Sing me a song,
Of a land o’er the yon,
where time, shrouded in mist,
whispers, here I might belong.
A little nook in the woods that time left unmolested. Even for 145 years. While the rest of the town has marched on and bowed to the dictates of commerce, burgeoning populations and livelihoods, this proud little estate still stands as a sentinel of a bygone era, a relic of simpler, pristine times.
When you enter the gates of Abbotsford, Prasada Bhawan, Nainital, you’ll know what we mean. When you step into the house, your heart might skip back a century even as your brain chides you for being silly. With the charming setting of a 19th century period drama all around, you can’t help but slowly seep into a character from that age.
21st century Nainital is bustling, frenzied and noisy. And yet Abbotsford has been standing for a century and a half, exuding the same old world warmth, charm and elegance. Right from when it was built in 1876 by an Englishman called John Hope Simpson, Esquire of the Indian Civil Service in the erstwhile United Province of Agra and Oudh, through 1903 when it was taken over by the Prasadas, till now, when the fourth generation of the family have re-imagined the place as an exquisite boutique destination.
Awaiting you at the original Abbotsford House, the quaint Wordsworth Cottage and the newly opened Apsley House are beautifully appointed rooms and suites, impeccable service, the best culinary experience in Nainital, utterly rewarding heritage walks, treks and birding tours curated by experts, a slice of grassroots Uttarakhand – it’s life, art and culture and above all, the goose-bumpy feeling of reliving history.
Give yourself a break, and experience the real Nainital in a way only a select few can.
Red Coral welcomes you to Abbotsford, Prasada Bhawan, Nainital.