The Verandah in the Forest, Matheran
Barr House Matheran
Phone Number 2148230296
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My friend and i were planning to take a weekend trip in Matheran when one of my colleagues suggested this hotel. We checked out the pictures and the reviews and were expecting a decent place. But but but, the place was far more cosy and beautiful. The rooms were very spacious and clean. It had all the amenities. Each room opened into a verandah and had chairs kept right outside the door. The feel of the place was nice. Many people were reading books, drinking wine or just chilling with their kids. There was a common room also which had books and games. Evening snacks were served in the verandah, while dinner was served in the dining room. There were tea, coffee, cookies and veg pakodas for snacks. The dinner had a set menu and was decent in taste. The staff was courteous and warm and were attending to all requests promptly. The property is truly in the lap of the nature. It's walking distance from a waterfall and is located slightly far from the man Matheran market. One can either choose to walk or hire a horse. It was raining when we reached there so we decided to walk all the way and it was not bad at all. It was like walking in a forest with natural streams formed due to rains. Point to note: There was no TV, no wifi, no phone signal; However there was one landline phone and wifi at the reception which we used to make phone calls.
This is a pilgrimage place for us. We go there once at least every year. It is a place to relax. There is no TV, so families can actually bond with each other. Activities include just one Table Tennis table in the garden. So if you enjoy hustle and bustle this is not the place for you. There is a tree house which we enjoy sitting in in the evenings, while the kids laze on the hammocks, or sit in the swing. There are the olden day Parsi Dhansak relaxing chairs to sit in and enjoy reading a book. We love Matheran as it is one place where cars are not allowed. To reach the hotel it is quite a walk from the main market place 15-20 minutes. The way to the market is quite a steep climb at some points. One can take the horse or hand pulled rickshaws readily available near the gate of the hotel. There are rooms at the main level and 5 rooms at the lower level. We prefer the rooms at the lower level as there is greater privacy. The rooms are large, very very clean. Beds are comfortable and massive - 3 people can sleep very comfortably. Linen is changed daily. The bathroom is a decent size and very clean. Towels and hand napkins are good quality, fresh and clean. Toiletries are very quality. They also have a hair dryer. The water is from a filter and good to drink. We do not use bottled water here. Breakfast is included in the package. Lunch and Dinner cost Rs. 500 each per head. We recommend eating all meals at the hotel itself. Lunch is served as a buffet and is mainly Indian food. There is only 1 non veg dish with 2 veg dishes, a dal, rice, salad, curd etc. Rotis are served fresh and are soft and fluffy. Extremely good and tasty!! Dinner is always a sit down, candlelight, 4 course continental meal. Each course is pre plated so plates are changed after each course. You can ask for seconds of any course but really it is not required as at the end of the dessert you feel quite full!! Enjoy the ambiance as you sip your coffee after dinner. Both meals are value for money. One can go to the market place for meals. Remember to carry the torch kept in the room as coming back after dinner it is quite dark. All the staff (including front desk and housekeeping) are extremely polite, prompt and helpful. The chef went out of the way to prepare non spicy meals for my granddaughter who was just a year old!! My grandson wanted to eat pizzas which the chef readily agreed to. Bhajis were made as a snack for tea time on the request of my son in law!! Overall an amazingly located, quiet, very well maintained property!
One of the most charming places I\'ve ever stayed at. And if you stay here once, I bet you\'ll never want to set foot in any of those ugly buildings called \'resorts\' that crop in most of our hill stations. Over a 100-year property, it is actually located in thick woods and the name \'Verandah in the forest\' is apt. Its very close to the Charlotte Lake and Echo Point, where you can spend evenings. The rooms are large, well laid out and elegant. Dining is on the verandah overlloking the forest and meals are a real treat. Lunches are simple but leave you asking for more. Dinner is a sit-down 4-course meal and the food is lip-smacking. They have a library, with some nice reads and some board games in case you get bored. Children may not like it much here as except for a tree-house, there is not much to do. The place is ideal for a romantic weekend.
A real Walk in the Woods. Half an hour from the local market at the other end of Matheran, Verandah is the hideaway that most of us citysiders only dream of. And to think this piece of paradise is just two hours away from the city makes it irresistible. What makes the place truly stand apart is the attention to detail in true Neemrana style: the old-style washroom fittings, the warm four-poster beds, the spacious lounge with rare period sketches of Bhor Ghat, and the impeccable, discreet service - this \"spa for the mind\" really stands apart in the Matheran-Lonavla region.
A little over a couple of hours from Mumbai, who would have thought such a place of peace existed. A little vintage bungalow in the middle of the woods, a horse ride through winding paths through the forest, and you feel you're in an Enid Blyton adventure. Sit back in the long verandah with your hot cup of chai, or if you'd rather fancy a hammock in the garden, bring along good book and slowly find yourself dozing away, under the crisp rustle of trees and chirping birds. Oh, watch out for the monkeys :-)
Once we arrive in the resort, its like coming back into nature..we arrived on a rainy evening...the mist was floating into the Verandah. We were quickly settled down by the staff. It was tea time, so there was hot masala chai with some yummy pakoras on the table in no time. The children were happy to run around in the verandah and we adults were happy to relax in the plantation chairs and sip tea. The resort is a heritage place. The cielings are high, the bathrooms can fit your entire modern apartments. The rooms are extremely spacious. It felt like we had entered a bygone era. Its a perfect place to go and spend some quality time with your folks. However if you are looking for modern amenties like a pool or an AC in your room then its not the place. The food options are limited but yummy. They actually have sit down candle lit dinners. Its an experience to be had. Matheran itself gets wet and beautiful in the rains and this place by sheer location and ambience gets the best in terms of view.
The Verandah in the Forest is ranked #9 among the 107 hotels in Matheran with an average rating of 5.8 out of 7. It is one of the 9, 3-star Resorts in Matheran. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 70 photos and 101 text reviews and is rated top for its Appearance, Location and Room. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 6,500 to Rs 7,000 per night. The hotel offer 52 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Couple (49%) and Family (41%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 73% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 15% have rated the ambience as romantic.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of July, Aug and Sept for the best experience.
The Verandah in the Forest is located at Matheran . Charlotte Lake (1 Km), King George Point (1 Km), Pisharnath Temple (1 Km), Lord Point (1 Km) and Lumley Seat (1 Km) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.
Other amenities include 24 Hours Front Desk, AC, Backup Generator, Breakfast Services and Conference Hall. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
HolidayIQ Reviewer Hema Thakar adds, “Enchanting point We three friends had been there in the month of June. The rain was reigning there. Nice and cool greenery everywhere with mist. Had a great time and everlasting memories of those two mesme Read More