No of rooms : 07Suites in two separate cottages. Mary BuddenCottage : 3 Suites and can house six adults and two children .
Rhododendron Cottage : 4 suites
A twenty minute drive from the Ayarpani Gate a little beyond the famously ramshackle KVMN bungalow, just below the zero point lies Mary Budden Estate. Thickly wooded, virtually an extension of the binsar forests is the five acre estate that belongs to Serena and Dr. Ashwani Chopra. Serena is a practicing Buddhist and an accomplished photographer. She has travelled extensively in Bhutan, the result was a photography exhibition titled “ Bhutan , a certain modernity”.
The estate has two charming cottages – the Mary Budden Cottage and the Rhododendron Cottage. Mary Budden Cottage, thus named after the last known colonial inhabitant belonged to a family of Missionaries who were appointed by the British government to run a charitable mission in the Kumaon hills. The daughter of Rev. John Henry Budden , Mary Budden dedicated her life to charity, running an orphanage and a home for destitute women , a girls school and even today a plaque stands in her memory at the Budden Memorial Church in Almora.
Category: Private retreat in the Binsar forest
F&B : Indian , selected continental and world cuisine , home-made by trained cooks.
Activity: exploratory walks to riding the estate’s munsyari ponies, excursions to visit the famous temples a Jageshwar, Gananath and Chittai Bell temple. The estate also has facilities for table tennis and badminton on the grounds.
Closest airport / Railway station : Closest railhead is Kathgodam (120Km) and It is 04 hr drive by road.
Website : www.marybuddenestate.in