We chose Silverton Estate for our stay in Dalhousie. The place was built during the British Raj. We wanted a home stay property, a comfortable place - and we were not at all disappointed. We were two couples with children in the age group of 4-6. The place is picture perfect, with tall devdar trees in the premises, a decent clean lawn for children to play etc. The food was very homely (which was a special request since we didnt want children with upset stomachs) and the most important aspect of the stay - the hosts were very warm and took extra effort and pain to ensure that our stay was comfortable. I would highly recommend Silverton for any family looking for a comfortable stay. I would say that if we had not found Silverton with its warm ambience, spacious rooms and personal touches - probably our stay in Dalhousie wouldn't be memorable at all. Thanks to Vikram & Cherry, the hosts for ensuring we had a good time.
The best part of the stay, apart from whatever I have already mentioned (spacious rooms, good property) - was the World Space music! The hosts have very thoughtfully and cleverly made arrangements for wires and speakers so that we enjoy lounge music throughout the day in perfect natural settings. We would be having breakfast or dinner under a tree and there would be this soft, melodious music playing in the background..! A wooden ledge has been secured between two tree trunks, serving as a bar, and we spent our evenings there taking drinks and listening to the leaves rustling, wind blowing....
The staff were very helpful. The best part is they kept our kids busy. Children would get up and go play in the garden, be playing badminton or football - and we didnt have to worry whether they would be falling over or running over to catch a fallen ball. One staff was there to play with them and one to fetch the ball!! what more of a royal treatment could we parents have asked for - that we are left to enjoy on our own and dont have to hanker after children
We would have breakfast/ dinner at various settings in the garden. Even on the days when we had to eat inside due to rains, Vikram personally came, dimmed the lights and switched on candles to ensure that we had a good time!
We have stayed in some home stay properties in the past, where we had a bad experience (nobody to clean rooms, food not served fully etc.) but this is not one of them. Rather, I would go to the extent that other home stay property owners should take a lesson or two from Silverton.
We kept thinking of how wonderful our stay was long after we had reached Delhi!