Barr house is probably one of the best places to stay in matheran. But then again that's not saying much.
Setting your expectations at the right level is a must when tripping in india :) Barr house was lovely and idyllic but pretty basic.
Getting to the hotel from neherwal is a bit of a challenge. It's a one hour by foot. I'd recommend horse or rickshaw but haggling with the touts is a really stressful affair.
Barr house itself is nice. Huge rooms albeit a bit faded and rub down. Dinner was a highlight. A proper sit down affair with 3 courses and candles :) but not worth the 7k per room per night in my view. Dinner was extra. But then again given matherans out of the way location it's possibly quite tough to offer more value.
- 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