SaffronStays Parsi Manor - Matheran, Maharashtra

Parsi Manor - Matheran, Maharashtra

34 people love this home

Quick Takeaways

  • SaffronStays Parsi Manor is an early 20th century-built Parsi time machine that transports you to the era of British colonial times.

  • This 4-bedroom heritage home is a mere 1 km walk (or horse ride) away from Matheran Railway Station towards Charlotte Lake, adjacent to the famous Byke Hotel.

  • Come here to disconnect - There is no wifi, no TV, barely any cell reception and virtually no way to communicate, except with each other and nature.

  • Imagine yourself sitting with your friends in the Verandah, and playing board games with monkeys as occasional disruptive companions.

  • The naturally cool climes of Matheran, 8-inch thick laterite walls, a canopy of 208 trees and strict heritage building rules were perfect excuses to not install ACs in this home.  

  • Old-world style poster beds, large dining table flanked by heritage furniture, lazy-armed chairs in the verandah (to keep your feet up, literally) will beckon you.

May 2019

It was a very nice experience, the villa is quite well maintained and managed. The caretaker Santosh was very helpful and accommodating. I look forward to visiting this place again Thank you for your hospitality🙂...

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Oct 2018

The house is a brilliant property. Perfect for a family time without any distraction. The interior are excellent and exquisite. The house host, Santosh and his family are very good, efficient and warm people. Rejoicing experience overall!!...

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Sep 2018

We had a lovely stay. Santosh & family cooked amazing food and took very good care of us. Loved the furniture and the property. A perfect getaway from the city....

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Sep 2018

It was a lovely stay very quiet, clean and friendly. The food was amazing we enjoyed the trip a lot....

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Feb 2018

Richard Parsi Manor is a peaceful and beautiful old home full of antiques and charming original features all lovingly looked after. The verandah is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature whilst gazing out over the leafy garden (motor vehicles are prohibited in Matheran). The comfortable and quiet bedroom is a great place to rest. Mr Santosh is a welcoming host and his wife, Ms Kunda, prepares delicious home made meals served in the Manor's atmospheric dining room (some of the best food we’ve had in India). We’ve really enjoyed our stay here and are sad to leave. Very highly recommended....

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Jul 2017

Beautiful Heritage Villa, nestled in green and scenic surrounding. Very Well maintained. Impeccable service. Finger licking delicious food....

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Jul 2017

Very well maintained. Loved the manor. The caretakers are great. A little away from the main market but situated in a very peaceful area....

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Jul 2017

An exceptional property, maintained beautifully. Santosh, the caretaker was a great host. Definitely worth it!...

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Jul 2017

We had an absolutely lovely time at the Parsi Manor. Not only is the property beautifully maintained and restored, the owners have made the effort to share the property's vibrant history. Santosh the caretaker was extremely hospitable and ensured we had a comfortable stay. Also don't miss out on the authentic Parsi food provided....

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Jun 2017

We stated at the parsi manor or Keki bunglow as it is also known on 27/28 May.The property is close to market at the same time tucked away from the hustle bustle .Beautiful colonial country cottage having an old world charm it's a great place to stay if you don't want to literally do anything.A break from city habits,no tv,no pool n loud music are a blessing The caretaker Santosh n his wife are very polite,humble couple who settle you down comfortably. The rooms are clean,the sheets,covers,toilets quite scrupulous. Food is excellent homely affair .We had 3 kids with us so we were wanting homestyle food .the caretaker also asks your choice so that they can arrange fresh produce from local market Although I felt that price of a meal per person was little high didn't mind spending because of quality n service Looking forward to staying again next time....

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May 2017

We spent a night at this villa and it was nice. The caretakers were warm and friendly. Food was good. Location is great. Cleanliness was excellent!...

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May 2017

Nature at its best at keki villa. Rooms/cleanliness/In house food/Staff (Mr Santosh and his wife/ surroundings are 100% perfect. Mind blowing food was served throughout our stay with best hospitality. One of a kind place and a must visit for all the nature lovers away from the noisy market/tourists. We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary in a perfect style. Thank you Saffron Stay/ Mr marker for the beautiful villa. We be there again for sure....

