Hide Out is basic, and it's beautiful. Especially when you're running away from Bombay, it feels like unapologetic detoxification. Sangeeta and Hemant have put a little bit of class and a little bit of wilderness into absolutely every corner of their farm. It's sprawling, there's gorgeous furniture and flower arrangements lying around carelessly everywhere you turn, the rooms are exquisite - mud walls, mammoth windows with a profusion of hibiscus outside, stern missives on the bathroom door about garbage and general restraint, leaping frog in the bathroom... my kids, husband and I hadn't slept better in a long time.
I don't remember when I met a more energetic man than Hemant. He's in love with his farm and shows it off with brilliance. They have this huge sprawling wild farm full of amazing fruit and vegetables that Hemant will encourage the kids to pluck in a basket for the next meal, two beautiful cows with the most gorgeous eyes, bales of straw that my son loved crawling about on... and an open kitchen, presided over by Sangeeta, with wood fire from where wafts the aroma of fresh, unadulterated food. When you finally eat, you remember having forgotten how rich and layered nature's produce tastes, with all its glorious flavours, before we kill it all with foul chemicals. Their precious girls from the village (four I think), create magic from mountains of vegetable.
The Chhabras make very lavish hosts. The fruit baskets never seem to become become empty, you have their attention all the time, and they make you this delicious fresh lime water to welcome you back from a hot outing, the herbal tea is always parked on the table and, what really stole my heart, was that they generously share all their organic foodstuff (if you've been trying to eat organic you'll know how difficult it is to access/afford). That, and the fact that the children are made to feel as if they are, literally, at home.
We spent two days there and I regretted leaving that early. My kids, 7 and 2, had a super time being free and unhindered, we made friends with other guests, found many common connections... it was idyllic. I was greedy for a bit of the farm, so Hemant generously gave me a lemon basil plant in a pot (it's flourishing in Bombay now), a huge bunch of bananas from his farm and I asked one of the girls for the recipe of a delicious beans curry that she explained to me in much detail. Within a week of coming home I'd cooked it and gained approval from the entire family.
Now for the statutory warning, - it's a farm, not a luxury or even semi luxury holiday home. You wash your own dishes, clean up after you and don't expect artificial air conditioning/ room service/ 24 hour attendance. Go only if you're happy to read and laze about, and only if fruit trees and cows and mud walls charm you.
Before I leave - there's this waterfall. It's something else; a small dam sends town this torrent that does some incredible massaging on your back if you dare to sit under it. It's loud, hard hitting, and like nothing I've ever experienced. SUCH a trip!
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