Wildflower Hall

Shimla |

A historic property high in the Himalayas close to Shimla, Wildflower Hall delivers colonial style and exquisite service against a beautiful backdrop of forests and mountains.

There’s something of the fairy-tale castle about Wildflower Hall, perched on a peak, its turrets rising above thick cedar forest. This was Lord Kitchener’s lofty summer residence during the Raj, and inside, there’s a refined, stately home feel, with wood panelled walls, roaring fires and a well-stocked library.

The guestrooms are furnished to reflect the property’s heritage, with ceiling fans, elegant wooden furniture, patterned rugs on the teak floors, and luxurious bathrooms. Huge windows frame the views, over the English style gardens or, higher up, the Shimla valley, often atmospherically draped with mist. A window-side armchair is the perfect place to gaze over the landscape.

The restaurant serves Indian dishes alongside international fare in its spacious dining hall, in the adjoining conservatory or on the terrace, which is heated with braziers during winter. There’s also a cosy bar decorated with military memorabilia for a warming single malt or afternoon coffee.

You’re on the doorstep of excellent hiking and mountain biking trails here, but you may prefer simply to enjoy the terrace, which seems to stretch right out into the mountain views. Loll on a lounger or bob in the infinity-style open-air whirlpool – particularly special when the peaks are covered in snow. There is also a spa and indoor pool, private yoga sessions in the grounds, and a tennis court which, come winter, is converted into an ice rink.

We Say

A heritage hotel steeped in Raj history and deep in nature, with knockout Himalayan views.

Address

Chharabra, Shimla

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Facilities

  • Your Accommodation
    • 83 rooms & suites
    • Deluxe room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Restaurant
    • Cavalry bar
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Heated indoor pool
    • Heated outdoor whirlpool
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Ice skating in winter
    • Yoga
    • Sun terrace
    • Gardens

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