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“Charming Heritage Home-stay in the woods!” 4 of 5 stars
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One tree hill point., Matheran, India   |  
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Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Matheran
Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
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“Charming Heritage Home-stay in the woods!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

Ive had a pleasure of staying twice in the past year at Fleetwood Bungalow in Matheran. Once during last new years & more recently for a weekend during this October. The fact that I chose to stay here again, eventho we had numerous other hotel options in Matheran, itself speaks volumes of this place.
Fleetwood is a quaint old colonial bungalow situated in the remote southern region of Matheran near One-tree hill & surrounded by greenery & forests. That translates to you living in the midst of a serene woodland detached from the tourist centric market & the other over crowded spots in Matheran. That also means that you are completely cut-off from the hustle-bustle of the world, including your cellular network! On a vacation like this, thats a major plus point :)
The cliff is just a 2min walk away from the property & an amazing spot to catch your morning cuppa or evening tipple. Though the walk to the market is about 45mins, we didn’t really find the need to move out this calm haven. All meals are cooked & served at Fleetwood itself by their ever friendly staff. Of course the food is typical maharashtrian village cuisine – A lil spicy, very tasty & totally home-made!
The property comprises of the main bungalow, an outhouse behind, a stable, another smaller cottage, a horse riding ground & even tents for the more adventurous types. However don’t miss a visit to the exotic temple situated on the property complete with a mosaic courtyard ,mayan-inspired huge pillars & carvings. The temple is quite famous amongst the locals too due to its eclectic architecture.
The thing that I liked the most here was character & coziness of the main bungalow. Each of the 4 bedrooms & dining room are filled with assorted artifacts that just add to the charm of the property. Right from the various paintings around the house to the customized bath soaps in each bathroom, from the 4 coaster beds with the old style mosquito nets to the amazingly comfortable old fashioned arm chairs in the verandah… it all just blends into the heritage of the place. And yes the attached bathrooms were spacious & clean :)
Another plus point is that the place is pet friendly.. and even if you don’t have a pet, get ready to hang with the 3 horses, 1 donkey & numerous pups that also reside at the property. One species conspicuous in this absence is the rogue monkeys of Matheran. Anywhere else in the hill station, you just cant miss them creating a havoc, but surprisingly at Fleetwood we didn’t face any simian issues. Amen to that!
My advice to fellow travelers visiting Fleetwood is, don’t come here expecting a spa in the woods (at least not yet) or a monstrous family resort (the type which unfortunately now dots the landscape of Matheran)… accept & enjoy Fleetwood for what it is.. the old-age charm, a cozy comfortable home-stay cared by Deepesh the oener & his man-Fridays & mother nature all around at her very best!
Happy Hitchhiking!

Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

This is the place for those who prefer the privacy, flexibility and informality of a homestay over a hotel. I was accompanied by my friend, my 12-year old daughter and two of her friend for our five-night stay. The house is quite a way from the carpark and train station, which means the trails nearby are nice and quiet. We reached by horseback and rickshaws for the non-rider and luggage.
A pathway leads up to the cottage through two gates, past a riding arena and a pathway to the family temple. There's many large, old shady trees, a corral for the horses and donkey, stables and outrooms behind, as well as a nearby cushion-lined pavilion.
The house is cool and clean, with a long veranda at front off which are three adjoining guest bedrooms each with a separate bathroom and buckets of hot water.
The big dining room has a USB music dock, TV and DVD, altho we barely used all three. There's books, games, a bbq and well equipped kitchen. Cell phone coverage is quite limited (a big plus in my view) and we'd left our Internet-linked devices behind.
It would be easy enough not to wander beyond all the property's shady, breezy spots for reading, dowzing or watching the views, birds and myriad butterflies. But its well worth shaking off the langourous mood to take in the nearby views and leafy trails to erstwhile forest mansions that now lie in ruins. When not riding, the girls groomed and fed the horses and donkey, played with the puppies and dogs and played games in the big courtyard in front of the temple. Not once were they bored.
The two staff on hand at all times were just outstanding, offering chai, cinnamon tea and other refreshments regularly, to coming by with lamps when nocturnal power outages struck.
The generousity of the three meals exceeded our needs and the dishes were an excellent combination of Indian veg. that the girls toned down with curd to meet their spice intolerant palates. The extra I'd taken for between meal snacks lay untouched all week.
Fleetwood is a family home, not a commercial venture, so look elsewhere if you want a hotel and lots of service rather than a homestay. For my needs, it was just perfect and the overall experience well and truly exceeded my expectations.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

