Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest

Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest

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A sprawling 170-year old British mansion, Barr House was the second of the original British residences in Matheran, built for Captain Barr of the Royal Army and later owned by an eminent Parsi family for decades. Nestling under a canopy of towering Jamun trees, barely a hundred metres from Lake Charlotte and close to popular points like One Tree Hill, Echo Point etc, this stately colonial building was painstakingly restored by Francis Wacziarg, an Indophile French connoisseur and today is the favourite haunt of Mumbai’s eclectic mix of artistes, intelligentsia and the well-heeled, who want to get away from the stress of hectic city life and the relentless onslaught of information, the blessing as well as the bane of modern life. So iconic is the grand veranda that Barr House is today known as the “Verandah in the forest”. Sink into a world of colonial charm with no interference from technology and reconnect with nature and oneself. In the evenings try a perennial Parsi favourite, Dhansak and brown rice or tuck into a rich home-made chocolate ice-cream or better still, a fresh jamun ice-cream made with jamun collected from the towering trees in the estate. Or play scrabble in the stately Dubash hall, curled up on one of the sofas, sipping a cup of Cona coffee made with organic coffee straight from our plantations in Kodaikanal, listening to the philharmonic of nature, or enjoy a cup of tea with a slice of matured plum cake in true colonial style. The kitchens dish out hearty Continental and Mediterranean fare as well as earthy Marathi dishes from around the region. Better still; enjoy a four course candle light dinner in the communal dining hall, at the ancient 18 seater oak table. Barr House has a character which has remained firmly rooted in its colonial past and is immersed in the natural splendour of Matheran.
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Free breakfast
Badminton
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Breakfast buffet
Horseback riding
Darts
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Desk
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Interconnected rooms available
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Electric kettle
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Tamil

Location

Charlotte Lake Road, Matheran 410102 India
Getting there
Car recommended
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Sikhya B wrote a review Feb 2021
Mumbai, India20 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dune Barr is a well maintained heritage property located about 4.5kms from Dasturi Car point (2Kms from Matheran Market).
The team is really helpful and we got detailed information regarding routes, toy train timings, general rates for horses/potters etc, menu etc before arrival. There is very limited network coverage in the area, with wifi available at one spot only. So this is THE place you must visit when you plan one of those 'go where the wifi is weak' trips! Also there are no TVs in the rooms. But with so much to trek and see around, one hardly misses the electronics.

The food is outstanding. We tried traditional Parsi cuisine, Rajasthani Laas Maans, Smoked Chicken, Pastas, their homemade icecreams, apple pie to humble pakhora... nothing disappointed.

The rooms are big and are comfortably furnished. The property offers various seating areas and all are tastefully done.

It is priced slightly expensively, but it is worth the splurge.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bhakti T wrote a review Nov 2020
Mumbai, India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In the forest, beautiful property, great maintenance and great hospitality
Stayed in the elphistone suite, friends stayed in the heritage superior rooms. Food was excellent always. The common areas and veradahs are large airy and spacious. Loved it
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Senior wrote a review Dec 2020
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stay here is rejuvenating and an unique experience.
Walking in adjacent woods observe monkeys teasing the passers by is a good entertainment.
During severe cold climate having a black coffee a speciality of Dune Barr House
is really refreshing.
Having a chat with other guests staying discussing interesting topics of mutual interest is rewarding.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Abhinav S wrote a review Aug 2022
8 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing experience, this place is for people seeking calm and peace. Away from the hustle bustle of the market. Centre of Attraction is the bungalow itself, it's architecture and furniture.

One can just relax with worrying about phone calls and email popups as in most of the bungalow area there is no network. There is one wifi router which can be of help in emergency near the Manager's room.

