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... recently electrocuted and had its paws cut off). The five bedrooms ensure that the place is never too crowded and the guests...
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... as well as a lovely little infinity pool and fire pit. Our room (with A/C and fan) was very large with huge windows and...
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... space in form of wardrobe and chests. Electronic safe in the room to keep relevant valuables. Dental, grooming, sewing kits,...
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rajrupa g wrote a review Dec 2016
26 contributions9 helpful votes
We travelled to Kanha in November 2016. After weeks of research, we zeroed in on Courtyard House and this property surpassed all our expectations.

The place exudes an old world charm. It feels less like a hotel and more like an ancestral home, replete with lovely gardens and woods beyond. Situated about 15-20 mins away from the other properties jostling for space outside Khatia Gate, Courtyard House lies in Patpara village, right next to the village of Manegaon (where a tiger was recently electrocuted and had its paws cut off). The five bedrooms ensure that the place is never too crowded and the guests have plenty of space and privacy. The staff are all warmth. A lot of care is taken to ensure that the guests feel completely at home. The property is in the buffer zone of the forest and is ideal for nature and village walks. A bird watching paradise, this resort is in every way perfect for the genuine wildlife lover, who seeks only to be at one with nature. The staff, mostly locals, are themselves full of love for the forest and will tell you about encounters they have had with tigers and other wild animals if you care to ask. The lazy evenings are spent by the bonfire, listening to the accounts of other travelers, or to the in-house naturalist.

The courtyards and the area near the swimming pools have charpoys and jhulas for the guests to relax and soak in the clean air. Lunch and dinner are often served in different areas of the house (I refuse to call it a 'hotel') to provide new experiences for guests. The rooms are very well maintained and have all the modern facilities. The library is well stocked with wildlife-related books. The food is bound to make you fat, you just can't not over eat. The jeeps for the safaris are always on time, blankets are provided to counter the morning chill, and breakfasts of aloo paranthas and sandwiches neatly packed in baskets.

All in all, a wonderful experience. We will be back!
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Neelesha, Owner at Courtyard House
Responded 8 Dec 2016
Greetings Appreciation is the best reward. We are over excited to have such wonderful reviews and are happy that you enjoyed your recent stay at Courtyard House. We are now under pressure to keep going the same spirit. But assure we will keep maintaing the same standards. Thanks Neelesh
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ICEtravelers365 wrote a review Jun 2017
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom3 contributions
We stayed at Courtyard House for 5 nights in April. It was like being an honoured guest in someone's home. The setting on the edge of a small village was quiet, peaceful and very scenic. The whole house was beautifully decorated and very comfortable with lots of indoor and outdoor seating areas as well as a lovely little infinity pool and fire pit. Our room (with A/C and fan) was very large with huge windows and lovely views. We had monkeys playing in the tree outside our window. The room was nicely decorated with traditional wooden furniture and a sofa, as well as a large bathroom with dressing area and towelling robes.
All the staff were superb - friendly and attentive, nothing was too much trouble. Meals were delicious and the chef prepared food to individual tastes. I am unable to eat certain food and the chef went beyond his call of duty to make sure I was catered to and well looked after.
Our amazing holiday was organised by Indiafootprints Adventure via Responsible travel and we would highly recommend Neelesh for both his trip organisation and his hotel. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are only 5 rooms here, ours was perfect as was the one next door, we didnt see the other 3...
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Response from Neelesha, Owner at Courtyard House
Responded 30 Jun 2017
Greetings We thank you for such exciting reviews & are happy that you enjoyed staying with us at Courtyard House. Look forward to have you here again Thanks Neelesh
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ashtiw wrote a review Feb 2016
pune42 contributions8 helpful votes
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For those who love their privacy, want to be away from crowd and require peaceful luxury stay providing “at home” feeling! Disclaimer: If you are traveling with your wife… can’t help it!

...Based on recent extended family reunion at Kanha...