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Mar 2017

The Parsi Manor was a lovely place to visit and definitely one of the more tranquil places to stay in Matheran. Getting to the property wasn't difficult, almost a 45 minute walk from the car park. Once we reached, the caretaker Santosh did a splendid job of helping us settle in. He was warm and friendly, helping us whenever required. The rooms themselves were large and spacious. All the tourist points are rather close to the lodge, and the market is nearby as well. Santosh and his family were excellent at hosting. They prepared delicious food for snacks, dinner and breakfast. The aloo paranthas and puranpoli are an absolute must have. We were treated to a lovely show by the monkeys in the area and it was super entertaining to watch them for the better part of an hour. We were out on the verandah for hours, which was a welcome way to wind down. About the pricing - It does seem excessive considering the facilities. There is already space for three people in each room - so charging extra ...

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Jan 2017

Excellent place! This is really what we needed to get a break from Mumbai. Very well maintained rooms. Very warm, courteous and efficient staff. Simple but very delicious homely food. Would recommend this to everyone. ...

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Oct 2016

As promised, Parsi Manor was the island of peace and tranquility that I so longed for! The bungalow is very charming and the caretaker and his wife were very helpful to our needs. The food was excellent and tasty. I spent an idyllic three days in Matheran with my family and it was the most wonderful holiday in recent times. As monsoon was on the verge of withdrawal, we got excellent weather without much heavy rain. As most scenic points are at a fair walking distance from here, we also had the added pleasure of roaming around aimlessly in the hill station. Overall a wonderful experience! Would love to visit again with a larger group of friends....

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Oct 2016

Parsi manor aka Keki lodge is a wonderful place to stay in Matheran. When we reached Matheran, it was raining cats and dogs and we reached the place rain soaked. I really liked how the room was built to handle such situations. The rooms are big and comfortable. The verandah is nice to chill and relax. The caretakers are very sincere. The food is quite nice and homely. The location is sufficiently away from the market and not too far also. Overall we had a very pleasant stay here....

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Oct 2016


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Sep 2016

Ms. Tejasvini (who was coordinating with us on behalf of Saffron Stays ) could be a little warmer. Follow-up was quite regular till the money was paid and thereafter Tejasvini was hardly responsive. As a result, got too many calls from her in the two days we were staying there. This could have been avoided if she could have responded to my query before we started the trip.Caretakers of the property are sweet couple. Though I understand that its a home-stay, given the price, we could at least have been provided with a clothes iron and hair dryer. Overall, I thought the price is very steep for the property, more particularly the rate for the extra person is exorbitant. Would suggest that cancellation policy be made more flexible....

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Aug 2016


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Aug 2016

Hii.. I am really glad to say that I made a decision to select Parsi Manor as our weekend destination. The place is amazing, This 100 years old banglow left me spechless, Host "Santosh and his wife" I have to admit these people are amazing, alwayz with a smile on face they serve.. great food, Just like home. I specially wanted to experience a cup of tea siting in a veranda which i have read on the page of saffronstays and trust me it was exactly the same what i read. Me and my partner we wanted to visit this place again. "Santosh and his wife" keep the good work guys... With Love: Vaibhav & Nancy :)) ...

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Jul 2016

It was a wonderful stay at Parsi Manor. The dinner and the breakfast was amazing. Santosh, the caretaker was very humble and helpful. The weather was amazing and was worth a stay there....

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Jul 2016

My stay turned out to be just as I expected and was even more happier that you were considerate with my late check-out. Santosh & his wife were nothing short of ideal hosts and made us feel at home. The meals were simply finger-licking good, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Tejaswinee was very helpful all along right from the point of our booking until check-out. The manor and its premises have been maintained well and the interiors are real dreamy. Thank you for the experience. Only one suggestion - I could not locate the Manor mainly because I was looking for a sign board that pointed out to where Parsi Manor / Saffron Stays. There were no sign boards nor was the resort known by the name. Although, the mail I received may have mentioned this but I overlooked it and was hoping to find Parsi Manor. Suggestion being if there would be some way to place a board visible and indicating the location. Thank you & regards, Kiran Rao...

