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“Absolute BLISS!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary,P.O. Ayarpani District, Binsar 263601, India   |  
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Gurgaon, India
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“Absolute BLISS!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

A long treacherous drive from Delhi was soon washed once we reached the estate, beautiful location, beautiful cottage, awesome team to pamper you to the core with ever smiling faces. We booked the Rhododenderon cottage for 4 nights, and the experience was just brilliant.
Starting from booking with Serena to our stay with Govind ji and team, it was just fabulous. The food is made to your demand every day with finger licking good options :). Rooms are very tastefully done with nice sit outs and functional fireplaces in all rooms. A must visit for people who are looking for luxurious and warm place to unwind. Felt like our own luxury vacation home in the hills. Nice jungle treks around the estate to charge you up.

Room Tip: Juniper or Cherry Blossom both have beautiful view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Gurgaon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

If you desire super luxury high up in the Kumaon Himalayas, look no further!! Mary Budden Estate (MBE) is Serena Chopra’s labour of love. From the two beautiful buildings (one original colonial and the other new) to the tasteful furniture & fixtures, the sculptures, the upholstery, the crockery & cutlery - everything is par excellence. One never realizes that the property does not have an electricity supply because utmost care has been taken to ensure that the solar panels provide adequate power. The Wifi works well (though only outdoors), which is even better because it brings you out of your room!!

The food is exceptional. The first meal at MBE tantalizes the taste buds for more. Gobind, the cook is superb not just with Indian fare, but also with continental dishes. One can fathom the attention to detail by the fact that multigrain bread is actually transported from as far as Delhi everyday, just to provide the perfect dining experience to guests.

The drive from Delhi is treacherous and a stopover is recommended to arrive fresh at MBE the following day. We broke journey at Jim Corbett Park, though other options are also available along the way.

Guides have to be hired separately, which is something to look into because walks/hikes are very much part of the MBE experience and I believe should be provided for by the estate.

MBE is rather expensive, but then how do you “cost” to live in someone’s home?? Kudos to the Chopra family for having opened up their private holiday homestay to the world.

  • Stayed June 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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The arduousness of a long and challenging drive from Delhi melted away on entering the portals of this special paradise. It was the last week for the rhododendron forest that soars above and enwraps the property to be in flower, so carpets of blood red petals on the magical walking trails. A full moon was accompanied by bird call that became an orchestra at dawn. Ladybirds by the dozens landed on the terrace breakfast table. The walk to the Dalar Village for lunch provided by MBE's farmer/caretaker was sumptuous simplicity made from ingredients freshly harvested from his garden: peas, mountain spinach and more. A fully grown male leopard farewelled us on our dawn departure. With over 20 years travelling in and through India, I was utterly surprised and delighted that such pristine and protected landscapes could exist: sweet pure air, fabulous biodiversity, the sheer beauty of unfolding distant mountains and utter tranquility. The Panchachuli Womens Weaving work is available near the Mandir and very lovely. So much natural beauty is enhanced by exquisitely superior, elegant accommodations that pay tribute to history, eco ethics, comfort of the first order and the scenery. Everything is touched with panache, style, and a superb sense of aesthetics that let you feel you are in a "home away from home", with wonderfully kind service, great attention to detail and really great food. Take as many days as you can indulge in away from the rat race.

Room Tip: I loved Cherry Blossom: open fire, large picture windows, great bathroom with a potbelly if needed.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Remoteness is a rarity in much of India and the Mary Budden Estate is maybe the most remote hotel I have ever been to... Having just spent the incredible days there I cannot recommend it more highly - I only wish we had stayed longer. The whole place is beautifully restored with a great eye for design and absolute attention to eco principles. The food is some of the best I have and all the staff very attentive. All in all it is faultless. We will go back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

A charming property which is very elegantly decorated and extremely well maintained. Although the drive is long from Delhi it is well worth the effort as the ambiance and beauty of Mary Budden is breathtaking. All around the property one will find cosy corners provided for in the landscape with breathtaking views. The staff are very friendly and Mrs. Chopra (owner) is a charming and attentive host --would definitely recommend this getaway.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Saw the property in Sept 2012. Could not stay there as it opens in October. Have never seen such a amazingly located well kept property. So deep in jungles that u can never imagine. So out of this world that u want to live there forever. Wish I could have spent few days there- well may be next time.Ms Chopra who is the owner has such classy taste that her touch can be seen all over the property. Bit Expensive but if u can afford then it is THE place to be.

Room Tip: Better to go as extended family or group of friends & hire the whole cottage instead of individu...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Mary Budden Estate makes the long journey getting there well worth the while. Not only is it precious for its location, (ensconced as it is in the Binsar wildlife sanctuary), and its vintage, (the estate's history dates back to the 1800s), it is probably one of the few colonial properties that offers visitors a fine balance of authentic restoration alongside flourishes of understated (and responsible) luxury, the fabulous meals being a memorable one. While I'd recommend it more as a holiday for adults and groups, our 4-and-a-half year old loved exploring the place and owner Serena helped us find some age-appropriate activities for the young one. As like most mountain holidays in which the day is divided into eating, walking, sleeping, reading and drinking, its a holiday that's recommended for the fit as there are numerous trails to get back your walking legs. Unfortunately, we chose a time when the snow peak views are a factor of luck but we will be back in the winter knowing that Mary Budden's fireplace and Bindi, the estate's year-old foal await us.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary,P.O. Ayarpani District, Binsar 263601, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Binsar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Binsar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mary Budden Estate - a family run luxury homestay, is one of only five private homes nestled deep in the oak forests of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Himalayas, at 8000 feet.Mary Budden's 120 year old heritage home has been fully restored by the owners, who have also built another cottage in keeping with the old colonial style; along with a replica of a 14th century Shiv temple within its 5 acres.They harvest rainwater and are fully powered by solar energy. Mary Budden Estate also provides guests with organic produce from their own garden.With the help of their caretaker Ganesh Dutt (who has been with them for the last 21 years), they also provide their guests with a complete village experience in Ganesh's own home in the Dalar village (an hour and a half on foot from Mary Budden Estate).Come here to unwind and connect with nature in this breathtaking corner of the world. ... more   less 

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