Visited the place in June 2016 , it's a true holiday destination. Quite place, comfortable stay, great cook and an awesome view into the valley. It's a perfect home one desires. It's away from the chaos of city horns, shops n crowd. The nature imbibes you in every corner of the place , September supposed to be a good time to visit being a season for apples . The management is friendly , helpful n loving . A truly memorable stay
We all dream of a place where we can spend our entire life!!
Apple Tree Cottage is one such place.
Situated inside an orchid in Kotgarh, Himachal with Apple, Cherry, plum and apricot trees all around.
The owners of the cottage and orchid Mrs. Minhas, Shazi, Parul and Jayesh are always ready to answer all your queries about the Himachali life style, agriculture and history of the place.
One can experience beautiful village walks, trails through the orchids, Tani Juber Lake and one of the oldest churches in India.
And when we came tired after visiting these places, we were surprised to see that the owners had arranged a bonfire party with delicious chicken, mutton, music and booze which refreshed us.
And in the end, we were served one of the tastiest Halwa (Sweet Dish) made by the cook Dinesh who is always ready to serve you whatever you ask for.
Apple Tree Cottage is a home away from home.
See the pics and believe it yourself.
A true Gem hidden in the himalayas. Must visit!
by SR R on
June 2, 2016
It is so difficult to write a "review" of Apple Tree Cottage as we never felt that we were just visiting and don't live there :). Me and my wife were part of the family throughout our stay. Nothing beats that feeling of "being at home away from home".
The weather is heavenly at kotgarh (can get very cold very quickly too) and the drive after Shimla is also very interesting.
We were pampered beyond belief by Ms. Minhaas, who despite her packed schedule and many responsibilities made sidu (an authentic himachali dish) for us. She would always keep checking on us and also shared her experiences and how life is at Kotgarh. The food in general was so simple, tasty and healthy just like home and just like how we wanted it. They took special care of our food too as one of us does not eat onion and garlic.
We plucked cherries from the trees ourselves (under guidance and some supervision :P) and ate them fresh. It was an entirely different experience. There were different fruits everywhere and it was so green.
We were lucky to meet Rakhi and Shaji too and found a perfect lounging terrace with a view to just sit and share our various trip experiences.
We explored the nearby areas and went to tani jabbar lake one day and Hatu peak / Hatu mata shrine another day.Evenings were special too and again it was like one family hanging out together around bonfire, drinks, food and music. Everyone made us feel so comfortable that we did not want to leave :(.
Don't know what else to say, please enjoy the pictures and do visit Apple Tree Cottage once.
* You can reach there in around 11 hours from Delhi if you leave early (3-4 Am). 7 Hours till Shimla and then add another 4 hours.
Old Kashmiri style house with cozy rooms and scenic views.
Off the national highway
Surrounded by cherry, apple and apricot orchards
The people running the place don't seem to be very keen to make sure that the guests' stay is comfortable. From being reluctant to let us take a bath, even though one person in our group got sick on the way there, repeatedly asking for the payment (we reached there after a 12 hour long car journey and promised to pay in the morning after they asked once, but their persistence was unbelievable) to keeping just one loaf of bread for a group of 8 people (booking happened a couple of months in advance), the stinginess of the hosts left us with a bad taste in our mouths.
The bathrooms weren't clean and the bed sheets were definitely not washed. (Mine had hair on it).
They did not provide us with towels, and when asked to do so, gave us one single towel to share among 8 people.
No toiletries or soap were provided either.
Charming property, but lack of maintenance and hospitality ruins it.
Stayed at Apple Tree Cottage last December for New Year's ..it was a great experience from BonFires every night with lovely local meat , lots of treks to near by villages ..some easy going, some tough ones...to ski to eating icicles..to Hatu Trek in snow...great experience serene beauty...and lovely hosts...
I am going back again in summers to experience Apple picking and apple pie crumbles..thanks for Shazi and Rakhi for arranging a lovely stay..