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The Retreat, Bhimtal

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The Retreat is a 19th century colonial bungalow set in an oak, pine and deodar forest estate in the Lake District of Kumaon. The welcoming Indo-German family do their best to share their home, lifestyle, and the fascinating history of this 1860’s house that include British influences, the Grandfather who escaped the Nazis, and the Grandmother who is a descendant of Tipu Sultan and the Mughals. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared every day; ranging from Indian, European, and even some colonial specialties. The area is ideal for barbecues, nature walks, and excursions to the forest that contain lakes ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating. The hospitality and personality of Paddy Smetacek and her children make The Retreat an ideal place to be.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room features
Family Rooms
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Paddy's place in the hills near Bhimtal is a hidden gem, The approach road up the hill is unpaved (on purpose i believe to preserve the surroundings). It is a genuine colonial bungalow with a very colourful history, It belonged to Col. Jones during the British period but changed
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Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal
Responded 5 Jan 2019
Dear Harry_Itinerantur, thank you for your charming review - it is a lovely warm description, just the thing to warm us on a cold winter's day! Hope to see you and your family here again soon!
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We stayed for several nights with Paddy (a fabulous host) and her incredibly capable team. The location is perfect for long walks down to the various freshwater lakes in the area, including Sat Tal and Panna Tal. You can wind your way down from a high ridge above the bungalow
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Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal
Responded 10 Dec 2018
Thank you, Bembix, for your kind words and wonderful review! It gives a great look into how a stay at the Retreat goes... It was a real delight having you stay with us, and we hope you will be back again, soon!
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We had the great fortune to share a memorable holiday with our family and a friends family at The Retreat. Since we were 10 people we booked the entire place. Padmini was most efficient and responsive through this stage which put us at ease to begin with. Upon arrival she and
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Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal
Responded 28 Oct 2018
Thank you for your lovely review, 654mohitk! We deeply appreciate your kind words -- and the trouble you take to write about the details you noticed! We hope to see you and your family and friends here again!
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This is my first ever review and I’m glad that I waited to write one for the place that truly deserves it.. In today’s day n age, we forget the meaning of a perfect holiday.”The Retreat” Bhimtal is just that place..A home stay like no other..it’s a house built in 1851which
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Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal
Responded 23 Oct 2018
Thank you so much, Rupender! What a warm, glowing review! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy... I am so glad you all enjoyed your stay here -- it was a pleasure doing our very best for lovely guests like you! Looking forward to many more visits from you, and more great times!
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We first came to know about this hidden treasure from a feature in the lonely planet magazine. Booked ourselves for 3 days and I must say that the place more than lived up to our expectations. It has a very relaxing old world charm to it that instantly melts away your new world
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Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal
Responded 1 Jul 2018
Thank you so much for your lovely review, Harinder! As you must have noticed, we enjoyed having you here as much as you did being at The Retreat! We all hope to see you back here again, sometime soon.
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Hi Vaibhav, did you find what you were looking for?
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Hi Kirtee, we have spoken already -- this message arrived only now! Terrible internet these days after the storm. See you soon!
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Hi Vikas, we have two suites of two bedrooms each available on 1, 2, 3 June. A total of 9 beds in four bedroom, with space for three extra beds. Each suite has an attached bathroom. Yes, we serve vegetarian meals, as well as Jain, vegan, etc.
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Hi, sorry about the delay in replying. We can accommodate a maximum of 15, using extra beds. We have two suites of two 2-bedded rooms each plus a very large double room that can take an extra 3 beds.
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"I loved the room at the end with the skylight."
"Let the host know what you prefer."
"each room is special - one would be lucky to stay in any of them !"
"It helps to boo in advance and ideal for an extended weekend"
"Just ask Paddy with your requirement, she will suggest the best possible room."
US$ 68 - US$ 113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaUttarakhandNainital DistrictBhimtal
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