Friday, March 30, 2018

A weekend at the House Of Bliss

An impromptu plan made on Friday night when we decided to go to Lonavala for the weekend. By we I mean my maiden family - mom, dad, younger brother me and my son. It had been quite long since I went out with just them - almost a year in-fact! We quickly packed and they picked me up next morning and off we went!

Mumbai to Lonavala took us time, there were a lot of trucks on the way - I guess there is a permit for trucks and large vehicles on the new expressway after a certain time, not sure. We did stop-over at the new food court (just a little before the old one) for a bite - it just has a few outlets yet but quite good one's and everything is very neat and clean - even the washrooms. Definitely preferred over the old one with flies flying around your food and dirtier food stalls.


We reached the property at around 2pm, it was quite easy to locate thanks to the detailed navigation whatsapped to me by the owner. Take the 2nd exit for Lonavala and it's just a further 10 minutes from there. So you definitely have restaurants nearby if you want to head out for food. The bungalow is a charming, rustic property - with two majestic suits with high ceilings and each being large enough to be a 1bhk apartment in Mumbai. They both have attached washrooms which are quite basic (there are jet sprays though, yes!) so don't expect anything wow there.



There is a laaarge living room with deewans on both sides - which can fit a whole lot of people! There are beautiful pieces of decor everywhere you see - from buddha statues to wall-hangings to unique lighting. There was a TV too which we chose not to use. A verandah with tables and chairs for you to sit and have your meals or drink tea. It opens to a view of the back of the bungalow which is full of greenery - plants and trees. The front lawn is a huge garden with a variety of trees and plants (there was a tej-patta tree, mango tree and various flowering plants) - a delight for nature lovers! A separate staff house where the ground floor serves as a the kitchen and first floor for them to sleep in.


You can choose to cook your own meals in the kitchen or have the staff cook them for you at nominal prices. You can also order in from the nearby restaurants - a list of which will be provided to you on booking, and they even have discounts at a couple of places, which is quite nice.



My mom, being a typical earlier times mom carried a whole picnic basket with her from home, with puri-aloo sabzi, bread and whatever you need to make sandwiches, dry snacks, etc. She was under the impression there was no kitchen or anything around so she came prepared. We had a quick lunch and rested for a bit as it was too hot to go out yet. We had tea at 4pm and then spent a couple of hours in the garden playing football, badminton and chilling. I hadn't played all that in quite some time and had so much fun! My son had fun running around the whole perimeter of the garden. I wish there were a couple of swings or slides - he would have definitely enjoyed more then. We also had watermelon which was welcoming in this heat, and were there till the sun had set and it got dark.



By now the weather was pleasant, and we headed inside to play board games that we were carrying. We played sequence and then cards (hearts), both our favourite family games and soon were hungry for dinner. We considered going out for dinner, but everyone was tired after the drive and playing badminton and football - so we had sandwiches and tea for dinner, played some more board games and went to bed as we wanted to get up to see the sunrise.


I got up at 7am and it was quite chilled outside! Not biting cold, but pleasant enough to want a sweatshirt or hoodie. Me and my brother both being photography enthusiasts clicked a lot of pictures of the tree logs, and of ourselves while enjoying the weather and the hot tea. We got ready and had breakfast made by the caretaker - poha, masala omelette and tea/coffee. The poha was okay, but the omelettes with bread were yumm. And the tea was always amazing - served in earthern pots - kulhad ki chai!



We would have loved to stay for the day, but my brother had a college presentation (BMM, I tell you) and we had to go back for that. The care-takers were extremely courteous - promptly giving us whatever we needed without making us wait. Would love to be back here during the monsoons with a larger group - maybe with friends this time! It is also pet-friendly, so all you cat and dog owners rejoice! They have their own pet cat too.



A little about the property and offerings -

House of Bliss Lonavala as guests fondly call it, is perfect for a family get-together, a never ending party, an interesting workshop or an experiential holiday. 

A dainty bungalow down a slope, the doors of the villa open into a spacey lounge with comfy divan seating reminding you of a warm vintage time. The villa houses 2 suites, each with a distinct color in itself. The Red Suite and the Green Suite can accommodate, 5 adults each and additional 5-6 people with provision of extra beddings. 
The house is “corporate-ready” with a 42inch Led TV and a well-stationed sound system in the living room that can hold a conference for about 25-30 people.

The multipurpose living room can be used as a conference room for employees, or a little change in the audience and it turns into a personal movie theatre for a family, else a little swish and it can be used as a dance floor for a group - the sound system does the magic.

The villa also adds up to be a pet friendly holiday home, a place your four-legged family member who can be home away from home. Pets no longer have to be cramped up in a single room when they have a plantation area with of nearly 28,000 sq. ft., to roam around freely. With two beautiful stretches of manicured lawn and organic garden, there is ample space for kids to play and pets to run around.  


All three rooms open to the lawn and garden, looking out to the splendid hills of Lonavala – an ever so pleasing sight to enjoy the monsoons with your loved ones.  Sit in the Verandah by Valley  at the backside of the villa, enjoying a meal by yourself while you hear chirping of birds with a hoard of trees surrounding you. Our spacious outdoors with splendour lights and sound system, surely makes a thumbs up for a weekend getaway.

                  Amenities

  • Two spacious suites with bathrooms attached. 
  • Each suite has a king size bed, side bed, en-suite bathroom & wash basin.
  • Each suite can accommodate 8 people comfortably with provision of extra beddings.
  • Divan style seating in the living room with amenities including a LED T.V and indoor sound system.
  • A spacious 28,000 sq. ft. organic lawn with splendour outdoor light and sound system.
  • Superior household linen is provided (beddings, towels, napkins, blanket)
  • A kitchenette with basic cooking equipment’s, crockery and bar essentials available serving up to 50 people.
  • Efficient staff available 24 hrs at your service.
  • Purchase exquisite handmade products from House Of Bliss Artist Community at exclusive prices.
  • Two sided open-air verandah with a covered roof facing an organic garden.
  • Bespoke soft furnishings
  • Crockery, cutlery and white goods
  • Free Wifi
They can even arrange for activities for you at an additional cost, and their tariff ranges depending on the number of people staying - 

 Tariff for a group of less than 5 (Weekday & Weekend packages)
  1. Rs.1500 per person for a suite attached with lawn for a 24 hr. stay.
  2. Rs.2000 per person for a suite with lawn for a one and a half day stay.
  3. Rs.2000 per person for a suite attached with living room and lawn for a 24 hr. stay.
  4. Rs.2500 per person for a suite with living room and garden for a one and a half day stay.
                Please note - The tariff mentioned above is inclusive of breakfast and snacks on both the days.
 Tariff for a minimum group of 15 (Weekday and Weekend packages)
        1. Rs.12,000 for up to 15 people for a one-day picnic. 
            Check in 10 am - Check out same day: 7 pm
 
        2. Rs. 15,000 for up to 15 people for a 24 hrs. stay.
            Check in: 10 am - Check out on next day: 10 am

        3. Rs. 22,500 for up to 15 people for a one & a half day stay. 
            Check in: 10 am - Check out on next day: 4 pm

        4. Rs. 25,000 for up to 15 people for a one and a half day stay.
            Check in 10 am - Check out next day: 8 pm

        5. Rs. 33,000 from Friday evening to Sunday night for up to 15 people
            Check in: 6 pm - Check out on third day: 10 pm                 

            Please note - The tariff mentioned above is inclusive of breakfast and snacks on both the days.

For any further information, you can contact them on +919820068611 or write to manasibungalow12@gmail.com. You can also follow them on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter to know more.

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