We were 3 couples with kids (16mo, 2yo and 4mo). We typically prefer home-stays because you get a homely feel, and importantly having a kitchen around helps when traveling with kids.
I had a mixed experience at this place.
First the positives:
The place is really good: it's a 30 acre property, with lots of coffee and spice plantations, and on top of a hill. The tree house is awesome, sadly we were too late to book it.
Just a walk in the property gets you rejuvenated.
The rooms are big and are well equipped. Beds are comfortable.
Moreover, Rajesh was kind enough to take us on a cracking ride in his 4x4 through a narrow, bumpy, steep and very winding trail in the hills. This was arguably the highlight of the stay.
But you cannot really enjoy a holiday when you're constrained by a list of rules! You feel uncomfortable and are under pressure worrying whether you broke any !
Here is an incomprehensive list:
- Dinner needs to be had at 7 pm sharp, and at the dining area only.
- Bathroom linen may not be changed everyday
- You may not take food to your room or to the front porch of the rooms. The only thing you may take along is a cup of tea and some biscuits
- You must eat only what is available, and may not bring anything from other restaurants or sources
- If you do get food from outside (with a prior permission of course), you cannot have it in the rooms, or in the backyard, or in the front porch, or in the dining area! You need to finish it off in the parking area!
- You are expected to go to bed by 10pm
- If you need to use the kitchen to heat milk for your toddler/baby, you got to find a sweet spot when the kitchen is not in use. Dinner time is out of question. Can't use it few hours before dinner because that's when they are cooking dinner, nor for an hour after dinner cuz then they are cleaning up! So finding that sweet spot was very difficult.
Our experience in other home stays were very much in contrary, where the hosts were very accommodating. I mean, what does it take to heat a glass of milk? 2 mins on the gas stove? Unfortunately, they don't have a microwave.
The place is great, the 4x4 ride was awesome, but sadly I won't visit or recommend this place to anyone. What I mentioned above is arguably the most inoffensive way I could have explained our experience.
They have been running this since 2005, which makes me feel, they are not inexperienced folks and have knowingly behaved this way.
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