SaffronStays Fragrant Sun By The Lake (3 cottages) - Mulshi, Maharashtra

Fragrant Sun By The Lake (3 cottages) - Mulshi, Maharashtra

39 people love this home

Quick Takeaways

  • Located in Mulshi, 40 minutes from the Aamby Valley fork, SaffronStays Fragrant Sun By The Lake is a mere 3.5 hour drive from Mumbai.

  • This Eco-friendly home was nominated for the Outlook Responsible Tourism India Award 2018 for best ‘Earth Home’. Fun Fact: The Home Owner bought the doors and windows of this home before she laid the first brick of construction. 

  • A lovely breakfast spread of dal pakwaan and chole bhature, served under on the outdoor communal table, tacos and salads for lunch on the sewing kit tables (you’ve got to see it to believe it) and pani puri and wood-fired pizzas for dinner by the bonfire. Every meal in this home is celebrated with pomp and fashion.

  • Do not forget to trek down to Mulshi Lake for a refreshing dip.

Apr 2019

We had an awesome time. The food was scrumptious and the hosts were awesome! Definitely will be going back! ...

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Feb 2019

We had the most wonderful weekend at Fragrant Sun !! The love and care in everything makes it a super special experience for all of us. The attention to detail and thought behind everything is visible. Thank you so much for taking such good care of us and sharing your lovely house with us. The kids and us had a great time. The food was especially wonderful !! ...

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Jan 2019

Absolutely perfect setting and service both. Food ambiance and location all 5 stars. Thank you for an absolutely perfect and magical stay....

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Jan 2019

Very beautiful place, The staff is very well trained. It is clean and has got a scenic beauty around it.The arrangements of the rooms and the and the entire place is very artistic. best place for weekend gateway for everyone....

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Jan 2019

Loved the stay. All your people are polite and helpful. The room was clean and lovely. food was nice. i would like to come again. thanks or everything ...

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Jan 2019

I just love staying here. I just bled here so homely, perfection and warmth is in built. ...

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Jan 2019

This place is as beautiful as it shown in the pictures. Amidst jungle and away from hustle, bustle of the city. This place is exact gateway for the couples/ family and friends. The rooms are extremely clean and the service enhances the beauty of the place, Rohit and team were extremely warm and helpful.Thank you so much Rohit and team and the fragrant sun for making our stay and anniversary memorable. Thank you until we meet again....

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Jan 2019

Thanks for a wonderful stay, loved the home & loved the food and the whole experience. The new year was made really special with the warmth and attention by the entire team here! Would love to be back :) ...

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Dec 2018

Beyond words!!! The serenity of the place, the hospitality of the hosts gives you an experience to cherish forever. A perfect getaway to unwind and be to yourself and be one with nature. A special mention to the finger licking food. It is too die for....Thank you!...

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Dec 2018

Dear Kavita, Thank you so much for opening your doors to us. You have a lovely home and its very generous of you to open it to others. Your staff is very helpful and they made us feel at home. We hope to come back again soon. Ohh yes, the food is yum. Thank you. Akriti ...

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Dec 2018

Dear Kavita, We had a blissful stay and loved every corner of the house. The staff and rohit have been very helping and made us very comfortable. The cake was amazing!! Thank you for the lovely stay!! ...

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Dec 2018

To our new friends Kavita/Sanjeev, Never expected such a pristine beauty and solitude.You have an enchanted place and if there is a god I believe, he/she is found her sometimes.You should both be very proud of the heaven you have created and the rest of the charm comes from your warm and generous hospitality and I'm quite bowled and over but shall return and write a more deserving tribute.Thank you for the conversation.!!!...

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Sep 2018

A mesmerizing weekend started off with Fragrant Sun. The specially brewed welcome drink by Sanjiv was just the start of our amazing stay. Had gastronomic pleasure rides at every meal preparations by the hosts. The rustic interiors with antique furniture pieces dotting all seating and common areas across the property makes you bond with the warm place. Cleanliness is top notch in common areas as well as the cottages. The generous and warm hearted hospitality of the hosts Kavita and Sanjiv along with the breathtaking view of backwaters make this a 'need-to-do-this-frequently' trip and stay!...

