I spent an extended weekend with my family here and was pleasantly surprised at the restored Anglo Indian Bungalows on a 70 acre property. For starters, the place is not perfect! Each room has its character and its imperfection and that's what makes the experience unique. The management (Ind Deco Hotels) has taken pains to ensure that the original theme and most of the character of the place from circa 1850 is maintained. Of course, new age trappings like TV, fridge and geysers are provided. What I really loved about the place is the fact that they have collected an eclectic bunch of all items that are either antique or priceless or both. I liked the arc lights, fans, and desks from Modern theaters that was a very popular movie production house in the 50s.The resort has 85 rooms and I was told that no two rooms are unique. I personally checked out a few unoccupied rooms and was amazed at how each room has its own character!
Apart from the effort to retain the character of the building, the service is also not too bad. Although, please be forewarned that things happens in mountain time :) 5 minutes will take 15, but overall the relaxed and unhurried pace helps the guest more at ease.The food is really good and if you have the time to plan, please order off the 'Dorai Menu' which requires a 24 hour advance prep time. A quick glance through the menu left me convinced that this was worth trying. The breakfast buffet is decent and quite a steal at Rs 175 or USD $ 3.5 for unlimited helpings of eggs, toast, some local dishes like Idli, pongal, puri etc.
Location is great! Quite close to the lake, but isolated from the hum drum.Also, Yercaud as a hill station is relatively unspoilt compared to Ooty or Kodaikanal. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake Forest, with period and authentic interiors is located in a live coffee estate on the bunds of the Yercaud Lake. The guest bungalows are set in the "Eastlynne Farm Estate" in and around the "Bungalow" built during early 1800s by Henrietta Charlotte Rosario who was residing in the Shevroy hills. Today's Eastlynne Farm Estate was once known as "Rosar" on the Camphells Road, named after the owner. ONE OF THE FIRST PET FRIENDLY PLACES IN YERCAUD ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Forest Hotel Yercaud