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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, with all its quaintness and old-world charm, is a crowded place these days, so where better to stay than in this peaceful oasis, a quaint and lovingly kept heritage bed-and-breakfast on the edge of town. Sunnymead is the home and business of congenial host Madhavi who, like her house, is a local treasure.

Sunnymead’s 4 book-filled bedrooms overlook the cedar-forested valley below via the shared balcony. Underneath are the owner’s quarters and the living and dining area which give out to a lovely garden, playground to the house’s affable cats and dogs and veg supplier to the kitchen.

It’s pretty enough here on a crisp sunny day but when it snows we’re talking picture-postcard cute – Snow White, Ansel Adams and Christmas all rolled into one. Winter is a time to settle in by the open fire, though no matter the weather you can always hole-up in your room and enjoy the view from the communal balcony while delighting in the superb home-cooked food.

Madhavi has a wealth of knowledge about the area; forget the guidebooks and just ask your host for tips. It would be a real shame to visit Shimla without exploring the surrounding hills and Madhavi can show you all the best routes to take, as she did us, accompanying us on some lovely hillside tracks, full of conversation, always with a smile and big, happy dogs in tow.

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Plus points

  • Lovely, quaint and character-filled home.
  • Great place to set off on a hike around Shimla’s surrounding countryside.
  • Heart-warming homecooked food.
  • A cosy refuge from the busy town, complemented by the warmth of its owner and her local knowledge.

Good to know…

  • The floorboards creak, the walls are thin; it’s the opposite of an anonymous, concrete hotel.
  • There are 2 cats and 5 friendly dogs.
  • Perfect for small groups or families. Singles or couples should expect to socialise to some extent.
  • No alcohol is served, though you can BYO (bring your own).
  • To access the house you cannot drive in, but park on Cart Road (private parking available) and head down the rough track on foot.
  • Credit cards not accepted.
Type Bed and breakfast
Rooms 4
Children Yes
Closed Never