If after over dosing on Jane Austen you have ever fantasized about living the victorian life, this is your chance. A 19th century British bungalow built by Captain Barr made more eclectic by the parsi's and bohri muslims who inhabited it later. The Ceiling of each room if was in Mumbai would fit three floors inside. Snuggled smack right in the middle of Matheran Forest it calls for exploratory walks that take you nowhere. Service is all high tea, silver and fine china in a dining room where light from the stained glass plays jigsaw on your face. Or candle light flame flickering if that is your thing. A full course english meal. Every item was cooked to perfection including the caramel custard. It helps that they make most of their items inhouse, including the jam that comes from their holdings in uttarakhand.
Furniture is a blast from the past as well. Poster beds, solid wood almirahs and quirky chairs in the verandah with fold out leg supports. They thought of everything!
The verandah is well maintained and so are the rooms. Well furnished with luxury fittings.
Maintained by the Neemrana group of hotels, they revive private heritage properties and open them to the public.
Rooms are named and its interesting to read about them on the website. Shankershet is the highlight. A cutesy room with a wake up view of the forest, an extra poster bed in the adjoining room and cut off from the remaining rooms. A room you would retire to for 6 months and belt out a book from. They might name the room after you later. :)
To sum it up, we had high tea and went for a walk to the nearby lake, followed by sunset at echo point. Came back at dusk and heard the strains of an acoustic guitar played by Japanese as he sat in the verandah. Cliched but classic!
Bonus points if you strap on some riding gear and arrive on a horse.
- 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