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Posted On: 24 May 2015
Property Type: Boutique Guest House
ABOUT THE PROPERTY
Rose Cottage is perched on top of a valley at over 7300 feet. It offers breath-taking views of the snow-covered Himalayan Mountains, such as the mesmerizing Nanda Devi, India's 2nd highest peak and the imposing Trishul peak. Nestled amidst fruit orchards, Rose Cottage overlooks forests and rolling hills. It is perfect for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or to soak in nature, unwind and simply relax. Children are sure to love it too.
Off the beaten track, yet extremely well connected, Rose Cottage is a cosy boutique homestay in the picturesque village of Hartola in Uttarakhand. It is 340 kilometers from New Delhi. You can drive up in about 8 hours. The drive from Nainital is only 50 kilometers, and from Mukteshwar, only 30 kilometers. Both these are truly wonderful drives where you that cross forests, rivulets, and some picturesque areas like Ramgarh. The last 10 kilometers from Nathuakhan village to Hartola is through a thick alpine forest called Kala Pahar, with fragrant Deodars and Oak trees.
Kathgodam is the closest railhead to Hartola. It is connected by many trains, including the Shatabdi from Delhi and the overnight Ranikhet Express. From Kathgodam, Rose Cottage is 75 kilometers, or a two hour drive. This route takes you through the famous Bhimtal Lake, Ramgarh and Nathuakhan.
Rose Cottage has been designed lovingly by its environmentalist owners to be in harmony with the undulating landscape of its location. As a result, both the ground as well as the first are distinct units with their own gardens, verandahs and open spaces. The short path from the main gate to the 1st floor entrance, is wide, with a gentle gradient, through apple trees and flowering shrubs. In season, you can pluck an organic snack right off the tree.
As you enter Rose Cottage the living spaces are welcoming. The wooden floors, vaulted ceiling of natural pine, and the wonderful fire place are the owners' interpretation of the elements of a traditional home, but with greater comfort. The living space opens into a wooden verandah. Here, the views simply take your breath away.
Every single room is bathed in natural light with full sized windows overlooking the orchards, verdant valleys and snow covered peaks. At night you can gaze at millions of stars or simply spend time looking at the twinkling lights of Ranikhet or Almora in the valley below. On colder nights, the fireplace in the living room with its vaulted 25-foot ceiling is an ideal place to spend time with family and friends or simply curl up on a sofa and read a good book.
Inside or out - whatever the season, even a simple meal is a delight. The kitchen is beautifully equipped for any special needs that you may have. The dining table by the entrance is great for summer and winter meals and the garden and verandah's delightful for late breakfasts or lunch.
The meals include an American breakfast, while the lunch and dinner fare comprise home cooked Indian meals with some simple non-Indian dishes.
Popular Places Nearby
Mukteshwar (30 kms) ,
Bheemtal (45 kms) ,
Nanital (50 kms)
Travel & Transfer
TV in Lobby
Private Kitchen (ette)
Coffee Maker (Teabags,Coffee)
Hot water bag during winter season
Meals served in dining area
Private Veranda & sun beds
Private bathroom with WC & Shower
Hot & cold water 24 hours
Raw-Food (fresh food, uncooked - i.e. fruits, salad)
Operational since: 2014
Total Rooms: 3
Check-in 1200 hrs | Check-out 1200 hrs
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi
Distance from Delhi: 350 kms
Nearest transportation knots:
Airport: Pantnagar: 105 kms
BusTerminal: Kathgodam/ Haldwani: 75 kms
Train: Kathgodam: 75 kms