A quiet white bungalow stands framed against giant clumps of swaying bamboo. Like bright, colourful specks against the green slopes, the tea-pluckers dot the hillsides as they did centuries ago. Step out across the stately porch on to the platform that grants you a panoramic view of the distant hills. Sip a strong, plantation grown cuppa and watch a train move slowly up the faraway slope, and step back to another era. Built in the early 1900’s in the style of that era, the Strathdon bungalow was home to ‘planters’ who presided over the Strathdon Estate. Its colonial ambience is preserved today in the elegant decor; the understated luxury and the warmth of service that makes Mandira Strathdon Bungalow so unique.
Wake up to the charms of 19th century decor. Old prints of colonial heyday adorn the walls. Heavy drapes, feather soft pillows, linen and lace and thick pile carpets – comfort embraces you from all around; yet every modern convenience from hot showers to cable TV is also yours to indulge in. Snuggle up in a cosy armchair with an ancient volume on Tea, and admire the view of lush estates outside your window. Spread out over acres the expansive garden offers a beautiful vista into the valley below and the rolling slopes of the estates that surround the bungalow. The ancient groves of giant bamboo contrasts wildly but perfectly with the intricately landscaped look of an English country garden. There are plenty of scenic spots to pick for an alfresco meal, a quiet read or just a few hours of solitary contemplation with just the birds and the view for company.
A BEAUTIFUL OLD COLONIAL RESIDENCE THAT WAS HOME TO PLANTERS IN THE DAYS OF BRITISH RULE, IT IS NOW A LUXURIOUS RETREAT WHO WISH TO RELIVE THE PAST ON AN AUTHENTIC JOURNEY TO DAYS GONE BY