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“Located on its own tea estate this homely property provides a classic stay in Darjeeling. With manicured lawns, quaint decor rooms feature antique furnishings and mountains or garden views. Delicious home-cooked meals are included in the price plus there are plenty of on-site and nearby activities.”

“Located on its own tea estate this homely property provides a classic stay in Darjeeling. With manicured lawns, quaint decor rooms feature antique furnishings and mountains or garden views. Delicious home-cooked meals are included in the price plus there are plenty of on-site and nearby activities.”

Hotel Review

Very off the beaten track (the driveway alone is a feat to get up and down) this working tea plantation affords total isolation from touristy Darjeeling. The former residence of a German tea plantation owner Tumsong is a blend of European charm and Indian hospitality. Upon arrival guests are greeted with a pot of steaming Darjeeling or “orthodox” tea as they call it here, and hot pakoras. Rooms are large with polished wooden floors, antique furnishings and unspoilt views out across the plantations. Bathrooms on the other hand, whilst clean and of a good size could do with some updating: you have to wait between showers for the hot water to reheat! The food is a real treat and a merciful break from the usual heavy hotel fair. Home-cooked, locally sourced dishes are prepared with love as per guest preferences and served in the large dining room. There is a pleasant verandah where guests can relax with a good book and yet more tea, taking in the views of the valley below. With plenty of walks directly from the property, early bird-watching excursions, as well as Ghoom monastery and toy-train close by – there is enough to keep you busy. Not one for those who crave the clamour of city life but rather for the traveller simply wanting to get away from it all. A delightful option to visit, especially during the months of April and May when you can see the tea being picked.
Recommended for
  • Country Escape
  • Quintessential Darjeeling stay on your very own tea estate
 

Written by Megan Lambert

Recommended For

  • Country Escape
  • Quintessential Darjeeling stay on your very own tea estate
  • Birdwatching
  • A the peace and tranquility makes this a perfect spot for twitching
  • Other Activities
  • Head to the nearby town of Ghoom and witness the evening prayers
  • Great walks
  • There are plenty of great walks directly from the property
  • Learning
  • About the art of tea making on this working estate
  • Sights nearby
  • Take the toy train to Darjeeling
  • No restaurant
  • No restaurant as such but a daily changing menu is served
  • Hills & mountains
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Colonial
  • Country House
  • Remote
  • Views
  • Free wifi
  • Intimate
  • Traditional
  • Child friendly
  • Antiques

Facilities

  • No restaurant
  • No restaurant as such but a daily changing menu is served
  • Airport transfer
  • Surcharge
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Communal Dining
  • Parking
  • Views
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • Sitting Room
  • Child friendly
  • Garden

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • A the peace and tranquility makes this a perfect spot for twitching
  • Other Activities
  • Head to the nearby town of Ghoom and witness the evening prayers
  • Great walks
  • There are plenty of great walks directly from the property
  • Learning
  • About the art of tea making on this working estate
  • Sights nearby
  • Take the toy train to Darjeeling

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