The SpaceCultivated in 1905 by pioneering Scottish planter, Mr. Frank Bissett, Semni Valley Estate continues to be immaculately maintained by the management of Haileyburia Tea Estates, Ltd (HTEL).
Guests will stay at Frank's Bungalow, which is a grand heritage plantation bungalow built in 1905. The main bungalow has 4+2 (For Children) rooms, which are stately, elegant and well-appointed with staff and modern amenities. Further, the bungalow compound houses an outhouse bungalow which has 2 rooms. The compound has a staff of 6, including private butler, chauffeur and nanny. Guest AccessWe don't believe in distinguishing between guests and ourselves.
Apart from visiting tea, coffee, black pepper and cardamom plantations, visitors will get a bird's eye view of tea & coffee processing in our modern factories located within the Estate. The estates themselves have a number of picturesque and scenic view points where picnics and hikes can be organized. We, also, have a multitude of private streams and waterfalls. Those interested in Golf, we have private access to a more than century old golf course, Peermade Golf Course.
Before arrival, guests will be given an option to select from a choice of itineraries, around which our team will make necessary arrangements. Please note each itinerary takes a minimum of 4 nights/3 days to finish, so those wanting more than one combination should allot that many days.
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1. Yoga & Wellness (3 nights/4 days)
Authentic, specialized Ayurvedic treatments that deliver incredible results. Surprisingly affordable (Less than 15 Euros for a massage). Consultations by our spiritual & wellness instructor, Dr. Harish, are second to none. He shall be more than willing to identify the treatment that is right for you!
Designated meditation areas in the Bungalow and the Estate will allow for moments of solitude and introspection.
2. Cooking School (3 nights/4 days)*
Use the finest, freshest & completely organic ingredients grown in the Estate itself to cook up a delicious storm: supplemented with famed all natural Indian spices. We have an "open" kitchen policy, where guests are invited to watch our staff cook & prepare dishes.
3. Planter's Trail (3 nights/4 days)**
The Tea Experience - Visit the Tea Factory. See how the tea leaf picked at the field, is converted into made tea through a process of: Withering, Cutting, Fermentation, Drying & Grading.
Learn the nuances of the fine art of tasting tea. Rate teas based on: Appearance, Infusion & Liquor Merits.
Walk or drive through our tea fields to see plucking of tea leaves, by shears and mechanized harvesters. Interact with our workers, learn the act of plucking "two leaves and a bud". Take a picture, maybe two.
Coffee Experience - Depending on the time of the year, watch the Coffee Harvest, Blossom, Replanting, De-Suckering & Pruning operations. See the in-house parchment unit, which removes mucilage.
Black Pepper, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cinnamon & mace are all grown here, extensively. Observe, and feel free to ask questions.
4. Spiritual Elements (3 nights/4 days)
The Yoga & Wellness itinerary, coupled with spiritual elements for the evolved soul.
A special itinerary in coordination with the temple and parish priests.
5. A Hiker's Guide To Ecstasy (3 nights/4 days)
Tailor made hikes to suit each guest. Gorgeous views and working up a sweat are guaranteed. Modern, hard tail Mountain Bikes are also available at site. Available shortly: Pedal Boats, Kayaks.
*Only vegetarian/vegan food served and taught.
**Cow on site, for fresh milk.
***First-time visitors are strongly recommended to complete Planter's Trail first, to get a sense of the space before moving to other itineraries. Interaction with GuestsIn addition to 24*7 concierge facility, guests will have access to members of the Estate management who will make sure guests complete their chosen itinerary.
I am likely to be at Estate, for the most part. Don't hesitate to ask for anything. The NeighborhoodDistances between Frank's Bungalow & major points of interest are as under:
1. Kochi Airport - 104 Km
2. Kochi City - 130 Km
3. Kottayam Railway Station- 83 Km
4. Madurai - 215 km
5. Kodaikanal - 202 km
6. Munnar - 115 Km
7. Thekkady- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - 47 Km
8. Kumarakom (Backwaters) - 98 Km
9. Thiruvanantpuram (Trivandrum) - 205 Km
10. Kovalam Beach - 220 Km
11. Vaghamon - 14 Km Getting AroundChauffeur-driven SUV's/4X4's/ Jeeps/Willys Other Things to NoteThe bungalow offers authentic and deliciously cooked
South, North Indian and Continental Vegetarian Cuisine. Our chef, Mr. Anthony, who has been working with us for over 30 years shall be glad to customize the food to your preferences, including options for younger/senior guests.