Just an hour’s drive away from Bhimtal in picturesque Mukteshwar lies our boutique Unhotel – Hideaway in the Hills . This slice of refined elegance has four gorgeous rooms over three floors; all with breathtaking views of the Himalayas on a clear day. Guests can venture out on walking trails, sunbathe in the front garden, take day trips to Mukteshwar, Bhimtal or Nainital and enjoy sunsets with a cup of hot tea and a good book.
This is a delightful, environment-friendly three-storeyed cottage built from locally sourced hand-crafted stone with four bedrooms that offer uninterrupted views of the Himalayas.
Each bedroom has a chic yet homely feel and is named after a bird endemic to the area – the Woodpecker, Jungle Fowl, Whistling Thrush and Parakeet.
All come with private sit-outs and en-suite bathrooms complete with luxurious shower cubicles. Double-glass windows keep you warm in the winters while providing views to die for.
The cottage features natural wooden beams, skylights, handmade wooden furniture, original artworks, parquet floors and ramps right from the parking to all the rooms for differently-abled and elderly guests.
The food here is home-cooked and delicious, keeping the guests’ preferences in mind although the cook will be more than happy to whip up some local Kumaoni fare like the chicken curry and (vegetables which are grown in the backyard!) The cook is trained in continental fare as well.
Hideaway in the Hills, Mukteshwar
Location: Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand
Nearest Airport: Dehradun (94 km) , New Delhi (350 km)
Nearest Train Station: Kathgodam (62 km)
Nearest Driveable Hub: New Delhi (8 hours)
Amenities: This Unhotel offers free parking for guests. All rooms come with heating and ramps for the differently-abled and elderly guests. Although the property practices rainwater harvesting, guests are advised to conserve water since it is scarce in this area. Currently wi-fi internet is not available but you get decent 3G on certain networks.
The songs of the birds, the sway of the daffodils, the murmur of the forest and the call of the Himalayas – the perfect recipe for peace.
From its stunning exterior, to its plush interiors, delicious food and the resident Flying Squirrel, this Unhotel is a haven; a restful sojourn right in the lap of the Himalayas, ideal both for reunions and solo escapades.
Venture out on walking trails along the Unhotel or if you are feeling more adventurous, the caretaker will be most happy to take you for walks to the villages nearby where you can chat with locals and see their traditional houses. Explore the beautiful surroundings, go birdwatching and organise a picnic hamper by the riverbank. If you want to enjoy the Himalayas from the Unhotel then you can sink into a good book with some hot chai in the plush interiors of your room. At dusk, unwind in the living room with its open fireplace and warm and welcoming interiors.
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