couple who stayed at this hotel had great experience
family traveler who stayed at this hotel had great experience
Great Location Rated 4.6 on 5 for Location
Exceptional service Rated 4.1 on 5 for Service
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About Dune Barr House - Verandah in the Forest
check-in 2 PM | check-out 12 PM
A heritage property Neemrana's The Verandah in the Forest offers a holistic experience in the midst of wilderness surrounding. One
A heritage property Neemrana's The Verandah in the Forest offers a holistic experience in the midst of wilderness surrounding. One can enjoy home-made Indian cuisines served by the hotel in common dining hall.
20 minute walk away from the main market and the railway station, which makes the walk from Dasturi Naka about an hour and a half long (5 km). Do wear sturdy shoes and do not carry too much of luggage although porters are readily available. You can also ride a horse or take a rickshaw pulled by men.
Each room is named after either the famous Parsi people of Matheran or a freedom fighter; all the rooms are beautifully appointed with antique furniture. Each one has a living room, fruit basket (on request), complimentary tea/coffee maker and two bottles of mineral water. An iron & ironing board is also available on request, while sofa unit and dining table is common for all guests.
Facilities offered here:
Conference HallRoom ServiceAdventure activitiesFront deskDoctor on CallSouvenir/Gift Shop6+More Amenities
Enjoyed our stay completely but pets should not disturb others. Rooms are spacious, well ventilated with direct access to the Verandah. Clean and tasty Indian and continental food but only issue was with pets; pets can be allowed anywhere in any hotel - no objection in it but it should not disturb others which is very annoying for other guests who don’t like or may be allergic to them
Worth the hike
Reviewed 4 months ago
Great weekend getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is so secluded, romantic and feels almost like time-travel. You must do all three meals in the property itself, it is definitely value for money. I look forward to keep going back.
Relax and forget about everyth....
Reviewed 4 months ago
Amazing experience at Neemrana
We had gone with our 9 month old girl and she absolutely enjoyed herself. The staff were very attentive to little child's needs. Charlotte lake is close by but nothing much to write about. You can read some of the books kept in the common room of the hotel, I remember Reading one on the history of Matheran Railway built by Mr. Peerbhoy.
Enjoyed the location and the v....
Reviewed 4 months ago
We felt going nowhere initially as we need to walk far to reach the hotel, however the kind of room, dining area and food quality whipped it all. We enjoyed our stay very much
Beautiful colonial furniture a....
Reviewed 4 months ago
Lovely location and beautiful building - come during the week to avoid the rush. The food was good, particularly the indian lunch. The continental dinner was OK but not memorable. Oh and beware of the monkeys. They came and stole our biscuits. Good luck!
My friend and I were planning to take a weekend trip in Matheran when one of my colleagues suggested this hotel. We checked out the pictures and the reviews and were expecting a decent place. But but, the place was far more cosy and beautiful.
The rooms were very spacious and clean. It had all the amenities. Each room opened into a verandah and had chairs kept right outside the door. The feel of the place was nice. Many people were Reading books, drinking wine or just chilling with their kids. There was a common room also which had books and games.
Evening snacks were served in the verandah, while dinner was served in the dining room. There were tea, coffee, cookies and veg pakodas for snacks. The dinner had a set menu and was decent in taste.
The staff was courteous and warm and were attending to all requests promptly.
The property is truly in the lap of the nature. It's walking distance from a waterfall and is located slightly far from the man Matheran market. One can either choose to walk or hire a horse. It was raining when we reached there so we decided to walk all the way and it was not bad at all. It was like walking in a forest with natural streams formed due to rains.
Point to note: There was no TV, no WiFi, no phone signal; However there was one landline phone and WiFi at the reception which we used to make phone calls.
Excellent property with nice r....
Reviewed 25 months ago
It is an excellent property with large rooms and period furniture housed in an old bungalow. The bathrooms are a bit letdown. The continental dinner was excellent. The breakfast was standard though. Please note that this is at one of the farthest points in Matheran and involves quite a bit of walking / horse-riding and the road condition is not at all conducive.
Property was quite charming & ....
Reviewed 31 months ago
We visited this property during a long weekend from Mumbai.
The trek - While the drive from Mumbai to Matheran is quite nice, the last few kms need to be trekked on foot, by manual rickshaw or on horseback. As there are no pucca roads, it's quite an adventure. It might not be recommended for families with small children or older people. My parents were not too thrilled about the whole one hour trek. In addition, the hotel provide no assistance in getting there, meaning that you have to rely on the local transporters who tend to overcharge. There is a train also, but here too, the distance from the station to the hotel needs to be trekked ( about 30 mins)
The Property - the property itself if quite charming, an old bungalow. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. The seating area has many books and indoor games. Dinner was quite an event with all guests seated on a long candle lit dinner table for a three course meal. Breakfast and Lunch are buffets on the verandah. However, nothing much outside the hotel expect for walks in the forest and visit to a nearly lake.
Poor experience and service
Reviewed 31 months ago
No bed tea, room service, intercom, one has to go around all the way and inform if anything required. Towel smell is bad, no TV in room, A/C, Wi-Fi. No mobile signal inside the hotel. You are forced to take lunch(buffet) and dinner because, the location of the hotel. It is far away from market place and there is no restaurant nearby. No la carte menu, you have to eat whatever is being served in buffet. I never thought Neemrana chain of hotel could be so poorly maintained. Though morning breakfast was good, that was the only positive point. A few sightseeing points are within walking distance.
Amazingly located and well-mai....
Reviewed 35 months ago
This is a pilgrimage place for us. We go there once at least every year. It is a place to relax. There is no TV, so families can actually bond with each other. Activities include just one Table Tennis table in the garden. So if you enjoy hustle and bustle this is not the place for you. There is a tree house which we enjoy sitting in in the evenings, while the kids laze on the hammocks, or sit in the swing. There are the olden day Parsi Dhansak relaxing chairs to sit in and enjoy reading a book.
We love Matheran as it is one place where cars are not allowed. To reach the hotel it is quite a walk from the main market place 15-20 minutes. The way to the market is quite a steep climb at some points. One can take the horse or hand pulled rickshaws readily available near the gate of the hotel.
There are rooms at the main level and 5 rooms at the lower level. We prefer the rooms at the lower level as there is greater privacy. The rooms are large, very very clean. Beds are comfortable and massive - 3 people can sleep very comfortably. Linen is changed daily. The bathroom is a decent size and very clean. Towels and hand napkins are good quality, fresh and clean. Toiletries are very quality. They also have a hair dryer. The water is from a filter and good to drink. We do not use bottled water here.
Breakfast is included in the package. Lunch and Dinner cost Rs. 500 each per head. We recommend eating all meals at the hotel itself. Lunch is served as a buffet and is mainly Indian food. There is only 1 non veg dish with 2 veg dishes, a dal, rice, salad, curd etc. Rotis are served fresh and are soft and fluffy. Extremely good and tasty!!
Dinner is always a sit down, candlelight, 4 course continental meal. Each course is pre plated so plates are changed after each course. You can ask for seconds of any course but really it is not required as at the end of the dessert you feel quite full!! Enjoy the ambiance as you sip your coffee after dinner. Both meals are value for money.
One can go to the market place for meals. Remember to carry the torch kept in the room as coming back after dinner it is quite dark.
All the staff (including front desk and housekeeping) are extremely polite, prompt and helpful. The chef went out of the way to prepare non spicy meals for my granddaughter who was just a year old!! My grandson wanted to eat pizzas which the chef readily agreed to. Bhajis were made as a snack for tea time on the request of my son in law!!
Overall an amazingly located, quiet, very well maintained property!