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“Bliss at the Hermitage”

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The Hermitage Kanatal
Ranked #2 of 10 New Tehri B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Amalfi, Italy
1 review
“Bliss at the Hermitage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

This place was breathtaking! The staff were very friendly, service was great and very comfortable. The bonfires and music were an added bonus to make the experience memorable.
Places like this get missed out on, however, a chance discovery on the road from Mussorie to Chamba brought us to this place. The snow capped mountains witnessed in conjunction with the morning sun rises made the experience even more captivating.
If you want a quiet retreat with the inclusions of a buget experience in a warm atmosphere then this is the place to be.
Would love to visit again!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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suman_hermitage, Owner at The Hermitage Kanatal, responded to this review, 20 September 2014
Hi
We've done some wonderful work onsite, both cosmetic and essential. Lots more sit out and sit in,dining and play areas.The rooms have been given a great pickup. The gardens are neatly landscaped. What has'nt changed is out attitude towards how we like to run The Hermitage..in a modest and humble way..
We do look forward to your next visit.

Regards

Suman & Staff
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

Hi all,
Anyone looking for a place where you want to go for a holiday but dont want to be caught amidst the hustle and bustle of things, well this is the perfect place to be.
Myself and 3 other families had a wonderfull stay at the hermitage. The owners were great interactive people with amazing skills in hospitality.
Will DEFINATELY be going back again this year.

I RECOMMEND IT!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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suman_hermitage, Owner at The Hermitage Kanatal, responded to this review, 13 June 2012
Hi Mohit
Thank you for your recommendation of my property The Hermitage.
I appreciate you taking the time out to do so.Hope to keep on the good work.
God bless and happy travels

Suman Bhatia
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Dlh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

It was a chance discovery. Like itself, modest, unassuming and discreet is The Hermitage. Located amidst a serene forest that wakes up to the chirping of birds, the humming of insects and an occasional cock a doodle sound in the distance, an awakening I had not experienced in long time. An early riser I witnessed the serene entry of a beautiful untainted dawn and a magical sunrise, mystically colourful in subtle hues of pinks and pale orange. The clear crisp morning air wakens up your senses persuading you to go for that additional cup of ‘adrak chai’, served by its friendly staff. Tthe generous and warm hostess whose personal touches are to be seen everywhere, makes it a cosy, homely & welcoming place to be in.
The first holiday home in Kanatal built by her and her husband in the early to mid nineties, has successfully managed to maintain its stoic, humble and dignified rustic look. Offering 12 lovely wood panelled rooms facing sweeping valleys, a lush forest and overlooking apple orchardd. The Hermitage is approximately 2 hours by road from Doon or Rishikesh. The route there is scenic and easily approachable. A couple of small local shops on either side are the only reminders to civilisation once you reach here, the closest other places to visit would be Dhanaulti, Sarkunda Devi Temple, Tehri Dam, or then Mussoorie all within short day driving distances. A place to recoup, catch up with self and family, there are little or no distractions. The food is freshly prepared, serving local and north indian cuisine, the services and facilities are both clean and very friendly. It can get windy and cold so warmers are highly recommended. All in all a peaceful and quiet lovely little place. Am happy to have discovered it.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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suman_hermitage, Owner at The Hermitage Kanatal, responded to this review, 20 September 2014
Hi
We've done some wonderful work onsite, both cosmetic and essential. Lots more sit out and sit in,dining and play areas.The rooms have been given a great pickup. The gardens are neatly landscaped. What has'nt changed is out attitude towards how we like to run The Hermitage..in a modest and humble way..
We do look forward to your next visit.

Regards

Suman & Staff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

The place was a stunner. We end up going to crowded hill stations, looking at popular tourist spots. Places like Kanatal get missed out on such counts. In a way it is a boon coz there is still a good part of its serenity which is preserved.
On our way to Dhanolti we saw the façade of The Hermitage and walked in. Spoke a friendly host, Suman Bhatia. It was off season and hence we were lucky to get a room without much problems.
Rooms were nicely made well furnished, with room heaters (on request), Nice food, great ambiance. The place as such is lovely and totally outside of the crowded places.
If you are willing to spend few peaceful days this is a good spot.
Quite a few trek spots around which are dense pine forests, allegedly having wild life (bear, leopard, fox) we dint get to see any though.
Bird life is very nice and lots of butterflies too.

