Date of stay: Mar-26-2010 Bunny + Amu have made our stay memorable & unforgettable - can't wait to get back! Super heaven / paradise and is a complete enriching experience. Fab, every corner of the house is maintained perfectly and has a history of its own. This homestay experience was unique because of Amu + Bunny. One of the most wonderful people we've made. Amu is the best cook + we've had the most amazing food ever. They are the best.... Name: Mr Parag Pandey Unbelievable homestay, inbelievable hosts ! Date of stay: Dec-26-2010 It was the first time for us that during our vacation we actually felt grateful for all the attention/food/drink, had an engaging experience, got emotional leaving the place, and heard our children re....."Homestay like we hadn't imagined, hosts like we would want to be" 5 of 5 stars par2003 1 contribution Mumbai (Bombay), India Mar 26, 2011Our two children and us stayed at The Homestead for a week last December. We wish we had a home like that and we could be like the hosts we stayed with. We also met amazing people who were family and friends of the hosts. It was our first time that we got emotional leaving a place, got the warm......."Best Homestay ever.." 5 of 5 stars Alok26 1 contribution New Delhi, India Mar 6, 2011We (parents and me) stayed over for only two days one night, but we really wished we had stayed much longer. Set back from the main highway, amid lush green fields, with the backdrop of the Shivalik foothills and surrounded by mango and lichi groves, the Homestead is a slice of the Garden of Eden in Uttarakhand. Although the main......."Excellent" 5 of 5 stars A FlipKey verified reviewer Delhi Jan 19, 2011 Have just returned from an excellent relaxed holiday at the Resort Homestay. Very tastefully furnished, with all modern amenities, including a Pool, Gym, Jacuzzi and Sauna. The food is excellent with..

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"Homestay like we hadn't imagined, hosts like we would want to be"
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

Our two children and us stayed at The Homestead for a week last December. We wish we had a home like that and we could be like the hosts we stayed with. We also met amazing people who were family and friends of the hosts. It was our first time that we got emotional leaving a place, got the warm and engaging experience we were looking for, were grateful for the food and drink, distinctly remember the activities and conversations, and have requests from our children to go back there again.


"Best Homestay ever"

5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

We (parents and me) stayed over for only two days one night, but we realy wished we had stayed much longer. Set back from the main highway, amid lush green fields, with the backdrop of the Shivalik foothills and surrounded by mango and lichi groves, the Homestead is a slice of the Garden of Eden in Uttarakhand.

Although the main plan was to visit Corbett National Park for the safaris and hopefully spot a tiger or three, the wonderful hospitality and amenities provided by the Puris, (Bunny and Amu) meant that we ended up thoroughly enjoying this trip, even if the tigers proved less than obliging.

Bunny and Amu are always there to ensure that every need of yours is met promptly and their polite and engaging staff ensure that you are always well taken care of every minute of the day. The food was simply divine, with wide options for vegetarians like us. All home-cooked and made from ingredients largely grown in the Homestead's kitchen garden, one cannot help but overeat!

Most of all though, the trip remains entirely memorable for Bunny and Amu's warm hospitality. You never feel like a guest at a hotel, rather more like visiting family or an old friend. We absolutely loved it and really, really hope to be able to come back.
Thanks Bunny and Amu!


"Excellent"
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

Have just returned from an excellent relaxed holiday at the Resort Homestay. Very tastefully furnished, with all modern amenities, including a Pool, Gym, Jacuzzi and Sauna.The food is excellent with a wide array of cuisine. It was exhilirating to go for walks in the surrounding farmland and the jungle. The kids had a whale of a time swinging in the hammocks and rolling in the sprawling lawns. The warmth of the logfire within and the bonfires outside were surpassed by only the warmth and personal attention of Bunny and amu Puri, who so generously shared their home with us . We would certainly like to visit again.


Fabulous Homestay
Bunny + Amu have made our stay memorable & unforgetable - can't wait to get back! Super heaven / paradise and is a complete enriching experience.
Fab, every corner of the house is maintained personaly.
Perizaad Zorabian (Indian Actress)
Date of stay: Mar-26-2010


Unbelievable homestay, inbelievable hosts !
It was the first time for us that during our vacation we actually felt grateful for all the attention/food/drink, had an engaging experience, got emotional leaving the place, and heard our children.
Parag Pandey
Date of stay: Dec-26-2010



Review of The Homestead Corbett
Luxury of a Resort with the Intimacy of a Homestay at Corbett
About.com Rating (*****) 5 Star Rating
By Sharell Cook, About.com Guide


Technically, The Homestead at Corbett is a homestay. However, the luxurious accommodations and excellent facilities, including swimming pool and spa, make it feel more like an intimate resort. If you're looking for a peaceful and tranquil getaway, with the finest of Indian hospitality, you must visit The Homestead. The congenial and charming hosts have put their heart and soul into creating a magical retreat, and it really shows. The Homestead is also perfect as a honeymoon destination, or venue for a private wedding.

