My parents and brother were at our place in Bangalore and we thought, let’s make the most of the weekend. We didn’t want to travel too far – and based on my sister’s recommendation, we decided to check out Farm Weekends.
Booking: Their website is pretty detailed and user-friendly. We contacted the hosts, Abby and his wife – and got our booking confirmed quite easily. We paid a token advance amount and the balance in cash, during check-out.
Rooms: The main farmhouse has a fairly large living / dining room and a nice sit-out area. The house is built in Kerala style and some of the furniture and paintings are also authentic Kerala style. There is a huge swing in the living room. There are 2 bedrooms (with attached bathrooms) and 1 children’s room (for indoor games, library, TV, dvd, etc.)
They also have an annexe to offer, within the compound, a little away from the main farmhouse – which is slightly smaller – but is a 2 Bedroom as well. The rooms and bathrooms are very neat.
Food: There was quite a bit of choice, and all the food was great.
We reached in time for breakfast on Day 1 – and other than the usual bread toast, butter, jam options, they had my favorite Appam and Kurma!
Lunch on Day 1 also was quite filling (don’t recall the menu as it has been almost a year) – and during tea time, we were served onion pakodas…but we were pretty full from the lunch itself, and couldn’t do justice to the snacks. Then came the barbecue…lovely grilled chicken and fish. And then, a sumptuous dinner! Phew!
Day 2 –
This day we told them to give us a fruit platter as the post-breakfast snack, cos we were pretty full from the breakfast, and they happily obliged.
Lunch was a typical Kerala lunch served in Earthen vessels,
Activities: There were a lot of things to do on the farm itself…they have a well-maintained pool, dart board, cricket, badminton, carom, scrabble, etc. They have quite a lot of books – mostly travel-centric, and a whole bunch of Hindi and English dvds. The animals on the farm are a good way to keep kids occupied…they have several dogs, hens, ducks, a cow and a turkey that actually ushered us around the place where the animals are kept : )
We also took a short tractor ride (which was a good experience!) – we had planned to go and see a nearby village, but opted out. Since I was expecting that time, they made the tractor comfortable for me by putting a couple of mattresses for sitting and pillows for back support.
We took a walk around the farm with one of the attendants and 2 of the Labradors for company
Service: Right from the time we entered, till the time we left, the service was extremely good. The chief guy (forgot his name) is the chef – and oversees everything else.
The yummy food, the excellent service and the hajaar activities to keep you busy.
You have the whole farm to yourself.
The stairway to the kids / games room does not have any support / railing on one side…so if there are any boisterous kids in your group, it can be a bit scary if they run up and down those stairs.
There was a power failure that night, and the power came back after quite some time…so the mosquitoes bothered a bit.
The lower bedroom needs better lighting – is a bit dull – and I guess when we were there, one of the tube lights wasn’t functioning.
Moral of the Story: Definitely worth a visit (if not more) – to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore. We wanted to go back – and both times, the place was already booked : (
But will plan something soon!