I cannot close the review without mentioning the Food, the food served is delicious inside the house.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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jvsandsms wrote a review Feb 2023
vrindivan19 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful time at the Dune Barr Hotel. We were made to feel welcome immediately. The old colonial building is magnificent and the spacious comfortable room we had was joy. Eating dinner on the veranda watching the sun go down was quite memorable. Ratrekh was an attentive host and forwarded to us every bit of information we would need to get to the Dune Barr, prices of various transport etc. We chose horses to go up and hand pulled rickshaws to go down.....such fun. There are a lot of hotels in the area but we would choose the Dune above all others if we were to return to Matheran. Thank you for a lovely stay. Nearly forgot...it was so peaceful and there's not a lot of that in India!!
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Uday M wrote a review Jan 2022
Mumbai, India1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at Dune Barr House was memorable. This is a heritage resort, which was originally built by Capt Barr in the 19th century. The old world charm is still retained. The rooms are big with very high ceilings (so ceiling fans are out). It's a place to be with nature and the rooms don't have air-conditioning, television and don't have mobile connectivity too ! It's a perfect getaway place where you can just chill. There is an impressive reception and dining area and you just wonder at the various times those pieces of furniture would have witnessed. A special word for Rahteesh and his team who left no stone unturned in making this holiday special for us
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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usk1224 wrote a review Feb 2023
Boston, Massachusetts26 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A very old, but beautiful building. Not easy to get to, but added to the quaintness of the location. The directional signage was lacking. Luckily, the rickshaw-walla we had hired to carry our luggage from Dastoori while some of us walked, was knowledgeable and and took those of us who rode by other rickshaws right to the place. We who were walking were left to our own devices to find the place!
Upon finally reaching the place we were disappointed by the looks of the place - rundown and visibly lacking maintenance - nothing like what we were expecting from the photos on the website and the 5⭐️ prices (Mumbai standards) we were charged! But the saving grace was the staff, though untrained, who were warm and responsive. The Manager was very responsive and attentive as well. We lacked nothing by way of tasty food and on time service.
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Date of stay: January 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: If walking to the place from Dastoori (parking lot) or train station be prepared to walk apox 1.5...
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Vish1010 wrote a review Aug 2023
Vadodara District, India67 contributions9 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the excellent getaway weekend you can have. This is well maintained heritage property and feel like time has stopped moving. All furniture is old wooden antique. We opted for heritage room which has all windows open towards forest view. We enjoyed the serenity of nature. you can hear different birds chirping. Room was well maintained and hot water was available all times. You can choose for your food likings and they will prepare fresh for you. Lunch and breakfast is served is served in veranda in midst of nature. Candle night dinner is served on big antique dinning table. You can enjoy evening in common sitting area. Overall it's excellent place in midst of forest and away from crowd.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Come anytime of the year. We choose monsoon weekend.
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Hemant Shetty wrote a review Oct 2021
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just back from a Trip from The Verandah house Dune Barr Matheran
An Amazing experience .A Different three days pushing u back to Old times but the Comfort of the present.
Every member of the family just loved it
The Rooms were heritage and Food Alacarte was just special.
Resorts are made good or bad with the staff and we had the most Cooperative helpful Manager in Rathesh who was so very concerned for even a small bit of discomfort felt

The trek trails were good and will post pics later

We will always visit again

Thank u Rathaesh and ur staff for a memorable experience

Dr Hemant Shetty
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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SuparnaPune wrote a review Mar 2021
Chicago, Illinois841 contributions77 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The setting is just magical.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the market area
Beautiful heritage home with surrounding trees.. I spent hours hanging out in the veranda and garden
Awesome food.. Everything I had was super delicious.. Highly recommend the ratatouilles (It’s more similar to its greek cousin but oh so delicious.. I polished off :D )
The dining setup is nice.. veranda or the long dining room :)
The room is spacious and has a huge bathroom too. It gives a true heritage property feel. (Which also means that everything is not scratch-free and shiny new but that’s the point here)
The hotel manager and staff were very attentive and helpful.. always available whenever I needed something
I was the only guest for my first night there and the manager took extra efforts to make me feel comfortable (he lives with his wife and kids in the adjacent bungalow and told me to reach out if I need anything)
You can walk to the property in around 20/25 min from the toy train station. And then you can walk to different points from there within half an hour to an hour.. (Charlotte lake and lord’s point is just a 5 min walk)
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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MD1Mumbai asked a question Mar 2023
Mumbai, India8 contributions2 helpful votes
Are pets allowed
Answer from jvsandsms
vrindivan19 contributions3 helpful votes
Sorry I don't know....I was just a guest. Highly recommended the hotel though.
mkjigs asked a question Feb 2020
Mumbai, India1 contribution
How far is this from Market? Does this have Jain Food optons?
Answer from mypointofview123
Chennai (Madras), India10 contributions
yes jain able on request
Answer from C2 banna
Goa, India30 contributions12 helpful votes
Matheran is wet and messy during rains. But it has its own beauty during rainy season. You see clouds in your hotel rooms and its all chilled & green around. Also the Charlotte Lake gets full and you can enjoy the overflowing water there. Sigh-seeing can be done but carry a nice pair of water resistant sandals & raincoat .. :)
Answer from WonderSpinach
Mumbai, India16 contributions3 helpful votes
Its quite far near a dam/lake which is a tourist attraction. You will have to hire horses(approx 40-45 mins) to reach there
Upendra T wrote a tip Apr 2024
Mumbai, India91 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no AC in rooms, but it not make any difference in middle of jungle ……"
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Parag M wrote a tip Mar 2024
Fairhope, Alabama3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be careful around the monkeys. They will snatch any loose belongings."
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Tara D wrote a tip Mar 2024
Oslo, Norway1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check your Whats up the day before arrival, so you dont misd out important information from the manager of Dune Barr hotel"
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seema c wrote a tip Feb 2024
Saint Louis, Missouri3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely visit matheran! Stay at Dune Barr house. It’ll be worth it. "
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Vish1010 wrote a tip Aug 2023
Vadodara District, India67 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Come anytime of the year. We choose monsoon weekend."
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PRICE RANGE
₹5,897 - ₹8,140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the verandah in the forest hotel matheran, the verandah in forest
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Neemrana's - Verandah in the Forest
LOCATION
IndiaMaharashtraRaigad DistrictMatheran
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest
Which popular attractions are close to Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
Nearby attractions include Louisa Point (0.9 km), Charlotte Lake (0.2 km), and Porcupine Point (Sunset Point) (2.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, breakfast buffet, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kumar Plaza Restaurant, Hotel Panorama Restaurant, and Vaibhavlaxmi Family Restaurant.
Is Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Matheran.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Tamil.
Are there any historical sites close to Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Prabal Fort (4.1 km).
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