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“Perfect family outing” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Our Native Village
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
1 review
“Perfect family outing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

This place made me find life's luxury in simplest of things yet again. Flying kite, tyre race, milking the cow, cycling were very rewarding experience. Not wanting to go to a typical resort, I'm glad we chose this place. Kudos to the owners, it takes more than just investment to build such a place.
Staying here brought back some priceless memories.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank chaitraram
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
It takes a lot of love, commitment and deep passion not just to build a place like this, but also to maintain it - for this we are always grateful that we have a great team to help us bring alive the experience. This is what results in priceless memories I guess :). Thank you for your visit and review.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Clean, green and a great view from every spot. I have been to real villages, and what this place reminded me of were the the best things from those visits. At first it seems really simple, and then it starts to grow on you as you realize this is what you left the city for - the breathing space, the clean air, unbroken greenery, the restful feeling.
The food is real food, not restaurant-like, and it's what your grandma would feed you perhaps - fresh ghee, home grown vegetables, cooked with care. The friendliness is real, not just the staff and the owners - I had a great time chatting with other guests from various parts - team members from Dell, a few families, little tots who did magic tricks for me :), and we ended up having an impromptu musical evening with guests who sang, danced and played guitars. Ramkumar and Lalitha, the owners, were around and joined in as well.
Top of my two day weekend visit were the colorful Yakshagana performance, which I now want to see more of, and seeing how all the guests seemed to be enjoying themselves. That is perhaps the personality of this resort - a unique experience, and subtle but long-lasting in its charms. I took a lot of photographs and videos, trying to capture the feel of this place, which should be up soon.
Definitely its what a village feels like .. Rooted, green and soothing, minus all unnecessary baggage.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
Helpful?
Thank Aparna T
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your response Aparna. You described us right....''rooted, green and soothing, minus all unnecessary baggage.'' We truly wanted to keep it all simple and without any baggage. And for your assessment, we seem to have succeeded. Am glad you had a good time, and were able to appreciate our simplicity!
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Chennai (Madras), India
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

One word for this - simplicity. You'll see it everywhere - the resort, the rooms, the food, the owners, etc. But mind you, simplicity doesn't mean backward - it's in fact a refreshing change.
What strikes me about this resort is the friendliness and hospitality of the owners. You can always see them around mingling with the guests. I was initially a little skeptical about the lack of air-con in their stylish, large, chic rooms with lovely paintings rooms, but I ended up sleeping without the fans! Construction, material used and of course in my case the weather all helped :)

The activities are so different - from milking cows to nature walks and folk performances, they've got it covered.

If you're really done with the monotony of city life, I'd recommend ONV any day. Just take off to chill out. To Ram and Lallitha, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank psivamani
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
I am so glad that your skepticism was overcome so quickly! We all need to break the monotony of our every day lives and stresses that accompany it. In the early days, people knew how to do this within the simplicity of their village lives. We are trying to replicate this simplicity at Our Native Village. Thank you for your encouragements and 'Cheers'...it certainly put a smile on our lives!
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

