We came across Jeolikot on the net, as one of the off-beat destinations. My husband vaguely remembered somebody having been here & recommending a place called The Cottage. We looked it up on the internet, & decided we were going to come here. & boy! were we thrilled?!
Jeolikot by itself is just a village enroute Naintal. The Cottage is an old colonial house that has been painstakingly built into the traveller's paradise it is today by a charming lady, Ms. Bhuvan Kumari.
Bhuvan has renovated & decorated the cottage on her own, & her personality is evident in every nook & cranny of the house. More than that, she & her devoted staff do a great job at maintaining the place. The Cottage has four standard rooms & one delux room.
Wooden floors, high ceilings, rugs & dhurries, little bone china cups & saucers- all of this & more will transform you to a different world. Bhuvan personally sees to your comfort, & The Cottage stays true to the 'homestay' concept. ztowels like home, food like home, tea like home!
The staff is extremely attentive & courteous. The food is what you would get at home, though Bhuvan may ask you if there is anything particular you want to eat. If it is the right season, you will get home-made apricot jam too, & fresh plums.
You will have a terrific time if you like dogs, for Bhuvan had three full-grown dogs, & three puppies when we were there. The best thing to do at The Cottage is to sit in the balcony, gaze at the mountains, read a book, play music, or have long chats that are usually disrupted by the demands of everyday life.
As we went during the monsoon, there was light rain, & it brought with itself mist, that gave The Cottage & the surrounding areas even more charm. The Cottage is meant to bring you closer to nature, closer to your loved ones, & closer to yourself.
Bhuvan can tell you lots of stories, but if you want your solitude, she will discreetly step aside too. Old world charm, perfect hostess, nature's bounty-I do not think there is anything more a traveller can ask for.
The experience I had made me feel I was part of an Enid Blyton novel...
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