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The Retreat, Bhimtal

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The Retreat is a 19th century colonial bungalow set in an oak, pine and deodar forest estate in the Lake District of Kumaon. The welcoming Indo-German family do their best to share their home, lifestyle, and the fascinating history of this 1860’s house that include British influences, the Grandfather who escaped the Nazis, and the Grandmother who is a descendant of Tipu Sultan and the Mughals. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared every day; ranging from Indian, European, and even some colonial specialties. The area is ideal for barbecues, nature walks, and excursions to the forest that contain lakes ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating. The hospitality and personality of Paddy Smetacek and her children make The Retreat an ideal place to be.
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Free Parking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Breakfast included
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Dhangarhi Airport81 mi
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed for several nights with Paddy (a fabulous host) and her incredibly capable team. The location is perfect for long walks down to the various freshwater lakes in the area, including Sat Tal and Panna Tal. You can wind your way down from a...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Bembix
Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, BhimtalResponded 3 days ago

Thank you, Bembix, for your kind words and wonderful review! It gives a great look into how a stay at the Retreat goes... It was a real delight having you stay with us, and we hope you will be back again, soon!

Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

We had the great fortune to share a memorable holiday with our family and a friends family at The Retreat. Since we were 10 people we booked the entire place. Padmini was most efficient and responsive through this stage which put us at ease to...More

Date of stay: October 2018
1  Thank 654mohitk
Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, BhimtalResponded 28 October 2018

Thank you for your lovely review, 654mohitk! We deeply appreciate your kind words -- and the trouble you take to write about the details you noticed! We hope to see you and your family and friends here again!

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This is my first ever review and I’m glad that I waited to write one for the place that truly deserves it.. In today’s day n age, we forget the meaning of a perfect holiday.”The Retreat” Bhimtal is just that place..A home stay like no...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, BhimtalResponded 23 October 2018

Thank you so much, Rupender! What a warm, glowing review! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy... I am so glad you all enjoyed your stay here -- it was a pleasure doing our very best for lovely guests like you! Looking forward to...More

Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

We first came to know about this hidden treasure from a feature in the lonely planet magazine. Booked ourselves for 3 days and I must say that the place more than lived up to our expectations. It has a very relaxing old world charm to...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Harinder-Minhas
Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, BhimtalResponded 1 July 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Harinder! As you must have noticed, we enjoyed having you here as much as you did being at The Retreat! We all hope to see you back here again, sometime soon.

Reviewed 24 June 2018

I visited the Retreat at the peak of the summer rush, but as always, the food, the attention, the company, lacks for nothing. A sumptuous breakfast is on the house, and you can order lunch and dinner if you wish. The meals are delicious, the...More

Date of stay: June 2018
1  Thank abhaiyengar
Response from Padmini S, Owner at The Retreat, BhimtalResponded 28 October 2018

Thank you, abhaiyengar! I apologise for not responding earlier -- somehow I missed this wonderful review. Thanks again, and we hope to see you here soon!

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10 July 2018|
Response from Padmini S | Property representative |
Hi Vaibhav, did you find what you were looking for?
Chandra K
9 May 2018|
Response from Padmini S | Property representative |
Hi Kirtee, we have spoken already -- this message arrived only now! Terrible internet these days after the storm. See you soon!
23 April 2018|
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Response from Padmini S | Property representative |
Hi Vikas, we have two suites of two bedrooms each available on 1, 2, 3 June. A total of 9 beds in four bedroom, with space for three extra beds. Each suite has an attached bathroom. Yes, we serve vegetarian meals, as well as... More
Room Tips
"I loved the room at the end with the skylight."
23 Apr 2018
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"Let the host know what you prefer."
21 Apr 2018
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"each room is special - one would be lucky to stay in any of them !"
17 Feb 2018
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"It helps to boo in advance and ideal for an extended weekend"
18 Jan 2018
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US$76 - US$80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaUttarakhandNainital DistrictBhimtal
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