Hi Everyone,
I've got a treat for you. Just visited a truly unique place slightly off Lonavala. This is literally a 20 acre private forest which has been converted by a very enterprising family into their forest retreat away from Mumbai. The forest had a unique topography and the family wanted to blend into nature and so this house has been designed with many unique facets:-

1. It has no grid power connectivity. All power consumed is generated using Solar and Wind on the property.
2. The Property is a tree house like no other. It is a metal structure that is built into the side of a cliff overlooking the valley. This ensures that you feel like you are floating with nothing below you.
3. The entire house has been build to keep it as airy and glassy as possible. Trust me this is unique. The house is on three levels with a bedroom on each one to ensure privacy for the couple inhabiting each bedroom. The main deck has a dining room, living room, and a bedroom, bathroom all in one space separated by screens giving it an airy feel while at the same time affording some privacy.

The property is done up to a very high level of quality. The furnishing is exquisite and there is a retinue of staff to keep you happy.

In addition to the original treehouse, the family has also built three mini tree houses. These are all independent Studio Rooms with private sitouts situated at a distance such that you are not visible to anyone and will not see anyone from your private pad in the air.

There are some other facilities too -
1. Outdoor BarbQ
2. Grill and Buffet table
3. Flower Garden and unique books on flora and fauna of the area.
4. A platform in the sky about 9 stories above the tree house accessible through a spiral ladder from which you can take in the views, enjoy your drink and grill some meat!! Believe me, just the walk up there is a rush!!

Disclaimer: This property is not in Lonavala city but en route to Aamby Valley so it is about a 30 minute drive from Lonavala through good roads. There is a small resort close to the property which probably has a restaurant though I don't see why you would need to go there as the property has a team of staff to take care of you.

Click Here to Contact The Owner

Here is a really nice option for those looking for a nice place for that visit to Bangalore. This is an independent stay 2BHK apartment in Cooke Town. Cooke Town is pretty Central and most parts of bangalore esp. the shopping districts - MG Road, Brigade Road etc. are easily accessible. The area is a throwback to what Bangalore used to be - nice, green with quaint bungalows. This particular apartment is on the first floor of a Bungalow. The owners are retirees who live on the ground floor. The area is nice, quiet, green and the apartment is fully furnished.

Here are some of the highlights -
1. 2 Bed Rooms - One Master and One Double Bedroom that would be ideal for the kids.
2. Fully functional living room with Television, Music System.
3. A mini kitchenette and fridge - This is big enough to cook simple meals and is ideal for a family that does not want to cook much.
4. A nice bathroom with shower and hot water.
5. An outdoors sitout - terrace garden, chairs etc.

The entire place has a nice and cosy feel about it and is ideal for NRIs who are visiting bangalore or else for those who are in town for a while (15-20days) on business and want to bring the family along, feel at home. Living here means the convenience of being in the heart of the city with everything close by and restaurants that deliver. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

To book this place, Click here to contact the owner

Since this was my first review, I wanted to pick a place that was cosy and had a nice family feel.

This is a very nice 4 Bed Room Villa at just the right distance from Lonavala City. There are 4 Independent Bedrooms each with their own attached Toilet and Bathrooms - Air conditioning in each Bed Room.

In addition there is a nice lawn with swings, a living room with television, Couches as well as a Divan for people to sit on the floor and play games. There is a Carom Board which you can play outside and a very friendly Caretaker and his wife who will cook for you. They have a neat Menu and serve vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food.

What I liked:-
1. The nice lawn - ideal for games and the kids to run around
2. All bed rooms with attached bathrooms making it ideal for a bunch of friends and their families.
3. Ideally located - we were here in 3 hours from Mumbai.
4. Cosy, Warm place in a peaceful location.
5. The one Bedroom that is located outside the Vila - Ideal for the young honeymoon couple who is part of the group ;-)!!
6. The Bar B Q in the lawn and the experienced caretaker who can help with that.

Contact the Owner by visiting the Property Page on HomestaysDOS.com

The villa is available for rent on a daily, weekly basis and is ideal for a bunch of friends and their families or for a larger family to come together and take a quick weekend break from Mumbai. Teddy likes this place and recommends it!!

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Hi Everyone,

As you know, I have been adding to my team at HomeStaysDOS.com - As part of that we i've just had Teddy join our team. Teddy is cute but most importantly he's a travel enthusiast and he's going to visit properties across the country and write about them. He's already started his work and visited a number of properties but I wanted to share with you some photographs of him before our first trip together - I had to accompany him on the first. It was an early morning drive out of Mumbai and so Teddy was staying over at my home in the guest bedroom. I can tell you it took some effort to wake him up.

Teddy Asleep in my guest bedroom

What do we have under the blanket?

Finally Awake

Strapped in and all set for the drive

Ok Teddy, All the best!!

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