There was a tad bit of a chaos during the check in, but Frank was nice enough to take onus of the goofup and make us comfortable in a very short period of time. The property certainly is home away from home. Comfortable, Clean, Picturesque and a getaway from the madness of city life, still not too far from most eateries and things to do. His team is extremely helpful, cheerful and well trained. Hospitality can be felt from within. The place brings out your artistic side and you will want to extend your stay, just for this I wish to revisit again, very soon. We were lucky to visit during the art festival and walked up hill and through the bylanes of Gunehar witnessing lovely installations, cheerful conversations and some theatre at the end. Soul satisfying. I must not forget the food, we were travelling through Dharamsala and the surrounding areas for about six days before we reached this getaway, pleasantly surprised with the food and service. Clean, efficient and good food. Excellent baked bread, flavourful, clean food and cheery staff definitely made the stay very pleasant.
Your heart warms up the moment you step into the earthy room. Beautiful and peaceful -the mind relaxes and the soul is nourished. An interesting art shop , a month long celebration of different art forms is coming up in May/June 2019.
I always wanted to visit Himachal for all i heard about its beauty and its simple folks and rather still untouched soul. I was planning to visit Dharmshala but for some uncanny last minutle change of plans i planned instead to go to bir.
Staying at Frank's place was like some gold mine i stuck, as i never intended to stay at his place in first place. Mud house was awesome and carefully draped pastel shades curtains were minimalist but were all that was needed for our stay.
We did not have electricity for a night as meter tripped due to heaters working overtime in all rooms but actully we did not care to switch back electricity on. And, enjoyed a night sans electricity. Night time sky was full of stars and amazingly beautiful.
More than all, i enjoyed his cooking. Pasta was fragrant with rosemary and basil and cooked with all subtlety, though i suspect this was something of a routine cook for him. Trout was delicate, juicy and dripping with taste.
All in all we loved our stay at his place and would someday like to go back to his place again. P.S. Suman ji was awesome too.
Being through and through city people we had only seen mud houses. This time we lived in one – 4Rooms. Tucked in the cool Gunehar village in Himachal, 4Rooms is a designer mud house with all modern facilities. Including a hot bath tub. We soaked in all the fantabulous luxuries – material as well as cerebral – that this property had to offer. Trivia – while we drove up this time, next trip we are going to hop on the overnight government bus that plies straight from Delhi to Bir that is 5 minutes from this place.
Our meals were at 4Tables a cafe cum art shop run by the same people just a few steps from the homestay.
I first visited Franks cafe in October on a long weekend getaway from Delhi . We were not staying with him but made it for the famous Saturday Pizza night and were absolutely in love with the vibe , ambience & pizzas . We ended up there for lunch one more time while we were there and got a chance to they cosy 4 room stay and i knew just then that i had to come again and stay there.
As luck would have it in June a bunch of my cousins & family decided to come to Delhi from all over and i suggested we go stay at Franks and book the whole place.
So this time around i got the whole package - staying in the tastefully done up rooms , which were absolutely equipped with everything required. From toiletries to odomos bathroom slippers , french press with great coffee , bath tub and water with great pressure , Tek chand with his wonderful smile and hospitality. All in all it was an absolute delight and everybody loved it - the whole family had a great time .
Frank even made an exception and did pizza night for us on sunday cause we were a big crowd and it was the most beautiful intimate candle lit table setting .
THANK YOU Frank , Suman and Tek chand ! I will be back :D