Captian's Bunglow, takes us into another ear- The British Raj, the house reeks of the Golden ara.Its wooden seating area, to the dinning hall, to the portico and ofcourse the dogs, they accompany you until your room and wait on you outside . Adorable bunch! The staff are extremely courteous, Anil,Perumal,Shetty all of them do not need to put an effort, they are just so natural .Shetty ensured we had a bite of every dish that was being churned out by Thimraju and Prashanth, very sweet chap.The Rani jhasi view is a must, breath taking and the camera does not do justice to this beautiful scenery, A big shout out to Anil for driving us in the 4 x4 up there.We ate and drank to our hearts content and enjoyed every bit of our stay, we stayed at the tented accommodation and boy we were glad we did.The stone and wooden cottages are an experience you have to indulge in. It was living a dream with a lot of fantasy included. Must needed oxygen to fill your lungs at this beautiful place. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. Good Job Captian Gopinath you did yourself so proud! Lovely staff keep them close!!
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 .