One short hour from Bangalore, one overnight stay - and you come home feeling as though you had been away for a week, refreshed and ready for the city again. If you want a break where you can have new experiences, learn new skills, make new friends, eat tasty food and sleep in blissful comfort and total peace in green surroundings - Our Native Village is it. Ramkumar the wonderful host calls it an "ongoing experiment" in self-sufficiency and eco-sustainability, so don't expect 5 star luxury, but if you would like to try and milk a cow, go on a nature walk at dawn with an expert on birds and insects, learn to string floral garlands, visit an ayurvedic physician specialising in yoga and physical rehabilitation, be present as a local dance troupe put on their make-up and costumes for two hours before a performance in the little amphitheatre, attend a cabbadi match from the languour of a charpoy whilst sipping ginger tea...oh, and so many things besides... don't deny yourself! You can also tour the solar power and biogas installations, the farm (by bike if you wish), admire the reedbeds which filter the grey waters for recycling, and even try paan after your meal. It's all-inclusive and all-encompassing. Three cheers for Our Native Village!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BrendaJF
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Thank you Brenda for your kind words of encouragement for us! Yes, as much as Our Native Village is an ongoing experiment in sustainability, it is also an an experiment on reactions from guests to the concept of going back to simplicity and rural life. It is an experiment on how much guests want 'standard luxury' as opposed to enriching experiences of simplicity. So time will tell the story as it is meant to be I guess. So happy that you enjoyed our stay and hospitality.
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Bangalore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The excitement begins even before you reach the place. The last 2-4 kms is a drive through mud road between lush green lands on both the sides. Just takes you back to imagination that you would even drive through. It then continues with the ever courteous, smiling staff of the resort, the Founder Ram and his wife. A special mention to the staff - they are so approachable that my 5 year old daughter was very comfortable talking to everyone including Ram. Some exciting typical Village activities to keep you busy through the day - Bullock cart ride, cycles, pot making, garland making, cycle tyres, catapult, kite flying, watching a game of kabadi while sipping on hot coffee/Tea and some boiled peanuts, and not to forget a very talented group performing on yakshagana. A sufficiently equipped Activity center. You can take long nature walks or just stroll around the place. The rooms are spacious, very clean, rustic and well ventilated. The use of earthen stuff in the room add to the beauty. The Food - simple, tasty, healthy and clean. Overall a trip to cherish and you will leave wanting for more.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vishal s
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
It is so interesting that you went away wanting more of what you experienced at Our Native Village. Normally when we want more of something, it usually refers to experiences of our senses - the sense of taste, touch, smell, etc.... What we have learnt at Our Native Village is that guests go away wanting more of the 'feeling' that they experienced here. This feeling is not of the senses, but of something that they 'feel' at a more simple but deep level - a feeling of comfort, simplicity, deep joy....all pointing towards a soulful feeling of satisfaction of the simple state of affairs. With all the fun you described here, it is not surprising that you wanted more. Lots of love to you and your family from all of us here. Welcome back....soon!!
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

A quick weekend getaway very close from Bangalore; the grass lands that lead up to the resort are a spectacular view on their own, giving you the feeing of walking upto the end of the earth, especially at dusk when you suddenly see this beautiful place at the end of the small length of the dirt road, glowing in the light of the lamps with large open skies above; evenings of cultural bonanza with a demo game of kabaddi folding into the night of experiencing folk dance and music; expertly put out bon fire; wine and dinner! waking up to the sounds of birds and cows, making flower garlands and clay pots with village artisans, a bullock cart ride, flying kite, shooting catapults at tin cans or riding around on a cycle with personality (really! those have names and features there...) and last but really not the least the food which is interesting, laced with ethnic items besides the regular ones and some more.
A weekend with family and friends to celebrate my birthday, gave me a lot of interesting and fond memories for the whole year. Thinking of making it a habit now :)

Room Tip: The room that overlooks the cow sheds give you the full bang for the buck as you wake up to the &quo...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nivedita M
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Happy Birth Day again Nivedita. I am so glad your birthday felt special for you as much as it did for us to host you, and sing for you. Thank you for sharing this precious day with us. I saw no comment on our singing, so i am assuming that you liked our voices :-). Life is all a celebration, and when guests share their special days days with us, we feel so honored and ensure that we make it as special as possible. Thank you again for your wonderful review of us.
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Bengaluru, India
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Its going back to roots. And simplicity. That's our ONV experience. The place is picturesque - you can place a camera any where and get a great shot. The experience was one of relaxed being - a kind that is rare to find. It came easy at Our Native Village. The staff are friendly and ever helpful. the evening cultural experience and then photo ops under the sky was exceptional. I also saw a lot of stars which is again a rare experience. Great food too with some really spicy dishes. All in all if you want to chill head for ONV.

Room Tip: All rooms are great actually - and unique in their style as well.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank S S
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CB R, Owner at Our Native Village, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
A lot of people come to ONV and talk about how the actual resort is even better than what it looks like in the web site and pictures posted in various sites. And they go onto add how a lot of resorts post very good pictures to sell the resort, while the reality is completely different. We are able to tell the truth about our resort, because of the beautiful photo opportunities that you noticed are real and exist!! So happy that you noticed all this...obviously you have a keen eye!! Thanks again for highlighting this aspect of our resort.
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Property: Our Native Village
Address: | Hessarghatta P.O.Box 8802, Bengaluru 560 088, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Bengaluru
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 795 Specialty Lodging in Bengaluru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Our Native Village 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
India's first and only 100% Eco resort with a fully natural swimming pool and a conference facility. Resort is managed on eco-principles and renewable energy is generated on site. Close to Bangalore, India's IT centre "Our Native Village" is set in serene, rustic surroundings with plenty of fresh air and village ambience. Traditional village games and bullock cart rides, swimming in a natural pond and massages to ease your senses are all offered on this beautiful property. ... more   less 
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