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“A cottage hidden in the valley of Sholas” 4 of 5 stars
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39th km, Kodai-Munnar Road | Poondi Village, Kodaikanal Taluk, Kodaikanal, India   |  
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“A cottage hidden in the valley of Sholas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Ampthill Farm Stay is a cozy nook reminiscent of the Enid Blyton books that we grew up with. You enter through a muddy path and make your way to the enchanting, tile roofed, English-style cottage located in the shade of the pine and sholas trees. The cottage chimneys stand out against the verdant green backdrop. In front of the cottage is a garden that runs into the green valley punctuated with an abundance of wild flowers in varied hues. And it is in this beautiful setting that we brought in 2014… there couldn’t have been a better place to ring out the old and ring in the new!

We stayed in Ampthill for four days. Each day, we woke up to a crisp morning chill only to be warmed by cups of freshly brewed coffee. Our days were lazy - long walks in the valley, picking wild flowers and cones and basking in the sun in the tall grass. When the sun set, mist enveloped the valley and it was chilly once again! Time to don our woolies! Every evening, ‘thaathaa’ – the old guard – would trundle in with wooden logs and coal to start the bon fire. And soon, we would huddle around the roaring flames till the red embers lulled us to sleep.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner were simple but sumptuous meals that we wolved down to the last crumb! The menu comprised chapatis, a vegetable curry, a non-veg dish (chicken or fish), rice, rasam and curd. We even had delicious mutton biryani one evening! And on New Year’s Eve, we had a BBQ by the bon fire. It wasn’t much of a success, but the experience was fun!

The hosts – Shekhar and his family – were very hospitable and patient to cater to every need of ours.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Must a visit to Ampthill once a year. We have been doing this since last 4 years and each time we come back only to see this fairy tale!

With a lush green surrounding, this is a place would you love to be when you imagine a peaceful holiday. You are left all alone, you walk in the woods, feel the chill breeze and enjoy seeing the green and rest of the nature at its best. At times you may not hear any sound at all and those are the times you actually feel - is this real? Wait for the sun to go down and the dusk will let you know how life is beautiful here. Have a barbecue with couple of drinks to gulp in, there is a satisfaction and remembers you 'There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; there is society where none intrudes and we love not man the less but nature more...'

The cottages are awesome with a good night sleep. Most importantly, as the cold frisks in this magical land you start feeling more hungry! This is where its gets interesting. The Gunashekar family who looks after your food are more generous when it comes to fill the basic necessity. Believe me, there are few simple and delicious food server here and don't miss the fresh vegetables(as they are grown just next in the farm) and the chicken barbecue. We have a wonderful time always and we feel refreshed or may be brightened after visiting ampthill.

Take some time out, stay and roam around the woods here, show your kids what nature gives them and they will follow how close is nature to us!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

If your idea of a holiday is a getaway in the midst of green forests and lakes, with the luxury of silence, uninterrupted time together, long walks, great food and warm caring service then this is your destination. We went with high expectations, and our expectations were surpassed. Can't wait to go back!!!

For dog lovers, this is a rare resort that welcomes pets, our two German shepherds had as good a time as all of us!

Stayed January 2014
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Only one word — “Exceptional”
We are 10 member group works for a MNC in Chennai, and we use to go for a trip every year. Since all our guys are totally tired in seeing most of the places in Kerala, we set a target on Kodaikanal for this year. Mainly, all of us want to go to a remote place from the Kodaikanal town to avoid the town's hassle and bustle.
Since I am organizing the trip, it's becomes really challenging to find a location which should suits all the 10 people's mindset. After a long Google, finally I zeroed on Ampthill farm stay at kodaikanal. It is located 40 kms away from the Kodaikanal town and exactly located in a village called Poondi.
We reached Ampthill by 8:00 AM, as expected, it is an amazing place with full of greenery and will definitely show you the heaven. The cottages are built in middle of around 100 acres property and here you won't find any annoyance.
In the morning by 9:00 we had good sunshine and enjoyed the breakfast. By 10:30 we started walking around the property and reached a nearby lake where we spent around two hours. By 12:30 the complete area has been covered by mist and we can’t see anything just 10 feet away. It was a mind-blowing experience. We came back to resort and finished our lunch with homely and tasty food. In the night, we had barbeque dinner and it was certainly good along with homemade chappathies and dal.
Really, the view in front of the cottage is incredible and when it is covered partially with the mist, WOW, what a view it is? All the 10 guys are enjoyed the place for the whole weekend and the want to bring their families. For sure, we will be coming for the next year as well...
Pros
Hospitality is excellent (Thanks to the staff in Ampthill)
Location is amazing (Sure, you love it, especially the view from the door step of the cottage)
6700 ft above MSL
Fantastic weather conditions (11 degrees when we visited the place)
Food (Homely and tasty food)
Cottages are good with very decent rest room facilities.
Cons
Nothing to say....
Overall, the trip is excellent and it is more than I expected...I recommend 100% Ampthilll farm stay for the people who are all want to stay away from the crowd and enjoy the real beauty of a hill station.
Thanks to Mr. Babu Chreain.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We had organized a very adventurous 2 night outing for a group of students at Ampthill Farmstay. Having students in the age group of 16-18, we were a bit concerned about the food and accommodation.

But Mr Babu Cherian, the host at Ampthill put all our apprehensions to rest. He personally stayed with us and took care of all our needs. The food was fresh, made from local produce and the rooms were clean. Mr Babu ensured we had a blast for 2 nights with amazing campfire, long walks in the woods and a breathtaking view of the natural landscapes of Kodai

Thank You Mr Babu !!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I have been to Ampthill a few times now and each visit was unique. No matter what time of the year you go there it is always an awe-inspiring place, but also very secluded and peaceful. Dazzling fireflies, a brilliant canopy of stars with the most crisp view of the Milky Way you are not likely to see anywhere else in this part of the world, bisons peacefully munching on the grass in the valley at night, relaxing campfires right outside your cabin, wonderful opportunities for walks offering fantastic vistas of the Poondi valley, very humble and friendly locals and last but not least a personal service with great food.... you name it!

The cabin itself offers a basic and yet wonderful accommodation. Whenever you wish you will have a huge bucket of steaming hot water to unwind from an extensive walk through the hills, if it gets chilly at night just get the fireplace going... to me this place is heaven on earth! Enjoy your stay in Ampthill, you will love it there and return many a time.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 39th km, Kodai-Munnar Road | Poondi Village, Kodaikanal Taluk, Kodaikanal, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Kodaikanal
Number of rooms: 2

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