About Our “Houses”
Some helpful notes on your choice of room / suite / cottage…. which one to choose? Please note in India, a ‘double bed’ is like
the ‘king-sized’ variety in the West. We also offer twin beds and extra sleeping arrangements for children.
Also, please note that our property is situated on what is a
- later named by the British Raj as ‘Observatory Hill’.
The very name gives the clue to what can be seen from this vantage point. Windamere is located amongst The Himalayas and from
certain viewpoints, Mt. Kanchenjunga can also be seen. From the hotel, the latter range is only a 1 minute walk away, if the
range is not visible from the suite window.
Ada Villa (originally built in the late 1880’s) reflects the age-old colonial style of the Windamere Hotel. The Villa was extensively used as an English boarding house for British Raj professionals on contract during their stay in Darjeeling. In addition, Ada Villa housed many bachelor tea planters during the era of the British Raj. All of the suites and cottages are from the old Colonial days of the British Raj period, which stretched from the 1800’s up to Indian Independence in 1947). This house is part of the Windamere accommodation on Observatory Hill. All suite names relate to the actual person who stayed there. Four of the six Colonial Suites offer a second bedroom.
Knebworth: situated within the main house of Ada Villa, this beautiful suite has a full sitting area, twin or double beds, fireplace and bathroom. The main Ada Villa house suites are quite large. This room was named after Lord Cobbold’s stately home in England. His father, The Earl of Lytton, was a former Viceroy of India, during the Raj period and was also known as Viscount Knebworth. They all stayed with us.
Alexandra David Neal
Alexandra David Neal: a similar suite to Knebworth, again this room is quite large – with a fireplace. It was named after the famous French lady who dressed up as a monk and managed to get into what was at that time was the reclusive and forbidden country of Tibet. Today, French groups come to
honour her. Twin or double beds.
THE ROYAL SUITES
Prince Peter of Greece & Denmark
Prince Peter of Greece & Denmark: situated upstairs in the main house, this is a full colonial suite (twin/double beds), with a second single bedroom and bathroom + fireplace. Beautifully furnished, with high class Indian rugs. The Prince actually stayed here (he was related to the present Duke of Edinburgh).
Begum Aga Khan
Begum Aga Khan: twin / double bedded, fireplace, sitting area, separate single room and
bathroom - same standard of rugs.
Chogyal of Sikkim
Chogyal of Sikkim: named after our famous guest, the King of Sikkim (he was formally introduced to his second wife at Windamere). A gorgeous room, with twin or double beds, large sitting area, second single room, bathroom and fireplace – again, beautifully furnished with high class Indian rugs.
Princess of Siam
Princess of Siam: when Thailand was known as Siam, the Princess stayed here. A twin or double bedded suite, with a large sitting area, separate single room, fireplace, chaise longue and bathroom. The present Princess of Thailand has also stayed in this suite, as has the present Thai Ambassador to India. Beautiful Indian rugs from Kashmir.
Little Peppers: this delightful
cottage is set right on The Terrace, with a great
view of the Himalayan Mountains. It has an adjoining
suite of Peppers (very good for families).
However, the linking door is soundproofed, so that other
unrelated guests can stay next door in peace and quiet.
Little Peppers has its own sitting room and separate king-sized bed,
fireplace, dressing room and bathroom. Peppers is the suite next
door and has a fireplace, sitting area and twin beds. The Little
Peppers sitting room furniture can be moved around to accommodate more family single beds.
Tinkerbelle’s Cottage: is just up Observatory Hill (we are the only property
on this hill, with the Pundits and Lamas giving blessing at the temple above us). Built in the
late 1880’s, this lovely cottage offers “top of the line” accommodation and is situated less
than one minute from the main house. It is a standalone bungalow, with a king-sized bed;
2 x bathrooms; a roaring fire and newly upholstered easy chairs and sofas. Luxury Tibetan and
Indian area rugs grace the polished wood floors. The property comes with a large veranda,
offering two seating areas; flat screen TV (also in the bedroom and living area); dining table
and chairs and a kitchen. It is set in its own grounds, with a sit-out area just outside the
main door and sweeping lawns (with a play area for children). Extra beds can be included in
both the living room and also the verandah. This accommodation is quickly sought after by
honeymoon couples and families who require more privacy. All meals (Breakfast, Luncheon,
Afternoon Tea and Dinner) are included in the tariff. Also, we offer butler service
(if meals are to be taken in the bungalow) and a dedicated maid. The mountain views are
spectacular from this vantage point. Kanchenjunga is just a minute away.
The Annexe: is a lovely set of old Colonial Suites – some with dressing areas and all with
The Annexe The Annexe also has a wonderful ‘Governor of Bengal’ Suite, at the end of the corridor.
This would suit families requiring more privacy and a greater sense of “home”. It is similar to a 2-bedroom flat,
complete with a small dining area and kitchen. It is included in our “high end” Colonial offering:
- Contains: 1 x double and 1 x single bedroom, each with a change area & Victorian bathroom.
- It is more self-contained (similar to a “little house” that is closed off from the corridor by a private entrance).
Our Governor of Bengal Suite, with a double bedded room & single room within the suite (each being self-contained)
Looking from the private entrance, towards the sitting area, desk, dining area and kitchen. The views of the mountains are spectacular from here.
The Annexe also contains our Wellness Centre. Full massage, facial, head / neck / feet, mani / pedi facilities are here:
Forget-me-Not: is a very interesting suite! It is semi-circular in shape and situated under our dining room. It is also known as a “Honeymoon Suite”, with its double bed, lovely sitting area, television and bathroom. The view from the window looks out across the Himalayan Mountains. Couples find this room to be very cosy and private. There is no fireplace in this suite (due to a lack of a chimney), but we do have a very cosy
“living fire” in the room.
Two Single Colonial Rooms
Two Single Colonial Rooms: with a small sitting area and bathroom.
The Windamere Bar
The Windamere Bar: serving drinks since 1939 – the bar and comfortable conversation areas are world renowned.
Daisy’s Music Room
Daisy’s Music Room: our world-famous sitting room…for conversations, reading and
Afternoon Tea by the fire.
Bearpark’s Parlour: a lovely sitting room with bathroom facilities; Afternoon Tea is also served here (again, by the fire). We offer our international entertainment in here, over the Christmas & New Year period.
The DHR Club
The DHR Club meaning “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway” – a two-roomed bungalow, much used by Toy Train enthusiasts and other adventurers. The’ Lowell Thomas Reading Room’ has a fire, wonderful books and three very comfortable seating areas. A lovely place to have a quiet read! Mr.Lowell Thomas was the famous journalist and broadcaster who found T.E. Lawrence (during WW1) and re-named him ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. He was a firm friend of the Windamere family. The Heinrich Harrer room is another room for similar enthusiasts and is often used as a meeting room. Mr.Harrer was the “real” ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ personage (you may recall that Brad Pitt played his part in the film?) He is also a friend of the Windamere family. The DHR Club is often used for private and personal dinner parties. The club has two bathrooms and 2 x roaring fires.