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Balaji Farms and Country Homes
Ranked #1 of 1 Uddar B&B and Inns
Mumbai
1 review
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“Best place to be with family”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

place is beautiful with several pet animals, with a very famous little monkey ( mougli) which sits on your shoulders. good food, Theme based rooms, no TV is best when you are with family and one really enjoys. best part is the chairs and tables are made of worn out tyres which are in BAR and and Deck area..... Lots of candles to be added on Dining tables for romantic couples, roads to Farmhouse are extremely in poor conditions, paddle boat to be an added to pond.

Vimlesh Revankar

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

there is not mistaking the farm stay feel as you are in midst of a wide collection of farm animals and birds. we stayed in the bamboo cottage which was big but also allowed lot of insects (moths, bugs) to enter in through the gaps between the bamboos. The post monsoon end september heat was killing with high humidity. While bamboo cottage doesnt have an AC the other cottages have ACs and it would be wise to use them during the summer and pre-winter months. Food was Ok. . . simple, home made stuff but can get monotonous (esp for kids) if staying for more than a night.

The fun part was the zip line above the pond which each one of us did twice. . . kids just enjoyed it. . as they did the trampoline.

Girish is a good guy to chat with and take a stroll around the farm. He is very helpful and always eager to make the stay as comfortable as possible.

We had a good time and the only real spoilsport was the hot and humid weather. It will be great to go again in winter.

Room Tip: All 3 cottages except the bamboo cottage have ACs. It is advisable to take an AC cottage for a comfo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

The place is good with several farm animals. The rooms are a let down in terms of amenities and lighting. There is so little lighting that you need a torch to find something. Food is ok. Service needs to improve as it is pretty basic. The access road is extremely bad and should be avoided especially during the monsoon.

Room Tip: JAL is a big room with a hall, a bedroom and a loft. AKASH is too small for even a couple but the vi...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

we loved the quality time spent at the resort.. Food is too delicious, staff is always ready for the service and best part is cleanliness.. when you have horses, monkey, buffaloes, dogs etc around you have to be pretty adamant about the cleanliness part, that's where Balaji Farms is the best. My pet, freedom loved it!! He had never enjoyed this much before, and I am very eager to bring him again n again to this place...!! Thanks a lot guys for the wonderful experience..!!!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We selected Balaji Farms as our weekend getaway for 2 reasons...
1. its proximity to mumbai, it didn't entail too much of travel (only around 100km from Mumbai, their site has simple & excellent directions)
2. their website promised something different from the other run-of-the-mill resorts especially no-rain dance.

True to our expectations, the place has a different kind of charm. Infact, the more you explore around the place, the more surprises you will unearth. Every cottage has been done up with a lot of planning and passion and is comfortable, the curios and artefacts in the cottages lend them a touch of warmth. The tree house is a strategically located with a river in the backdrop.

Overall we had a good experience at Balaji Farms..The rooms are well maintained, the food was hygienic and straight from their farm and pond, the staff was co-operative, the animals, especially Magic, the alsatian dog, were a a delight. The temple too was serene and we felt blessed.

A few pointers...
Its quiet a long walk from the cottages to the dining area especially for senior citizens as the pathway is rough and gravelled, fortunately we could use our car to ferry them to and fro.

The beer bottle and tokri lights are indeed a sight to behold but the lighting is very dim, especially in the dining area and outside the cottages it could have been a bit brighter. The bar area is again nicely done.

The telescope and bicycles are still non-functional..

Food is like home cooked and good but the breakfast menu needs to offer more. Sugarcane juice was disappointing.

Avoid going during the summer months, its way too hot till about 5 pm in the evening.

Do try their zipline...esp if you are weak-kneed, to get over your fear ...its small span, well maintained and the experience is thrilling.

Don't miss the view from the machaan at dawn, the sight of birds (egrets) leaving their night abode for their onward journey is awesome.

Do jump on the trampoline as a family, its fun.

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Looking forward to go after rains or in winter

Room Tip: For a family size of 5-6 only 1 cottage is enough Jal or Prithvi but it is recommended you go as a b...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

Balaji Farms is a very good place for a weekend-get-away from Mumbai. It is not too far and still a nature experience. The food it super delicious and services very friendly and helpful. The cottages are nicely made with love to detail in decoration. The owner even showed us his hodge-podge of items he found in his native village or during his travels. Very interesting!

Maybe some more signs to find the place would be great. But we found the place without many problems but maybe also some good luck. Some possibility to go for a swim in the hot weather of May would be also nice.

Don't come here if you are afraid of dogs as they have plenty of them. Even a naughty little monkey who entertained us quite well.

Room Tip: We stayed in the stone and mud cottages but if you are a couple travelling alone take the machan. It...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

We had a nice time at Balaji Farms during our stay in Feb 2013. We were 3 families with kids (3 infants and 1 older kid) and had booked the Stone Cottage and the Bamboo Cottage.

The property has been very well designed (we loved the beer bottle lamps and the 'tokri' (cane basket) lamps). The shack with the tyre seats looked awesome when lit up during the evenings.

We all loved the porches of both the cottages and spent our whole evening there chatting away late into the night. We laughed like we haven't laughed in a long long time, while jumping on the trampoline, which indeed had a couple of springs broken but was quite safe and bore the weight of 2 adults and a kid without any hassles. The temple was serene and very pretty.

All the couples went for a boat ride in the in-house pond. It was fun.All the kids loved watching the farm animals (like others have pointed out, its almost like a zoo of domestic animals!) and also playing with the friendly dogs.

The staff was generous and cooked up tasty khichdi for the infants when asked to do so and all the mothers were very thankful for that gesture. The caretaker Raj, single handedly managed a lot of things and everyone appreciated his friendly disposition.

All the cottages are well appointed with clean and fresh bed linen and towels. They even have basic tea making facility for a cup of bed tea/coffee. Each room also has a fridge. Both our cottages had a porch (with 'khatiya' and a hammock) a well furnished living room and a quaint bedroom with attached toilet.

The charges for the A/C are steep at Rs.2000 over the tariff (About 4500 for a couple, if I remember correct), but the owner was kind and flexible enough to let us use the money paid for a friend who couldn't turn up, to switch on the A/C. Afternoons can be very hot and it was just February..wonder how will it be during the summer months!

The owner is very responsive, reverting immediately to emails and even at attending to our numerous phone calls. Much appreciated.


Everyone was disappointed that the bullock cart was non-functional, most of the cycles were in a state of disrepair - like almost every review has pointed out! Hope the owner has repaired them by now!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Balaji Farms and Country Homes
Address: Uddar Village | Sudhagad Taluka, Raigad, Uddar 410205, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Raigad District > Uddar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Uddar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balaji Farms and Country Homes is a rural getaway which gives you a chance to enjoy beacon elements of village life - rowing, fishing, planting, feeding farm animals, riding a bullock cart, cycling, star gazing, bird watching, kite flying, meditating, or watching time go gently by. ... more   less 

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