Fleetwood House is a beautiful old bungalow. We stayed in a suite of 3 bedrooms which was perfect as we were travelling with our 2 young children 1 1/2 and 4, our maid and my grandmother. And we all loved it! My older son did not come indoors from 6:30 in the morning when he jumped out of bed until bedtime and he was out like a light after playing with the dogs and horses all day! They have a stable with horses on the property and you will see the horses grazing in the paddock, with the very cute donkey sunder and the dogs. There were also puppies here at the time so that was a huge draw for the children.
Its set away from most other hotels and you really get the feel of living in the forest without actually camping out! The walks around the forest are spectacular with lovely views just minutes away.
The staff is very helpful and friendly, customising meals to our requirements.
In the evenings and early mornings, sitting on the verandah and watching the clouds float by - it was a surreal experience - we will definitely return!

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

The quaint Fleetwood Villa, situated at an isolated end of Matheran, requires an effort to get there but the walk/horse ride there is picturesque and free of the tourist rush. The entrance, though a bit shoddy, has a certain rustic charm to it. After that, your mind will easily oscillate between relaxed, creeped out, charmed and appalled. Besides the idyllic setting, nothing in this place really worked to its favour.
For the price they charged us, we expected a certain basic standard of cleanliness which was not always met. Musty walls, mildewed pillows and sheets, lizard droppings on our bedsheets and toilet seat are just to name a few of the ungainly sights that we experienced. As travellers in the middle and high end bracket, we tried to calm our city-slicker insecurities with the promise of some verdant landscapes around the house. These thoughts quickly crumbled down when we realised that the windows were permanently shut and covered for the monsoon, clearly not a season to visit this villa.
Go to the Fleetwood Villa if you are a rugged traveller for whom impeccable cleanliness standards are not a deal breaker. Otherwise, be prepared to hound the housekeeping staff to ensure that your room and its 'amenities' are of acceptable standards. Otherwise, its just not worth your weekend!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MumbaiGlobetraveller, Manager at Fleetwood House, responded to this review, November 13, 2010
Thanks for visiting our homestay. Apologies for your room being unkept. This is a result of our trained staff heading to their respected villages for the rains and the new staff being not fully trained to keep the place upto what are standards normally are(transition Period unfortunately)... About the dew and musty walls, Its inevitable in the monsoon, its the Jungle on a Mountain Top.

Since its not a Hotel< more of A place with a Personal touch, We regret that we couldnt live upto your standards, thanks for the review, we have corrected our doings for what you experienced. We often get feedback which is normally the opposite of this but i guess this makes us aware of the flip side.

We Would like to add that Since the house is 140 years old and built with lots of wood, the protocol for such a property in the Monsoons is to cover the windows and protect it from moisture. We normally cover the Villa's front facade from end June to Mid september. The cottage has a front porch, hence it doesnt need to be covered. In our experience, the Monsoons are very visual and stunningly lush in Matheran.Literally you are in the clouds.
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Mumbai
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

It’s a bit of a long walk to get to Fleetwood house but it’s a pleasant change from the regular run of the mill hotels on finds in the market area. The quaint setting makes this old colonial bungalow converted into a bed and breakfast worth visiting. I stayed in the main villa with a group of five friends. The old world rooms with its high wooden ceilings have been given a splash of contemporary color and are homely and warm. The best part is that there is enough space all around and even has a number of horses housed there. The place also has a gazebo there, which makes for a relaxing evening spot to chill with some drinks. The staff there is pretty helpful and food is clean and its open kitchen make is doubly cool. I would definitely recommend it for a laidback weekend getaway.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Navi Mumbai
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

A good place with lots of space to hang around...shaddy trees..goood food...close to the market..rooms are good..service is goood...equiped with lots and loads of faciliites...had a great time here...

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2010

this place is essentially a lodge or homestay not a hotel. We were dissapointed as we expected a hotel with facilities all of a hotel. however this place is basically a homestay in an old bunglow.

if you lower your expectations i suppose the place is ok but definately not worth the price they were charging.

overall not the quality of holiday expected.

  • Liked — the staff cooperated with us
  • Disliked — too expensive
  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: One tree hill point., Matheran, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Matheran
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Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Matheran
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Number of rooms: 3

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