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Hi, The Stay was overall good as far as location was considered and pictures shown has displayed the Villa accurately. Related to care taker the person appointed was quite friendly but his wife was not that cooperative enough. The food quality served was not that worthy and service provided while serving the food was too poor. We had to take follow up number of times for chapatis and were also not served in enough quantity and had to adjust with other food items as if we were served for free. Hence, The food quality and service was totally not worth the price . Also the total worth of Villa would get justified only if the rental applied are brought down to minimal range else it leads to unsatisfactory experience. Unlike Lavasa stay in January we have not faced these issues related to food service and quality which led me to book for second time with Saffron Stays. But after this average or not so good experience despite of booking the high range Villa I would have to think twice before booking with your team as far as the food service is considered as it didn't seem aligned at all with the vision and motive showcased by the group. Thanks & Regards, Neelam Choudhary...read more
We had stayed at the VERANDAH first week of Feb '19 and true to their ( Saffron's ) website details the property and the ease and friendly booking with Saffron made it all really nice. Several travelers have given their reviews on the VERANDAH which we found true . We thoroughly enjoyed our stayand for sure look forward to other equally stunning holidays through Saffron ! . ...read more
It was an over satisfying experience for our family. We liked the facilities and attention of the host/ caretaker Santosh Malusare and his family. We are happy we chose this gateway and look forward to more similar experiences during our next holiday. Good effort by Saffron Stays Team. ...read more
The property is located in Godavali village near Panchgani. The property is breathtakingly beautiful and offers amazing views from every corner. it has 2 bedrooms with attached big clean bathrooms. The caretakers Mr Santosh Malusare and his wife are very welcoming and they sure know how to keep their guests happy. They cook lip smacking tasty homemade food. Once you step inside you wouldnt want to go out from the property. Kid and elder friendly. it has good books, kids games inlcluding Jenga. Everything about the property is just WOW! will love to go back again....read more
Its a beautiful and remote place. Great view. Villa is splendid. The road to leading to the place is a little bad and can be worse in the rains. We visited in July first week and were kind of relieved it had not rained or our car would be stuck in the slush. The property is just mind blowing and caretakers are very friendly and nice. Food they serve is homely and nice. Cost is also very affordable. We had a great time and felt totally relaxed at the end of our stay....read more
It was an amazing experience. The location and place is beautiful. The caretakers are very friendly and hospitable. The last couple of yards of the approach road is rough and hence during monsoon it could be a trouble. But once you reach the place, it is like coming back home....read more
Two days of stay over here which is close to nature was an amazing experience. This is the right place for relaxing and unwinding. A very well maintained property with good amenities. Enjoyed the tasty homely food. This can be a best choice for a family get together if any one is opting Panchgani for an outing....read more
If you are from a city and want to escape the perpetual mindlessness, then just go here. As the name suggests, you will not be disappointed by the Verandah. Relax, sit down with a drink, and just stare into the endless horizon. It is beautiful, simply put. The sunrise is even better (this is testimony under oath from a lazy bugger). There are two rooms, but, they can accommodate more people. The stay is homely; you get good home-cooked meals courtesy the caretaker, Santosh, and his wife. Santosh is a great host and helped us by putting up a fire in the chilly night around which we spent most of our time. The place is adjacent to a village and the tranquility will make you clamor for more in your daily life. The rooms are basic--not much fanfare there. But, they are comfortable. I think a little amount of refurbishing in one bathroom (which I heard is due soon) will help in the days to come. Simply put, a great experience. Like the name suggests, it is one peaceful place to spend your days. To soak in the atmosphere, I would suggest that people should stay at least for two nights here. Anything less is just not fair. Btw, they also have a few books and board games to spend time....read more
We had a really great stay, the helpers are very helpful and accommodating. The place is beautiful, and the view is breathtaking. The road to reach there is a little rocky, so you have to be careful of that. You can also visit the locally owned strawberry farms and other farms too....read more
This review has been long pending from my end...!!! I visited verandah in Feb '17 for SaffornStays' weekend strawberry fest. We reached the place really early at 5:30am on a Saturday by the bus & the organizer, Vinda was already up to drive us to the place from the bus depot. This place is wonderful & helps you chillax whenever you go. There are multiple corners at this home like the swing, terrace, sofa in the verandah where you can sit for hours, look at the view, do nothing & yet feel happy. We were joined later by the chef, Sai & owner of SaffornStays Tejas. The place, program participants & organizers were extremely approachable & made us feel home. Vinda even gave her car to us for a visit to the market as we had no vehicle. The cooking session was fun followed by lots of tasty food & start gazing from the terrace. The highlight of this program was fresh strawberry picking from the strawberry farm! The best vacation is that which has a beautiful location, great service, good food & happy faces around to always help you. And SaffornStays' program was just that! Thank you for a lovely stay & some weight-gain [(thanks to yummy food ;)]...read more
