SaffronStays Thanedhar Estate - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Thanedhar Estate - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Quick Takeaways

  • SaffronStays Thanedhar Estate is located in Thanedar, Kotgarh on the old Hindustan-Tibet Road (now NH5), which is a 6 hour drive from Chandigarh, making it a perfect weekend getaway from Chandigarh

  • 4-bedroom heritage home with a close connection to Satyanand Stokes, the man responsible for apple cultivation in India

  • The home is surrounded by apple and cherry orchards as well as lush green mountains

  • Caretaker, Cook and Housekeeping Staff, who can serve you local home-cooked food by the indoor fireplace

  • Hatu Peak (12000 feet above sea level offering a 360° view of the Dhauladhar and Sivalik Mountain Ranges) Tani Jubbar Lake, and St Mary's Church are close to the home

  • Narkanda, India's oldest skiing destination is a mere 17 km from the home

  • 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

SaffronStays Recommends

- Take a tour of the extensive orchards and learn the art of apple and cherry cultivation
- Sitting in the porch in the evening to witness the stunning sunset

About the Home

SaffronStays Thanedhar Estate is a charming 4-bedroom estate stay in an apple orchard in Shimla district. Located at a distance of 190 km from Chandigarh, the home is an ideal weekend getaway from Chandigarh.

The villa has a legacy of 100 years with the family having a close connection to Samuel (Satyanand) Stokes, the man responsible for introducing apple cultivation in India. Set on a hilltop in Thanedar, Kotgarh, the villa opens out to a beautiful view of the valley. The villa has a living room with a fireplace, a dining area and 4 spacious bedrooms with attached bathrooms. All the bedrooms are connected by a common veranda which offers breathtaking views of the mountains and the orchards.

Enjoy the view of the snow-capped mountains right from the comfort of your home. Don't forget to take a tour of the orchards and go apple picking under the guidance of the estate manager. If you want to explore the surroundings, then have a picnic at Tani Jubbar Lake, a 17 min drive from the home, visit St. Mary's Church, an 18 min ride and visit Hatu Peak which is 30 mins away. Ski enthusiasts can drive down to Narkanda during the winter season which is just 17 km from the home.

Please Note

The estate manager can take the guests on a tour of the orchards, but prior notice is required

Meal arrangements

We provide healthy home-cooked meals prepared using locally sourced fresh ingredients. We recommend trying out our local chef's veg specialty like Mixed Veg, Paneer Butter Masala, Kadhai Paneer, Jeera Aloo, and Dal Makhani. In non-veg, try Butter Chicken, Kadhai Chicken, Pahadi Chicken Curry, and Egg Curry.
Fish and mutton dishes (subject to availability) can be served at an additional cost which is payable at actuals onsite.

Click here to view the sample menu.

Meal Charges All Meals (₹)
Adult - Veg1100
Adult - Non Veg1100
Children - Veg650
Children - Non Veg650

These are all charges Per Person, Per Night (Excluding GST)

Food and Beverages

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.

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

Children up to the age of 6 shall not be charged for meals. Children in the age group 6-11 shall be charged Rs 1000 per day.

Stay and accessibility

Yes, our home is child-friendly.

No, our home is not elderly friendly.

No, our home is not wheelchair accessible.

No, this is not a pet-friendly villa.

Nearest Airport: Shimla airport: 97.6 km. Nearest Railway station: Shimla - 77.7 km, Kalka - 163 km, Chandi Mandir - 176 km. Take the Chandigarh- Shimla highway and get on the Dhalli Bypass. Turn left at Victory Tunnel onto Circular Road/Victory Tunnel. Turn left at Dhalli Chowk. Keep right, once you cross the Motor Point you will find the villa on the right. The villa is situated by the Zero Milestone of Thanedar.


Driver accommodation is available. It can accommodate 4 people.

Free parking is available onsite. There is parking space for 2 cars which is on a 2 minutes walking distance on a steep road.

Yes, the home has a garden/lawn area within the premises that could be used for outdoor picnic activities.


Yes, we do allow events/shoots at the villa, subject to Home Owner's approval.

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, but all guests have to be adults and government-approved Photo IDs that clearly show the address must be provided to the caretaker during Check-in

Room specifics

Our bedrooms have lovely queen-sized beds. All our mattresses have mattress protectors.

Yes, we provide toiletries like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, towels, etc.

As the villa is located in a hill station, there is no need for an air conditioner.

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

Yes, we have a backup inverter in case of rare occasions of power failure.


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 of Rs 10000 is to be paid two days prior to check-in. If no damages are observed, the deposit will be returned by NEFT within 5 business days after check-out.

Things to do

No, there is no beach near the villa.

No, there are no water bodies near the villa.

Stroll in the apple orchard. Hatu Peak, the second highest peak in Shimla that offers 360° of the Himalayas is a half an hour drive from the villa. Visit Tani Jubbar Lake which is just 15 minutes from the villa. The local market is located just outside the villa. Shopaholics may want to visit the Lakkar Bazar which is replete with interesting goodies just 2.5 hours from the villa. If you are into adventure sports you could set out ice skating or river rafting at Tattapani 70 km from the villa.

House Rules

Given the location of our home, playing loud music is allowed within limit and during specific time/hours.

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.

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.

Guests are strictly prohibited from crossing into neighbouring properties under any circumstances. We request our guests to respect the privacy and personal space of our neighbours.


No, there are no CCTV cameras installed at the property.

Yes, our home has a stone wall surrounding the premises.

Yes, we do have a first-aid kid onsite.

The villa is well lit up. There is enough lighting even in the surrounding areas i.e lawns, grounds.

How to get there

While roads connecting to the property are good, 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.

Guests can take a public bus from Narkanda. The last bus leaves at 5 pm.

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Normal capacity (per Room) 2
Extra People allowed (per Room) 0
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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