We visited acres wild during mid jan. It was chilly in the nights but days were pleasant mostly. The farm is everything it claims on the website. Its really a farm with the cowshed, duck pond, hen pen and the special cheese cottage where they make their wonderful cheese. The hosts - Mansoor and Tina are warm and hospitable. They take great care of the guests and make you feel at home. We were travelling with our kids - 2 and 5 yrs old. Mansoor made sure that any special requests were adequately met. We had great conversations with our hosts. We also managed to get a hands-on training in how to make fresh bread. Tina also guided us abt shopping in Coonoor.
Even with the kids, we managed to do most of the activities at the farm - fishing, cow milking (my 5 yr old son actually managed to do it too) and checked out the vegetable garden which our hosts maintain so carefully. We also visited the cheese cottage and saw how they make their cheese. The library is well stocked and the kids selection of books was also very good. They have a beautiful dog Ria, who is so friendly and docile that my 2 yr old son was all over her. The staff are well trained and are very good at their job. Deepak and wife made simple and tasty meals - lovely phulkas and made sure all our meals were satisfying. Vinod was very helpful too. All the other staff- Mary, Munna etc. were also very friendly and helpful. The reason behind such good staff is that Tina and Mansoor treat them like their own family!
We had fresh cows milk and yummy cheese everyday. Our cottage was the Haloumi. It was well furnished and comfortable. The view from the cottage was incredible. We had an open gazebo in front of the cottage. We also got a nice fire in the fireplace thanks to Vinod. The kitchen was well supplied with an induction stove, fridge and kettle. As we were with small kids and it was a long climb from the dining room to cottage, Deepak helped in delivering our dinner to us.
The farm is eco friendly with gobar gas for cooking, solar panels for water heaters, organically grown vegetables, free range cows. Mansoor is very passionate abt the environment and is doing more than his bit in this farm. It is in an inspiration to see ppl like him. And the farm is so charming. Its an opportunity for city breds like me to experience. The kids enjoyed their vacation and my son said that this was his best holiday. We had earlier gone to Singapore last yr! The clean air, the fresh food, the ambience - precious memories. We had a really wonderful time at Acres wild and look forward to visiting again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a unique farmstay as it is the only gourmet cheesemaking farmstay in India. It is also an organic sustainable farm with wild life like bisons and elephants. ... more less