The SpacePicturesque, beautifully preserved colonial-time bungalow, perched atop a wooded hill, in the midst of Nainital's Lake District, in the rolling foothills of the Kumaon Himalaya. Enjoy the warm, personalised hospitality of the family, and their delicious home cooking, Indian, Continental, and Colonial. Breakfast in the verandah overlooking garden and trees, with a rich spread of home-made preserves, eggs to order, toast or home-baked bread, cereal, fresh fruit, and more. Vegans and vegetarians get delicious alternatives. Great place for walkers, bird watchers, travellers looking for a restful break in a warm and friendly home before tackling more of exciting but exhausting India! Guest AccessFree wifi; living and dining room; verandah, garden, and grounds; kitchen if needed; automatic washing machine and ironing facilities; walks and guided hikes through the forests of the estate; bbq and picnics, village walks; Interaction with GuestsWe interact on a constant and personal level, as guests are treated like personal guests of the family. We cook for our guests and see to their welfare ourselves. They are free to have less interaction if they prefer. We are a family with young children as well as grown-up ones; so prefer family-type guests or couples or singles who will also treat The Retreat with the consideration due to a family welcoming guests into its fold. The NeighborhoodThe best thing about our neighbourhood is that it consists of trees, birds, and animals! The Retreat is nestled in a private forest estate, where the sound you hear is that of cicadas, crickets, and lots and lots of birds. Deer (muntjac and sambhar) wander into the grounds, monkeys and langurs swing from the branches, birds nest under the eaves (whistling thrush, verditer flycatcher) and tree hollows (black-lored tit in the mulberry behind the house), and the leopard is occasionally heard 'sawing' (as its call is termed) somewhere in the forest. Getting AroundTrains and buses (including Volvos) to Kathgodam (30 km away); then bus or taxi to Bhimtal. Plenty of buses, 'share taxis' and 'share jeeps' to get around in the hills. Sat Tal, Panna Tal, Naukuchiatal, Nainital, Mukteshwar, Peora, Nathuakhan, Ranikhet, Almora, and even Corbett Park, are within reach for a day trip. (Though Corbett is best visited over a period of two or three days - more chance of sighting wildlife.) Private taxis are easily available for any trips. Other Things to Note1.Water is scarce, so guests are requested to conserve water.
2.The hills are vulnerable to forest fires, so please DO NOT light fires, smoke, or throw matches in the forest.
3.Please carry away all your litter back to the house for disposal: do not throw anything outside, in the forest, or elsewhere. Thank you.
You can go swimming in the lake (at your own risk), boating, fishing (license available cheaply), kayaking, paragliding (in tandem with a pilot), hiking (guides available).