“Two colonial-style planter’s bungalows set in the heart of a 1,600-acre working tea estate, an hour's drive from Darjeeling”
Of the 4 suites in the restored Burra Bungalow, our favourite is the Planter’s Suite, a colonial-style room with a fabulous four-poster Spanish mahogany bed, old maps and prints on the walls and Toile de Jouy furnishings. It’s perfect for lovers, who can enjoy their own open fire and a private veranda looking out across the Simbong Valley to Sikkim. There’s also a little annexe with an extra bed, ideal for a child.
The feminine green and pink Rose Suite has a double bed, garden views and a conservatory with access to the main veranda. A third space offers complete privacy for a third person. Families will suit the blue and white Kanchenjunga Suite, from which you’ll be able to see the Kanchenjunga mountain range. Parents can bag the canopied kingsize bed; children can argue over the queensize bed and the adjoining room with a fourth bed and windows covering the length of 2 walls. The pretty Simbong Butterfly Room is the smallest room, with a double bed, wooden furniture painted with flowers, birds and bees, a private sitting area and a garden.
All rooms in this bungalow have private bathrooms with traditional bathtubs, showers and toiletries made from tea oil. The only exception is the Planter’s Suite which has a walk-in shower and no bathtub.
A short walk through the gardens and almost out of sight from Burra Bungalow you'll find Water Lily Bungalow, which also has marvellous views across the valley. Its 4 romantic and spacious suites each have bay window sitting areas, a private balcony and mountain views. The Camelia Suite has twin single beds (which can be made up as a double); the Rung Dung Suite, Rangeet Suite and Singalila Suite have ornate kingsize beds. The Rung Dung Suite and Rangeet Suite also have additional areas which are ideal for children.
In all rooms in the Water Lilly Bungalow you'll find Snoozer mattresses, electric blankets, overhead fans, hairdryers, bathrobes and hand-embroidered bed linen from West Bengal and Rajasthan, featuring lilly or camellia bud motifs. The bathrooms all have freestanding clawfoot bathtubs, electric towel rails and walk-in rain showers, with hot water supplied by 100-litre electric geysers.
If you fancy something a bit more rustic one night, you can camp out by the River Rungeet at Glenburn Lodge, which has 2 rooms, private bathrooms and a full team of staff, and is lit only by kerosene lamps. More cottages down here are planned.
All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included in your nightly rate. Allow yourself to be surprised by the inventive range of food on offer. Continental breakfasts feature homemade breads, marmalades and even Marmite for homesick Brits; lunches are inspired picnics using salads, herbs and vegetables from Glenburn’s organic garden wherever possible.
For dinner, try the signature salad with home-grown rocket, basil, flat-leaf parsley, watercress and nasturtium flowers; or enjoy Indian curries and Nepali dishes such as nettle soup or fern Frond Sabji (with ferns picked fresh from the estate forests). South East Asian and European dishes get a look-in too, from Thai rose petal salads and glass noodles to the quiches and delicious chicken sandwiches given as part of a complimentary picnic en route from the airport.
Breakfast and lunch can be taken in the sunny morning room, in the front garden, on the terrace, or as a picnic during a walk or outing. For supper, everyone eats communally around a large wooden table in the dining room, but you can dine in private looking out over the mountains if you so wish. Those staying in the Water Lily Bungalow can eat alfresco on its open-air terrace during the warmer spring or autumn months.
Snacks on offer include tea leaf pakoras and Tibetan momos (steamed dumplings) accompanied by tomato and garlic chutney. And don't forget the home-grown, zero-air-miles Darjeeling tea, served in the afternoon with homemade chocolate brownies.
Children of all ages are welcome and those under 3 stay free. Older kids will love the outdoor activities, especially down by the river. Most suites have single rooms which are ideal for children. Cots, extra beds and babysitting are available on request.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking