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The Retreat, Bhimtal

Cottage -
Studio, 3 Bathrooms , Sleeps 10
Bhimtal, Nainital District, Uttarakhand
The Retreat at Bhimtal is a charming, family-owned 19th-century colonial bungalow nestled in an ancient cedar, oak, and pine forest covered estate in foothills of the Himalayas in the Kumaon Lake District, Uttarakhand, India.

Filled with old colonial furniture, cutlery, books, and knick-knacks, the house breathes the atmosphere of old style comfort and peace.

The family strives consistently against all odds to conserve the forest and wildlife in the area.
The perfect get-away for nature lovers, botanists and entomologists, bird watchers, yoga and meditation enthusiasts, trekkers, walkers, campers, couch potatoes, dreamers, artists, and writers....
Stress pots and workaholics - this is the perfect rehab for you. The warm, personal care of the Smetacek family will make you feel completely at home, nurtured, with not a worry in the wo...
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Listing #FKN4743530
About the Owner
Padmini S
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:92%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2014
Interaction with guests
We are on hand at all times as we share the same house. There are conversations and sharing a meal together - or not, if you prefer to be by yourself.
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Excellent location... The perfect Wilderness Retreat... Lip smacking food... Most interesting hosts (Padmini and Ela)... Helped me ReBoot... Thanks Padmini, Ela and everyone else concerned.

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank nandaaashish
Padmini S, VR Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you! It was a real pleasure having you here -- great fun, in fact! Hope to see you here again, soon. After all, one needs to refresh and reboot regularly...

Reviewed 9 June 2016

At the outset I should say that the Retreat is not for everyone. It has a lazy old world charm, and is certainly not for those who expect '4 star deluxe hotel' luxuries. But for those who can appreciate its charm, The Retreat is the...More

Date of stay: April 2016
Thank ns3010
paddysmetacek, VR Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2016

Thank you for your kind review! Hope to see you again some day soon.

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Reviewed 1 January 2016

Dates of visit : Nov 17-21/2015 Date of this report: Jan 1, 2016 Place : Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India Name of visitor: Jagdish Sanghvi(67), from Mumbai Owner/Manager: Paddy(Padmini) Smetacek Name of the facility: THE RETREAT Mobile Tel no: (0)8171031968 e-mail: paddysmetacek@gmail.com I was on a long...More

Date of stay: November 2015
1  Thank Jagdish S
paddysmetacek, VR Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2016

Thank you. Jagdish, for your very warm, kind and detailed review! I am very touched, indeed. I am sorry for the delay in replying - I only spotted it today. One small correction - I was married to a son of the German-Czech gentleman who...More

  • Full Baths (3)
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Private Garden
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking allowed
    Check out: 10:00 AM
The Retreat is for people who wish to go for walks, bird-watching, relax and read, and who appreciate an old-fashioned heritage property set in a private forest. Guests will not...
    3 Full baths
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