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Jul 2016

Very Pleasant Stay.....

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Jun 2016

Wonderful experience. Feels like home. Perfect destination to hibernate. Loved it....

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May 2016

we had an awesome stay at the parsi manor last weekend.. although it was very hot in mumbai.. the manor and matheran were surprisingly cool. away from the hustle and bustle of matheran, situated in a shady wooded area.. the parsi manor is a beautiful , well decorated and very well kept colonial bungalow.. the rooms are very spacious with clean and large bathrooms.. the bed linen is unlike what you may find in hotels.. but what you would find in your home.. too good to sleep in.. the rooms and bathrooms smell too good as they have lovely candles lying all around.. the best part of the manor is the large verandah.. where in you have a front row seat to the hustle of forest life.. with monkeys crossing over our roofs and the garden through out the day.. and cicadas buzzing through out the morning.. and lots and lots of butterflies.. and amazing birds.. i am sue you would not leave your seat.. we spent hours watching and listening.. and did not want to get up. this was so peacefully divine...

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Feb 2016


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Jan 2016

This was best air bnb experience ever. Beautiful house, amazing home made kitchen. Host family will take care of you as if you were a king. If you stay at Matheran this is your place....

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Jan 2016

The place transformed us into a bygone era. The house and the rooms are very well-maintained and have an old world charm. If one would like to live in an 19th century house in Matheran then this should be the first option. The caretaker was present to welcome us and was always polite and courteous . We had lunch there and the food was like very good home made Indian food. Overall a great experience...

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Jan 2016

Parsi Manor was a beautiful place tucked away in a quiet corner, yet easily accessible. We went with friends and family for new years and had a wonderful stay there. It's a heritage structure which has been maintained very well with the comforts of modern amenities. The care taker family were very welcoming and made our stay was comfortable. Food was simple, home cooked and tasty. It is well located and we enjoyed long walks from the Manor. There is ample place for the kids to play around. It has something to offer to everyone in the family. We see ourselves going back to this place! ...

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One of the best finds for us. The house and the rooms are very well-kept. The caretakers - Santosh and Kunda were always there to help and the best part - always smiling. The weekend away was enhanced by the beautiful property and amazing surroundings. Definitely a place to visit if you want peace and quiet. Add to that, the market is also accessible as it is less than a km away....

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Jan 2016

Staying at the Parsi Manor at Matheran was very good experience. The bungalow is nice and the room we stayed was neat and clean. The caretaker family was very well behaved and helpful. It was nice to see such hospitality. The place is only 15-20 mins walking distance from Matheran railway station and is very accessible....

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Nov 2015

A very nice heritage property adorned with beautiful antique furniture. There is ample space for 2-3 families to get together for a relaxed weekend. ...

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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"
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About the Home

Looking to escape the noise and bustle of the city? This heritage bungalow owned by a Parsi family in Matheran is your little pad of solace. Located in the heart of Matheran, this vintage villa gives you the chance to reconnect with Nature from a prime location.

Savor the regal charm of a 130-year old Parsi villa, complete with a Parsi cuisine. Sit out on the verandah and watch the monkeys play. Explore the Manor and learn its secrets. P.S - We recommend the one about the Clock Tower.

Tastefully decorated with antique Parsi furniture, the Manor is time portal from a British era gone by. Restored with great care, the Manor has been furnished with an elegant blend of vintage wooden furniture and modern amenities. Stepping into the Manor is like stepping back into time. If you observe the antique pieces carefully, you will find little plaques detailing their origin which are a delight to read. The villa opens out onto a cosy verandah complete with wooden furniture, ideal for enjoying a cup of Irani chai while you watch Nature at her finest.

Charlotte Lake, a major tourist spot, is a 10 minutes walk from the villa and a must-visit. We recommend dropping by Sunset Point (which is not too far from the property). The caretaker can help you with directions and a map of Matheran as well as other scenic locations nearby.

Since Matheran is a car-free zone, the best way to enjoy the surrounding areas is on foot. Alternatively, you can hire a hand-pulled rickshaw or go horseback riding for a blissful Matheran experience.

