We stayed at Happy Home for 2 nights and what a stay it was! It was indeed a 'home' that made for a 'happy' stay. This place is in Old Mahabaleshwar, a colonial style home with plenty of rooms surrounding the kitchen and dining area. The rooms are clean and comfortable. They also have a bungalow next to the house, where there are contemporary style rooms. But we loved the old world charm of the place.
The food that they serve, both vegetarian and non vegetarian delicacies are out of the world! Their per day charge included 3 meals, all of which are generous servings of all the available items on the menu. Breakfast - Poha, Upma, Omlette, Parathas with piping hot tea.... Lunch & Dinner - 3-4 vegetables, rice, dal, chapattis, chicken, fish, prawns... You just can't stop eating, not only because it is delicious, but, because the owners cheerfully force you for a little more... some more... each time your plate goes empty. The best part is that, they don't serve it all in one go, but the surprise unfolds gradually.
Since we were six of us, initially, we were put up in two different rooms in the main house, but then they shifted us to a suite in the new bungalow next to it. The view of the mountains in the distance is awesome!
This is a family-run business and the owner was sweet enough to ride us to and fro from the bus stand, the market, as well as some tourist spot on one of his errands to the town market.
While here, do not miss the temples close by (hop-skip-n-jump to) - Mahabaleshwar, Atibaleshwar and Panchganga. Besides, there is a 5,000 years old temple close by (5 mins on foot), named after the Krishna river - a must visit. There are plenty of strawberry farms around. Walk in and ask if you can pluck n choose your own strawberries if you wish and they'll happily let you.