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Ballyhack Cottage

Shimla's Finest & Oldest House With 6 Rooms

Rating4.7(50)
Near Christ Church, Shimla
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OffbeatA truly hidden and local experience
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Premium4 star trips with all modern amenities
Featured in Condé Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet and Nat Geo Traveller, among others, this 2-centuries old cottage echoes a rich history. As one of the first houses built in Shimla and home to the then Governor-General of India, this cosy home has stories passed down from generations. Its stunning colonial interiors mirror the yesteryears and the 4 landscaped terrace gardens make for an ideal vantage point to take in the best of the Himalayas.

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Your Time Capsule!

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Things To Do!
You can take a peaceful walk in the terrace gardens and soak in the beautiful views around. You can grab a pair of binoculars and identify various species of birds around. You can lounge and relax in the White Oak lounge or bask in the sun on the deck chair.
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Things Nearby
The Mall, a three-minute walk away, is always milling with people. A 20-minute trail from Ballyhack Cottage leads to the Jakhu Temple. Walk past Holly Lodge (the private residence of the Raja of Bushehr), colonial bungalows, Rothney Castle, and a secluded deodar forest. For a longish walk of about three hours, go along Shimla’s northwestern spur towards Bharari.
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Simply Serene
There are 4 beautifully landscaped terrace gardens. Each offers comfortable seating for a minimum of 10 people. The terrace gardens make for stunning vantage points, overlooking the snow-capped Himalayas.
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Elegant Spaces
There are 2 living rooms - 1 on the lower ground floor and 1 on the upper ground floor. One of the living rooms offers comfortable seating for up to 12 people and is equipped with a heater, a traditional Bukhari and Wi-Fi dongle. The dining room is a part of the living room on the lower ground floor and offers comfortable seating for up to 6 people.
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Comfort Is Everything!
You have 4 on the lower ground floor, 2 on the upper ground floor. Heater, Wi-Fi, TV, electric kettle and attached bathrooms (separate dressing areas as well) are offered in all rooms. 1 room also has an attached attic, 4 rooms have an attached patio with a garden view.
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At The Heart Of Shimla
The property is located on a ridge, hence the road leading up to the villa may not be concrete. Cars will have to be parked 15 minutes away from the villa, you will have to walk the rest of the way. Distance from Chandigarh Airport - 120 km. Distance from Kalka Railway Station - 90 km. Distance from Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand - 1 km. Distance from Shimla Mall Road - 500 m.

Quick gist

About the stay

  • This premium and cosy six-room home is an idyllic retreat nestled in the heart of Shimla where you and your pets can have a pleasurable holiday.

Where is this?

  • Located right beside the famous Christ Church on the Ridge and at a stone’s throw from the Mall road, the cottage is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

With whom?

  • You have access to the entire villa except for the kitchen.

You get

  • Accommodation is provided to you which comes with a set of 6 bedrooms.
  • Breakfast is complimentary.

Things to remember

  • Veg and non-veg dinner can be provided in-house at an additional cost of Rs. 400 per person, per meal.
  • For lunch, guests can choose to eat out at nearby restaurants.
  • You do not have access to the kitchen.
  • The barbecue kit is available at an additional cost of Rs. 500 per/ use.
  • Bonfire can be arranged at an additional cost of Rs. 1500 per 2 hours.
  • They are unable to provide accommodation for your personal staff.

Something unique

Ballyhack Cottage is special because of its location amidst lush greenery, 2 centuries of history, colonial interiors, 4 terraced lawns. It's also one of the very first houses to be built in Shimla!

Tips from insiders

  • In case of a power outage, the inverter can support all lights for up to 8 hours.
  • The caretaker stays on the premises of the same property.
  • There is a Wi-Fi dongle, however, the network is subject to availability at any given time.
  • Pets are allowed in the exteriors of the villa and in 1 room on the lower ground floor.