Please Note

The home is in a rural area of Maharashtra, powered by MSEB. In case of disruption due to fluctuation, we have a genset which burns out beyond 6 hours of usage. So, it will be turned off after every 2 hours for 30 minutes in order for it to be used throughout the day.

Meal arrangements

Meals can be availed at an additional cost of Rs. 200 (Breakfast) and Rs.400 (Lunch & Dinner) per person, per meal and Rs.300 for children.
Guests can also opt for an authentic Parsi meal at Rs. 500 per person, per meal.

Stay and accessibility

If you're driving down from Mumbai, take the Mumbai-Pune Highway (NH-4) upto Chowk Village and turn onto Karjat road. Continue on the same road until you reach Dasturi Naka. Since Matheran is car-free zone, all vehicles will be halted at Dasturi Point. From there, guests can ride horseback, hire a hand-drawn cart or walk up to the Manor. Alternatively, there are local trains between CST / Pune station to Neral station (the closest railway station).

Yes, there is lots of open space around the house and the verandah for kids to run around. Please note that running around or roughhousing inside the house is not permitted as a lot of heritage items have been placed within the rooms. The villa has been well-stocked with books and board games such as Monopoly, Snakes-n-Ladder, etc. While the kitchen is not accessible to guests, mothers can avail of our Kid-friendly menu: Cornflakes, Bournvita milk and hot milk, provided advance notice is given. As Matheran has an abundance of monkeys, parents are advised to keep their children away. Kids should be cautioned against feeding or mocking the monkeys as monkey bites could be serious. First aid kits - stocked with Dettol, Band-Aid and over-the-counter medicines - are available at the Manor. Emergency contact details are listed with the caretaker and on the Matheran Tourist Information Brochure.

Yes, the Manor is senior citizen friendly. Having been constructed on a raised plinth, there is a 10-step staircase leading up to the Manor with railing support. Once you enter, all rooms are on the same level without any internal steps. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, easy to access at night without any supervision. Upon special request, our caretakers can prepare Low Salt/ Low Spice/ Low Fat/ Low Sugar for senior citizens. Please note that since Matheran is a no-vehicle zone, internal travel in Matheran will be done over foot, horse or a hand-drawn cart. In case of a medical emergency, the caretaker has the numbers for doctor-on-call or ambulance service-on-call. These numbers are also enlisted on the Tourist Information Brochure placed in the rooms. Please note that Air and Road Ambulance Services are allowed in Matheran.

No. The house has been constructed on a raised plinth and is accessed by climbing a flight of stairs containing more than 10 steps.

No, this house is not pet friendly.

Room specifics

Every bedroom has one extra bed and adequate bedding for one extra person.

Out of the four rooms, one room has a king size bed and the other three contain queen size beds. All of our beds are antique poster beds and the bed sheets are changed every third day. Kindly refrain from hanging wet clothes over the bedsteads.

Yes, we provide both toiletries and towels. Towels are replaced every third day.

No, the home is not air conditioned. However, Matheran is pleasant for most part of the year.

No Wi-Fi services are available. 3G Network is available outside the house and in the verandah. Inside the house, connectivity is limited, depending on the network.

Please note: Matheran may experiences load shedding by the MSEB. Please ask the caretaker prior to Check-In. The home is in a rural area of Maharashtra, powered by MSEB. In case of disruption of power due to fluctuation, we have a genset. However, the guests are requested to refrain from using ACs on genset. Our homes are environment friendly, and we push our guests to be too. Please use electricity optimally at all times. The pleasant monsoon and oncoming winter season do not require any extreme cooling appliances.

Yes, mosquitoes abound in the evening. As a precaution, mosquito nets have been installed over the windows and mosquito repellent coils & All Out repellent dispensers have been placed inside the house. Kindly keep the doors or any other unprotected openings closed in the evenings. Guests are also advised to carry along Odomos with them.

