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“A very welcome break” 5 of 5 stars
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Lakeside Guest House
Kamarajar Dam | Athoor Post, Dindigul 624701, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Dindigul B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Marlow, United Kingdom
1 review
“A very welcome break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I stayed here in the middle of a two week trip doing charity work in Madurai. Pete and Dorinda looked after us amazingly, the rooms and food were lovely, and the pool was bliss! I only wish we could have stayed for longer.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. We enjoyed having you to stay and hope that you may be able to come back for longer sometime in the future.
Thank you also for the great work you were doing in Madurai, it is certainly much appreciated.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

After 7 weeks of travel with 2 children 10 and 12 in amazing India, Lakeside is one of the major highlights. Dorinda and Pete and their staff have created some amazing frames in the beautiful scenery. We felt really well treated and the people and service were fantastic. Pure vacation and relaxation and quiet and peaceful surroundings. Do not go past the Lakeside Guest House. 1 night is not enough!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank you Katrine. We very much enjoyed meeting you and your lovely children, we only regret not having the time to get to know you better.
We hope that the rest of your trip went well and that the children continued to enjoy and absorb all the new sights and experiences of India - we hope they realise just how lucky they are to have such a wonderful opportunity at their age!
Best wishes to you all
Dorinda
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We were very lucky to be able to travel extensively in Kerala and Tamil Nadu for six weeks in January/February 2013. One of the many highlights of our trip was our stay at Lakeside. We were there for 8 nights.

We wanted somewhere to wind down a bit before returning to the UK. Somewhere quiet and relaxing after the noise and chaos of the cities we stayed in, in an attractive setting and with good food and comfortable beds, but not too far away from the “noise and chaos” that we actually quite enjoy. To say that Lakeside fulfilled all those requirements would be an understatement, because it exceeded them in every way.

Take it for granted that Lakeside is a beautiful residence in beautiful surroundings. You can see this from their website, but that doesn’t prepare you for exactly how lovely this place is. We stayed in one of the cottages, which are banked away from the main building so that everyone has a view of the lake and the hills beyond. This view is truly stunning, not least because the grounds are well landscaped and the buildings tastefully and sympathetically designed and unobtrusive. The gardens are full of colour, and there are plenty of mature trees, especially around the swimming pool, which is a very decent size.

The cottage we stayed in had more than enough space for two messy people; there were two high-powered but very quiet ceiling fans to keep us cool and – at last! – a shower with instant and powerful hot water! And our own balcony to sit on and admire the view from.
During our stay we did go and have a look at the other places to stay in this area. Let’s just say that we were delighted to have made the right decision!

It’s a short walk to the lake, which you can then go round on foot in about an hour and a half. The birdlife here is worth a trip for no other reason. Up the road – about 10 minutes’ walk away – is a shady area where the local people get together for religious and social occasions, one of which we were lucky enough to get slightly involved in!

The owners of Lakeside, Dorinda and Pete, are charming, as are the manager, Kennedy, and the rest of their staff. The food is delicious and unpretentious South Indian cuisine; the breakfast masala omelette is unmissable and the early evening drink on the roof terrace is a lovely social occasion.

We are quite seasoned travellers and have stayed in many places, good, bad and indifferent, throughout the world. Lakeside is up there in our top ten, and we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to spend some time in this lovely part of India.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
What can I say Tim? We really enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you, and it was a pleasure to be able to introduce you both to a little of life as we know it here in rural Tamil Nadu.
Thank yo so much for your generous comments.
Dorinda
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Having worked in a busy city in India, I needed a break for some R & R. Lakeside gave me the peace and quiet sorely needed to recharge my batteries. There were some really lovely guests there so we all ate together in the evening on the roof-top, which was very convivvial. All in all a stunningly beautiful place with hundreds of birds to watch on the lake.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
We are always happy to welcome those who are tired by a busy life in the city! Our other guests also said how much they enjoyed the evening conversations on the roof with you. We are glad you find Lakeside the ideal place to rest and unwind and look forward to seeing you again some time.
Dorinda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The previous reviewer has very accurately summed up our experience of Lakeside. It is, indeed, a place where you immediately feel welcomed and looked after. It is run extremely efficiently and with total dedication by the resident owners and their delightful staff. It is unique in what it offers. An experience of all that makes India the fascinating place that it is but from the comfort and security of an establishment run with Western sensitivities without the impersonal, corporate approach that is prevalent in many hotels that cater for international guests. We enjoyed a very happy stay and hope to return before too long.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank you for your kind words, we very much enjoyed your company and showing you a little of life here in southern India. We look forward to the possibility of welcoming you here again in the future.
Dorinda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Lakeside offers an amazingly beautiful place to stay, with very comfortable accommodation, excellent food, courteous and efficient staff, charming and helpful hosts, and very interesting surrounding countryside. It has the added advantage that the very high levels of cleanliness result in the food and water being totally safe (rarely the case in India) and the high quality swimming pool being safe as well. There are many possible activities, including cycling to the little local village of Athoor, seeing the fantastic temple at Madurai, and numerous local excursions with the hosts (a village potter, sari weaver, coconut processing plant, the nearby Palani Hills and many others). A walk to the local temple or round the lake are also delightful.

An ultra relaxing place, but with plenty to do.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
We enjoyed your visit, as always and look forward to seeing you again sometime when you are in the area. Glad you are enjoying the swimming pool!
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

A stunningly beautiful location with absolute peace and quiet. Very clean, comfortable, attractive rooms, wonderful hospitality and choice of Indian or Western cuisine. The nice swimming pool is a real plus also. We have visited several times now.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knowlands, Owner at Lakeside Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thank you for the lovely comments. We have enjoyed welcoming you to Lakeside and look forward to seeing you again.
Dorinda
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Additional Information about Lakeside Guest House

Address: Kamarajar Dam | Athoor Post, Dindigul 624701, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Dindigul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Dindigul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holding the prime position on Kamarajar Dam, with excellent views of the lake and mountains, Lakeside will give you an unrivalled experience of rural India in accommodation run to Western standards by its resident British owners. Lakeside offers a high standard of food served by attentive, but unobtrusive, staff.The property offers rooms in the main building as well as more spacious individual cottages; all accommodation has lake views; air conditioning is available in some. The buildings are set in 4.5 acres of landscaped gardens with a further 3 acres of undeveloped land, bordering the Reserve Forest, which is retained as a haven for wildlife; guests are free to walk here to enjoy the environment. The quiet seclusion of Lakeside makes it an ideal stop for western travellers on a tour of south India, as well as a quiet retreat for businessmen visiting Madurai or those seeking a weekend break from nearby Indian cities. The owners of Lakeside also offer a 10 day holiday package, ideal for foreign guests wishing to add a unique experience of rural India to the usual tourist visits.(Please note, Lakeside does not accommodate children under the age of 5) ... more   less 
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