We recently spent a week at Glenburn (5 days allows you to see all there is and 2 extra days allows for relaxation time) and it surpassed our expectations in many ways.
Firstly the location is stunning: perched on the side of a hill facing the magnificent Kanchenjunga mountain range the 2 accommodation lodges have glorious vistas (Nov-March the mist can obliterate this) pure air and complete solitude.
Just a couple of hours away is Darjeeling with its toy train and English Heritage (including the time-warp Windamere Hotel). If you take a guided tour with Siddarth (accessed through Glenburn) you will see and enjoy Darjeeling in a way tourists cannot. He is fantastic.
Also nearby are villages and market towns and valleys to hike in..all excursions included in your tariff with driver & guide.
The accommodation is wonderful. All Old English/Indian fusion with huge, well appointed rooms and superb service. There is an old lodge (elegant rooms opening onto a long return verandah replete with cane furniture and fans) or a newer building with slightly better views and facilities. Hard to choose. In the old lodge there is a lovely lounge with a fire where guests gather for pre-dinner drinks before moving to the adjacent dining room. We had the most wonderful evenings meeting our fellow guests and expect to catch up with several at some later date.
The estate is managed by Sanjay and the guest services by Jenny. You will not meet a more expert, efficient and fun pair. Sanjay is all charisma and humour and obvious management skills and Jenny is the perfect host. She managed 8 couples, a large house staff and a fleet of drivers with tremendous flair and precision. I was amazed she could have so many balls in the air and not seem stressed. It is a mammoth job. Jenny was a significant factor in making our week so memorable and I overheard one couple marvel that they had felt as if they had been "special" all through their stay..as we did.
A couple of suggestions I would offer: the electrical wiring in the old lodge is dreadful and need work. Also, having the car pick ups and drop offs in front of that property disturbs the peace of the verandah and the bedrooms there.
I expected to enjoy my stay but I was surprised how much it exceeded those expectations.
- Also Known As:
- Glenburn Tea Estate Hotel Darjeeling
- Glenburn Tea Estate West Bengal