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, 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 veranda 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 veranda, 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 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 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 ambience 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!
Per day tariff of the room was around 3800 rupees. Location wise, the hotel was located near to the lake and also it was situated at walking distance to the railway station but it was located bit interior and so one could reach to the hotel only through horses and if you wish to go for any sightseeing then also horse are the only available option. Appearance of the hotel was very nice. Room was spacious, neat, clean and well maintained. Geyser and other basic amenities were available in the room and they all were functioning properly but AC and TV were not available. Nice view was visible from the room window. I took my food inside the hotel and quality and taste wise, the food was very good. Both varieties were available there veg and non-veg. Complimentary breakfast they served. Check in and check out facility was not delayed. Behaviour of the staff members was very cooperative and services were also quick. Indoor games were available there like carom, etc. I stayed there three times. I visited there with my family in July month 2013. They arranged horse facility for sightseeing trip. Overall my stay in the hotel was good.
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 parents were not too thrilled about the whole one hour trek. In addition, the hotel provide no assistance in getting there, meaning that you have to rely on the local transporters who tend to overcharge. There is a train also, but here too, the distance from the station to the hotel needs to be trekked ( about 30 mins). The Property - the property itself if quite charming, an old bungalow. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. The seating area has many books and indoor games. Dinner was quite an event with all guests seated on a long candle lit dinner table for a three course meal. Breakfast and Lunch are buffets on the veranda. However, nothing much outside the hotel expect for walks in the forest and visit to a nearly lake.
If you are looking at a peaceful, relaxed serene getaway, veranda in the Forest is your answer. Not only are the surroundings charming, the rooms are also spacious with vintage wooden furniture and named after Parsi families. Please expect to be totally cut off from the world, as there was no Mobile network, internet connection or television, and that for us was just what we look for, while planning our holidays. There was a lovely sitting area in the huge veranda where you can have your morning breakfast, afternoon lunch or evening tea. It overlooks the property, and you get a view of the wonderful trees surrounding it. It was quite romantic, to sit there, sipping on tea and looking out. There was a lovely common room where you can meet the other people staying on the property. Sometimes, you get to meet intellectual celebrities too, if you are lucky (we met Adil Jussawalla, the poet). The best part about this place was the evening dinner. A lovely 4 course continental dinner, in a candlelit spacious dining hall was a beautiful experience. That was one of the memories that we cannot forget.
I stayed there for a weekend with the family. It was really a nice experience, all in the family loved staying there. Superb food, nice location, service was excellent, room was spacious and clean, interior was tastefully done. Highly recommended property.
The Verandah in the Forest is ranked #1 among the 109 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 77 photos and 105 text reviews. it 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 (40%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 71% 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.
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