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Sep 2018

Dearest Kavita, Sanjeev, Aditya the staff and all the pets on your land. These last 4 days have been deeply rejuvenating, relaxing & tranquil. We were so blessed to find your lovely home.Thank for taking care of us so well. You went out of your way to make us feel us so comfortable & loved. We are all very grateful for all the TLC. I am particularly impressed with the impeccable cleanliness. of the rooms. In spite of the monsoon there were no traces of mildew. The food was super delicious and really unexpected for a homestay. It exceeded all over expectation. Thank you for being mindful of our dietary requirements. The vibes in this place are very soothing and its the perfect place for meditation and deep connections. May it be a space for many to reconnect, rejuvenate and find solace. I'll be back.!!!!...

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Sep 2018

Bunch of wise friends decided to relax at a resort in mulshi. We had zero expextations from the place other than the pictures on the site. It blew our minds, the simple interiors and warm staff made our stay incredibly perfect. The service was comforting. Food was rich and delicious. Definitely made with love. The rooms are clean and sapcious. Perfect weekend and birthday gateaway (with friends and Family) !!! We celebrated our friends birthday and it was most memorable experience for all of us!! ...

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Sep 2018

Special Mention : Many thanks to the owners - Kavita and Sanjeev- in ensuring a wonderful experience!! :-) We are compelled to review out of a rating of 5. Given a choice, we would love to give more than 5/5 for all the above mentioned parameters. Everything was customized to delight us. The staff was super helpful & always willing to ensure that we are satisfied to the core!! Definitely will be coming back again here. This time with family & more loved ones :) P.S. Rohit, Maushi (cook) and the team were par excellence in elevating our overall experience. Their smiling faces & proactive approach towards customer experience is simply awesome!!!! Team Fragrant Sun and SaffronStays. Stay blessed forever!!!! ...

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Aug 2018

Fragrant Sun is a fantastically located property, perfect for enjoying the nature and chilling out. The staff is well trained and Kavita is a perfect host who made us totally feel at home. The food quality is absolutely 'Fine Dine'. We had a great time! The drive to the property is a challenging one! The best way to reach there is to key in the coordinates and be in touch with the host!...

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Feb 2018

First and foremost.. apologies for a late review.. i have to thank the hostess Kavita Ji for going out of her way for our comfort at a very short notice. That was amazing hospitality. About the place.. it's location is absolutely stunning.. overlooking the lake.. very beautiful and peaceful. The place is very lovingly and tastefully done up. Has a very rustic and earthy vibe to it. You immediately feel comfortable and at home whether it's the dining area..the living room portions or the bedroom. The lovely swing overlooking the water in the distance. So romantic. Special mention about the caretaker who was very very sweet and helpful and prepared lovely local food. Overall an amazing experience. We are obviously coming back and for longer....

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Feb 2018


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Feb 2018

Beautiful place with a rustic vibe and old world charm. Simple yet tasty food. Beautiful views of the lake. Loved the lake swing. Peaceful atmosphere and hospitable staff....

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  • Television
  • WiFi and Internet
  • Air Conditioner
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Swimming Pool
Food and Drinks
  • Breakfast included
  • Only Vegetarian or Jain Meals
  • Meals provided at extra cost
  • Meals included in Tariff
  • Self Catered
  • Meals not provided
  • Child friendly
  • Elderly Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • LGBTQ Friendly
  • Alcohol Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Genset
  • Parking Available
  • Accommodation For Driver
  • Towels and Toiletries
  • Inverter
  • Clubbing
  • Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife
  • Dining
  • Nature
  • Theatre Or Films
  • Historical monuments
  • Street food
  • Geographical wonders
  • Beach
  • Places of worship
  • Amusement park
  • Museums and Art
  • Business District
  • Transit
* In case a date does not have text inside it, it means default rates of the property apply OR status is "Available"
Map view

About the Home

This villa, crafted using natural materials and decorated with subtle pastel shades, natural fabrics, organic textures and wooden interiors is perched right on the banks of Mulshi lake. The house is surrounded by lawns with a bonfire sit-out, gardens, fruit trees, herbs and vegetable patches.