Located at Patpara Village near buffer area of forest this place can be reached by taking a right turn from the road going toward Khatiya gate of Kanha National forest. No sign board indicating about the place on main road like others (ask for Sunaghat barrier or Tully resort road and proceed further). You will see this place on your right painted with orange-yellow exteriors as you reach to relatively open land near village.
From far; this place appears like and mansion. Once you enter, it will closely resemble a hunting lodge or a Haveli decorated with artifacts from British and Raja/Maharaja era (though constructed using concrete building material). The property is surrounded by garden with flowering plants and fruit bearing bush/shrubs.
Solid wood boxy furniture (Sarai or Sal) to match the theme.
Absolutely clean, 5 spacious air-conditioned rooms (three at first floor and two on the ground); each can leisurely accommodate two adults and can easily take one additional bed (if required). Attached dressing cum bathroom with plush western style accessories. Absolutely white and clean bathrobes and towels. Comfortable matrices, absolutely clean bed linen and cushions (extra cushions and blankets in chests). Ample storage space in form of wardrobe and chests. Electronic safe in the room to keep relevant valuables. Dental, grooming, sewing kits, bathroom slippers etc. Minibar refrigerator to keep stuff cool (read…as per convenience). For “Dil se Desi” people; all rooms have celling fan as well as an openable window with mesh to prevent entry of insects. Tea/Coffee maker in room (sugar-free available; missed brown sugar though).
Two big and open terraces on first floor with relevant plastic furniture and a cot to relax. Enclosed and common seating area attached to one of the balconies in case you want to avoid sun/insects.
Open verandah on the ground floor with a big wooden swing, table-chairs and cot. Adjacent to verandah there is stone paved bonfire area with a pit.
A big hall with couches and sofas as well as satellite TV (TATA Sky) and common board games like chess and carom etc.
Small library with select popular wildlife books to keep bookworms happy.
Sparkling clean swimming pool though small size with adequate surrounding stone paved space to relax under the sun (though missed poolside recliner or lounger but tables/chairs available).
Small dining hall with a big dining table which can accommodate 12 people (max). Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in-house by chef.
Neatly packed Cheese and Veg sandwiches as well as Potato Parathas for Safari. Lunch and dinner have piping hot Chapattis, 2 Veg mains, Lentils, Green Salad, Papad, one Continental Veg (usually backed) or a regional delicacy, Rice preparation, dessert. Spread of chutneys, pickles and masala salts to tickle your taste buds.
You can suggest in advance regarding what you want to eat and possible stuff is prepared and served.
Ever helping Neelesh Bhai Agrawal (owner) over phone and mail for booking etc. Matchless hospitality and courteous service by staff under leadership of seasoned veteran Mr Garg (Pandit Ji) who was always around to make sure we were as comfortable as “at home”.
My overall experience… This place is not for low budget travelers and money minded commercial community. This place is a notch above and meant for people who are looking for bit premium yet smaller place. It is perfect place for people who love their privacy and do not want nosy people around.
Some useful tips:
Credit cards not accepted; only cash. Central Bank of India ATM is available at Khatiya gate which is nonfunctional at times. Coming with cash (withdraw at Mandla) or paying majority as advance is suggested.
Some rooms have two single beds and some have double beds.
For spiritual people IMFL and beer can be arranged on request.
No shops nearby; you need to go to Khatiya gate for anything and everything (come prepared if you have some extra requirement else you need to request the staff).
Chef can bake a cake (not the eggless) if someone is celebrating birthday. (My experience)
Usually forest area is colder compared to establishment. Blankets are available on request for frugally clothed individuals (just in case!).
Bonfire can also be arranged at night; ask for it.
For mobile internet addicts: There is no wi-fi available. Mobile network coverage is poor (only Airtell and BSNL have partial coverage; Idea at times at certain locations of establishment).
Tips for Safaris:
Safaris in open Gypsy arranged by the establishment.
Forest department is very strict these days. Only 6 adults are permitted in a Gypsy (strictly followed). 1 or 2 kids below 5 years can be accommodated in same Gypsy. (My Experience)
Don’t book a ride unless you are 100% sure about who all will join and will make it. If you book in advance make sure you have proper compatibility of individuals going in a Gypsy. With close to off-road experience; two rides are enough to conk-off 60 plus and motion sickness sensitive people.
Wake up early (4:30 AM) and go with the IDs to Khatiya gate, queue-up and get Tatkal booking. Replacement of people is difficult as IDs are checked at the gate office. Guide accompanying the Gypsy also check how many people, how many males and females. You don’t need ID for 10 year old kid. Don’t declare kid on the lap say 1-4 years. (My experience).
Don’t forget to carry Photo IDs while you Visit Kanha (it is checked). If you have forgotten your ID but someone somewhere has a soft copy and it can be mailed to you on your mobile; there is an online ticket shop near Khatiya gate which can give you printout of same charging Rs 10 (do it before 7:30 in the evening because it closes after that). You can show the same print at the gate while entry. (My experience).
Don’t be in a hurry and chase for the tiger! Enjoy available 20% of Kanha wilderness which is open for public. This 20% has approximately 15-20 tiger territories and you have to be really lucky to see one up-close. If you don’t; blame it on the weather and come again. Rule of thumb…ten tiger citing equals a leopard citing, ten leopard citing equals a sloth bear citing!

