Visited SilverBirch Manali Cottage from 01 Aug to 04 Aug 2011 with wife and grown up boys. Had identified it from the internet search and Tripadvisor recommendations, and did bookings through the Cottage Web Site for MAP Plan, which is basically breakfast and one more meal per day. (Plus Bed Tea.) The property is far from the city, but there are shops around to get toiletries, biscuits, soda etc if required. Since we had a car hired from Chandigarh for our stay, and were thankful that we were far from the city. The hotel staff had also accommodated the Driver with them, at no extra cost.
The property is exactly as shown in the website, and there are no hidden cost for anything. The owner is a gentleman and very courteous, though he spends most of his time with his other business which is arranging treks and adventure camps. the cottage is managed by his staff, which are always available, and provide prompt service. the cook is very good.
The cook makes Indian and Chinese food, though most of the guest tend to eat Indian. We had excellent Indian food and had a special dish each day like Trout Fish, Chicken and Paneer. The staff was insisting we try the Mountain Goat meat, but could not try it. The Trout and Chicken were especially very good. The property does not have a bar, and does not sell liquor. However you can buy your own alcohol and have it.
The property had solar heaters as well as electric heaters. Being August we did not require to use the electric heaters. The toilets were dry and clean, the bed covers and quilts were clean. In spite of so much wooden paneling, did not notice any insects or bedbugs. The property has a small garden outside, with two swings and garden tables and chairs.
Overall the property was very good and worth recommending to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silver Birch cottage gives you an ultimate home stay feel with its beautiful and a spacious interiors. The interiors are perfectly designed taking into consideration the climatic condition of the place, utmost care has been taken to make you feel comfortable. The rooms are provided with all amenities and facilities required. The carpets and paintings hanging on the walls of the rooms blend with the interiors. The cottage rooms are designed in such a way that you are provided with beautiful view of Manali and its mountains from almost all the windows and balconies. The complete panoramic view of Manali can be seen from Silver Birch Cottage. Since the location of the cottage is little far from the commercially crowded hotels and market place it gives you a exotic view of the surroundings and a feel of paradise on earth, as it is on a higher plane than the other inhabited locations. ... more less