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Grand Oak Manor
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Binsar
Certificate of Excellence
Lucknow, India
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“speechless experience at Grand oak Manor”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

if u wanna experience the real beauty of nature with fabulous british environment,
Grand Oak Manor at Binsar is an answer for it!!!!
we went thr in the month of october,the weather was awesum and the beauty
was at its best.itz a peaceful place to relax and refresh ourselves far from our hectic life.fabulous food and eco friendly environment..rooms were cozy n comfortable..very well managed and everything is well organised.
i m luking forward for more trips to this exotic place..its a must visit place..

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Sometimes the beauty of nature leaves you speechless. Grand Oak Manor is situated in exactly that kind of place. The crowning glory of the gorgeous Binsar Nature Sanctuary, the resort overlooks endless miles of dense jungle, hills as far as the eye can see and somewhere beyond that, the breathtaking Himalayas. We visited Grand Oak Manor in July this year and spent two perfect days surrounded by absolute beauty and hospitality. As stunning as the view is outside, so is the warmth and comfort inside. A tastefully-restored British Manor, the resort offers every conceivable comfort while taking care not to harm the nature in whose lap it sits. Eco-friendly measures such as wind-powered electricity reflect the owners' passion for the environment and the desire to create not just a commercial enterprise but a self-sustainable one. The staff is courteous, the food is incredible, the rooms are cozy. Long walks in the sanctuary and even longer hours just taking in the scenery. An experience that left me with one feeling. Gratitude.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Grand Oak Manor is gorgeous, both by virtue of being in the middle of a wilderness and a stately old British home. I went there with two friends in May, and we spent most of our time sitting out in the wide upstairs verandah, admiring the moonlight and listening to the barking deer in the woods over the wall. The rooms are well-appointed and clean. Every mealtime was a massive struggle to eat less than two kilos of the delicious Pahadi spread that the staff laid out for us.
I'd recommend Grand Oak to anyone (not on a shoestring budget) who is looking for quietude, comfort and excellent food.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We visited Grand Oak Manor in the month of Nov 2011. We were 2 famailies together with 2 kids. While traveling through the dense forest of Binsar sanctuary, you will not even get a glimpse of this resort....first you reach a place which has relatively more open space...from there you take a small, rocky road upwards on a hill and suddenly this structure appears in front of you....and it wins you over with its first sight...!!! And after that what you experience is simply awesome....This place used to be a hill bunglow and its owner, Sindhu has converted it into a heritage resort....apart from its grand, old structure, spacious rooms what really stands out is the natural beauty around it....be it the early morning snow peaked mountains view from the room windows on one side or binsar valley on other side, the views are breathtaking...there are enough space around the resort to connect with the quiet and serene nature...initially a person like me ( from the noisy corners of Mumbai) might find the silence a bit unnerving, but once you get used to it, you really start enjoying it....far away from everything...crowd, traffic, noise, buildings....(there are only 2 buildings in this entire sanctuary, this being one)... ..food is simple, yet delicious....one must try the local Kumaun food which is made under the personal supervision of the owner Sindhu.....the staff is hospitable and homely......This is not a typical tourist destination....this is meant for those who really want to go away from the city life and connect with the nature and still experience all the comforts and luxury of a star resort.....A place i would love to visit again and again.....

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Firdaus, or Heaven is an oft-wondered space, sight, feeling. Many poets have written about their pursuit of heaven. A unique experience is usually felt through the 5 senses.
Taste : The food at this hotel is excellent. One may indulge in different cuisines with the friendly chefs.
Smell : The smells of the woods made my head swoon, with its invisible yet intoxicating flavors.
Sight : The sights of the Trishul and Nanda Devi, as well as the lower hills trapping the clouds in them, made for some very inspiring views.
Feel : I could feel oneness with the whole space, the hotel, people, forest, the stars and the mountains. A couple of nights with friends over drinks (its cold anyway at night there, no need of Ice) were dreamy.
Hearing : One can really hear the calmness at Binsar, especially from the Grand Oak, as it sits on top of the hill. All clutter, disturbance seems to be left behind. Its only oneself, along with the sounds of the animals, that we hear there.

The hotel is not over the top in its decor, giving prime importance to the nature and senses around it. I would get to stay in a luxurious room anywhere in the world. If I went to Binsar Grand Oak , it was for the nature, and the sights. The hotel I am told is a heritage property, so its normal that such old buildings be cooler and darker than newer construction. But thats the charm!

Overall I would say I was very glad to have stayed there, and I recommend this hotel to one and all, Poets or engineers !

