British Bungalow Stay, Shimla | Staycation
About the space and location:Check-in Time: 12:00 PMCheck-out Time: 11:00 AMConstructed at the turn of the last century, this homestay is one of the older surviving residences of Shimla complete with a well-maintained lawn and views that will leave you spellbound. The design of the stay is an adaptation from an English architectural book by R.A. "Bungalow" Briggs, a copy of which is still present in the house. While the building maintains the traditional Dhajji Dewari architecture it was built in, it has all modern amenities that grant a comfortable stay.While here, do not miss out on the chance to have dinner under the star-lit sky. The numerous activities that one can indulge in adds to the joy of staying here.About the Rooms:Offering panoramic views of the mountains, the three bedrooms here are spacious and each comes with a private fireplace. - Oak Tree Room: Named for the room looks onto an oak tree, this twin-bedded room houses a rare and complete set of "The Historian's History of the World" in its original bookcase. A turn of the century Bakhtiari carpet adorns the floor here that lends it a royal charm.- Tara Room: This double room faces the Tara Devi mountain and is home to some lovely furniture including an antique four-poster and a carved wooden settee. The framed woodcuts, an Ersari Filpaya carpet, a Khotan and an Afghan carpet complete the look here.- Bay Window Room: A single room overlooking the oak and rhododendron forest, it is decorated in shades of yellow. This warm cheerful room has two exceptionally lovely carpets-a Kilim and a rather special cotton Agra Jail.All the bedrooms have free wifi, electric blankets, hot water bottles, radiators, electronic safes, mini-refrigerators, tea and coffee making facilities, filtered drinking water, hairdryers, along with ensuite washroom. Each can accommodate 2 guests at a time.About meals:The package includes breakfast (four-course American or Indian style) and dinner, and you can order lunch at an additional cost. The dining room here opens onto a small verandah and the front garden. The food is served in exquisite collectable China-ware with old, beautifully maintained silverware that adds to the charm of staying in such a luxury property.About activities:- Enjoy the eclectic collection of books and films here- Do visit the open-air ice skating rink during peak winters- As the sun sets, enjoy a warm bonfire under a star-lit skySuggested activities:- Visit the Rashtrapati Niwas, formerly known as Viceregal Lodge, to explore ancient articles and photographs going back to the times of the British rule in India- Head out to check out the Jakhu Hill, at an elevation of 2,455 m above the sea level, said to be the highest peak in Shimla- Visit the Jakhoo Temple, an ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman, situated on Jakhoo Hill- Check out the Christ Church, the second oldest church in North India- You can also visit the Kali Bari Mandir, a Hindu temple situated on Bantony Hill, dedicated to the fearsome reincarnation of Goddess Kali, known as Shyamala, after which the Shimla city is named- Nothing like enjoying the Kalka – Shimla toy train ride. The old railway line along the mountains paints a tranquil picture of the place.- Enjoy rafting at Tattapani, nestled on the banks of Satluj- Head out to visit the tranquil Chadwick waterfall- If arms and ammunition excite you, you must visit the Army Museum located in Annandale- Indulge in adventure sports like paragliding, mountain biking, and moreAbout access to common areas:Guests have access to the entire property as well as the outdoorsAbout safety and hygiene:- The retreat has increased the frequency of cleaning public areas (including the lobby, doorknobs, common washrooms, etc.)- Hand gloves being used when carrying out cleaning work and when handling waste- The rooms and the entire stay is deep cleaned before every check-in and post every check-out- There are antibacterial hand sanitizers available throughout the property- Social distancing is maintained- Daily temperature monitoring of the staffAbout accessibility:The stay is around 1 KM from the Shimla Railway Station and 2 KM from the local bus stand. Guests can easily reach the stay using any public or private transportation.