My Husband and I chose Mary Budden Estate, Binsar as a perfect getaway in the hills while planning our first vacation without kids, in seven years and it was PERFECT!! If lush green mountainside,moss on the trees,silence punctuated by bird songs and cries of barking deer,long walks in forest,the thrill of spotting leopard pugmarks without encountering hordes of tourists, is what one is looking for, then it is the place to be. A perfect combination of tasteful luxury of a hotel and personal touch of a home,the place has the original house with its cosy, old world charm nd the new cottages which show the owner, Serena Chopra's personal taste nd passion! Each room holds its own, with its distinct character and charm! The estate is located beautifully with different mountainside views,quaint spots with chairs nd hammocks,fireside dinners,bukharis in each room,amazing food,humble and effecient staff,hot running water for baths(can't ignore that :-)), tasteful collection of movies,books and games......everything a perfect recipe for making beautiful memories. One leaves with a promise to be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mary Budden Estate - a family run luxury homestay, is one of only five private homes nestled deep in the oak forests of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Himalayas, at 8000 feet.Mary Budden's 120 year old heritage home has been fully restored by the owners, who have also built another cottage in keeping with the old colonial style; along with a replica of a 14th century Shiv temple within its 5 acres.They harvest rainwater and are fully powered by solar energy. Mary Budden Estate also provides guests with organic produce from their own garden.With the help of their caretaker Ganesh Dutt (who has been with them for the last 21 years), they also provide their guests with a complete village experience in Ganesh's own home in the Dalar village (an hour and a half on foot from Mary Budden Estate).Come here to unwind and connect with nature in this breathtaking corner of the world. ... more less