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Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest
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Reviewed September 5, 2009

We, a family of 4 including 12 and 14 year old children, spent 2 nights at the Verandah in the Forest.
Getting there was an amazing experience for us as there is no motorised transport from the car park to the hotel. We chose a horse each and a lady porter to carry our bags for the hour long trip to the hotel.
We were welcomed with cold drinks and were pleased that the website pictures did it justice. The Verandah itself, the lounge and dining rooms are in their original style and are truly grand.
The rooms are spacious cool and comfortable.
Evening meal was taken at the 20 seater dining table, complete with candelabras, only surprise was the food, unexpectedly English (Roast chicken both nights). I guess this is aimed at local tourists having the full colonial experience ?
Breakfast taken on the verandah overlooking the forest was an excellent blend of Indian and continental . So nice in fact, that as soon as the waiters went inside, our table of food was ambushed by a coordinated attack of a troop of at least 10 monkies !
They were only interested in the food and we found it really funny and entertaining.
The next morning 2 waiters, armed with "naughty monkey" sticks guarded our table and all was well.
Overall, a very pleasant, quiet and memorable place to stay in the most unusual of places,Matheran.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank skds
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Reviewed July 11, 2009

All facilities are good but food Quility is not up to the mark.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 14, 2009

We visited this hotel during a long weekend in April. We stayed at this hotel for one night, but left with the intention of returning for a longer stay.
Though not as large and elaborate like the Neemrana Palace Hotel at Neemrana (this is a property managed by the Neemrana Group), this place has its share of charm and exclusivity.
We stayed at the Kapadia room. Though this was behind the hotel, it turned out to be ideal for us - we got our privacy, which would be somewhat lacking if we stayed at some of the rooms that overlook the Verandah.
While the food available was not the best, the location and upkeep of this property made it a great place to stay.

One thing about the Kapadia room: We were sufficiently warned by the Hotel that in case of a power cut we could be disturbed by the generator which was housed near the room. Luckily for us there was no power failure during our stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ajitabh
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Hi friends this is ronit, after all the reviews do you still want me to share a reveiw on how wonderful and exotic the place matheran is. it is indeed ........

I went to matheran in april and it was just not a planned adventure we all frnds decided a night before that we are going to spend our weekend out there thats it.

We read many reviews and got most information on matheran on http://www.hotelsmatheran.in we decided to get our arses land up at the verandah hotels matheran but we had choices between bhavan and usha and byke hotels in matheran too.

Anyways we landed on the neral statin on the central railways most of mumbai'yas are of aware of it. Nad we tried pour luck for the toy train to matheran and we got it.

The expericence travelling up there cant be desribed but experienced.

OUr hotel had the best valley view any hotel could offer out there in matheran, food non veg and ac rooms wow. Spend a night there and it was all nice away from hustle of mumbai.

Did i wish i had a bungalow out in matheran , yes i did wish for it.

Come on i know m boring you, and m not a good author either,

Guys jst pack your bags n leave to matheran dnt let a second thought pass you.

Cheers

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Sandesh29
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Reviewed June 5, 2009

I found this hotel through Sawdays and it was also listed in India Chic - it came highly recommended - so what's not to like? My boyfriend and I had 5 days to cover as much Mumbai & environs as we could, so we decided that a trip out to Matheran to this hotel was just the ticket.

So, the first thing is trying to pay for the room since credit cards were not accepted as payment without a faxed confirmation of signature - I don't know about you, but I don't have free access to a fax machine anymore so this was tricky and took a fair amount of tooing and froing between me and the hotel booking line. What they don't tell you is that you can actually pay at the hotel - the only slight hitch is that your room isn't guaranteed without payment. In the event, this didn't matter and we were allowed to pay at the hotel - it's worth checking.

We decided to be intrepid travellers for the journey out and seeing as we weren't exactly well, this was even more of an adventure. We took the train to Neral and then a cab up the mountain to the beginning of the park, through which we had to treck for an hour to reach the hotel. Point one - you will get dinked for the taxi - we were royally screwed on price. Point two - barter and barter if you're going to take a horse, oh and don't let the horse guide set your stirrups for the derby - it hurts like hell when you get off and explains why john wayne walked the way he did. Point three - it's really not that far to walk and takes about the same time as horseback. Point four - when you get to the hotel, don't be surprised if the service is very, very casual to the point of disinterest! They probably are expecting you really! Point five - ask for local food at meal times. We had some really weird concoctions including warm quiche with a tuna salad side - quite bizarre. Point six - take lots of books or a game. There's no TV (which is marvellous), but if you need this to exist, you'll require a substitute.

The area's marvellous. Crumbling villas built by the colonial British, now taken back so that its wild quality has well and truly returned. Barr House is beautiful and decked out with lots of antique furniture.

We had two days here and didn't regret the slightly painful horseride out. We did however decide to walk back to the taxi pick up and were taken down the mountain by our bag carrier who was older than my grandmother and smaller than our luggage.

Worth a look, but not for the fainthearted.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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