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Glenburn Tea Estate
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Had a short nice stay at Glenburn. Weather in June was much warmer than what it is in Darjeeling. Service is personalized. Day picnics and walks through the estate was enjoyable.
The big insects and flies that emerged every evening bothered a lot. Maybe something can be done to prevent these from coming into every room and even the dining area. View of Mt.Kanchenjunga was great from the estate.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Jasuvi
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

The ride was very exciting, scenic, interesting and part of the charm...The hilltop tea estate was a wonder of wonders..the flowers, the vegetable gardens, the herb gardens, the winding trails, the view, the food, the rooms....WOW to all...The tea estate manager Sanjay was attentive and gracious. He is quite a fisherman too! Jenny the hotel manager was funny, kind and gracious...The family style meals were delicious and you met people from all over the world each night. Cocktails before dinner were always a fun gathering. The estate has gentle hiking trails and one may opt for lunch by the river. There is a lack of privacy in the fact - if you are lunching by river..they combine with others doing the same. Therefore, you are sort of forced to be social! Not an issue for us but....I stayed in the main house which was awesome and decorated wonderfully - but next time will opt for the Water Lilly Bungalow for privacy and view. The tea factory tour was extremely interesting. A nice gift shop. The estate also gives back to a near by school which you may visit. This is a destination to return to as, truly a little magic takes place in this remote location of India. Allow no less than 3 nights 4 is better. You will arrive late in the day so the first day is gone when you arrive.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank lindasm1955
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

It's a long drive in but one arrives at the most lovely hilltop estate hotel. It's amazing to me how so much comfort and good food can be produced in a remote setting. We were greeted and ushered into the lovely cozy sitting room with a fire in the fireplace. I sunk into the cushions with a drink. The guests who stay there are mostly very interesting. Dinner is served in the dining room at an oval table that seat about 25 people. The food was very good and desserts outstanding. The staff are well trained.
Rooms are large colonial type with big comfortable beds and some have sun porches. Bed tea is served in the room in the morning..what a pleasure!
In the morning we could see the Himalayas right in front of the hotel while sitting on the terrace.
Breakfast is on a lower terrace and lunch is set up under a spreading Pomello tree.
The trip to the camp on the river below (which separates Darjeeling from Sikkim)
was splendid. A first class lunch was served. One of the staff actually leaped over the river rocks to bring me my dessert....the best banana dish I've ever tasted.
Being on a tea estate in itself holds a lot of interest, the tea tastings, seeing the scope of it, being shown how it's produced. The hotel and tea production staff, drivers, tea pickers have been working there for many generations. They have three main villages with schools and also a medical clinic.
The general manager of the estate, Sanjay is a delightful person and also a gourmet cook...he cooked several things with tea in one meal. The hotel manager, Jenni Bolton, also delightful, is an Australian who lived many years in London...wonderful and welcoming..taking good care of the guests.
So all in all it was an a really great experience. Having returned to Darjeeling after many years, I was struck more that ever by beauty of these rugged hill regions and the people.

Room Tip: We loved the Blue room in the top bungalow but the rooms in the new bungalow below are really lovely. Corner rooms are large and sunny but all the rooms have their own features. Some have sun rooms.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Gloria J
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

It is rare that you find a hotel which takes care of your every need, anticipates it before you ask for it and at the same time makes sure that you never feel crowded. It is one of the best hotel experiences I have had. Jenny (the hotel managers) and Sanjay (the tea estate manager) are the two best hosts that you can have.
The location of the hotel is beautiful - with stunning views of the Kanchanjunga. The food is excellent - no restaurant you can order in, but tell them what you want and they will make it. Each meal is different - we were there for 4 days and never once repeated a dish. They have lots of gentle hikes and nature walks which are beautiful and the river lodge is a really cute place to go for lunch (don't advise staying the light there). A visit to the tea factory is a must - very interesting. Try to get a room in the Water Lily Bungalow as it is a little more private.
Dinner is a family style affair - so its always interesting as you meet new people every day and have interesting conversations with people from all over the world.
At 30 I was the youngest by far so don't go if you want a crazy holiday unless you take over the whole place.
Bad - the road getting here is AWFUL so if you have a bad back you may want to avoid it. While it wasn't an issue for us there is sometimes a lack of privacy as they combine the walks, lunches by the river etc with whoever is going.

Room Tip: Get a room on in the water lily bungalow.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Nirbhay K
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We stayed here last year and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The grounds are stunning; the house is beautiful, but the best part was the food and the hospitality of our hosts. They handled everything for us - from taking us fishing, getting an extra battery for our camera, to getting us to Nepal. We felt pampered. We have recommended Glenburn to everyone we know and look forward to the opportunity to return. A truly special place in India.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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4  Thank hrjp
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