Who am I !!! I am a food blogger and restaurant critique by passion… https://ashtiw.wordpress.com/ Travelled to Kanha frequently in past; have stayed in the past at MP Tourism Log Huts and Youth hostel as well as Krishna Resort.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: First floor rooms are better because you have good view 2 terraces and a sit out
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Response from Neelesha, Owner at Courtyard House
Responded 4 Mar 2016
Greetings We thank you for your valuable feedback & are happy that you enjoyed your recent stay at Courtyard House kanha. We have taken up your suggestion to also keep the Brown sugar & same will be incorporated. Thanks once again for such a detailed feedback & look forward to have you here again. Thanks Neelesh
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Danish f wrote a review Feb 2016
Mumbai, India19 contributions11 helpful votes
the location is wonderful near kanha/ kisli gate & four of us stayed 3 nights in the courtyard house; in the buffer area of kanha forest reserve. we crossed wild deer and bisons near the resort & this added to the thrill.
The courtyard house experience was absolutely wonderful. the house is nicely planned with large rooms, lovely family areas, verandah, terraces, sitouts and of course a courtyard. the interiors are modern-rustic and beautifully decorated with antique every-day use items, which we were told belonged to mr neelesh, the owner. Quite a collection i must say.
The rooms were well-appointed & very comfortable at par with any good resort. Running hot water & room-heaters were a life-saver in biting cold weather. the pool was super clean & extremely inviting but decided against stepping in considering how cold it was.
The staff was courteous and ever-helpful. the wood-fire set up post sunset every night, and a perfect counter to the cold weather.
The review would be incomplete without mentioning the amazing food we had at courtyard house; served home-style we dined either in the dining room or poolside. Every item was finger licking tasty.
Special mention to the driver santosh, with whom we had the tiger sighting of a lifetime.
Hope to return here sometime & Would highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: first floor rooms with the panoramic view of the buffer forest
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Responded 8 Feb 2016
Dear Mr Danish It was our pleasure to have you here at Courtyard House kanha. We feel delighted that you enjoyed staying with us & liked the property. Yes you are right the concept behind this house was to give an old Indian architecture feel which we are loosing very fast. Im happy you liked it. Look forward to have you here again. Thanks Neelesh
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julia k wrote a review Dec 2016
Salisbury, United Kingdom15 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent 9 nights at Courtyard in a lovely room, with a huge bed, and window overlooking the scenery .. a real away from it all retreat, located 15 minutes away from khatia gate amongst rice fields and humble villages. The staff were excellent and made our stay very special, with the little touches , like hot water bottles at night and warm face towels on return from the dusty safaris. The food was excellent, 2 course lunches between safaris , although the canapés by the bonfire each evening were a particular favourite. We love Indian food and the chef made sure we experienced a range of flavours suited to our palate, superb for foodies, although not so good for the waistline! The Indian wine was a revelation to accompany dinner and again the staff were very obliging in bringing a pre dinner drink to our room. We also hugely enjoyed the 3 local walks we took, with our hotel guide, who brought village life alive with a visit to a homestead, coupled with regular spotting of birds and animals. Of course the tiger safaris were awesome, and we saw 2 tigers to add the icing to the cake that is courtyard . Thank you so much
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Neelesha, Owner at Courtyard House
Responded 23 Dec 2016
Dear Julia & Barry It was our pleasure to have you here at Courtyard House kanha national park. We are thankful for submitting such wonderful reviews on trip advisor so quickly. We are happy that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. Look forward to have you here again
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