Drawback – Make sure you carry the basic needs coz there are not many shops etc to get things.
Nothing much to keep you entertained in form of ‘sight-seeing’ unless you are willing to trek a bit or drive around. The views from places in and around are breathtaking though.
Moussouri is about 20 km and Dehradhun another 1 or 1.5 hr from there.
Room rates may go up in the peak season so, watch out !

Suggestion for improvement.
- Broken shelf doors.
- Coffee cups and tray was lying in the room for the whole night.
- Bathrooms could do with little more styling.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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suman_hermitage, Owner at The Hermitage Kanatal, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hello Siva

We'd like to welcome you back before close of this year. Should you have any opportunity of travelling this way give us a call and we'd like to both extend and share some dynamic addons made to The hermitage since your last visit.

Safe Travels

Suman
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

My husband, 7 year old daughter and I spent 4-5 days here. Its a wonderful escape from the mad bustle of our everyday city life. Kanatal is a beautiful place and the resort is located such that it has a wonderful view in every direction. When you walk into the resort the old world charm of the place is the first thing that strikes you. The owner is very friendly and really made our trip most enjoyable. We spent a lazy few days there going for long walks every day either down the road, or to a small pond where we saw many birds (like the chestnut bellied rock thrush, oriental white eye, sunbirds, etc.) We were really lucky one day to just look out of window and see two yellow throated martins (small mammals) running around in the garden.
The hotel itself is a very comfortable. I found the food a bit expensive but as our plan included breakfast, that was not an issue with us. We ate one meal out somewhere and one meal at the resort and it worked out fine. My only complaint I guess would be that the bathrooms need redoing. They were clean but coiuld have been a bit fancier. Suman, the owner did say that they were thinking of remodelling and so that might have changed already.
If you wanted to just sit in the resort, theres a comfortable room with sofas and armchairs that are perfect to curl up in with a book.
There are also board games and badminton, etc if you would prefer to play something outdoors.
All in all, a wonderful holiday getaway.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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suman_hermitage, Owner at The Hermitage Kanatal, responded to this review, 11 September 2011
Hi
I appreciate you taking the time to give your feedback.Your comments are valuable to me. There have since your visit been a few upgrades.
- I have reviewed my food prices,made it more affordable without compromising the quality.Since then the feedback have been fantastic on both the cost and the quality.
-There have been some plumbing upgrades done with more to follow shortly.
-I have since installed an additional genset that provides 100%backup.

Best regards and happy travels.
Suman
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2010

Kanatal as a place is beautiful and peaceful, all those whose dont like the crowd in hills this is a place for you.
It has many big properties , our group was big and different requirement hence the travel was budget.
The Hermitage is a good place overall. The rooms are spacious and linen is ok. garden and some sports activities are nice. rooms dont have filter on windows so lots of insects come in at night. service is nice.

Breakfast area looks superb and food they serve in bf is good, but in night or afternoon the food provided was ok. I dont find the place value for money in 3 k per night inc food.

electricity went out for 30 hrs from our 40 hr stay and they tried to get things for us but was not successsful. hence while asking for some discount for inconvenience they did not buy our idea.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: The Hermitage Kanatal
Address: Rauslikhal, PO Kanatal | Chamba Mussoorie Hwy, New Tehri 249145, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > New Tehri
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in New Tehri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully located at a cool 8900 ft, nestled amidst deep pine forests and apple orchards, The Hermitage is a true retreat for the perfect getaway. If you're looking for solitude, quiet and life's simple pleasures, The Hermitage it is. Close to Mussoorie and Rishikesh, make this your next getaway holiday home. ... more   less 
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