Food and Beverages

All meals will be provided onsite at an additional cost. The menu card is on display in the living room. A special heritage menu featuring authentic, traditional Parsi dishes is also available upon request. However, these meals must be booked in advance. High Tea / Coffee is chargeable. Any extra orders shall be chargeable as indicated in the menu. Meal Timings will be as follows: Breakfast (8.30 am to 10.30 am), Lunch (1.00 pm to 3.00 pm) & Dinner (8.30 pm to 10.00 pm). Please note that the kitchen will be shut after 10.00 pm. Fish and mutton preparations shall be charged extra, at actuals which is payable in cash to the caretaker onsite. Please inform in advance, to allow our caretaker to procure the same.

We serve two cuisines: a local Maharashtrian cuisine and a special Heritage menu of authentic Parsi Dishes. The Heritage Menu is available upon request and must be ordered at the time of booking.

Yes, outside food is allowed. However, guests are not allowed to cook or use the kitchen. Mothers of infants or small children will have limited access to boil milk or prepare their kids meals.

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. In case you would like the caretaker to cook a special dish, you can pay him for the actuals and cooking, cleaning fee on site, in cash. Please note that this will be subject to availability of ingredients. Fish and mutton preparations shall be charged extra, at actuals which is payable in cash to the caretaker onsite. Please inform in advance, to allow our caretaker to procure the same.

There is a steady water supply with drinking water being filtered through AquaGuard. Mineral water is available upon request and will be charged.

Yes, consumption of alcohol is permitted within limits. The Manor does provide ice cubes, an ice bucket, tongs and glassware. Snacks and other beverages can be provided upon request at an additional charge.


A Guest is entitled to a refund of 75% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking upto 15 days before the Date of Check-In (before 1 PM). A Guest is entitled to a refund of 50% if he/she cancels the confirmed booking upto 7 days before the Date of Check-In (before 1 PM) If the Guest cancels within 7 days of the Date of Check-In, he/she is entitled to no refund.

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 two days prior to 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

Matheran is known for its vantage lookout points and tourist spots like Charlotte Lake, Louisa Point, One Tree Hill Point, Matheran Observatory and Lord Nowroji Garden. You can trek to and organize picnics at some of these spots. In addition, there are paragliding schools and a zip-lining point nearby. One can also visit the local bazaar which is 1.5 kms from the property for leather products, chikkis etc.

There are no pool facilities at this villa.

There is no beach close to the property.

Charlotte Lake, the principal source of water for Matheran is a 10 minute walk from the house. This lake is a major tourist spot, especially for families.

House Rules

Playing loud music is not allowed on the premises. However, should you like to enjoy some mild music, we recommend you carry along your own portable speakers.

Yes, smoking is allowed but strictly not inside the home. If you wish to smoke, please do so outside in the garden/lawn area. 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. Guests are requested to respect the timing of other guests as well. In case you wish to check in a little early or check out a little late, do inform us at the time of booking. Additional charges will be applied. 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.


No, the local caretaker and his family take care of security.

No, there are no CCTV cameras installed.

Yes, but they rarely do. Should a stray dog enter, inform the caretaker and he will address the issue.

There is no concrete wall or fencing around the property but there is a lining of trees surrounding the villa.

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

How to get there

Please note that Matheran is a vehicle free zone. You can park your vehicles at Dasturi Parking Zone at an additional cost. From Dasturi Point, you can head up to the Manor on horseback, by hand-drawn cart or on foot.

There are local trains between CST / Pune station to Nerul station (the closest railway station). From Nerul, shared cabs can be taken to Dasturi Car Park. Alternatively, there are MSRTC buses that run from Mumbai Central to Nerul. The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, Mumbai.


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.

Absolutely. 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, there is no separate accommodation for drivers or domestic helps. They will be charged as an extra guest.

No, there is no separate accommodation for domestic help. They will be charged as an extra guest.

Guests can park their vehicles in the parking zone at Dasturi, 40 minutes from Neral. It is a public car park and chargeable.

No, this place is not suitable for a day event or a picnic.

No, we do not allow reservations for occasions that require accommodating more than 12 people.

No, we do not allow reservations for photo shoots or other occasions.

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Normal capacity (per Room) 2
Extra People allowed (per Room) 1
Num of Rooms 4
Security Deposit (per Room booked) 2000
Check In 1 PM
Check Out 10 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict

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