Our stay at the Villa was outstanding. The Villa is placed beautifully on the hilltop with mesmerising view of the breathtaking mountains which was the most relaxing & stressfree moment for us. The view is so very outstanding which cannot be expressed in words. You need to stay at the villa at least once to realise its beauty. The morning sunrise was amazing. Best interiors and well maintained property. The home made food prepared by the caretakers was yummy & delicious. Caretakers were so simple, friendly and helpful, they really deserve a big THANK YOU. Really appreciated. Nearby farms were also very beautiful. We must say, this was one of the most memorable & mesmerising stay at Verandah. We enjoyed a lot and will cherish & treasure these beautiful memories forever. We would surely like to come again to stay at this beautiful Villa. Last but not the least, our only feedback to the coordinators is that they should attend customers calls promptly and not juz communicate on watsup as there are many things which cannot be communicated thro watsup always. Rest all, was absolutely excellent 5 star to this Villa. Thanks (from Monali, Priyanka, Arpana, Shailaja & Prajakta)...read more
'Verandah by the Valley' is a very apt name for this beautiful place. Calm and decent, this is the perfect getaway from the daily hustle bustle of the city. Given its size, the Verandah is best suited for group of 4 or more, but even couples can spend some private time here like we did on our 9th anniversary. Friendly host, a very helping and lovely care taker family, excellent facilities, and more than anything else, the captivating scenic beauty of the location makes the stay a most memorable one. Definitely one of the best places I have been to (and I have been to quite a few). Most recommended to anyone looking to spend some quality time in nature's lap....read more
I went to Verandah by the Valley with my friends and family for my birthday weekend. The location is slightly difficult to find and the road is not paved. But once you reach there, you will not want to leave! The place is as beautiful as in the pictures. The caretakers are great and went out of their way to make the stay comfortable. The hosts also called and checked if we were fine and needed anything. The place is clean and the location is great. Its a great place to be away from the city hustle bustle. I wish we had more days to spend. ...read more
I visited during week day and I loved the stay there. We wanted a peaceful and homely stay during our this short vacation and we got it. The morning sunrise is something which I always wanted to see and it was picture perfect. It had homely food and the caretaker really took good care of us. I was travelling with a senior citizens and a kid and it was quite easy to manage both....read more
Stay and accessibility
Verandah by the Valley is very close to Table Land, Parsi Point. Panchgani itself is a 5 hour drive from Mumbai. If you're travelling by public transport, there are direct state transport buses available from Mumbai. The closest railway station is Satara which is approximately 34 kms from Panchgani. In Panchgani, take a left at Shivaji chowk towards the table land. Then, instead of the next turn towards the tableland, take the 2 nd left towards the village Ghodawali. At Ghodawali, take the road going through the village towards Kaleshwari temple. Take a left at the temple. The dirt road leads directly to the home.
Yes, our Home is child friendly. We have a lot of open space and an organic farm to keep kids occupied. Alternatively, the villa has been stocked with books, board games & playing cards. Please note that the villa opens out into the entire Panchgani Valley. While we have installed safety railings, guests are requested to be cautious around kids. There is a first aid kit available for minor injuries. Kid-friendly menus (pastas, cornflakes, Bournvita milk, etc) can also be prepared if given advance notice (preferably at the time of booking).
Yes, this villa is senior citizen friendly. The home has two bedrooms on the ground floor which are accessible to senior citizens. Both rooms have private bathrooms with anti-skid surfaces attached, easy to access at night without any supervision. Please note that there is a long flight of stairs between the ground floor and the upper level. Senior citizens unable to climb stairs may face a problem. In case of a medical emergency, the caretaker has the numbers for doctor-on-call or ambulance service-on-call. Upon special request, our caretakers can also prepare low spice/ low fat/ low-salt food for senior citizens.
No, this villa is not wheelchair accessible.
No, pets are not allowed in this villa. Please note that there is a pet dog already present on the property. Rest assured, he won't disturb your stay.
Yes, there is separate accommodation with a washroom available for up to 2 drivers at an additional charge of Rs. 500 per night. Meals will be charged at Rs. 250 per meal and will need to be paid to the caretaker in cash at the end of your stay. If drivers are travelling with you, please mention this to our Booking Assistance team.
Each bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed and the bedsheets, pillow covers are changed every third day.
Yes, we provide basic hand wash, soaps, shampoos bath & hand towels for up to 6 people.
Yes, all our are bedrooms are air-conditioned.
No, there is no WiFi available. There is adequate network connectivity, if not 3G then 2G.
