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
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sunnymead Estate Shimla, Himachal Pradesh