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.