Sunnymead Estate

by Madhavi

Victorian Bungalow in the Mountains

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Sunnymead Estate

Story

One of the oldest residential buildings in Shimla, Sunnymead Estate is a heritage cottage built at the turn of the last century that looks straight out of an English fairy tale. Set at the edge of an Oak and Rhododendron forest, this quaint cottage is reminiscent of Shimla of Yore, lovingly refurbished by its owner Madhavi Bhatia and retains all its original appeal.

Madhavi inherited the property from her grandaunt and moved from Delhi to run Sunnymead as a homestay almost 10 years ago to conserve the property and a way of life. The house is set in a delightful garden, looked after by the gardener Motilal, who has been with the family for over 40 years. The bedrooms are comfortable and elegantly decorated with period furniture and decor. Madhu is Madhavi's trusted chef, who whips up the most delectable fare. The warm welcoming crew includes three resident dogs and two cats!

Sunnymead Estate is the perfect stay-in-a-period homestay to explore the glorious countryside and the hill town of Shimla.

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Organic Linen
Organic Linen
Mountain View
Mountain View
Heritage Architecture
Heritage Architecture
Inhouse Bakery
Inhouse Bakery

Policies/House Rules

  • Only breakfast and dinner are available. Breakfast is included in the tariff. Meals must be ordered in advance.
  • No food (except tea/coffee) can be consumed in the rooms.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited indoors since the house is entirely made up of wood.
  • No room service is provided. 
  • Does not serve alcohol but guests are welcome to carry their own.
  • Parking for a maximum of four cars is available in the private car park.          

Experience

Itineraries with Sunnymead Estate

Organic Linen
Organic Linen
Mountain View
Mountain View
Heritage Architecture
Heritage Architecture
Inhouse Bakery
Inhouse Bakery
Mini Fridge
Electronic Safe
Workspace
Stationary Merchandise
Tea - Coffee Room Facility
Radiators
Hot Water Bottles
Electric Bed Warmer
Filtered Drinking Water
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Notes

Baby Cot: One child in a baby cot is charged at Rs. 1500/- per night including breakfast.
No Extra Beds
Common TV room
Fireplace: There are functioning wood-burning fireplaces in all the rooms available at an additional charge of Rs. 2,500/-.

There are 4 rooms at Sunnymead Estate that can be let as 3 units
The Dining and lounge areas are on the ground floor of this beautifully designed heritage house.

Sunnymead Estate

The Oak Tree

The Oak Tree is a double room with a spectacular teak king-sized, four-poster bed, inlaid with rosewood. The room has a serene vibe and overlooks a beautiful old Himalayan oak tree after which it is named.

250 sq ft

250 sq ft

2 Adults

2 Adults

1 room

1 room

Garden View

Garden View

Sunnymead Estate

Taradevi Room

Tara houses two antique lamps on each side of the four poster queen-sized bed. There are also wood cut artifacts on the walls and a lovely Afghan carpet sitting on the floor.

300 sq ft

300 sq ft

2 Adults

2 Adults

1 room

1 room

Mountain View

Mountain View

Sunnymead Estate

Forest Room

The Forest room in the family suite is the twin-bedded room. It houses a pair of whimsical antique, four-poster beds. It has a lovely Persian carpet on the floor and 6 original paintings of Dr. Gertrude Darnley, the surgeon who delivered the current owner of Sunnymeade.

300 sq ft

300 sq ft

2 Adults

2 Adults

1 room

1 room

Garden View

Garden View

Sunnymead Estate

Bay Window

The Bay Window is a single room that is decorated in shades of yellow and has a lovely spring summer feel to it. It has the flavours of a secret hideaway. The rooms look out into Rhododendron and oak forests.

130 sq ft

130 sq ft

1

1

1 room

1 room

Garden View

Garden View

Sunnymead Estate
Sunnymead Estate

Taradevi + Forest Room

The family suite comprises two interconnected rooms, Tara and the Forest Room with their shared private balcony. The owner of the stay usually insists on guests booking both of these rooms together.

4

4

2 rooms

2 rooms

Mountain View

Mountain View

600 sq ft

600 sq ft

note

Price Description: The price is for double occupancy and includes all taxes and accommodation with the meals mentioned below.

Meals: Breakfast (Dinner can be arranged if informed in advance at an extra cost)

Third Person/Child: No third adult can be accommodated in the same room.

Raahghar Payment Terms: Reservation is confirmed with an advance payment of 50% of the total amount at the time of booking. The balance payment is to be made 7 days prior to check-in.

Cancellation Policy (Indian Passport Holders Only):

  1. In case of a cancellation due to any unforeseen circumstance a credit note will be issued by the property to the guest for the amount paid till date.

  2. The credit note will be valid for use within one year from the period of booking. The guest can redeem the credit note against the amount of any future booking within a year and pay the balance if any as per the rates applicable on that date. This credit note is also transferable and can be used by the guest/transferee only once within the stipulated date.

  3. Raahghar would keep your credit card information secured with us and it won't be charged unless needed.

airports
Closest Airports

Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla is at a distance of 11 KM if the flights are operational. For better convenience, you can fly into Chandigarh which is at 110 KM.

train
Via Train

Shimla is connected by a heritage train from Kalka which takes approximately 6 hours to reach Shimla. Only for the lovers of extreme train romance.

via road
Via Road

From Chandigarh (via Shimla): A total of 110 km, it's a 5-6 hour road trip. You leave the dusty plains behind and ascend at Kalka and onward through Shimla.

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Access to the Property

Parking: For people driving into Sunnymead, the parking space is on the road at the top of the property and needs to be pre-booked with Sunnymead before arrival.

Approach: There are stairs that lead to the property from the main road on the top. The people at Sunnymead can help with the bags.

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At Sunnymeade Estate, the owner's have chosen to preserve the traditional Himachali Dhajji architecture. Specialist stone masons of the dying dhajji artform were called in especially to repair the estate. The exterior paint is still the traditional lime wash. Madhavi’s love for good food passes on to the guests as she treats them with exquisite crafted three course dinner menus.

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The hosts have been ecologically conscious and used salvaged material in the refurbishment where possible. They also harvest roof rainwater and use it for the WCs in the guest bathrooms.

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