Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor

Have you ever wanted to experience what life was like for the upper classes during the British Raj in India? This mountain top retreat has all the credentials.

Perched in splendid isolation atop a remote mountain and surrounded by a luxuriant forest reserve, Grand Oak Manor is the very image of a British colonial retreat. There’s a reason for that. It was built over 150 years ago by a relative of the Viceroy of India as a private mansion and its original features, décor and atmosphere have been largely retained to this day.

Include Grand Oak Manor in the itinerary for your luxury tailor-made holiday to India and you’ll have the impression that you’ve stepped back into a previous era. Old world service is still very much the order of the day. The food is classic, the cutlery is monogrammed and the furnishings are of the period. Quite an experience.

Grand Oak Manor, at a glance

  • Remote mountain top mansion with the atmosphere of the colonial era
  • Surrounded by dense forest and breath-taking views
  • Choice of nine distinctive rooms with traditional décor and cosy fireside armchairs
  • Period furniture and classic textiles
  • Balconies or porches with gorgeous views over the forest and mountain landscape
  • Thoughtful touches like hot water bottles in your bed
  • Timeless restaurant offering Indian, European and Pahaari cuisine using fresh organic vegetables from the hotel’s own garden

For leisure and pleasure

  • Spa offering yoga and Meditate and Pray experiences
  • Trekking through oak and rhododendron forests to Zero Point peak
  • Guided nature walks through the forest with a trained naturalist
  • Village visits to picturesque Kathdara
  • Outings to see the 12th century Jageshwar Temples set in fragrant cedar forests
  • Photographic and nature hikes to the summit of Ghorchula for gasping views of the Nepal Himalayas and the Panchachuli Peaks
  • All in all the Ultimate Holiday for our Golden Wedding Year.

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    D and JW, Sri Lanka, 2016