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“I simply cannot rate the Glenburn highly enough!”

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Glenburn Tea Estate
Ranked #3 of 99 Hotels in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 November 2012

The Glenburn Tea Estate ranks as one of the best places we have stayed at, ever. And this is not praise we give lightly!

We were collected from the airport and taken on the 3 hour drive to Glenburn by one of their staff. Although the road is steep and narrow, the driver was extremely proficient and competent. He stopped halfway, and proceeded to get out a picnic of homemade sandwiches and cake, as well as Glenburn tea, which was poured into china cups on a wicker tray!

When we arrived, we were greeted with cold lemonade, and taken to our room - the Singalila Suite in the Water Lily Bungalow. This MUST rate as the best room in the Estate. Through the big picture windows were wonderful views of the Himalayas, and Kangchenjunga. There was a large, comfortable 4 poster bed in a huge colonial style room. The bathroom was spacious with a roll top bath.

Afternoon tea is served on the veranda in the main bungalow; followed by pre dinner drinks (either by a big bonfire or on the veranda). Although drinks are extra, it was a nominal charge - about 200 rupees or £2.50 for a gin and tonic. Dinner is served in the main dining room around a communal table. The food was absolutely excellent and it was lovely meeting the other guests - from the US, Canada, Australia and France, whilst we were there. The hotel is more than willing to serve you a private dinner, if you're not up to socialising.

Every evening they ask you at what time you would like 'bed tea', which is where they bring you tea to your room in the morning. We always asked for it very early, so we could sit in our room, with a wonderful pot of Glenburn tea and cookies, watching dawn break over the mountains. I get goose bumps just thinking about it!

Sanjay, the tea plantation manager, joined us most nights for dinner, and we all stayed on the veranda until late, drinking wine and setting the world to rights. You honestly felt more like honoured family guests than 'hotel clients'.

All excursions are included. Glenburn provide a list of suggestions in your room, ranging from a 2 1/2 hour hike down to the river (within their grounds), to full days out visiting Darjeeling, or a day visiting their tea plantation/factory and local village/school.

On the first day we took the hike to the river. All trips are guided; the staff that work in the hotel, share guiding duties. Halfway down to the river, our young guide removed a flask from her rucksack and proceeded to pour us homemade lemonade into glasses, which she presented on a tray! We had opted to have lunch down by the river. When we arrived, a beautiful table was set up with fresh salads, and we were waited on wonderfully!

I could rave on about the 4 nights we stayed there, but I'm hoping that this will suffice. Our 4 nights were no where near enough - we'd have like to stay a week at least! Throughout the rest of our tour of India, we would keep saying...'If we were at Glenburn.....' ie on the early morning river trip in Varanasi; 'If this was organised by Glenburn, we'd have been offered a lovely cup of monsoon tea by now in a china cup....'.

If you stay in Calcutta beforehand, do take advantage of Glenburn's guided package there. It was an excellent day; if you're lucky you'll be looked after by Bompti....

A fabulous stay, without exception. We SO hope to come back and stay again.

Room Tip: The Water Lily bungalow rooms have the best views. Our choice would be the Singalila Suite.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Glenburn is the most wonderful experience you will have in India. Perfect for people who have been trekking or experiencing the hustle and bustle of the cities and towns and want some peace and pampering. Everything is perfect from your welcome cup of tea (the first of many) to the rooms themselves which are beautifully appointed and decorated,and to the view which must be one of the best you could get anywhere in the Himalayas. Attention to detail is the key - eg on our last night it was a little chilly and when we got back to our room from dinner we found that someone had switched on the electric blanket for us! Also, my partner is on a gluten-free diet and they bent over backwards to make sure she got individual portions at lunch and dinner when appropriate and even made cakes and bread especially for her.
I could go on and on about the absolutely charming and knowledgeable staff and guides, the perfect breakfasts under the Pomelo trees, the fantastic lunch by the river (watch out for the midges here though), the fascinating tour of the tea factory, the friendliness of everyone on the Estate, the lively dinner conversations facilitated by the hosts etc etc but it's probably all been said by other reviewers. Suffice it to say that we had the best holiday we have ever had and are already planning to go back as soon as we can afford it. A very magical place.
Tips : 4 nights is the minimum I would say if you want to have the whole 'Glenburn experience', but any time here is well worth it.
If you like children make sure you go to the school assembly
Don't fill every minute with activities, but enjoy the relaxation and fabulous views

Room Tip: I would go for a room in the Water Lily bungalow as the views are better and the rooms are a little...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We spent almost a week in the beauty of Glenburn in mid April and although we never got to see the famous Himalayan peaks, Glenburn's excellent service and hospitality, delicious home made food, beautiful colonial rooms and her surroundings made our stay unforgettable.