A 2000 sq. ft open kitchen suggests the potential of delicious meals while the wood-fired oven gives one mouth-watering vision of the treats that await you! Several board games, a TT table, carrom and mesmerising views of the surrounding valleys ensure that guests have a memorable time.

Sleeping Arrangements:
The home has 3 rooms that can be booked individually. A large cottage i.e the Family Room (separate listing) that has 7 beds can also be booked.
The home including the individual 3 rooms and the Family Room can accommodate up to 16 guests.

Please Note

For groups consisting more than 10 guests, we would require a notice at least 8 days prior to Check-In.

Meal arrangements

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are available at Rs 1700 (veg) and per person, per day and for children are Rs 950 (veg) per child, per day. The meal charges are payable in cash to the caretaker at site.
Non-vegetarian meals can be availed at an additional cost.

Stay and accessibility

You can take the Pune expressway and get off at the first Khandala-Lonavala exit. Head towards bushy dam and Aamby valley. After a scenic 21 km and just 2.5 km before Aamby valley (there is a milestone on the left) take a right turn. It is a broad road which soon narrows. There is a signboard on the right with Saltar Bhambarde Nive etc., written on it. After 6.5 km you reach Saltar, keep to the left and after 100 mtrs. down the road you reach a fork. Take the road on the right.

Yes, our Home is child friendly. There is plenty of space to run around and many indoor activities that will keep your children occupied. Since SaffronStays believes that holidays are about families bonding, we do not have any TV or WiFi in our Homes. There is also a basic first-aid kit, stocked with Dettol, band-aids, etc., for minor injuries. Parents are advised to be cautious when allowing kids to run around. Kid-friendly menus (pastas, cornflakes, Bournvita milk, etc) are also available. These would need to requested in advance, preferably at the time of booking. In the case of infants, mothers will be permitted to use the kitchen to prepare their meals.

No, our home is not senior citizen/elderly friendly.

No, this is not a pet-friendly villa.

Food and Beverages

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are available at Rs 1700 (veg) and per person, per day and for children are Rs 950 (veg) per child, per day. The meal charges are payable in cash to the caretaker at site. Non-vegetarian meals can be availed at an additional cost.

We offer a mix of Indian and Continental cuisine. You can inform the caretaker in advance about your meal preferences, specific dietary requirements, etc.

Yes, you can use the common fridge to store food/beverages. In case there are other guests on site, please adjust and use the common fridge accordingly.

Yes, there is a steady water supply. If you wish to consume only sealed bottled water, please inform the caretaker of the same and pay him for the actuals on site, in cash.

Yes, alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. There is ample ice stocked in the fridge.


A guest is entitled to a refund of 50% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking 15 days or more before the start of the reservation. If the Guest cancels less than 15 days before start of the reservation, he/she is entitled to no refund. Guest Fees paid/ payable to SaffronStays are non-refundable. A reservation is considered officially 'canceled' ONLY when the guest clicks the cancellation button on the cancellation confirmation page, which they can find under Dashboard > Your Trips > Cancel on our website. If there is a complaint from either party, notice must be given to SaffronStays within 24 hours of check-in. SaffronStays will mediate when necessary and Guest and Host are required to extend their full co-operation. SaffronStays has the final say in all disputes.

Unfortunately, there is no option for part payment. Guests are required to pay 100% of the payment before check-in.

Once you have chosen your dates and your booking has been accepted, you will receive a payment link where the payment can be processed. In case you're unable to make an online payment through the link, you could also deposit the cash in our bank account directly. We also offer other options like PayTM, NEFT/IMPS or UPI.

All additional payments (such as extra meals, pet charges, etc.) will have to be paid to the caretaker onsite in cash at the end of your stay. In special circumstances, we do accept these payments through PayTM.

Security deposit is to be paid at the time of booking/ check-in. If no damages are observed, the deposit will be returned during check-out itself or by NEFT within 5 business days after check-out.

