“Under a Winter Cherry Tree resides the house, where we welcome guests to share with us the colours of moving seasons in a Kumaoni Valley dotted with fruit orchards.”
~ Nutan Dixit, the hostess at the homestay
The homestay is located in a valley overlooking Mukteshwar town with views spellbounding views of the surrounding mountains. The region is covered with orchards of plum, peaches and apricots; during spring one is treated with all the fruit trees abloom, and in winter the occasional Winter Cherry Blossoms in blush pink, a deep contrast with rest of the landscape. The winters sometimesget dull in the mountains, fortunately, the Winter Cherry that shelters the home keeps the winters lively and colourful.
The homestay is a small cottage with 2 rooms open to guests, both with attached bathrooms and individual access to the top terrace. Both rooms also have access to inside the house through a common landing and stairway. The ground floor is occupied by your host. The other members are of the feline and canine variety. One can choose to indulge with the pets by keeping the door to the stairway open or can keep it closed.
All meals at the homestay are made fresh with mostly locally available ingredients. The food is simple, home-made and can be tailored to requirements on a need basis.
Typical breakfasts consist of eggs, made to order with toast. Indian dishes like poha/parantha/upma etc along with tea/coffee/milk. The pumpkin soup and fruit chutney are a hot favourite with guests!
The homestay also has a vegetable patch so some home-grown vegetables are also used, the rest come from the neighborhood. Fruit season has fruits and desserts, all made from peaches and plums that grow at home. Jams, pickles and a variety of chutneys are all prepared by Nutan Aunty at home with mostly home-grown ingredients.
The region is abundant with fruit orchards as such spring is a great time to visit if one wishes to indulge in fruit plucking. Some other activities that one can indulge in while staying at the homestay are:
Day trips to IVRI, Mukteshwar, Jageshwar, Almora and Kasar Devi, can be arranged for those wanting to explore the region further
Solo traveler: INR 2500 including breakfast and evening tea.
Twin share: INR 3500 including breakfast and evening tea.
Meals at INR 350-450 per person.
How to reach:
The homestay is in a village approximately 30 minutes from Mukteshwar. One can drive from Delhi or take the Kathgodam trains. A cab can be arranged for pick up/ drop to the station.
“This place topped all the great places. From the cottage, to amazing weather to, Nutan Aunty and her pet dogs, her helpers & their amazingly cooked & yummy food! I mean, I already miss all of them. Wish I stayed for more than just two days at cherry cottage.
Definitely visiting Nutan aunty and her pets again very soon! Lots of love and good health to them!
Thank you indiauntravelled & Sifti especially you, for everything. We had a wonderful time.”
~ Aakrsha Sidhu, visted in April 2018
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Ms Nutan is very well integrated with the local community and infact the neighbouring villages too, being a social and helpful person. She is very passionate about gardening and is often found pottering about in the garden. She loves to multiply, found and sometimes stolen from the roadside variety of plants. Her love for planting and managing waste goes hand in hand as she plants in, old tyres, paint boxes, even buckets. No matter which season you come, there will always be flowers blooming at the homestay!
She's also a seasoned cook, who loves experimenting with seasonal produce... making jams is her favourite past time but she passes her days staying fairly busy with matters of the Kitchen and generally supervising meals.
All the hands at the homestay are locals. Boys from the local schools come over on the weekends when the school is off to help with the upkeep of the garden and plants.
Waste at the homestay is managed consciously. Waste is segregated at source, guests will have separate dustbins for Recyclable and Non Recyclable waste. All wet waste or food waste goes into natural compost.