This hotel was originally a large bungalow known as Blair Atholl, builtin the early 19th c. by Scottish Major General, hailing from the village Blair Athol in Scotland. Blair Atholl was later sold to my relatives, CRT Congreve and his wife Esme after the First World War, who the hotel say ran it as a boarding house for many years, although I have no evidence of this. There are many rooms and I know that Esme's father Norman Rowsell died in the property in 1919 so they certainly received family visitors.
I visited on a quest of family research and the manager Geetha, was very helpful and friendly. I stayed in the Eucalyptus room, which I was upgraded to for free. Although it has the most wonderful views of the tea hills, it is not an original part of the building, as it was added on and has modern windows. The others rooms are more 19th century in feeling, with wooden floors and beautiful fire places.
The food here was lovely and the staff very helpful. My only complaint is that the paintings hanging up are mainly of modern art, which I think soils the historic atmosphere.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking