We spent one night at the Verandah in June and it was wonderful, we didn't want to leave when Monday came about. If you want to spend a weekend with a single-point agenda: Rest & Relaxation, then this is the place to be.
Far away from the usual hustling that goes about in the "hill" stations of Maharashtra, deep in the forest this place has loads of character. From the four poster bed, to the dining table, to the easy chair on the verandah - you will feel you are part of the Raj half expecting one of the company officers to walk out of the rooms and greet you.
The food was stupendous; the lunch was dal, country (gaoti) chicken, stuffed tomatoes, kadai paneer, bhindi, rice/roti, papad, pickles and a cabbage salad. I never knew raw cabbage tasted so good! The dinner was a sit-down continental in candle-light. A vegetable noodle-broth soup was followed by cheese fritters and a corn salad. The main course had chicken and mushrooms, ratatouille, fusilli in a home-made cheese and tomato sauce and potatoes au gratin. The piece-de-resistance was the dessert - apple tart with a vanilla cream sauce. All this was accompanied by the freshest, softest white bread I have ever tasted. The breakfast the following day was toast, cereal, fruit and eggs your style - they had a bread roll that brought back memories of the bread pakora that were available on the Railways. All in all we could tell the the Chef made the spices very subtle to emphasize the flavor of the food.
The highlight of our trip was while we were having lunch on the verandah - the clouds came in and the outside turned dark and misty - Magical!
A couple of nit-picks, the coffee (powdered nescafe) was awful and it might be worthwhile investing in a good coffee machine, the tea (in teabags) was better but I was expected "masala" tea and pakora during the evening when it was raining.
If you have kids who don't read or don't keep themselves busy - you may have a problem keeping them occupied - but as a romantic getaway you can't beat this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The paths once cleared by the British in the forests of Matheran, making it the last British hill station have acquired a new identity as the place where Bombay’s movers and shakers which include filmstars and businessmen come to spend a few quiet and peaceful days.Perched atop the Sahyadri ranges, Matheran is Asia’s only pedestrian hill resort. Chug up in a toy train, trot, or arrive in a palanquin, past gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras. The Verandah in the Forest was the second house to be built on the isolated Western Ghats, by Captain Barr. Now, with every facility in place, it is reputed to be second to none! Indeed, the nobility of the proportions of The Verandah bring civilizational honour to the Sahyadri ranges. Lounge like never before in this verandah of your dreams. Read under the highest domestic ceiling you would have known in the salon – 12 metres/35 feet high. Stroll down to Charlotte Lake. Or take longer walks with a picnic basket. Relish the local cuisines. Heave your chest, muscle your calves, take all the oxygen back in your lungs. Link your planet with your own two feet.Find space for more space in your mind. Or lose yourself to find yourself anew.Long after you return, you will wonder who would have dared to sprawl out such a tree-home space in such spell-binding wilderness? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Verandah In The Forest Hotel Matheran
- The Verandah In Forest