Things to do

The guests can swim in the lake nearby and can even go for trekking. They can even play table tennis, badminton and throwball or if they wish to stay indoors, they can take advantage of the board games that have been stocked in the home.

Yes, there is a lake 200m away. It is a tourist spot. The water body is safe.

House Rules

No, loud music is not allowed.

Yes, smoking is allowed. Alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. We do not encourage late night revelry or loud music.

Check-in time at 1 pm and check-out time is 10 am. Please note that check-out timings are strict as we need to ready the rooms for our next booking. In case there are no back to back bookings, the check-out time can be flexible and no additional charges will be applied. In case you wish to check in a little early or check out a little late, do inform us at the time of booking. Late check-out charges includes meals (lunch).

As required by law, all adults have to provide their government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in. Your co-operation is of utmost importance to us.

No. Guests will only be able to access common areas on the property such as the living room, garden, private pool (if any), etc. Guests are strictly prohibited from crossing into neighboring properties under any circumstances. We request our guests to respect the privacy and personal space of our neighbors.


Yes, there is a security guard.

Yes, we do have a first-aid kid onsite, stocked with Dettol, band-aids and over-the-counter medicines like Metacin, Crocin etc.


There is a caretaker onsite.

Yes, we do allow unmarried couples. They should both be adults and should have with them government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in.

Yes. Please note that both guests should be adults and should have with them government-approved Photo IDs (that clearly show their residential address) at the time of Check-in.


No, you cannot book just one room. You would need to book the entire home.

Accommodation for driver or domestic help is available.Charges for the same are Rs 250 per person, per night. This does not include meals. Rs 400 will be charged for 3 meals that will have to be paid.

Accommodation for domestic help is available. Charges for the same are Rs 250 per person, per night. This does not include meals. Rs 400 will be charged for 3 meals that will have to be paid.

Free parking for up to 4 cars is available onsite.

Yes, the home is suitable for day picnics. Meals will be provided on site at an additional charge (per person, per meal). Please note that the maximum capacity for an overnight stay is 12 people. During the day, guests will be allowed to use the washrooms and other amenities at the villa.

For groups consisting more than 10 guests, we would require a notice at least 8 days prior to Check-In.For groups upto 8 guests, a 2-day notice period should suffice.

Yes, we do allow events/shoots at the villa, subject to Home Owner's approval. Meals can be arranged at an additional cost (per person, per day). Please note that a maximum of 12 people can be accommodated in the villa for an overnight stay. Depending on the event and its requirements, a refundable deposit and additional charges may be applied. Please note that loud music (if needed for your function) will only be permitted during certain hours. Any other permissions required for photo shoot/functions will need to be taken by the guests themselves. If you wish to book our home for functions/shoots, please send a message to the host on our website or send us an email at [email protected]

Yes, we do allow reservations for special functions, subject to Home Owner's approval. If you wish to book our home for functions/shoots, please send a message to the host on our website or send us an email at [email protected]

How to get there

While roads connecting to the property are good except for a few patches where the roads might be bumpy. Guests are advised to check the road and weather conditions before leaving for a road trip. Our home is cool and breezy round the year, so you could visit at anytime.

The best way to reach our home is by a private car/ taxi as the public transport i.e the state buses drop off at the neighboring village.

Room specifics

There are two types of mattresses - cotton mattresses and a mix of coir and foam mattresses.

1extra mattress per room can be arranged onsite. Our home has adequate bed sheets, blankets and pillows for extra bedding.

Yes, we provide toiletries like soap, shampoo, toilet paper and towels. SaffronStays being an eco-friendly module, we provide a change of bath & bed linen after 2 days. Guests are requested to reuse their towels.

Our home is surrounded by greenery and it is cool throughout the day. Our home is not air conditioned but all the bedrooms have been furnished with fans.

No, there is no WiFi available. There is adequate network connectivity, if not 3G then 2G.

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Normal capacity (per Room) 2
Extra People allowed (per Room) 1
Num of Rooms 3
Security Deposit (per Room booked) 2000
Check In 1 PM
Check Out 10 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict

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