I've now gone up to Sunnymead twice, and will happily return year after year. As others have mentioned, the food is simply outstanding! Madhavi and her dogs (and cat) are great company; there's wonderful birding to be done sitting on the verandah, there's endless books on offer, and you're a good 3 km short of town, so you really do escape the madness of Shimla. There are a bunch of nice walks -- although some require a short drive. And the cottage has been wonderfully, lovingly renovated. Just a great place to catch your breath!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunnymead, Shimla is an exquisitely restored home with a spectacular garden. Located on the edge of the Reserve Forest. It is conveniently situated both to explore Shimla and its surrounds, as well as just relax and do nothing...Located just off the Cart Road, Sunnymead is the first private house as you drive up from the plains. Parking is available at the level of the road, either in our private parking bay or else in one of our garages.A short walk down a mountain path leads to the house. The road is not motorable till the front door. We are not a hotel, but offer short term rentals for like-minded people who would like to live in an old family home. Short stays may be customised on request.The food offered is both Indian and European, served in exquisite collectible china with old, beautifully maintained silverware.Distances from Sunnymead:Sunnymead to Railway Station- 1.2 kmSunnymead to Victory Tunnel- 1.8 kmSunnymead to Local Bus Stand on Cart Road- 2.2 kmSunnymead to Lift (for the Mall) - 3.1 kmSunnymead to Boileauganj (local market)- 1.2 km ... more less