We planned for a monsoon visit to Matheran but wanted a place to ourselves without the mad rush of weekend revellers and while searching stumbled upon Barr House of Mathern on net.After smooth online booking we reached on 23rd June after a half an hour walk through dense vegetation and broken sometimes muddy but walkable road.Guests can opt for horse or hand pulled carts from matheran station as well. From the moment we reached the resort, we were pampered.The Barr house is delightful in itself and as we stood on that long verandah smiling within ourselves about the choice we have made,welcome drinks welcomed us & then we were shown to our room. We had asked for the best room and allotted the room named Petit . All the rooms open on the long verandah and petit I believe gives the best view right from the window.The rooms are tastefully done with beautiful paintings and old pictures of Petit Family. The sheets were ordinary and would have loved to see something better in that though i also believe that they must be keeping in view the entire feel of the resort. The room was equipped with furniture to give colonial feel , including an old dressing mirror and table (that was my favourite and i stopped using the new clean mirror ;-))...The most commendable part of this resort is the cleanliness and maintenance of the furniture..not a speck of dust anywhere.Dining in Verandah is an experience in itself.On first day the Continental menu made us apprehensive but we had to eat our words the food was absolutely tasty and unforgettable.Even the couple from NewZealand who were staying there at that time discussed and appreciated the food amongst themselves..not to mention the unobtrusive service of the people waiting on us...the long dinning table had candelabra which was lit during eating ...it was absolutely an experience in itself.The Verandah is also equipped with a exquisitely done common sitting room cum library which is well equipd with board games and books as well as provisions for enjoying music(sufiana, western classics, operas, instrumentals).The entire resort is sprawled over a large area covered with trees and walk within the resort was enough for us and we never left the resort for sight seeing although close to points like charlotte lake and echo point.Each room has a sit out arrangement and can relish the buffet lunch and breakfast in privacy.Guests in ground floor have to come to first floor for buffet services.Lucky is the couple or family who gets to experience downpour during the stay and hear the rain drops beating on the really high roof lying in the colonial cot with beadsteads or relaxing in deck chairs. I was delighted that Mr.Manager could give me the historical details of Barr House and the details of change of ownership and even provided me a book on Historu of Matheran.
Negatives : There was no negative in the resort in itself.It is absolutely beautiful experience. Only problem was mobile network but the accommodative, polite manager of the resort (I am extremely sorry for not noting down his name when i could have. ) offered the land line and net access to call my parents and office.
Since all the front first floor rooms open on the long Verandah , people/groups can be heard during lunch and breakfast and in cases of inconsiderate groups the noise can be bothersome and be a sleep spoiler.management should try to ask these groups to keep their voices low, though it might be a tough job i believe.
Suggestion : Neemrana should try to give a small write up of the history of the property to the guests to make the thrill of staying in old property more complete.Lots of people for ex would like to know who Capt Barr was , what happened to him and how the property changed hands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The paths once cleared by the British in the forests of Matheran, making it the last British hill station have acquired a new identity as the place where Bombay’s movers and shakers which include filmstars and businessmen come to spend a few quiet and peaceful days.Perched atop the Sahyadri ranges, Matheran is Asia’s only pedestrian hill resort. Chug up in a toy train, trot, or arrive in a palanquin, past gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras. The Verandah in the Forest was the second house to be built on the isolated Western Ghats, by Captain Barr. Now, with every facility in place, it is reputed to be second to none! Indeed, the nobility of the proportions of The Verandah bring civilizational honour to the Sahyadri ranges. Lounge like never before in this verandah of your dreams. Read under the highest domestic ceiling you would have known in the salon – 12 metres/35 feet high. Stroll down to Charlotte Lake. Or take longer walks with a picnic basket. Relish the local cuisines. Heave your chest, muscle your calves, take all the oxygen back in your lungs. Link your planet with your own two feet.Find space for more space in your mind. Or lose yourself to find yourself anew.Long after you return, you will wonder who would have dared to sprawl out such a tree-home space in such spell-binding wilderness? ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel Matheran
- The Verandah In Forest