Beautiful home, beautiful views, very well appointed home with better facilities than most American homes. Kind helpful hosts happy to show you around. Breathtaking snow peaks visible from everywhere in the home the Lovely wrap around balconies and terraces. Ending with a warm bonfire and the beautiful night lights in the valley. Freshly cooked healthy homemade meals endless cups of masala chai. Highly recommend for the perfect getaway to a natural heavenly mountain resort. Would go back in a heartbeat
Home away Home .,.....It's like Heaven on the Earth.Great Hospitality and Mr Vinay best person ever met.Great experience with great people.Awesome Place to spend holidays.Amazing experiences,stay,HOME Food,no boundations. LOCATION IS AMAZING. Everyone should visit once in his/her life with family friends. after that You will surely visit again again again again...........................
Location. Its 85 KM from Shimla on a beautiful highway. The road for 65 KM is proper highway almost 24 feet wide. After Narkanda , it's a narrower 12 feet road and just 2.5 Km short of the location, it becomes a 6-8 feet wide road permitting only one vehicle at a time.You can drive till the house and park inside.
The home . Made out of wood and glass the living spaces are large and airy. The view is awesome looking over the Satluj river winding its way down with yonder majestic Himalayas rising to meet the clear skies .You can see all the ranges and fresh snow is visible on the highest peaks. All around are apple and cherry trees.We had taken three rooms, one on ground floor and two below.All have lots of storage and attached baths. There is a kitchen below in case you want to cook , maybe for longer stays.
Vinay and family. Vinay and his brother live in a joint family with their wives. Their kids are studying outside ,We were lucky to meet his elder daughter.They have a house help and a lovely dog called floyd ( not pink but black :))
Ambience. Silence , its so quiet that you tend to whisper at all times. Mornings are full of bird sounds and the wind. If you are lucky the sound of rain pattering down on the roof will oblige.Floyd only barks in the evening and is quiet like everything else during rest of the day.
What to do. In case you are like me , relax , read , play indoor games , chat, take a walk and drink copious amounts tea with biscuits and gorge on delicious home made food. If fruits are to be picked , it would be wonderful else a stroll in the orchards is recommended. Do not come here in case you are looking for shopping, markets, people, rides etc. Do request Vinay to take you on the Hatu forest walk.
Recommended duration. At least 3 days if not more. That should not include the day you reach and leave.
Grandma stokes is a must as you will fall in love with the place. Their warm hospitality, yummy home food and friendly nature make you feel just at home. The orchards are a wonderful place to explore with kids and family- nature at its best. Staying at Grandma Stokes you are treated like family. Mr. Vinay and his family are warm, kind and loving people who have opened their beautiful home to the guests. Uncle Vinay ( as my kids fondly remember him) goes out of his way to show the guests around and even travels with them on day trips and picnics at Hatu peak. We had a wonderful stay and look forward to visiting again soon.
For me, it was a tranquil retreat. The most important asset of this place is that it entertains the introverts as well as extroverts equally well. The host gives you liberty to enjoy your vacation the way you wish. Introverts can read (they have lovely library), listen to music, watch nature sitting in the room/ balcony, meditate and extroverts can visit Sutlej river, Kotgarh church, Hatu peak, Apple orchards, do cherry picking, play table tennis , carrom ,and.....and.....!!! The food they serve is from heaven and hence intoxicating. The hosts Vinay ji, Padeep ji, and both Bhabhis and their staff Chameli and Pooja are simply great. Would love to visit this place many more times.............!!!
Simply awesome...Lovely house... Beautiful people....Vinay and his wife are amazing host..... Very nice warm atmosphere..... Homemade delicious food.....Will surely visit again.
This is the best place to stay if you go to narkanda. Mr Vinay is a great host. You should also ask him about his other properties. We stayed there for 2 days and i have never stayed in such a home-stay which gives so much details to comfort. It had every thing which you can imagine from electric heated blanket to home cooked food. Every minute details has been taken care of in the home stay. We had one of our best stays and a lovely time at this place. I would highly recommend this place and would thank Mr Vinay for the lovely time we had.