The Verandah is by far the best place to stay in Matheran if you do not want a noisy vegetarian family vacation place. The place is a bit away from the other hotels which are mainly along the main market area. Verandah in Barr House is on the way to Charlotte lake. It is housed in an old bungalow property that has been nicely restored. The only downside was that there are leisure activities for kids. Of course, there is a treehouse and they have kept board games...but a small park would have been wonderful. But then, this is not actually a place for kids...
The food was outstanding. The dinner was a 3 course continental fare while lunch was Indian style.
We had stayed in Elphistone...but all the rooms are nice. If you are a large group, the rooms along the 1st floor verandah should be preferred.
- 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