Mary Budden Estate
Mary Budden Estate is a place of awakening in the primeval forests of Binsar. Nestled in a stunning natural environment, it is one of the last untouched areas of wilderness in the Himalayas. Remote yet accessible, the estate offers that rarest of luxuries, time and space, and the enviable opportunity to switch off to connect deeply.
The wooded property extends over 5 acres of land and has a cottage that sleeps 6 in three rooms and a further 3 double rooms in the lodge. All accommodation is en-suite, tastefully furnished and has wood-burning fireplaces, stone terraces and several open sit-outs. Private lounges and dining rooms, select antique furniture and sweeping mountain views complete this elegant mountain retreat.
Rooms & Suites
The Cottage: After careful restoration, the Cottage now has 3 luxurious en-suite bedrooms and warm and spacious living and dining rooms. Comfortably furnished and with blazing fireplaces, it feels like time has stood still!
The Lodge: The Lodge is a modern addition to the Mary Budden Estate and was built in harmony with the older colonial cottage. It is elevated on the estate and offers four separate en-suite bedrooms and two separate dining and sitting areas, all with fireplaces. Flooded with sunlight, the rooms offer great views and promise peace and tranquillity.
The Wild Cat Brunch: Eating in the forest has never been so exciting! In homage to the majestic leopard that calls Kumaon home, an exotic hot pot is grilled with the best seasonal produce from the forest. An experience intoxicated by the heady mountain air and the thrill of a chance sighting of the magnificent leopard.
Himalayan Lunch: The indigenous diversity of this region and the gastronomic traditions of the ancient peoples have been reinterpreted in our culinary explorations. The result is a feast called 'Himalayan Lunch', where the best available seasonal produce is prepared with a nuanced art of cooking that celebrates the local flavours of the Himalayas. The Milky Way Dinner: The starry sky is the focal point of this natural setting. Dinner is served under a constellation of stars and the cloudy arc of the Milky Way - a perfect end to your day. Convivial company and awe-inspiring nature are just some of the delights that will make this experience unforgettable.
Hamlet in the Hills: Dalar village is one of the oldest and smallest settlements in Binsar. The village is typical of the rural Kumaon landscape with its stone roofs, whitewashed walls and bright blue Himalayan windows. A walk through the forest will take you to this place where a traditional tea awaits you!