We (two of us) landed up at Maidstone purely basis existing Tripadvisor reviews and the place lived up to its reccos!
We drove down from Mumbai on a Saturday afternoon looking for a quite weekend at Panchgani and that what we got. The town itself seems transforming from quaint to bustling. But Maidstone will more than make up for it. We called up Maidstone after reaching Panchgani and felt lucky to get a place since the other highly-recommended places were sold out.
Once you find the place, (and the approach road is charming in itself), Mohinee Aunty will greet you very warmly! The place is an old bungalow; the exact age not known even to the owners!
You walk through their house and upstairs to your room and that is when you see the mesmerizing view of the valley and the lake. We were put up in a large room with a separate changing / vanity room which made my girlfriend very happy :) The rooms are clean and kempt. If you are into it, you will find the wooden furniture, the dressing table, the bookshelf charming. Later in the evening, you can join Aunty and her mom (presumably) while they play a game of scrabble. Beware the witty twosome! Their quips will catch you by surprise.
You really appreciate the beautiful view from your room/terrace early in the morning. Tea was served in the room. A little later breakfast was served, with a healthy dose of anecdotes about family history and love. There is a special connect with the Father of the Nation. You have to visit the place to find out that one :)
All in all, we are coming back again for sure!
(Oh yes, in case you are wondering, we paid about Rs. 1300 per head per night - B&B)
- Also Known As:
- Maidstone Panchgani, Maharashtra