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Lawn - Cottage View
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5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Kasauli, Kasauli Tehsil, Solan District, Himachal Pradesh

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maddash-t...
India
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Beautiful cottage - ideal for large families, needs better meals”
Reviewed December 6, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

This lovely little place seems to have gotten some reviews that are not in line with its awesomeness, so let me dispense with the negatives first:
- It has monkey visitors. But monkeys are a problem all over Kasauli (incl cantt areas) - they mostly mind their own business, its a part of life really.
- There is no full time cook. The breakfast is decent parathas but nothing spectacular (unlike bob's place). It does get to be a small but steep walk to the nearby hotel for dinner. That to me is a pain.
- The price at Rs 3500/night incl breakfast is definitely steep but when HPTDC charges 3200 without breakfast, what can one do? Kasauli has limited properties so rates are high all around.

What I liked:
- The property. The garden is beautiful, the hammock is welcoming and the view fabulous. The vibe is one to unwind. Its ideal for visitors that want to BE, not DO!
- The blue room - Beautiful view (as you can see in some pics). You would want to stay in bed, and keep looking out!
- CLEAN. The mosquito problem was definitely not severe on Sep 29/30
- The caretaker is nice but he can't cook for sure.
- Situated on a low traffic road. We could head out with our little one and walk to the temple.
- Ample parking for ~4-5 cars easily.

What you should be realistic about:
- Its a homestay. Hence, the rooms are comfortable and decently furnished (close to most middle class homes) but not at the level of a similarly priced european 2* hotel for instance. The drawing room etc everything is quite homely but its not ideally laid out as you would expect in a hotel.
- It is ideal for large families. The day we were there, there were 2 couples (with their cook!!) - the common space does need to be shared then, which is a hit-or-miss affair. If you can rent all three rooms, then its FUN! The owner shikha was quite open with us, and let us land up without prepayment, and took the money only after we confirmed we liked what we saw!
- It is painful for senior citizens that have problems climbing down ~3 floors to the rooms from the parking.

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Liked best: The garden
Liked least: The lack of cooks - going for dinner needed an effort
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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sanchi_va...
New Delhi, India
1 review
“Lovely place, nice friendly owner and the caretaker”
Reviewed November 1, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Really worth exploring. This is a quiet, calm and a very rejuvenating place after spending chaotic days in Delhi.......really a great place and worth a try...

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Liked best: the cooperative staff
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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aruntrg
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“An average stay with decent food.”
Reviewed October 30, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Please make sure you've discussed/re-discussed the rates with the owner. Else you may land up paying Rs.1000/- per night for an old cot. Once you've paid in 50% advance, you've lost the power to negotiate. Cooks/certetaker are good. Carry your own towel/bedsheets in this property. Careful to carry repellants, the property is full of insects. Matresses are with knots, one of the bedroom has a leaking wall. Avoid.

Negotiate for rental with cook's charges included (reportedly, they charge Rs.1200 a day ). They do a decent job. Highlight of this property is the caretaker, Yashwant. Very well-behaved & honest.

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Liked best: The caretaker's honesty/service attitude
Liked least: Linens, beddings, lack of pest control.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Oct 29, 2012
Unfortunate to learn about your experience . We apologize for the same .
As mentioned to you as well getting a dedicated cook and helper from CHD who also stays at the sort at our cost does cost us directly @ Rs 1200/day . We also incur transport cost ourselves . You would recall we do not encourage hiring of cooks therefore esp this being a Homestay .

We are not sure of any leaking rooms for we did inspect the estate after your response . Since there were no rains during the period of your stay we even checked for suspected plumbing leakages . No fault or leakages could be identified .

We were reluctant to accept 9 adults for three bedroom facility yet we accepted and charged only one extra person instead of 3 people . We do feel disappointed to see your feedback despite written well-in-advance transparent communication on rates and facilities .

Hope to see you soon . Better beds assured :-)
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UK
Reviewed July 2, 2012 for a stay in December 2011

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Karthikba...
Chandigarh, India
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Great place to spend a weekend!!”
Reviewed January 15, 2012 for a stay in January 2012

We spent a weekend at this cottage in Kasauli.we liked the place a lot.Mr Yashwant , the caretaker, was also very courteous and is a very good cook!! We loved the place and will love to go back later in summer.

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Traveling group: With Friends
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KrajB
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Perfect Place for A FAMILY VACATION”
Reviewed December 13, 2011 for a stay in October 2011

Kasauli is a small hill town very close from Kalka and Shimla. I went there with my entire family (10 adults and 2 kids) and we had such a great time there. This is a private bungalow with 1 bedroom on 1st floor and 3 bedrooms on the ground floor, all with attached bathrooms. The view from the cottage is amazing and they have a lawn outside where you can play racket games (we ended up playing badminton all the time). This is not a 4 or 5 star hotel, its a private property, decently maintained and they provide cook also and the food was very good. Its a place for a family vacation with kids and parents for relaxation. There is nothing much to do in Kasauli other than relax in the nature and get away from your otherwise busy life.
Things to note:
I would recommend to rent the entire property with 4 bedroom for a private vacation. sharing the property other unknown travellers might not be a good idea since the dining space and hall is common area.

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Liked best: The location, right on the hill and the view
Liked least: mattresses and bedding provided
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Gurgaon
Reviewed October 10, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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