The Allure of a Bygone Era
Back in the days of the Raj, in the 1890s to be precise, a British army officer’s wife fell in love with this village near Nainital and decided to stay back. In time she built this house on a hillside.
The lady was a force to reckon with – a great horse rider and an even better shooter, she was the talk of the town. No one dared cross her. When she died in the 1940s, she left the house and all that came with it to her faithful retainer.
In 1999 it was finally bought from the descendants who converted it into this Manor in the Hills. The place has been a house of legends! It is said that Gandhiji once had tea here in 1936 while on his way to see Kamala Nehru at the Bhowali Sanatorium. Jim Corbett was apparently a friend of the British lady and would often visit this house.
Over the years, Manor in the Hills has somehow managed to retain much of its past grandeur and mystery, calling the ever inquisitive traveller to bask in its splendour.
This century-old mountain cottage is a cosy, dreamy home in the hills. The eleven rooms are named after ‘pahadi’ trees like the willow, oak and deodar suites and mountain nooks like the grotto, valley and goat shed suites. All rooms have their own character. While some rooms have unending views of the mountains, others have lofts, garden views, french windows, sundecks and more. The rooms are so unique – the Grotto was once a wine cellar!
All rooms have been decorated keeping in mind the theme of the Himalayas – soft tones, earthy colours. The en-suite bathrooms have been done up tastefully too! A perfect unwind after a long day of adventure.
Manor in the Hills has an in-house restaurant that serves up some lip-smacking fare – from piping hot khao suey, pahadi mutton dishes to some mouth-watering banoffee pie. Although they have a menu, the food can be also be made-to-order.
This Unhotel has free WiFi on its premises although we discourage its use. It also has a swimming pool for guests to spend long summer days in.
Parking is available here and if you don’t have your own vehicle, the staff will be happy to assist you with rentals. Laundry and room service are available. Pets are not allowed at the manor.
For those who’d love a staycation instead of exploring the busy town of Nainital, ‘Manor in the Hills’ has many a nook and cranny for them to discover and spend hours at. Nothing is better than spending a day out on the deck – sun kissed in the summers and shaded by trees in the winters, it is impossible to move away from this spot.
Challenge friends and family to a game of pool or ping pong or watch classic movies in this dedicated game shed! The warm wooden shed has the feel of an old clubhouse.
What is better than an old world library furnished with rustic sofas in the Himalayas? The perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine (or chocolate milk) with a good book for company.
And if you want to snuggle up in a warm corner, the living room has fireplaces beneath old rafters. You can also choose to sit at the bar or have a family meal at the high table here.
Or walk to the last point of the estate where two large terraces beckon you under the shade of an old pine tree; feel the mountain breeze on your face and look down at a fantastic vista of valleys. A quiet haven for a whole day of reading, eating, drinking beer or just reflecting.
Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Manor in the Hills unburdens the traveller with dreamy views of mountains as far as the eye can see. The heritage history of the place, great amenities with an upscale home-like cosiness are its biggest draw All that a standard hotel experience can never offer.
Ideal for the romantics, the writers, the poets, the artists. For large families looking for a non-hotel pad to cuddle up in the mountains. For a discerning crowd looking for affordable luxury.
Definitely not for those happy with a cookie-cutter hotel experience. Or for those whose idea of a getaway is solely visiting famous sites. This place is not for the pocket conscious traveller or the best-deal-seeking folks!
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