we stuck to soup & toast. The soup, I must say was good. As ladies, who have, all our lives, cooked for our families, no doubt we were more critical, than young 20/30 something travellers But seriously, the cook at Jeolikot needs some severe training so that he can hold fort during Ms Bhuvan Kumaris absence.
That said - The Cottage gets top marks for location, comfort, ambiance and the birds around. ( and as Im told.. the occasional visiting tiger / leopard)