There is also a well-stocked library (1500 books, roughly), games room verandah with Piano & Plants.
Garden lawn can be used for French boules, badminton or eating out under the stars & candle-lit.
Yoga spots available on site and in the forest. knowledge of medicinal herbs, wild food foraging.
Stay at a family farm bordering protected deodar forest, 70 kms beyond Shimla, with nearby local traditional stone and wooden temples, forest trails, and a trout stream at the valley bottom (one of the sources of the Ganges). Great hiking / trekking country, a long-distance bridlepath built in the British period connects the farm to the ancient Hindustan-Tibet Road at the top of the valley (Hatu Peak).
The property consists of parts of a third-generation working farm, with apple orchard, cow/goat/chicken sheds and associated buildings, including farm workers’ accommodation and a family temple. Farm work is ongoing and guests should expect rural sights and smells in the immediate vicinity. The Main House was specifically built as a family home (two-storey bungalow style with thick stone and mud walls) while other parts were originally made for agricultural use and have been converted. All areas are tastefully and comfortably furnished, including many art and other objects gathered in the owners’ travels within India and overseas, as well as some family heirlooms. All bathrooms/toilets are recently renovated, if not brand new.There is a comfortable lounge with large fireplace (woodburner) and video projector and screen, which can comfortably seat 8 – 10, with windows and a door onto the garden, and others opening onto a covered balcony, which can seat 4 – 6, with stupendous views of the valley below.
All guests have use of the garden, games room (snooker table), games room verandah (piano), book and video library (with projector and screen), tea / coffee in reasonable quantities, soap, shampoo, towels.
Interaction with Guests
The property as a whole also accommodates the owners, their parents and two families of farm workers, including seven children, and there is therefore always someone on site, although no-one is officially charged with being a security guard or caretaker.
Village Rukhla is 12 kms from Gumma, on the Reoghati Road.
The closest station is shimla (approx 70 km).
Other Things to Note
There are no nearby restaurants to order food.
A Wifi dongle is switched on every evening after dinner for an hour.
No shoes indoors, respect the property breakages/damage/loss to be paid for.
No smoking indoors. Cigarette butts in ashtrays provided, outside.
No plucking fruit without supervision.
No pets indoors. Pets to be locked in garage at night, for their own safety.
Loud music off by 10 p.m.