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“Garden excellent but cottage is poorly maintained” 2 of 5 stars
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Lake Road | Next to Bryant Park, Kodaikanal, India   |  
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“Garden excellent but cottage is poorly maintained”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Courtyard and garden is excellent. Well maintained lawn and plants .But facilities inside the cottage was very poor. No proper plugs.Bathrooms less hygienic and even some electrical wires are plugged in with out insulation.Found one tube light wound with rope and frame for support.At this price we expect some more dedication from owners side.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

"We were attracted to the open space & garden feeling of the resort. And we were not disappointed on his front. The lawn & garden space is huge and well maintained. But there were many other let downs that made our Misty Cove experience memorable for the wrong reasons.

+ Lawn & garden are well maintained & welcoming for nature lovers. The kids loved the open space.
+ Good response levels from the minimal support staff on the resort grounds.
+ The only advantage of the location for us was that all restaurants were within walking distance. Another possible advantage was that its walking distance to the boat house, park, Coaker's walk.

- The property is just off the busiest part of Lake Road, Kodaikanal. Our cottage was just a few meters away from the hustle bustle of Lake Road - noisy, too close to the crowds, etc.
- We were in between Christmas & New Year - a relatively colder part of the year. Our cottage was uncomfortably cold. The construction of the cottage is such that the temperature within the cottage felt about 5 degrees less than outside. Maybe the summers would be good.
- Quality of heaters is poor & struggles to keep the rooms warm.
- Food has to be ordered 24 hrs in advance. And there is no backup for the support staff. If the cook is unwell, you go without this facility (the cook was indisposed the entire duration of our stay)
- Cottage is old and furnishing and upkeep is poor (dusty, cobwebs, hot water smells of rust)

On the coldest night of our stay, we were struggling to stay warm with quilts & room heaters. In the middle of the night our cottage suddenly lost power. Though we could've managed without the lights, the heaters were absolutely essential for the kids. It took us & the caretaker close to 2 hrs to find the source of the issue (an old wire in a junction box had given up) and fix it. This sort of an issue might not happen to every guest, but it definitely contributed to us looking forward to the end of our vacation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We were a family of 2 senior citizens, 3 kids aged 8, 6 & 4 yrs & a couple. We stayed at Misty Cove, Kodaikanal for 4 days & 3 nights in 1st week of June'12.
I had seen a small ad of a lake front homestay at Kodaikanal in Outlook Traveller magazine. I immediately saw their website & was entirely charmed. I searched the net for reviews but couldn't find ANY! Then I contacted the owner Mr. Vaibhav Gulechha directly. He assured me that we would be perfectly comfortable at Misty Cove & would not have any complaints.
They have 5 nos. 2 bed-room cottages on the property. The property is located ON Kodaikanal lake & is very picturesque. I booked 1 cottage for our family with 1 extra bed. We always prefer to stay in 'homestays' as outside food is a problem with small kids. Here the bonus was a SUPERB cook, whose food we still miss :-)
We took an overnight train from Bangalore & reached Kodai Road station in the morning. Mr. Gulechha had helped us organise the pick-up (& drop) by an Innova. It took us 2.5 hrs to reach Misty Cove, Kodaikanal.
We all were awestruck with the beauty of the place! Lush garden with hammock & gazebo and a huge variety of flowering plants soothed us.... A hot cuppa & yummy breakfast followed! Our cottage was located next to the Dining cottage & it really felt like home. The cottage had 2 bedrooms (1 was bigger), a common bath between the 2 (with 2 doors!), living room & a kitchenette. We didn't use the kitchen & had all 3 delicious meals of our choice (they have an elaborate menu!) at the common dining area. Both North & South Indian dishes were very tasty!
As this was our 2nd visit to Kodaikanal we did not have a sight-seeing itinerary. This vacation was planned purely to spend quality time with the family. So every morning after breakfast we went for horse-riding & then cycling 6kms around the lovely lake! After lunch everyday, we went for boating at the lake (Shikara ride is not to be missed!), having ice-cream & strolling at the Tibetan market! We visited the Coaker's Walk too which is just 10 minutes walk from Misty Cove. Bryant Park is located next to Misty Cove. The lake is serene in the mornings & evenings, but gets crowded during the afternoons with tourists. Avoid this hour.
We had an overnight return train for Bangalore from Kodai Road station at 8:30pm. We took packed dinner of yummy aalu paranthas from Misty Cove & left at 4:30pm by Innova.
Overall, an ultimate satisfying experience! The kids had a gala time playing in the garden with amazing weather & magical mist all around! We had to coax them while leaving, they just didn't want to go home :-)
Kudos to Mr. Gulechha to maintain this awesome property & keep it so simple & comfortable!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lake Road | Next to Bryant Park, Kodaikanal, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kodaikanal
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #14 of 51 Specialty lodging in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mistycove is an exclusive homestay option situated on a prime lakefront property at Kodaikanal. It has got 5 cottages, scattered over 3 acres of lush gardens with beautiful views. Mistycove is equally suited for a romantic getaway or an action filled family vacation. All cottages have one large bedroom, one small bed room, one living room with a fire place, one kitchen and one bathroom. All bathrooms have hot water facility and kitchen can be equipped, on request, for those who opt for self cooking. At Mistycove you need to order food 24 hours prior in case you wish to have food on the premises. All cottages are adequately furnished without being flashy. There are no TVs at Mistycove. However, our caretaker will help you to find one on hire if you so desire. We take pride in our beautiful award winning gardens which have sprawling lawns overlooking the lake and rose gardens, flower beds, and mature fruit and shola trees. Mistycove has just 5 cottages and the caretaker quarters. Being spread over 3 acres, this makes it very exclusive. Mistycove is a 100% vegetarian homestay and even outside non-vegetarian food is not allowed on the premises. It is also an alcohol/tobacco free facility. Mistycove is so strategically located that you do not need to worry about local transport for most of your needs. Walk time to some of the important locations are as under:Lake - 0 minute, Bryant Park - 2 minutes, Boating - 1 minute, Horse riding stand - 1 minute, Bicycle shops - 0 minutes, Tibetan market - 0 minutes, Coaker's walk - 5 minutes, Bus Terminus - 5 minutes, Seven Road Junction & Bazaar - 5 minutes, Boat club - 5 minutes. While being in the midst of all the action, the compound itself exudes serenity and peace. A rare combination... ... more   less 

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