Please Note: Panchgani experiences load shedding by MSEB every Tuesday, between 9am - 6pm. The home is in a rural area of Maharashtra, powered by MSEB. In case of disruption of power due to fluctuation, we have a backup inverter installed. However, this backup power does not support ACs or Geysers, and will also burn out beyond 4 hours of usage. 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. .
All of the rooms have been furnished with All-out machines and mosquito nets have been placed over the windows. Guests are advised to shut the windows by 5.30 / 7.30 pm to avoid mosquitoes. If needed, the caretaker has Odomos on site.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast is inclusive in the tariff. Meals are available at Rs 300 (veg) and Rs 400 (chicken) and Rs 500 (mutton) per person, per meal and for children are Rs 300 per child, per meal. The caretaker can also organize a barbecue on the rooftop terrace. This costs Rs. 500 for 4 people, with the raw materials being charged at actuals. Please indicate your meal preferences in advance to allow our caretaker to procure the same. Meals for kids below 5 years are complimentary. The meal charges are payable in cash to the caretaker at site.
We offer simple home cooked meals. There is a standard menu available. Pastas and soups can be prepared, if given advance notice. Additionally, there are barbecue facilities available for both veg/non-veg.
Yes, outside food is allowed. The caretaker will have food menus of nearby restaurants available. Guests are not permitted to use the kitchen. However, mothers of small infants and toddlers will have limited access to boil milk or prepare simple food.
Yes, guests can use the fridge to store food/beverages.
Yes. Please note that this will be subject to availability of ingredients. Payment for actuals, cooking, cleaning etc. will need to be paid to the caretaker in cash at the end of your stay.
Yes, we have a steady water supply. However, guests are requested to use the hot water judicially as we have a Solar water heater with a maximum capacity of 200 liters. During the monsoons, guests are provided with hot water in buckets.
Yes, alcohol consumption is permitted within limits. There is ample ice stocked in the fridge. Snacks and other beverages can be arranged if advance notice is given to the caretaker. This amount will need to be paid to the onsite caretaker in cash, at the end of your stay.
This is not a self-catering villa.
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
There is a strawberry farm within walking distance from the villa. Additionally, guests could visit Tableland, Parsi Point, Dhom Dam & Kamalgad Fort. The best time to visit is just before sunset. Guests can also visit Horizon Point for Tandem paragliding. For the shoppers, Panchgani market is approximately 3 kms from the villa.
There are no pool facilities available.
There are no beaches close to this property.
The nearest water body is the Nagewadi dam, 11 kms from the property. Lingmala Waterfall is approximately 17.2 kms away, but has flowing water only during monsoon and for a little while after that.
Given the location and surroundings of our home, playing loud music is allowed within limits and during specific 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.
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 but this is a fenced property. The local caretaker manages security.
No, there are no CCTV cameras installed.
No, the home is within a fenced area. However, should a stray dog enter, inform the caretaker and he will address the issue.
Yes, the property is properly fenced. However, guests are requested to be cautious as the home is perched on a hill overlooking the valley. Safety railings have been placed, as a precaution.
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
The roads around Panchgani are slightly rough but cars can be driven right up to the property. The last patch of the road is a muddy road which can get slushy during the rains, so guests are advised to use sturdy cars. Guests are advised to check the road and weather conditions before heading out for a road trip.
There are regular state transport and private buses from Mumbai/Pune to Panchgani. Cabs are available from Panchgani bus stop to the property. They charge Rs. 200 for a one-way trip. Please connect the cab driver to the caretaker of the property for accurate directions. The nearest airport is Pune Airport.
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
Yes, there is separate accommodation with a washroom available for up to 2 assistants (driver/domestic helpers) at an additional charge of Rs. 500 per night. But this is a common area for both, drivers and domestic help. Hence only one of the two can be accommodated. Meals will be charged at Rs. 250 per meal and will need to be paid to the caretaker in cash at the end of your stay. If domestic help is travelling with you, please mention this to our Booking Assistance team.
Yes, there is separate accommodation with a washroom available for up to 2 assistants (driver/ domestic help) at an additional charge of Rs. 500 per night. Meals will be charged at Rs. 250 per meal and will need to be paid to the caretaker in cash at the end of your stay. If drivers are travelling with you, please mention this to our Booking Assistance team.
Yes, parking for up to 2 cars is available onsite.
Children upto 6 years of age shall not be charged accommodation fees. Children between 6-11 years shall be charged Rs 750 for accommodation. Guests can ask the caretaker for extra mattress if need be, and shall have to pay on site itself.
No, this place is not suitable for a day event or picnic.
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 8 people will 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. Any permissions required for the event will need to be taken by the guests themselves. If you wish to book our home for a specific event, please send a message to the host on our website or send us an email at [email protected]
No, this villa does not allow reservations for professional shoots.