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5 homestays for a summer getaway to the hills of south India

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May 10, 2024
Summer getaways located in the hill stations of South India – Beautiful Homes

Tucked away in these lesser-known areas of our hill stations, these thoughtfully designed homestays promise pleasant weather, delectable home-cooked meals and much more

With summer temperatures rising, the idyllic hill stations of South India emerge as just the holiday option that you have been looking for. From a 150-year-old English style bungalow to a cottage nestled amidst tea estates and even actor Mohanlal’s holiday home in Ooty, these thoughtfully designed homestays promise pleasant weather, delectable home-cooked meals, and a wonderful opportunity to unwind and recharge amidst nature this summer.

Chloe Cottage, Coonoor

Nestled amidst Coonoor's tea estates, Chloe Cottage embodies the essence of English countryside charm, meticulously designed by renowned interior designer Gayatri Popat. The three bedrooms, each with ensuite baths, offer a blend of comfort and sophistication. The living space features curated artworks and curios along with towering floral arrangements and candles that come in all shapes and sizes. A gentle breeze from the valley-facing balconies will lull you into a state of blissful relaxation. The open-plan kitchen is a Pinterest-worthy delight. You can opt for the services of a cook who offers you authentic Tamilian cuisine. Outside, a manicured lawn and a charming swing offer stunning views and are the perfect setup for an evening cup of tea.
 

Starting at Rs 35,000 plus tax for the 3-bedroom villa, including breakfast.

Bedroom at the Chloe Cottage in Coonoor – Beautiful Homes

Valley view from the lower-level guest room.

Haiwatha, Lovedale

Nearly 50 years ago, a stylish gentleman from Bombay stumbled upon Haiwatha while admiring the sunset in Lovedale. Captivated by the stunning Nilgiris landscape, he promptly purchased the English doctor's house without hesitation. Over the years, the owner's children cherished the home, preserving its memories through renovations and additions. Today, you can transport yourself to a fairytale at Haiwatha, a 150-year-old English bungalow, restored to luxury by SPASM Design. Tucked away in the quieter part of the Nilgiris, it offers stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountain Railway and a cascading brook that flows right by its side. The Wedgewood-blue 4-bedroom main house and 2-bedroom carriage house evoke memories of simpler times with an Enid Blyton-esque charm. The black and white photos framed around highlights the charm of the Nilgiris. You can enjoy picnics by the stream or board the Toy Train to Coonoor from Lovedale Station nearby.
 

Starting at Rs 65,000 plus tax for the 6-bedroom villa, including breakfast.

Entrance at Haiwatha in Lovedale – Beautiful Homes

The Porch that overlooks the garden and the brook below.

Bedroom at Haiwatha in Lovedale – Beautiful Homes

The first bedroom to the right of the main house.

Hideaway, Lovedale

In the serene neighborhood of Lovedale, Ooty, lies the exclusive vacation retreat of South India's renowned film star, Mohanlal. This private haven, which has been his family's cherished getaway for years, is now open to guests seeking a glimpse into his life and passions. 

Bedroom at Hideaway in Lovedale – Beautiful Homes

Master Bedroom with rattan sliding doors that open to the garden.

The luxurious 3-bedroom home is adorned with memorabilia from Mohanlal's illustrious career, paying homage to his cinematic legacy. Guests can relish moments of togetherness in the cozy family room, playing board games by the fireplace, or enjoy drinks in the Gun House with close friends. During the day, the lush garden provides a tranquil escape, perfect for unwinding with a book amidst colorful flowers and birdsong. While Ooty's attractions are nearby, guests may find themselves content to savor outdoor barbecues and authentic Kerala cuisine prepared by Mohanlal's expert chef. Built over a decade ago as a family retreat, Hideaway has evolved into a reflection of Mohanlal's passions. The meticulously maintained garden, delectable cuisine, and cinematic décor throughout the house attest to this.

Offering 3 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms for up to 8 guests, luxe living spaces and the Gun Room which was built a year later and is the combined bar and showroom for all the replica guns used during the filming of Mohanlal's films Marakkar and Barroz.

Starting at Rs 35,000 plus tax, including breakfast for the 3-bedroom villa. 

Skyfall Kodai, Kodaikanal

Skyfall is a stunningly located home in Kodaikanal, perched on the edge of a mountain ridge with panoramic views of Perumal Peak and the Palani Hills. Designed by Biome Environmental Solutions, it seamlessly blends with the landscape, using mud-blocks for insulation and rainwater harvesting for sustainability. The three-level design includes a modern kitchen, dining area, and bar along with one bedroom on the upper level, leading to a covered balcony with breathtaking views. The lower level features a media room, the garden level features a covered sit-out and a two-level lawn. Offering serenity away from the tourist crowds, it provides a perfect retreat just 15-20 minutes from Kodaikanal Lake.
 

Starting at Rs 27,000 plus tax for the 3-bedroom villa. Home cooked meals are available at an additional cost.

Sit-out space at Skyfall in Kodaikanal – Beautiful Homes

French doors lead to a lower sit-out with a picnic table and two benches.

Cozy corner at Skyfall in Kodaikanal – Beautiful Homes

Sunlit corner to tuck in with a cup of coffee and a book.

Gramercy House, Kodaikanal

Gramercy House is a luxurious colonial-style bungalow nuzzled amidst lush greenery in Kodaikanal's premier residential area. This 3-bedroom villa, crafted from century-old timber and stone salvaged from a British-era textile mill, exudes timeless elegance and luxury. Adorned with local art, silk rugs, and antique furniture, the house offers a perfect blend of classical charm and modern amenities for a memorable family vacation. Guests are pampered with two fireplaces, a 5-seater jacuzzi hot tub spa in a gazebo, indoor sports and games, a timber treehouse for kids. The owners' passion for preserving their family's legacy led to the creation of this stunning villa, which reflects their vision of blending past heritage with contemporary comforts.

Lounge areas at the Gramercy House in Kodaikanal – Beautiful Homes

One of the few lounging areas in the bungalow.

The property boasts multiple lounges, dining and bar areas, balconies, separate kitchens, and entertainment spaces such as a games floor, TV room, and table tennis room. It's a place where you can spend your entire holiday without wanting to step out.

Starting at Rs 37,500 plus tax, including breakfast for the 3-bedroom villa.


 

All homestays can be booked at Lux Unlock.

Sit-out area at the Chloe Cottage in Coonoor – Beautiful Homes
A cosy sit out outside the guest room in Chloe Cottage.
Bedroom at the Gramercy House in Kodaikanal – Beautiful Homes
The Blue bedroom with a four-poster king bed at the Gramercy House.
Living room at Haiwatha in Lovedale – Beautiful Homes
The living room at Haiwatha is seen as soon as you enter the main house.
Family room at Hideaway in Lovedale – Beautiful Homes
Family room at Hideaway has a fireplace and selection from a collection of 300 caricatures from Mohanlal's prominent film roles.
Gun house at Hideaway in Lovedale – Beautiful Homes
The Gun House at Hideaway showcases replicas of some of the guns used during the filming of Mohanlal's films Marakkar and Barroz.
Open kitchen at Skyfall in Kodaikanal – Beautiful Homes
The upper-level open plan kitchen at Skyfall leads to the dining area.
Exterior view of Skyfall in Kodaikanal – Beautiful Homes
A bird's eye view of Skyfall in Kodaikanal.

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