Cochrane Place West Bengal (Fatak), India

“A wildly eccentric hotel in a stunning location in the village of Kurseong, in the West Bengal hills. Amazing views, characterful rooms and an excellent location – just up the road from Makaibari Tea Estate.”

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“Teetering on a hilltop just outside Kurseong, the restored colonial home of Scottish barrister Percy John Cochrane has breath-taking views of tea plantations, valleys and forested hills. The wood-panelled interiors are dated, but the house is full of intriguing eccentricities. The grand hallway has a collection of bird paintings, antique furniture and quirky sculptures, and outside, a yellow Beetle hangs on a wall and a giant steam train shelters a crumbling garden pathway. The 31 guest rooms are, similarly, tattered yet regal, and the atmosphere is homely, made more so by the presence of Chuggy, the cocker spaniel. The restaurant, Café Chai Country, feels like something out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a giant spout protrudes from one window and there are teapot-shaped boards, on which are scrawled quotes by famous writers, such as Sir Arthur Pinero’s witty words, “Where there’s tea, there’s hope”. One wall is made of glass, so you can enjoy Anglo-Indian delights with a magnificent vista. During the day, visit the old planters’ graveyard, go to nearby Makaibari Tea Estate and set out on a scenic walk with naturalist Kalyan Subba. Then unwind with one of the hotel’s signature stick massages in the spa.”

Written by  Laura Griffith-Jones

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Facilities

Library
No pets
Massage
Sauna/Steam
Internet
Outdoor dining
Bicycle hire
Sit-out Terrace
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Communal Dining
Garden
Orchids and fruit trees
Restaurant
Spa
Ayurvedic treatments and Himalayan facials
Child friendly
Sitting Room
Roof terrace
Parking
Towelling robes
Games room
Satellite / Cable TV
Hot Tub

Activities

Yoga
Learning
Traditional music evenings
Trekking
Local markets
Great walks
Including trails along Balason River
Sights nearby
Ghoom Monastry, Shiv Mandir, Ambootia Tea Factory
Rafting

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31 rooms from $49 per night

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Recommended for

Hideaway
Romantic Break
Total relaxation
Active Holiday

Activities

Yoga
Learning
Traditional music evenings
Trekking
Local markets
Great walks
Including trails along Balason River
Sights nearby
Ghoom Monastry, Shiv Mandir, Ambootia Tea Factory
Rafting

Other highlights

Country House
Sit-out Terrace
Outstanding location
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas
Colonial
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Historic
Restored British colonial house with original features
Restaurant
Spa
Ayurvedic treatments and Himalayan facials
Hills & mountains
Child friendly
Views
Amazing views over the surrounding countryside

Hotel size

31 rooms
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