After many years we went to Kodaikanal - first time for my children. We had found Cinnabar on the internet and it looked & sounded lovely - pleasant weather particularly when compared to sweltering chennai, a farm with food cooked fresh from the land, place for the kids to run & play. Our stay was everything we had hoped. Bala and Vasu, the lovely owners of Cinnabar did everything to ensure our stay was the complete break from the everyday hustle bustle of life. This property has just two bedrooms away from the main house, we had taken both bedrooms and so were the only residents - would definitely recommend to do that; a huge lawn to play on, complete with a bouncy, energetic dog and a market garden which grows an amazing range of fruits and vegetables. The kids had a great time plucking and eating plums, beans and more straight off the plant and "harvesting" the vegetables that become dinner! Food in Cinnabar is homely, delicious with the added advantage of the menu being customised to guest preferences. Very good food that almost (but not quite) did not leave enough space for Vasu's decadent deserts. The rooms are large with big windows and big beds with high wooden ceilings and floors. Very comfortable, very clean.
Our advice: Go if you want a break from the city to enjoy a more peaceful, serene time. Dont go if you want a lot of action & activity & 5 star trappings and service.
We would go back in a heartbeat and the children want to move to Kodaikanal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peaceful gardens well planted with fruit trees surround this unique Kodaikanal house. Two sunny rooms with private baths, detached from the main house, make the stay truly memorable."Where you feel like a personal friend, not just a guest". Relax...On the porch, or perhaps in the quiet of the living room where a log fire awaits you on chilly days. A selection of books, newspapers and magazines is at hand.Set away from the bustle of the town centre, the lush lawns provide many places to relax in the sun or just savor quiet moments alone...Wander through the garden escorted by a playful dog and see unusual organic fruit and vegetables growing.A delectable full western breakfast using home made cheeses, jams, breads and more is served at 8:30 am in the dining room. A gourmet dinner, using locally grown produce is served in the dining hall at 7:30 pm. ... more less