You are spoilt the moment you are picked up from the dusty worn down airport of Bagdogra and driven insanely through the maze of traffic, cows and cyclists in Siliguri towards the mountains. Lunch was served at a look out point half way to Glenburn and what a treat to sit and breathe the fresh Himalayan air with a Darjeeling first flush and sandwiches and cake!

We highly recommend Glenburn and it's family warmly.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

I think the many glowing reviews of Glenburn say it all. The setting is magical, the staff absolutely lovely, and the rooms comfortable and luxurious. I wish we could have stayed for longer. And I will never forget the sight of the beautiful little children waving as they walked to and from the school on the estate.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

The drive from Bagdogra airport takes 3.5 hours and can be a bit hairy. Winding roads made worse by post monsoon landslides and the usual 'take your life in your hands' of Indian driving. The last few miles are on pot-holed dirt tracks so the four wheelers are put through their paces and so are the passengers.

But it's worth the discomfort when you get to Glenburn. Breathtaking views of the Estate and forested valley. If you're lucky - as we were on our last day - also of Kangchenjunga - the 3rd highest peak in the world and a mountain sacred to many in the region.

The colonial style hotel, though not super deluxe, is beautifully appointed. Staff are attentive and the two managers, Neilu and Jenny, very keen to ensure you get the most out of your stay - whether it's hiking the river, visiting Darjeeling or doing a tour of the tea estate. Food is of a good standard. Dinner is eaten with the other guests which can, I guess, be pot-luck depending on who you are there with. But in our case there was an interesting mix. They are happy for you to take a dinner on your own, which we elected to do on the last night, having been through our life stories on the three previous evenings.

A wonderful place to see a very different side of India.

Room Tip: Water lily bungalow are the best bet.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

High atop a pinacle, the colonial-style bungalows and endless carpet of tea bushes is a magical location; but the warmth of the welcome and informality make this a paradise. Do not visit if you want endless activities, easy transport, swanky service or show-off food. Instead, the thoughtful staff, communal dinners (with fresh, locally grown ingredients and dishes) and spacious antique-filled suites set the tone for a wonderfully relaxing vacation. Plenty of memorable walks for all abilities, magnificent views across mist-filled valleys to the Himalayas and the town of Darjeeling. A paradise without equal.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We stayed at Glenburn for about 4 nights and fell so sorry to leave the clouds and the green fields decorated in the background by the Himalaya mountain range. A place on Planet Earth to be, to enjoy, to reflect, to dialogue, to contemplate, to meditate. Enjoy the early morning walks in the clouds. Enjoy the sounds of the surrounding. Enjoy the flavors of spices and cuisine of the Himalayas.

I was there for a technical survey on getting the Glen Burn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel towards green energy. No matter how tired we were during the long field surveys, the long walks and the long meetings, we would be taken care of by the excellent staff. They can organize a 7-star picknick anywhere with a big smile on their face. Happy people, skillful in their actions. All supervised gently and with care by the general manager and his hospitality partner and staff.

Learning about tea will increase your sense of appreciation for Mother Nature and the skilled people doing their work with full dedication.

You won't miss your TV or Internet a single day or second. You won't desire for shopping malls. You won't desire for crowded streets. Just go and experience India in another way.

Room Tip: Just accept what you get. Its all just GREAT!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Glenburn Tea Estate

Address: Darjeeling 734101, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Darjeeling
#3 Family Hotel in Darjeeling
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glenburn Tea Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Glenburn Tea Estate Hotel Darjeeling
Glenburn Tea Estate West Bengal

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