Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary; Air conditioning;
Belle Vue lies on an Estate that dates back to 1860, and has been owned by a single Parsi family, all educated in England. The family continue to live on the upper Estate and we welcome guests from across the world to interact with us and share our lives. Belle Vue is …see more
28 Jul 2015
"Awesome Place ... Scenic...well setup ... nothing but a perfect homestay"
Visited Bella Vue Cottage with friends and had the most wonderful weekend.
the bunglow is at a perfect scenic spot surrounded with dense vegetation.
the host and the caretaker really made us feel l… More
11 Oct 2015
We stayed at Khursheed’s lovely estate over the long weekend of Oct 2 for two nights. We were a group of 3 couples with 3 children with 2 nannies.
We loved our time at this estate. With 3 large … More
Delighted to receive this review. Thank you so much. Yes, Belle Vue Cottage is a marvelous old, British-India, Colonial Cottage, tucked away in the hills of Khandala. It is secluded and heavily wooded, and has an old-wolrd charm, but is nonetheless, well equipped with excellent facilities and cooks. It is also easily accessible from both Mumbai and Poona.
In response to the above feedback:
Yes, the final stretch of road to the house from the highway is a rough road, just for a very short patch, and this is because we live in the forest. Therefore, like all forest, country drives, some patches are a little rough, but the cottage is easily accessible and many people visit. We also drive up each week from Mumbai.
Second, one need not stay in the house for the whole weekend. There are several treks and hill walks and Belle Vue Cottage lies at the trail head of Duke's Nose, one the the highest peaks in Maharashtra. So there is a lot to do. However, if it is raining heavily, then most people opt to stay at home. But one can still trek or go out to visit some of the other points by car. The Karla Caves, (some of the oldest Buddhist Cave Temple Sculptures in the world) are also easily accessible from the Cottage. The market in Lonavala is charming and the drives to age-old points are beautiful from where the views are spectacular.
Third, the garden is very well maintained, but gets overgrown in the monsoon. That's what gardens are supposed to do in the rains. It's impossible to keep a manicured garden during the monsoons, and part of the charm of the cottage, is to experience both the Cottage and Khandala in the rains.
We look forward to hosting guests from across the world and to sharing with them, life in the Western Ghats of India.
Thank you, Khursheed
16 Nov 2015
"Staying in a place with history"
Such an experience with Khursheed who owns and manages the place. The place is rich in history that goes back 160 years. Around 2.5 hours away from Mumbai, its nestled literally in the forests of Khan… More
Sometimes, things are just meant to be. Meeting Sunil and Reeta was one such phenomenon and an act of destiny. They came to Belle Vue at short notice, and their spirit has become a part of this historic Estate.
Moreover, I have made life-long friends, and I await their return, not just to the Estate, but to us, eagerly . Rare and exceptional people, Sunil and Reeta were not just 'guests,' but that unique type of being who contribute to the ethos and spirit of the places that they visit, leaving their distinct mark behind - that of love, warmth, generosity, respect and wisdom.
I think of them every day, and will never forget the evening that Sunil called me to say that they would arrive tomorrow. We dined together - twice in one day - and the more I got to know them, the more I wanted to get to know them. Hunger of this sort, is a special feeling, and it is here to stay.
Therefore, in conclusion, all I can say is, please come back soon and stay with us - next time for a longer period. You are missed already and may our friendship grow from strength to strength. Anyone who gets to know this couple, will identify with what I have just written. They are more than special human beings who possess rare qualities that they share.
Their's is a spirit conspicuous by its absence in the world that we live in today, and therefore, one to be cherished and nurtured. Belle Vue beckons you as do we. Please come home.
With Love and Respect, Khursheed N. Khurody
Great for children of all ages ; Air conditioning; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Lonavala Villa Rentals, Premium Villa, large Spacious Bedrooms, Open plan Balcony's, Terraces overlooking the gardens and Outdoor BBQ,
Located off the lonavala expressway exit, so you conveniently avoid the weekend traffic, perfectly placed so that you can visit. G …see more
25 Jun 2015
"Outstanding if your coming to Lonavala this is the place to experience it."
The pictures don't do this place justice. We came with our entire extended family from the US and everyone was in awe. The property was far above our expectations.
Rooms were well lit, tastefully … More
We went to TOOTH MOUNTAIN FARMS as part of weekend trip it was easy to locate and we arrived early morning, The overall vibe we got was of peace and tranquility. There was no sound except the chirping… More
4 May 2015
We were celebrating my wife's birthday over the weekend with 15 friends. This would be one of the fewer places we've come across that out beats the pictures posted. The property is huge and very neatl… More
15 Nov 2015
"Hospitality, Tranquality, Luxury...In one package"
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