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The Retreat, Bhimtal

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studio
3 bathrooms
10 guests
1 night minimum
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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 comple...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 world! However, there is free wifi, in case you do need to keep up with your work. And a TV in the sitting room. The delicious, fresh food is cooked by them with your tastes in mind. Crisp, fresh salads with lively dressings, great soups, lavish and delicious main courses, mouth-watering desserts; bountiful and varied breakfasts to start your day on the right foot; oven-fresh breads and cakes - you will need those hikes and walks in and around the estate! Non-vegetarian, vegetarian, Jain, vegan, diabetic, gluten-free, anything else - all these dietary types all get great food, with alternatives for each case, so you don;t miss out on anything. And you might get a lesson in baking bread, making jam, or cooking up something new! There are lots of beautiful walks and hikes; and boating, kayaking and paragliding nearby. This is the perfect base for day trips - even as far as Corbett Park. A campfire barbecue under the spreading branches of a centuries-old deodar, then lingering round the fire till the small hours of the night, sipping and talking - it is an experience to treasure all your life. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the olden days and renew your energies with great food, sights, trips and activities for the entire family.More
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Padmini S
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:92%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2014
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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
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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

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Parking
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Internet Access
Private Garden
Would you recommend this holiday rental for a group retreat?YesNoUnsure
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