We had an outrageously good stay at Madhavi's house in February 2014. This is a really tastefully and carefully restored family home, built by her great grandfather, full of antique furniture, hangings and carpets. It sits on the steep slope below Cart Road in its lovely garden - Moti Lal has been looking after it for 30 years or more. Madhavi provided us with a room with a balcony and a four poster bed, log fires, superb breakfasts with 5 or 6 different dishes, and equally lavish evening meals. The food draws on recipes from Kashmir, the Punjab and Dehli - unfailingly interesting., its quality was as good or better than anything we ate anywhere in India and Nepal in the 4 months we were travelling. The house library is extensive and comprehensive consisting of English and Indian books both literary and otherwise for most of the past century. Madhavi herself is a charming hostess whose conversation is never less than entertaining. We quickly came to think of her as a friend. Warmly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunnymead, Shimla is an exquisitely restored home with a spectacular garden. Located on the edge of the Reserve Forest. It is conveniently situated both to explore Shimla and its surrounds, as well as just relax and do nothing...Located just off the Cart Road, Sunnymead is the first private house as you drive up from the plains. Parking is available at the level of the road, either in our private parking bay or else in one of our garages. A short walk down a mountain path leads to the house. The road is not motorable till the front door. We are not a hotel, but offer short term rentals for like-minded people who would like to live in an old family home. Short stays may be customised on request. The food offered is both Indian and European, served in exquisite collectible china with old, beautifully maintained silverware. Distances from Sunnymead: Sunnymead to Railway Station - 1.2 km, Sunnymead to Victory Tunnel - 1.8 km, Sunnymead to local bus stand on Cart Road - 2.2 km, Sunnymead to lift (for the Mall) - 3.1 km,Sunnymead to Boileauganj (local market) - 1.2 km. ... more less