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

we entered Binsar Sanctuary, my first thought was' this is one dense forest'...we drove on deeper and deeper, our driver getting apprehensive by the minute(it was close to sunset and it was a one way ride)until....situated atop a hill we saw this colonial mansion reconverted into a luxury (maybe heritage?) resort.
You normally never see the owners of resorts like these so I was pleasantly surprised to meet the owner, a warm and cordial man who gave us the tour of the property as we reached.
His wife was very informative as well, there's a lot of wild life around, we did see barking deer, eagles and once we were close to a leopard (the entire jungle goes silent).We wouldn't have seen all this if it wasn't for the proactive couple who own the place.
The rooms were done with very good taste,a lot of thought had gone into everything from decor, linen,bathroom furnishing to balcony furniture.Honestly,it's very easy to overlook all this plush luxury because.....the views are mesmerizing, on a clear day one can see the country's borders. I'd get lost just watching the 360 degree panorama.
I also sleep best only on my bed at home, well that's changed now.Obviously, the owners have good experience in the hospitality industry.High tea in the ante' room, lots of antique artifacts from the Raj era.
We once asked for pahadi food, and we were surprised at the deliciousness.The server was impeccable with regard to politeness and hospitality. We said we were full but the way he'd say 'please,just a little bit more' made sure that Indian way of never leaving one unsatiated was kept alive.Continental meals were made very well too, I thanked the chef personally before leaving.
One evening caught me sipping my drink getting lost (again) with the lovely view at night when someone recited Shakespeare (To be or not to be) behind me - it was the same polite server from dinner!! A very interesting conversation followed, the chap knows his literature and poetry, we spoke of Shakespeare's many works, to WH Davies' Leisure to Tolstoy, I was zapped!
The resort runs primarily on it's windmill which is fantastic.I personally believe energy is not a resource to be wasted, the owners use cozy lighting when the dining room, high tea room, living room are not in use,I appreciate this.Yes, it runs on windmill, yet there is nothing missing, we had hot water, juices and energy enough to impress us.
Mornings saw us walking trails nearby, coming from a city like Bombay, the air smells divine!!!
One things for sure, IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT!! See you lovely people soon !
P.S. Don't miss the Rhododendron juice!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

Grand Oak Manor is located inside the wild life sanctuary. The forest is green and thick. The place is on top of the hill which offers great views of the valleys and mountains closeby. One can also treks around the property which are really. One really far away from everything - cars, people...building and general civilisation.
We were disappointed by many things in this hotel : 1. Food - the website suggests it offers continental food, the owner Sindhu talks about french cooking. But continental food or frenh food was pathetic in this place. The Indian food which we switched to was average
2. The rooms are simple - considering one is paying luxury rates, we were expecting better furnishings and furniture
3. Power is not available at all times - The rooms are dingy through the day, since there is no power. In the night the power is left on, until 10-15 minutes after one finishes dinner, it is quite irritating since one cannot read at bedtime also
4. Hot water - is not available all the time. What is available when requested is muddy

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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TeamGrandOak, Owner at Grand Oak Manor, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
A delayed response, but we were under renovation and are back now. We see similar issues in this review and the previous one, and if we remember correctly, both are from the same group of guests. You were dissatisfied with certain things, such as unavailability of ice, not being able to read at night etc. Binsar is a wildlife sanctuary with no electricity as decided by the Government of India, and unfortunately we (and for that matter no one else in the sanctuary) can offer ice cubes to guests, or refrigeration or anything more than a few hours of diesal-powered electricity. We do not extend these hours as we are an eco-friendly property and follow forest regulations to the hilt, and hence we have timings for things such as meals, hot water etc. It might be inconvenient for some, but most guests respect these guidelines as much as we do and in fact appreciate the effort that goes into running a property in the middle of nowhere. We have also received some fantastic reviews for food, especially by those who appreciate authentic continental cuisine that has NOT been twisted to suit the Indian palette. The owner talks about western cuisine because he has trained in France with a Michelin Star chef, and those of us who understand food would know its worth. We sincerely hope that you have a better experience the next time. Regards, Team Grand Oak.
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Property: Grand Oak Manor
Address: Binsar Estate, PO Ayarpani | District Almora, Binsar 263601, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Almora District > Binsar
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Binsar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Grand Oak Manor 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relive tranquility: unwind in the Uttarakhand himalayas, the green way. Cradled in the lap of Kumaon and nearly forty acres of thick oak, cedar and rhododendron forests of the Binsar Estate, the Grand Oak Manor exudes old world charm from the colonial era. ... more   less 
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