The Homestead Location and Setting

The Homestead is located 250 kilometers from Delhi and 70 kilometers from Nainital, in the vicinity of Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. Around 20 minutes by road will take you to one of the park's entrances.
The understated approach to The Homestead gives nothing away about this property's magnificence. However, when you arrive, it's likely to take your breath away. The Homestead itself is imposing enough, but its grounds are even more captivating. Wander though ancient trees, colorful climbing plants, and luscious orchards.

The property wasn't always like this though. It has been a true labor of love. It was purchased and founded in 1952 by the parents of current owner Bunny, who lives there with his wife Amu. At that time, the area was thick forest, grassland, and swamp that was teeming with wildlife -- tigers, elephants, and herds of deer. Given the impeccable state of the property nowadays, it's hard to imagine! Slowly the land was cleared and farming began. For almost 15 years, the pioneering days were spent living in mud huts, with oil lamps.

The hosts, Bunny and Amu, will regale you with fascinating tales of the old days, including when Bunny famously killed a man-eating tiger. You really couldn't wish for more entertaining and kindly hosts, who are also very well traveled. Their love of people is evident from the way they interact with both their guests and staff, who they treat respectfully like family members. They're also very active in the community, willing providing support and education to the poorer villagers.

The Homestead Accommodations
Bedroom above the spa pavilion at The Homestead.

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The range of accommodations at The Homestead is extremely versatile. Whether you prefer old world or modern, a cottage or a room, there are options to meet every requirement. And they all have their own special appeal.

What really impressed me though, was the host's attention to detail. The nights were chilly when I stayed there in early February, and I was absolutely delighted to slip into my very comfortable bed and find it already warmed by an electric blanket. Other items that I appreciated in my room were a tea and coffee maker, selection of magazines, and natural Ayurvedic soaps.

Personally, my pick of the accommodations is the deluxe room above the Spa Pavilion. Newly constructed, and thoroughly modern but with a Zen touch, the Spa Pavilion is one very relaxing place to be. From the private sitting area outside your room, you'll be able to recline on a sun lounge and be soothed by the sounds of running water and meditative music wafting up from below. I truly felt so peaceful there, I almost fell asleep whilst drinking a coffee! This room does require a climb up a set of stairs though, so only stay there if you're in good health.

Room rates start from 5,000 rupees ($112) per night for a double deluxe room, and go up to 8,000 rupees ($175) per night for a deluxe cottage with a double suite. Rates are inclusive of breakfast. Two children under five years old can stay free.

It's also possible to book the entire property (catering for up to 20 people, including children) for 60,000 rupees ($1,320) per day. This rate includes all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks.

The Homestead Facilities
The Homestead has many facilities of a resort. First up is the in ground swimming pool. The Spa Pavilion, designed by Bunny, also offers everything needed to rejuvenate and unwind. There's a jacuzzi, Turkish Hamam (steam bath), and small gymnasium with a surprising array of state-of-the-art equipment including electronic massage chair.

As you explore the extensive property, you'll come to know what a creative handyman Bunny is. His input can be seen all over the property, with the most impressive pieces being the huge thatched umbrellas that he's made from discarded satellite dishes. There's also a barbecue area, and children's play house, constructed by Bunny. It's impossible to guess that Bunny previously ran a pharmaceutical factory.

The plethora of food that's served at The Homestead is another treat. It's world cuisine, reflected in the hosts' passion for food. Amu supervises the kitchen herself, and special dietary requirements are taken into consideration.

For those guests who are in the mood for romance, there's a special private outdoor dining tent, complete with white chairs that have heart patterns on them. Really, what more could you want!
Wireless Internet? Yes, that's available too.

The Homestead Activities
Jeep safari at The Homestead, Corbett.

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The Homestead is a marvelous place just to pamper yourself. However, there are plenty of other things to do if you feel like being more active. The hosts will be happy to take you out in their jeep, or arrange a jeep safari to Corbett National Park for you. It's also possible to ride an elephant, go star gazing with a computerized telescope, go camping, go fishing, and go on nature walks.

In the evening, the highlight is sitting around a bonfire (or poolside in warmer weather). Bliss!





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