We really liked staying here, a heritage hotel. Very old but has a charm of it's own. The couple that run this hotel are lovely, they mix with the guests and are very interesting to talk to. There is a new part being built as they need more rooms and a larger dining hall which will make the hotel better as not many guests can stay ( there was 39 of us on our tour) we had a barbecue outside it was lovely with fires being lit as it was February so that took the cold air away from us. Food was nice and it had a homely feel.
We stayed for a night during a tour of north India. Another heritage hotel, so rooms can be a little random. Ours was in a separate building away from the main house, with a large, rather ornate entrance hall. The room was clean, the beds firm but comfortable and the heater and shower both worked, so fine for a night. We had drinks around a brazier in the evening followed by a very tasty dinner with a couple of lovely ladies making delicious breads. We travelled in November and needed our thin thermals and fleeces for outside. Don't expect modern hotel luxuries, just go with the flow...
We spent two nights at Judges Court as part of our tour of Northern India. The sight of the grounds and hotel were a welcome sight following a two hour drive uphill from Jalandhar. Judges Court is an architectural gem and the owners have spent a lot of time and money renovating the property and at the time of writing, there was a major extension taking place which we were told would provide larger dining facilities and some extra bedrooms.
The owner, Mr Lal and his wife were on hand to greet us . Utterly charming and the staff too. Our room was in a 1930s house, called The Residence, redolent of 20th C colonial architecture and whilst not oozing the latest standards, was perfectly comfortable and made me feel I was visiting an old Aunt. It must be remembered that Pragpur is up country and therefore electricity and water supplies are not what we are used to in large cities. I did feel cold that night, despite the oil filled radiator , but part of that was due to feeling unwell which to be fair, started on our journey up from Delhi earlier that day.
The food was delicious and different from that served a bit further South. In fact it was lighter and vegetable were grilled and fresh. Some of our group clustered around the brazier, whilst the rest of us ate in the dining room which was wonderfully old world style.
Drinks were served in the garden and we were offered more throughout the evening ( all reasonably priced) and following dinner, a group of us huddled around the brazier and we were offered hot water bottles which for me was a life saver.
Next day, we sauntered into the village, which is slowly undergoing renovation, and as always, a 'Namaste' and smile always brought a friendly response.
This would be a lovely place to visit in the late Spring, not least there was an inviting plunge pool and the grounds must be fragrant with the flowers and vegetation.
The building services are quirky, but outweighed by everything else. I would like to return one day.
We stayed here for a couple of nights and it is a lovely place to chill out. Afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches is served at 4. The evening meal can be served in the lovely dining hall or outside, weather permitting. It isa set menu and very good value.
The old town is a short walk away and we were accompanied by the hotel dog who supervised our trip and waited for us outside each shop.
The rooms are lovely, but ours had no view. Some of the others were much better in that respect. There was a lovely sitting room and veranda with comfortable chairs and some glossy Indian mags.
A one night stay here, in transit to Dharamsala.
Stayed in the annexe, which is the slightly more modern part. Nice spacious rooms, comfortable and well looked after. Good beds and nice bathroom.
A small drinks party round an open-air fire brazier before dinner - VERY well priced beer & spirits!
Excellent meal, freshly cooked, and a great demonstration by two lovely ladies of how to make chapatti's and paratha's - so good, I confess to just queuing up to eat them with vegetable rice! .
I concur with other visitor's comments about the reception staff - they were not especially welcoming; absolutely not hostile or surly, nothing like that, but there was a bit of an air of "oh, not another bunch of tourists to deal with....).
But that wasn't an issue for us, and I really enjoyed our stay here. The heritage village is definitely worth exploring too.
5 Star? No. An enjoyable and memorable stay? YES.
All things considered, the village and the hotel and a hidden jewel, well worth going out of your way for.