Wildberry Home 7
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Resembling a cottage out of a fairy tale, Wildberry Home 7 is part of an exclusive community in the lap of the verdant Western Ghats. This luxurious villa has a characteristic brick-lined facade and traditional tiled roof. Reminiscent of Italian country homes, this is a warm, cosy and inviting space, with potted plants, brass light fixtures and chic tableware.
Located close to both Mumbai and Pune, the hill station of Lonavala offers a serene escape from hectic city life. With pleasant weather, lush greenery all around, and easy accessibility, it is a popular weekend destination in west India. Come here and settle in for a comfortable stay surrounded by scenic hills, with dramatic forest views, a secluded location and luxurious amenities.
White walls, classy furnishings and bright pops of colour greet you as you enter this homely villa. The three bedrooms all feature king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms. Unwind in the wide and expansive living room, and settle in for a movie on the flat-screen television. The dining table has bench seating and can comfortably accommodate up to six guests. Cook your favourite meals in the villa’s fully equipped kitchen, though breakfast is complimentary for all villa guests. A cook can be hired for an extra charge to cook delicious meals for lunch or dinner, including Indian, western and Asian delicacies.
With plenty of cosy nooks to settle into, Wildberry Home 7 is great for those who wish to unwind with a good book. Options such as complimentary WiFi, board games, and a music system ensure that there’s plenty to keep the rest of the family entertained. Keep fit while on vacation by swimming a few laps in the community swimming pool, or go for a hike in the hilly surrounds. Kids will love the clubhouse and playground though, so you may choose to stay in.
Lonavala has great historical significance and you can hire a car and driver to explore the area around. Alternatively, trek to the nearby Visapur Fort or gift your taste buds some delectable North Indian fare from Sunny Da Dhaba. Whether you choose to stay in or venture out, there’s no better place to stay in Lonavala than Wildberry Home 7.
Cosy reading nooks
Dreamy four-poster bed
All mod cons
Access to pool
- Large air-conditioned living room with bespoke furnishings
- A cute dining corner next to semi-circular windows, with a dining table that seats six on benches and chairs
- Reading nooks and cosy corners
- Entertainment options including televisions, a music player and board games
- Fully equipped kitchen to dish out delicious local and international fare
- Sitting area surrounded by lush greenery
- Community swimming pool, clubhouse and manicured garden
- Airy and bright, owing to the natural light flowing in
- Dreamy four-poster, king-size bed
- Writing desk with a chair where you can sit with your laptop and work if need be
- Colourful rugs, cushions and framed paintings
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower
Guest bedrooms 1 & 2
- Large and airy, with eclectic interiors
- King-size beds and crisp linen
- May have a writing desk or additional storage space
- Ensuite bathrooms with funky tiles and separate shower stalls
A popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala offers a quiet and scenic break from the frenetic pace of city life. Located just 82km from Mumbai and 68km from Pune, it is enveloped within the Western Ghats, surrounded by vast expanses of lush greenery. City dwellers come here to rest their tired eyes and simply get away from it all. With no happening restaurant scene or hip social activity, this is the place to enjoy a languid pace of life. Monsoon season is the best time to visit for it is the time of the year when the hills come alive with numerous waterfalls. Visitors flock here to hike or trek in the verdant mountains or get drenched under the many waterfalls that suddenly sprout up amid the hills. Sit back, relax, read a book and do nothing at this enchanting place.
Things to do
Your Guest Relations Manager and the team will have a wealth of information about Lonavala and can recommend everything, from local food spots to mountain treks. They’re a great resource for adventure activities, cultural hotspots and hiking areas in and around Lonavala. A car and driver can be hired for the day (on extra charge) or shorter periods, as required. Here are a few things to do in the area that you may enjoy:
- Lonavala has a strong historical background (it was part of the ancient Yadava Dynasty, before being annexed by the Mughals, and later ‘discovered’ by Sir Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay), which means that there are plenty of caves to explore. These caves - Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa - were all built around the 2nd century BC and feature Buddhist inscriptions and sculptures.
- Just 15km from the main town, Lohagad Fort offers awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. A 350-steps climb brings you to the top of the fort, which is about 1,050-metres high. It is connected to the neighbouring Visapur Fort by a small range, and the Bhaja Caves are a short detour away.
- While making your way up the hills in the monsoons, you’ll come across various spots with gushing waterfalls (Kune Falls and Kataldhar Falls are popular ones) and green paths that you can explore on a walk or hike. Many lead up to the forts, the nearby Pawna Lake, or simply through the lush foliage surrounding the town.
- If you’re interested in adventure activities, spend a day at the Della Adventure theme park or Imagica. A great day out for the family, Della offers 50 activities, including the Swoop Swing, Flying Fox, Sky Cycling, Paintball, ATV rides, and rappelling. The park has six dining destinations serving a variety of cuisines such as Parsi, Punjabi, Mughlai and local Malvani. While not within Lonavala, Imagica is just a 40-minute drive (27km) away at Khopoli and is a 130-acre theme park with attractions for both kids and adults as well as on-site restaurants, a water park and a snow park.
- For local street food, try Buva’s misal restaurant, located just off Fariyas Hotel. They serve a variety of misal (mixed pulses with chutneys, onions and tomatoes, eaten with local bread called pav), as well as bhajiyas (vegetable fritters). Golden Vada Pav, in the market area, is a hot favourite for vada pav (fried potato dumpling nestled between local bread smeared with their signature spicy chutney). If you like Punjabi, dhaba-style (street) food, check out Sunny Da Dhaba on the old Mumbai-Pune highway. With dishes such as butter chicken, black dal and pillowy soft naans, you’re bound to leave with a food coma.
- Want to play it safe? Check out German Bakery on the main road, which serves a mix of European, Asian, and Indian food. From pasta and pizzas to dim sum and noodles, you’ll get it all here. Also try out the Italian, family-style restaurant, The Oven, which is set on a mushroom farm and serves wood-fired pizzas, lasagne, and pastas.
- Those interested in wellness can take a yoga class or enrol in a workshop at Kaivalyadhama. They offer workshops on Pranayama, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Yoga Therapy and Counselling for beginners and advanced students.
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