If you are one of those who likes to spend New Year curled up next to a fireplace in the company of loved ones, and yet want to have a getaway away from the madness of city life, there is a quaint property tucked away in the hills of Kasauli just right for you. It is easy to vanish into nature in Kasauli, a heavenly hill station that inexplicably loses out to Shimla in popularity. Kasauli is part of the Shimla Hills but has nothing of the crowded cacophony of what was the erstwhile summer capital of the Britishers while they were in India.
Often, as a travel writer, I feel like escaping the travails of travel itself. 7 Pines, a British-inspired property, that is neither a ‘resorty’ resort, not a ‘homestay’ allows you to put your feet up and gaze into the distant views with endless cups of their awesome lemongrass tea. Incidentally, this is also a welcome drink at the resort, but I developed an addiction-like affinity to it.
7 Pines is described as an ‘English Retreat’ on the website of Leisure Hotels, the group that owns it. It is as English as English could get. Right from the country cottage architecture, to the ditsy floral prints on the bed linen to the menu (apple crumbles, English Roast chicken are in-house specialties) and even the services provided by the staff (who will leave hot water bags in your rooms while you eat dinner at the in-house dining area).
Located just 5.5 hours away from Delhi, 7 Pines with its Colonial ambiance, is the perfect weekend getaway or even a relaxed retreat in the hills. It works on the convention of providing guests an ultimate English Retreat. 7 Pines in the Kasauli hills offers cozy and comfortable double bedrooms with their own verandahs overlooking the Shimla Hills and pristine pine forests. Choose from the popular range of luxurious rooms like The Hazel Standard Rooms, Pine Deluxe Rooms, Pine Superior Rooms, Cedar Family Rooms, and Cedar Executive Rooms. The home has a beautiful living room and an elegant study with all the comforts of luxury property and is also equipped with a modern kitchenette where the in-house Chefs prepare a traditional homely meal using fresh vegetables, hand-picked from the kitchen garden and local spices from the region.
Cherries and Plums is an indoor seating restaurant with a fine dining ambiance and a range of delicious multi-cuisine dishes. One can also relish the cuisines with a view at the Hazel Terrace, the alfresco dining option. The Hazel Terrace is a dining option for nature lovers. The chefs’ platter up delicious cuisines that can be enjoyed with a view by our guests on the open terrace lounge. Promising you one of the most memorable and alluring experience, right in the heart of nature, this boutique ‘hotel’ – if you insist on calling it that – will make sure you take home pleasant memories of stay and adventurous time spent at the hotel. With many wonderful walking trails and excursions in the area to keep you occupied during the day, 7 Pines is the ideal New Year getaway destination for families, couples, friends and solo travelers. This home away from home is a retreat secluded on top of a magnificent hill giving you a perfect setting for that calming yoga session or that greenery-absorbing nature walk.
The quaint colonial touch given to the homestay rejuvenates you from the daily hustle and bustle of the city life. While at the property, you can indulge in recreational activities like trekking, bonfires, or even enjoy a scenic twilight during our Hi-Tea sessions accompanied by live music by talented local artists. The in-house activity team also assists in bringing out the boisterous side of you by helping you indulge in fun indoor games like chess, carrom and several outdoor activities for kids.
This New Years, do include 7 Pines in your plans and ring in the new year like they would in the days of the Raj.
Here is where you can make bookings – https://www.leisurehotels.co.in/7-pines-solan-himachal-pradesh/