This 1860’s-built colonial cottage In Ooty will transport you to the countryside of England.
Have you ever dreamed of living in a cosy and exotic home? One that reminds you of the “cottage in the woods” from The Grimm Brothers’ Fairytales. A home that would get eyes glued, jaws dropping, and hearts freezing for a little moment. One with a perfect location, throwing up glorious views of tea plantations and hills on all sides. This home is right here in the hillocks of Ooty!
SaffronStays Milton Abbott’s layout resonates an authentic, cosy English cottage true to Ooty. Let’s take a tour of this charming space!
The English Connection
Back in 1819, when the British ruled India, they ordered John Sullivan, the Collector of Coimbatore, to investigate “the fabulous tales concerning the Blue Mountains.” They forged their way through the many hills in an attempt to escape the heat and humidity and lounge in the cool weather whenever they could. Soon, Ooty became speckled with colonial bungalows, exotic fruit and vegetable farms, churches, roads and railway tracks in the hills. Thus, the seeds of a hill station were planted. By 1827, Ooty became the official summer capital of the Madras Presidency and remains to be one of South India’s most favoured getaways.
Eye for Design
160 years have gone by and this place still has the same old charm, grace, and magic that continues to hold all its dwellers in complete thrall. Sloping roofs, pastel colour, and fine details pretty much define this immaculately presented colonial estate that has been refurbished into a quaint home-stay. The crisp white walls grow out from the manicured lawns into an abode so large it has more windows than a casual glance can count. The property comprises of 4 gorgeous suites, a living space with a fireplace and a dining hall. The furniture is a combination of handpicked vintage pieces and curated works of art graciously sprinkled over the wooden flooring.
The house has been designed by the British in such a way that in spite of heavy rains, there is no leakage anywhere and the teak wood floors stay perennially cool. Isn’t it surprising? Well, architects, these days have a lot to learn from our ancestors.
Natural influences from the daisies, evergreens, orange and green plants, among others match the colour palette of the home.
The property, run by a Sri Lankan couple, dishes out delicious South-Indian food with vegetables plucked from their garden.
Trek in the scenic environs of the estate or go for long walks to the Ooty Golf Course. Picnic in the hills or spend your evenings gazing into the starry abyss. The cosy nooks within the home are perfect for curling up with a fat novel and a fine cup of chai. Daily bonfires make this one extra special.
The slow soothing pace of SaffronStays Milton Abbott will transport you into a world of its own.
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