The accommodations are superb - spacious, very well constructed and elegant. From up in Haloumi House we enjoyed great views of the unperturbed shola across the valley and the road up to Nonesuch tea estate. Gandhipuram (a Coonoor extension) has (inevitably?) exploded over the ridge on the other side, and draped across the slopes below are Mansoor and Tina's Wild Acres with their gabled roofs and Cheddar House, located much further down.
They make terrific cheese - we sampled some and got a quick tour from Archana - and make their own soap (among other things). We got a soap making demo from Mansoor - with all the important practical detail thrown in and hope to experiment a bit ourselves.
There were gaur grazing in the vegetable garden that evening as we discuss peak oil. Mansoor has fashioned himself into an expert and evangelist on peak oil and believes most of the world's economic crises have to be understood and seen through this lens. He has worked on an hour-long impact presentation that he has been taking to as many audiences and opinion makers as possible and we offer to see how we can assist this mission.
You must go to Wild Acres for many reasons - not the least of which are Tina and Mansoor themselves.
Please be sensitive to how much non-bio-degradeable trash you generate while you are there (or of course anywhere you go). Thanks and enjoy !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a unique farmstay as it is the only gourmet cheesemaking farmstay in India. It is also an organic sustainable farm with wild life like bisons and elephants. ... more less