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“Great location, missing its potential with dirty rooms and poorly maintained”
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Destiny Farmstay
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“Great location, missing its potential with dirty rooms and poorly maintained”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

This place has some polar attributes to it. It is a farm stay in a lovely rural location mainly geared towards Indian corporate team building as far as I can work out. We were there as 2 families and the rest of the place was full of company men from Bangalore (very nice people indeed!).

The views are spectacular and the accommodation pretty basic. Evening meals are good but breakfast very limited. Staff are friendly and helpful. Sadly, the dining room is a fairly gloomy experience. There is no sit out area to enjoy the spectacular views, which there really should be.

There is a table tennis room, a couple of zip wires, basic climbing wall and muddy hole for fishing. Limited riding, walks and volley ball are available. A fire pit and play area with barbeque is located fairly centrally. The fire is lit in the evenings and there are barbeque snacks which are very good indeed.

Maintenance, however, is poor. Plenty of nails stuck proud of the boardwalk by the rooms. The play area was in a poor state of repair verging on dangerous, the doors in the rooms were decaying, curtains, valances and paintwork filthy. There was little or no attention to detail. As a personal bug-bear of mine, the sheets in one of the beds had not been changed from the previous occupant.

Guests are effectively confined to camp by electric fence and this is made clear with the threatening sign by the front gate. We couldn’t work out how to get to the lake and understand that you can't swim in it "by law". The beautiful countryside surrounding the property is unexplorable as there is no agreement with the forestry commission to allow access. This is a crying shame as if this place offered serious hiking over a number of days, or likewise serious riding, or water based activities (eg sailing and canoeing) then it would be world class and could be used as a superb "base camp". At the moment it is restricted to fishing in muddy pools with a cane and very basic "activities".

On a positive note, if you go you must do the barbeque, which is in the woods. That was a great treat for all of us and well worth organising. Bring your own "drinks", but be aware that you can’t have them in the dining room.

There are plans to build a Spa (nearly completed and looks really nice) and pool, which will certainly be a welcome addition, but I can't help but think that the big picture is being missed - do people who want a spa really want to get shaken around by what appears to be a 4WD prison van over a hopelessly unmaintained track for half an hour just to get there? (Doors locked on the outside, grills on the windows, so no escape! Fix this please Destiny as it is so unsafe (fire) that I would recommend that people walk rather than sit in this death trap, which will take little more time and will be a lot more comfortable.) Also the website is pretty hopeless and really needs to provide better info on rooms and so on.

So, mixed feelings about this place. If its fantastic location was used to the full for serious walkers and riders and watersports then it would be world class. Its location alone makes it worth a visit, but for now it is better suited to corporate events. It needs to sort out its priorities and capitalise on the natural resources that surround it rather than trying to be something that it isn’t. Pity.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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littlearth, Owner at Destiny Farmstay, responded to this review, March 18, 2012
We at Destiny welcome all the feedback we can get and have got to where we are solely on that. However when the feedback given is not accurate we would like to inform all readers of the same.

We do accept that there have were some maintenance issues but we are happy that we have been able to put that behind us now.

We would like to point out that the FAQ's on the website will answer most of the queries one may have and are quite exhaustive. Furthermore if any additional information is required we would be happy to provide the same from our reservation desk.

We would love to allow the guests to explore the beautiful surroundings but unfortunately unlike other countries we have governmental restrictions and I am sure any Indian will understand that the forestry commission will not give permission. All the same we have about 120 acres for the guests to explore and we are sure this experience will be more than sufficient except for the hard core trekkers. We would have loved to use the water around us for Kayaking and sailing too but however hard we have tried we have not been able to get the required permissions.

We would also like to inform the reviewer that there are three doors on the ex army truck and only one is bolted from the outside. The other two are bolted from the inside. Rest assures there is no fire hazard and the truck does not travel at a speed more than 10 Kph.

We appreciate the good comments and would like to apologise for any shortcomings on our part
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Our team had gone to Destiny for a Team outing, everyone gave excellent feedback on the place and the service. Special thanks to the Chef as the highlight of the feedback was the excellent food. Thanks for the great hospitality exteded to us and we will surely come back for more corporate outings

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Salem, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Destiny farm stay is best place to spend a weekend in ooty ..away from the hustle n bustle of the ooty town .

Going to the place itself is a experince from finding the location with help of a map .It is adventure for itself in driving down to destiny .

Let me come to the plus of the resort-
- kids will love this place
- location ,idlylic loaction away from the town facing the lake
-hospitality of the managment is good
-rooms are cosy and neat bathroom but its all simple n basic
-the theme itself is like wild west location
-food is good (not great) got chinese .indian,continental...........
-activities ..like short treks and tent by the lake ,bbq by the lake ....all great experince


Now lets come to the minus
- traveling the last 2 km reaching the resort is a painful experince
-weekend are full with kids ,makes the place noisy ..avoid sundays ..check with them
-breakfast was bad
-cant spend more than 2 nights.

overall great place to spend in weekend .....u ll love it for sure...........

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Theni, India
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2012

This was my second time @ Destiny. Loved the place, the rooms, the food, the activities & the service was damn good as usual. The early morning mists from the lakes makes the day. This trip will be in our memory for a long time to come.

The staffs did a great job in freezing cold & we asked for fire woods to be lighted @ the fire place in our rooms @ 10.30 p.m, & found the staff doing that instantly. The temp at the time was around 8' degree Celsius.Hope just this one instance will be enough to justify their staffs attitude towards their guests.

Now i strongly believe that Destiny falls under the ' Must Visit ' category for all nature lovers.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

Right from the pick up at Emerald dam,the drive to the farm (itself an adventure) till we left it was a wonderful experience. Camp by lake side, night barbeque,night walk are very unique and organised very well.Great cottages over looking the lake and meadows transport you to Switzerland. Food quality is excellent and rooms are great. Service is great. Altogether a great experience. Kudos for the management for maintaining this property.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

First of all..This is a great place for kids to be in.. Horse riding, animal farm, boating, rock climbing (for kids), etc..Adults will find enough to keep them occupied..Games, treks, camping..

And the room names are interesting..Explorers or western heroes..

Rooms are large and a couple with one or even two kids can fit in easily..

And the weather and the landscape around the property is far better than Ooty...We went in the peak of the Tamilnadu summer and it was like..might I say..Scotland..

Now for some hassles that we had to face which can be managed with some planning:

1. Its not Ooty..Its a place called Avlanchi (Avalanche)..about 27 Kms from Ooty..And your vehicle can only go about 1 Km outside the property..From there the property owners will provide free Off-the-road truck service to lug guests and their luggage to the property..This is a great ride..Kids will love it..

2. No booze..Atleast when we went (2008) the place had less the minimum required rooms to earn a bar license..So you need to take your bottles..

3. No Laundry service..Too damn wet / cloudy for them to provide the service to the standards they like to!

4. You got to pay for Lunch and Dinner..And it can be costly, by Indian standards..And the food variety ain't much to brag about..Carry what you like to munch..A tip to the Chef will get you some special meal though..

Room Tip: All rooms are the same..so do not bother..
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

The only place which i have ever seen is so different. no words its that beautiful to see.......... The team is very friendly n make u feel homely, worth spending on Destiny Farmstay. Must visit.
anyone will enjoy staying here and will never repent for wat u spend.Wish to go with my family and special person in my life.......

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Destiny Farmstay
Address: Muligoor Village, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) 643001, India
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Location: India > Tamil Nadu > The Nilgiris District > Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 202 Specialty Lodging in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Hotel Class:3 star — Destiny Farmstay 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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