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“Peaceful Surroundings, Great Food, Lovely House”
Review of Sunnymead Estate

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Sunnymead Estate
Ranked #3 of 142 Speciality Lodging in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Peaceful Surroundings, Great Food, Lovely House”
Reviewed 20 March 2012

Sunnymeade is a wonderfully renovated old 'cottage' with extremely comfortable rooms. It's facilities are of a very high standard and there is great attention to detail and cleanliness. And, very importantly, it is far away enough from the madness of Simla's Mall, but near enough if you like walking exercise. The house is just below the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies (the old Viceregal Lodge), and there's a short cut to the stately old building. There are peaceful walks around the IIAS, and you can watch the Toy Train on its way up or down. I visited with my two daughters (13 and 16), and they both loved playing with the dogs, lazing around, watching TV, and reading while sitting on the back verandah that overlooks the garden. And, just as much, they loved the food made by Madhavi, the owner. The food was really a highlight of our stay, very highly recommended: freshly made quiches, pastas, soups, meatloaf, innovative salads, and various other dishes, including Indian cuisine. We also had wonderful (baked in-house) banana and walnut cakes, chocolate mousse, etc., etc.

We really enjoyed Sunnymeade: there was company if you wanted it, and solitude if desired. There were books and magazines to read, and garden was in good bloom. We hope to go back one of these summers

Room Tip: All rooms face the garden at the back, so no noise problems.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

I stayed at Sunnymead for a few days of quiet last year. Was most impressed by the fiesty young Madhavi Bhatia who runs the homestay. The home has been beautifully restored & modernized by Madhavi and her family.
My days at Sunnymead were restful, I could sleep long uninterrupted hours and not get disturbed despite just being off the main road. And Sunnymead is close enough to the Mall and other spots of interest. The meals were delicious and wholesome with a lovely pudding or sweet to round it off. I particularly loved the addition of fresh flowers etc from Madhavi's garden to the salad and other dishes. Sunnymead is a wonderful homestay which is close enough to the busy-ness of Shimla yet away from it. Dog lovers would love the canine companionship of Bhusa Singh & Daphne too!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

Sunnymeade is an ancestral property which is now being run as a guesthouse by a very young and dynamic lady, Madhavi. Its a heritage house and all changes are done to fit into the old concept of grand living. Its a long way off from the noise and hustle/bustle of Shimla, on the slopes of a mountainside and therefore the views are mindboggling. Its warm, cosy and guest friendly with Madhavi and her staff always around to make one feel part of the household. Nothing is too much work for the loyal workers ...your wish is their command!! The food is excellent and all dietary restrictions are taken care of. The rooms are a delight and each one has a view that can make you hold your breath. And if gardening is your love and hobby, the plants, trees and flowers are an added attraction.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sunnymead Estate

Property: Sunnymead Estate
Address: | Below the Cart Rd, Near the Old MLA Headquarters and Hotel Blossom, Shimla 171004, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > Shimla
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 142 Speciality Lodging in Shimla
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunnymead, Shimla is an exquisitely restored home with a spectacular garden. Located on the edge of the Reserve Forest. It is conveniently situated both to explore Shimla and its surrounds, as well as just relax and do nothing...Located just off the Cart Road, Sunnymead is the first private house as you drive up from the plains. Parking is available at the level of the road, either in our private parking bay or else in one of our garages. A short walk down a mountain path leads to the house. The road is not motorable till the front door. We are not a hotel, but offer short term rentals for like-minded people who would like to live in an old family home. Short stays may be customised on request. The food offered is both Indian and European, served in exquisite collectible china with old, beautifully maintained silverware. Distances from Sunnymead: Sunnymead to Railway Station - 1.2 km, Sunnymead to Victory Tunnel - 1.8 km, Sunnymead to local bus stand on Cart Road - 2.2 km, Sunnymead to lift (for the Mall) - 3.1 km,Sunnymead to Boileauganj (local market) - 1.2 km. ... more   less 
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Sunnymead Estate Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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