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Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest

Charlotte Lake Road, Matheran 410102 India
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#4 of 35 hotels in Matheran
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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Property amenities
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Breakfast buffet
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Interconnected rooms available
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Tamil
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Uday M wrote a review 13 Jan
Mumbai, India1 contribution
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
YusufHaji wrote a review Nov 2021
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
We had one of our most amazing stays in this beautiful ancient (170 yrs old!) property well located near some out of the world views. We were well taken care by property manager Ratheesh and his team. Everything we asked for they responded with a positive. Simply great hosts. The chef provided us with some great meals customised to our liking. 5 stars and highly recommended. Choose only this place if you are visiting Matheran. Better still plan for a visit once. Won’t regret.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Kajal Chandiramani wrote a review Nov 2021
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Staying at the Barr House was a life experience. Nestled cosyly in the rugged terrain, towering trees, swaying branches and the rustling leaves is this more than century old British mansion. The ancient wooden and wrought iron furniture, antiques, picturesque British and Parsi paintings, exquisite hall, magnificent dinning table and crockery and a unique verandah are things which Barr House can boast of. One can either go walking to the renowned Matheran points or sit on the wrought iron chair under the tree and sip a cup of tea or borrow a book from their library, or nostalgically recollect one's childhood by playing a game of ludo in the unique verandah or sit in the palatial room and brood like a philosopher under the high ceiling and painted English glass panes.  The food is delicious and served with great pomp and style. And above all, it is the Manager Mr Ratneesh who makes all the difference. Soft spoken, gentle and extremely courteous, Mr Ratneesh is always there to help you even if there is a problem. He gives you a very homely feeling.  I remember the poet who said: A thing of beauty is joy forever !! Nilima and Kajal Chandiramani 
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Ashish K wrote a review Nov 2021
Mumbai, India8 contributions1 helpful vote
We (wife and kid) visited the property in Nov 21 Out overall experience was super - incl. property, service, food A special mention to the staff which was very courteous. They made sure everyone Incl. my child is well taken care of The rooms and property is very clean and maintained the charm
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Anurag Moitra wrote a review Nov 2021
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We booked our stay at this 170 year old mansion for a day. The place is extremely peaceful, food was superb, specially their special, mutton sukha. Staff is very polite and welcoming and it gives a home like vibe. Very comfortable rooms & amazing ambience.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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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).