Before I go into the details of the factors which were a huge letdown for me, let me make it very clear that the rooms and the bungalow itself are very well maintained with fine interior decorations and the rooms were comfortable to stay in.
1) People who dislike or are afraid of dogs please do not opt for this property. We had a terrible time with kids and few of the ladies being terrified of the huge dogs which keep coming and sniffing you. Even after repeated requests (4-5 times) the dogs kept coming back. My daughter stayed inside the room for most of the day. I felt the dogs were more important then the guests in this property.
2) The food was just about average and we were served uncooked chicken for the barbeque. When the food was returned for further cooking we ended up getting charred pieces. I must say I prefer these to uncooked meat. And surprise, the same pork dish was served for breakfast the next day morning. The day we came the chicken dish was not sufficient for everyone during lunch and this was the only non-veg item.
3) Don't expect any kind of activities in the premise except for a table tennis table with few worn out bats. Nothing to keep the kids occupied too. The view are not stunning, but they are decent so you can sit back and relax.
4) Not value for money - Considering the cost we pay per head the rooms costs turn out to be higher than the service you get for that price.
I was really excited to visit Chickmanglur as it would be my very first trip and as is normal these days I went through websites, reviews and what not. After all the accumulation of info and mental images, I was apprehensive that the reality may fall short of the virtual. It was a good 6 hours drive from Bangalore, the roads though single lane were in good condition. The local eateries are very very reasonable with good quality fresh food. The drive as you enter the property is nice. We were greeted at the reception in a traditional Homestay style as we were welcomed by Krithika Gopinath . But what stayed with me was the delicious coffee that was served ....outstanding!! And that was what set the standard for our entire stay. Rooms...it is one thing to see picture and quite another thing to actually stay there. We were in rooms in the main house bungalow. I had the live scenery of the entire mountain range right outside my bedroom window! Food....you name it and it was there. Absolutely fantastic and so fresh and it really had the flavours that brought out the experience of living in the countryside. Krithika was extremely caring. As I was honoured to also get to taste some delicious dessert which she whipped up for me. One day I felt like eating some amazing pan cakes and it was there the next day when I sat down for breakfast!! The whole stay was a dream....one which i would love to experience again.
I am just back from a weekend getaway at Captain's Bungalow. A weekend very well spent with friends. Not just me, but all of my friends too absolutely loved the place. We had booked off the entire bungalow to ourselves. We were 17 of us. Our initial count was 15 people, 2 more joined us at the last moment. This was not informed to the property, but on arrival they were more than welcoming and obliged to make arrangements for the additional two people without any issues.
Food was excellent and sumptuous. We requested for a particular food item for dinner which again was arranged without any issues. The property is very well maintained. The property is a blend of traditional south Indian and colonial architecture. Every room has a fireplace but the weather was quite warm.
There are 3 adorable friendly dogs at the property. They have a separate accommodation and food arrangement at an additional cost if the guests are accompanied by a driver. There was a round of barbecue session at night by the bonfire in the garden. No insects or mosquitoes to trouble at night either.
Would love to return to this place.
I travelled solo to Chikmagalur during 26th Jan holiday ( 26 -28) this year. It took sometime to pen down my experience but nevertheless here it goes.
This place in nothing short of a writer's paradise, where one would want to get lost amidst serenity of the nature and simple life.
Mr. Natesha has been very accommodating to show me around the plantation, I interacted with the beetle-nut staff and watched the processing of coffee seeds. It is really refreshing to walk around the plantation and talk to people. There is a small pond in the plantation, perfect to pick up a novel and sit on one of the benches by its side and spend a lazy morning. But the most warm and welcoming are the 4 canines that would happily accompany you and blend in as if they know you for ages.
My room was on the right end of the bungalow and had an super amazing view of the valley. The bungalow is done in a very classy and vintage taste of decor, which blends in with the plantation.
There is so much I could go on and on. To name some of the best attributes of this Bungalow:
1. Classy interiors, mammoth rooms, perfectly conducive for introspection.There are plenty of interesting books around to be pickup ( I loved 'Stopover')
2. The view from my room, I could spend days with some home grown coffee and a book on the chair by the balcony
3. The people, right from cecilia, to Mr. Natesha or the aunties I spoke at the betel nut workshop or the house staff everyone has been very warm and welcoming
4. Last but not the least the canines, they add a very special charm to the place( especially Mr. Binku)
Tips - If you are travelling on a soul-searching kind of trip, maybe it's better to book this place on a weekday, weekends are always full.
Someday( When I have enough money), I would like to build a similar establishment for myself :)
I had an amazing, refreshing and very very comfortable stay .
In all our trips out, this was perhaps the best experience we've had. The Captain's Bungalow has the perfect mix of beautiful scenery, warm and hospitable people, good food and lovable pets.
The bungalow is nestled in the midst of a coffee estate and the sight of the hills lends a certain calmness to oneself. You can take a quite walk along the winding paths through the plantation, or sit by the duck pond in quiet contemplation and completely forget the stress of city life.
There are three bedrooms in the bungalow and each has its own fire place. It was really nice to sit by the crackling fire on those cold December nights. The food is nice and homely and the staff are more than happy to oblige, to make your stay comfortable. They were extremly nice to arrange a little anniversary surprise for my wife and I and that's greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Cecilia and Natesh. And lastly, the pets: I haven't seen a more lovable bunch. Try taking a walk through the estate and you'll find four great companions running ahead and leading you through the pathway. We already miss them, but at least we know we'll be going back soon.