The Verandah in the Forest, Matheran
Barr House Matheran
Ranked 12 amongst 81 hotels in Matheran
The Verandah in the Forest Reviews
It is an excellent property with large rooms and period furniture housed in an old bungalow. The bathrooms are a bit letdown. The continental dinner was excellent. The breakfast was standard though. Please note that this is at one of the farthest points in Matheran and involves quite a bit of walking / horse-riding and the road condition is not at....Read More
We visited this property during a long weekend from Mumbai. The trek - While the drive from Mumbai to Matheran is quite nice, the last few kms need to be trekked on foot, by manual rickshaw or on horseback. As there are no pucca roads, it's quite an adventure. It might not be recommended for families with small children or older people. My paren....Read More
No bed tea, room service, intercom, one has to go around all the way and inform if anything required. Towel smell is bad, no TV in room, A/C, Wi-Fi. No mobile signal inside the hotel. You are forced to take lunch(buffet) and dinner because, the location of the hotel. It is far away from market place and there is no restaurant nearby. No la carte me....Read More
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....Read More
The hotel is a little out of the center. Stayed here drinking tea and the rooms, unfortunately for viewing only. The hotel is very well-maintained and lovingly decorated in colonial style. Spacious rooms, comfortable, very good restaurant. The staff are very courteous. Highly recommended. On our list for another stay.
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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.