We stayed here after weeks of travelling India for four weeks and it was wonderful. Meera and Praveen couldn't have been better hosts. The room was well appointed with en-suite. The food was fantastic and Praveens' morning coffee was just what we needed. Meera is a fantastic cook and was willing to share her recipes. Thank you both for a wonderful stay.
While enquerying, we have been informed that no room available for next 2 months and Mr. Khanna will arrange one in his friend's cottage. After arriving there, we have found no boarder is there. Discovery Lodge, where we have been put is good. But food price 1100/- per head is too high and no option apart from buffet. Lunch provided in Silver Oak is of Rs 450/- + service tax is also very high compared to food. Discovery Lodge is a new and good place to stay.
Ok, since I'm an optimistic, positive person... lemme start with the good bits-
It's just 1.5-2hrs away from B'lore city. The host's dogs are adorable. Quiet, well mannered and won't budge or bark when they see you yet when you pat em they'll wag their tail welcoming your affection n follow you on your walks if you wish. Mornings you'll wake up with the orchestrated melodious sounds of various kinds of birds.
The bad bit? Oh they're plenty & trust me I have gone to some posh places for the 7K I paid for this godforsaken place!
The hostess looked harassed but was polite n pleasant but the host - short tempered fellow who doesn't seem to mind criticizing you, or screaming at people or talking loud in front of his guests.
Service is very poor. Hardly any staff to help.
We weren't even welcomed or greeted by anyone leave alone get welcome drinks (which a normal home stay would do).
Lunch was good but dinner was pathetic. The so called 'continental' dinner was a plate of dumped mince meat (smelt like hell) with salad on the side. The peas soup was the only consolation but we went to bed hungry n had to waste it all. & fyi- this was the general opinion by all guests.
Nothing else to do but take a walk around their kitchen garden, or do what I did- a 3.5 hr climb up Nandi durga hill which was not part of their property anyway so that you can do without paying the 7.5K (per night) that I did.
Worst part- One doesn't feel like they're going to a better, relaxing place leaving the comfort of their home. The room was very small & left much to be desired. No meshes on the windows. Thankfully we didn't get bitten by mosquitoes cause we carried our own 'all out'.
If young ones want to get it on and not go too far without having informed their parents? This place could be their bet but hell! Even they'll crib I'm sure. :P
I have been to Tranquil (wayanad Kerala), Jungle retreat, River tern etc- all recommended. But this place- let's just say I was dying to get back to my home. ..:P
Tucked away in the foothills of Nandi hills, SilverOak Farm provides a refreshing weekend escape from chaotic city life. We were 8 adults and 3 young kids and pretty much had to whole place to ourselves.
The hosts (Praveen and Meera Khanna) are very hospitable. They are non-intrusive at the same time friendly and we just loved the homecooked meals that Meera Khanna seems to singlehandedly dish out with such ease and elegance. They even check with you beforehand for specific interests and alleriges so they can tailor the menu accordingly.
The two dogs (Minnie and Mickey) adn the tortoise are a big hit with kids. I loved their blackboard on the wall. Our 3 year old daughter was glued to the bacboard and filled it up with her atrwork! The place is nestled amidst beautiful trees and a lot of greenery. We spotted a lot of birds that land up on Pappaya trees for snacks!
The open verandah is the highlight. the view is awesome and we spent most of our time there. All meals are served in the verandah. I loved the open roofed courtyard with rooms around it. You can sit there reading a book while your kids are busy with the tortoise and the dogs. The frindly dogs will take you for a short trek on the unpaved pathways and our daughter was thrilled!
Food is not the regular restaurant type. Meera Khanna provides a nice homely touch to it. And I like the way they were served in Casseroles for lunch! The dinner menu is continental (but they can make exceptions for people that prefer indian). We could taste the farm frehness of the vegetables. the breakfast is a huge spread and all of us had a hearty breakfast the next day. Meera Khanna even made a special fluffy omelette for us!
The rooms are neat but quite small. Especially the double rooms. Also they need to have nets installed on the windows to keep the bugs away. although there werent any mosquitoes, We did see a millipede and a frog in our room. The Family room upstairs is a better choice. It is much larger and has a private sitout. There was a loose tile on the roof which was a bit scary for us. The hosts are open to feedback and promised to take care of it! The bathrooms need a little sprucing up though! We had a hot water problem the first day but it was fixed on the second day. However since its solar pwered, the hot water is not on-demand. Our daughter had to skip her shower because the water wasnt hotwhen she was ready(and by the time it was hot, she ran out of patience).
Praveen Kahanna took us for a walk thorugh the farm and we picked out some strawberries.They have homemade pickels, relishes and juices for sale and we bought some.
The overall experience was memorable and we would love to return back for a weekend at Silveroak Farm.
Situated at the foothills of Nandi hills. Everything stating from the room rent, luch, dinner, breakfast and evening tea and drinks and highly priced.
If you are not pally with dogs then stay away as this homestay has 4 dogs.
You can trek to Nandi hills (around 5000 steps).
There is a very old temple nearby and apart from that you can take a look at the local pottery and silk yarn centre.
Managed by husband and wife duo who are very frendly.