Wallwood garden happened to us because of Tripadvisor and were we obliged for it! We had planned a weekend trip to Coonoor in March ,(a) because we were in Chennai and (b) because it seemed a cute little hill station minus the hustle-bustle of big brother Ooty thats half an hour away. Well, Wallwood couldn't be more symbolic of Coonoor in case of the latter as it literally seeps under your skin with its serenity.
The place, owned by the Neemrana group which specializes in converting old heritage properties into hotels, is a charming sprawling cottage set amidst a little garden, very close to Sims Park. Wallwood has retained its archaic getup and antique furniture superimposed by all the modern amenities that you would like to live in and scores full marks in atmosphere, probably because you know it belonged to some Scottish Duke!
The garden is not quite big but just right for a morning tea or an evening sit-out while breakfast is best had in their morning room which overlooks overlooking some amazing foliage-topped hills. But the most wonderful part of the stay in undoubtedly the Manager Geeta and her super-efficient, and friendly staff. They were full when we were there and though there was a bit of delay in serving meals etc., you couldn't get upset seeing the sheer effort the staff put in to make those meals so special. Indian, South Indian and continental - we tried out everything and I can't seem to remember a thing wrong about any!
I would seriously recommend this place to people visiting Coonoor if you are looking for a memorable place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two hours from Coimbatore, in the heart of upper Coonoor, lies Wallwood Garden. Earlier known as Blair Atholl – it was built over a hundred years ago by a Scottish Major General, hailing from the village Blair Athol in Scotland. The Duke of Atholl still lives in Scotland in his own castle. Wallwood was later sold to a British couple after the First World War, who ran it as a boarding house for many years. It was purchased by Liptons before the Second World War and the house has remained in the hands of tea companies – currently with Matheson Bosanquet. The Mansion has retained the atmosphere of the past when tea estates had their own lifestyle ! It has its own prize-winning garden of the Nilgiris overlooking a unique pomological garden. It is located two minutes from Sim’s Park, one of India’s most luxuriant Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1874 with over 1200 species of plants and many old rare trees like the Rudraksh, Paperwood, Elephant Leg, Strawberry Tree etc. Savour the wildlife sanctuaries of Ooty, Pykara, Kotagiri & Bandipur, driving through the lush tea plantations of the Nilgiris. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wallwood Garden Coonoor