Kerala's Mountains and Parks camps - Windermere
This working cardamom and vanilla plantation is perched on a hilltop a 15 minute drive up a winding road outside Munnar. Windermere has spectacular views and with streams and waterfalls within the 60 acre estate it is the ideal place for nature lovers and walkers alike. Dr Simon bought the estate in the 1990’s and has gradually added accommodation to the original four rooms in the farmhouse to make a total of 19. His own bungalow is within the grounds and he enjoys meeting guest whenever he is in residence.
It’s a relaxed place to stay, ideal for families and with pine clad rooms and the wooden ‘Barn’ restaurant it has the feeling of a small mountain chalet. All rooms are spacious and have twin beds (pushed together to make doubles), terracotta-tiled or wooden floors and large windows. The ground floor Garden Rooms have verandas with views of the garden or valley while the larger Cottage Rooms on the upper floors have a balcony. The two Planter’s Villa rooms are more contemporary and have the most privacy with views out over the tree canopy.
The restaurant serves meals at set times and the cuisine is traditional local Malayali together with Oriental and Continental options. Regrettably there is no bar (bring your own favourite tipple) but during the day there’s a lovely little tea shop ‘The Hut’ serving tea, coffee and snacks. The lovely staff will guide you on walks, find you a bicycle to go pedalling on the hill roads or help arrange a round of golf at the Tata Tea course at Top Station, occasionally joined by sambar deer or an elephant.
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