11 Cosy Homestays in Uttarakhand That Are Perfect For Your Next Weekend Getaway!

Photo of 11 Cosy Homestays in Uttarakhand That Are Perfect For Your Next Weekend Getaway! by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

From dak bungalows to orchard homes, Uttarakhand offers a slice of the mountain life in it's Kumaon region. We are halfway into the year, and if you haven't taken a break yet, this is a sign to step away from your mundane life and wake up to the majestic mountains.

Book a weekend in one of these 11 homestays and spend time with your loved ones, friends or by yourself picking apples, practising yoga, setting out on hikes, curling up with a book or simply relaxing!

Wake up to the mountains in these beautiful homes in Kumaon

1. Sage Cottage

Sage Cottage is a hill house adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to a garden full of fresh blooms. Try local Kumaoni dishes in this 2,515 sq.feet cottage that can accommodate upto five people in three bedrooms.

Location: Jungaliya Gaon Rd, Harnagar Jangalia Gaon, Uttarakhand 263136, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 5,000 including breakfast; a minimum two-night stay is required.

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2. One Partridge Hill

(c) One Partridge Hill

Photo of One Partridge Hill, Mukteshwar by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

One Partridge Hill is a property built with love and attention to detail. Named after 'partridge birds' it's the first thing the owners spotted when they decided on this site filled with birdsong. The views open up to the Nanda Devi and Trishul range. Go on jungle treks, gaze at stars in the night and get cosy.

Location: Village - Satoli, near, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand 263138, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 12,000, inclusive of breakfast, Book Here

3. Jilling Terraces

Jilling Terraces is a hidden gem, surrounded by 80 acres of land, that could take anywhere between 40 minutes to two hours of walking, and many short gasps to reach the home. If you are yearning for a getaway away from all the stress, this place is the one.

Location: 9JC5+32X, Jilling Estate, Matial Village, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263136, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 11,000, inclusive of all meals and evening tea, Book Here

5. Himalaica

A labour of love of a young Swiss couple, Himalaica was built over eight years. Stay in this house set up by local artisans, in a traditional country-style architecture with modern comforts along with your furry friends and enjoy views over the snow capped Himalayas, sipping chai from Sanju's teashop.

Location: Kumaon Hills, 2.6 km on Bhowali-Ramgarh-Mukteshwar Road Ramgarh, Block, Shyamkhet, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263132, India

Price: Entire cottage from Rs. 14,500, inclusive of breakfast, Book Here

6. The Retreat

Located in the forest estate of Bhimtal, The Retreat was started by Fredrick Smetacek Sr in 1953 as a guesthouse for diplomats from Delhi. Unwind in the mountains, relish some quiches, tarts, fish in lemon-butter and herbs or go on treks and birdwatching tours, and sit by bonfires in the evenings.

Location: Jones Estate, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand 263136, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 5,500, Book Here

7. Sitla Estate

Sitla house belongs to adventure buff and environmentalist Vikram Maira who quit his career in television and returned home to the hills and orchards of his childhood. If you love reading books, get cosy in this 150 year old home with a library and colonial-style rooms. Cosy up with a book under an apricot tree in the orchards or just spend the day gazing at the mountains, Sitla is the kind of place that will just let you be.

Location: Mukteshwar, Seetla, Uttarakhand 263138, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 10,500, including breakfast, Book Here

8. Manzar- a song a silence

(c) Airbnb

Photo of Satkhol, Kumaon Division by Kadambari Bhatte (curlytravelmess)

An ex-banker left her Delhi corporate job and moved to the mountains as she started the airbnb, Manzar - a song a silence is a lovely two-bedroom bungalow in the little village of Satoli. Take part in bird-watching or go on long walks. Curl up with a book in the lawns or just sit back and master the art of doing nothing.

Location: Satkhol, Uttarakhand, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 2,800 per night with a two-night stay minimum, Book Here

9. Fredy's Bungalow

Only a six hour drive from Delhi, Fredy's Bungalow is a perfect house to spend quality time with family and friends. It is surrounded by flora and fauna, only 10 minutes away from the Bhimtal lake. For the nature lover inside you, this place is perfect for hiking and bird watching.

Location: June State Rd, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263136, India

Price: Doubles from Rs8,900 inclusive of breakfast and morning tea/coffee, Book Here

10. Holm Farm Heritage

Holm Farm Heritage is a pre-Independence heritage home, bought by Kumaoni freedom fighter Madan Mohan Upadhyaya from Lady Abbot in 1947. Take a walk around the home and discover quirky memorabilia, a grand piano, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi's wedding invitation, Jawaharlal Nehru's photos with the family.

Location: Dist, Ranikhet, Uttarakhand 263645, India

Price: Doubles from Rs. 4,800, Book Here

11. Itmenaan Estate

Itmenaan Estate is located in a peaceful rural setting near Binsar in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house in the 10 acre land of virgin pine, oak, and rhododendron trees has been painstakingly restored. Dip your feet in a small private perennial natural spring and take in the panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Location: Itmenaan Estate, Village Naugaon, Tehsil Bhanoli, District Almora, Uttarakhand

Price: Doubles from Rs. 6,840, Book Here

So which one of these beautiful homes caught your eye? Book a stay during a long weekend or simply work from the mountains from one of these heritage homes.

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