Glenburn Tea Estate
Near Darjeeling, India
At a Glance
One of the most perfect mountain retreats in India
Colonial bungalows offering spectacular views (weather permitting)
A lot of included activities such as hikes, visits to Darjeeling & tours of the tea estate
Wonderful staff offering friendly service
A very social hotel with an atmosphere of conviviality
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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Glenburn Tea Estate or take a look at our itineraries to Calcutta and northeast India
If you are looking for that picture-perfect colonial plantation house, overlooking rolling tea plantations with the snow-capped Himalayas beyond, then Glenburn Tea Estate is what you are after. There is nothing quite like sitting on the peaceful verandah, tea in hand, and looking out over the views. You can use it as a base to explore the Raj era hill station of Darjeeling, or take walks in through the working tea estate, or just sit back and enjoy the surroundings.
Glenburn Tea Estate was originally started by a Scottish tea company in 1859 and passed into one of India's prominent tea planting families, the Prakashes. The estate was lovingly restored in 2002 and since then has been widely regarded as one of the very best luxury boutique hotels in India, with guests returning year after year.
There are two bungalows, the first being the 150-year old Burra Bungalow which contains four rooms which open out onto the verandah. Guests all eat together, ensuring a fantastic convivial atmosphere at night, and there is a lovely colonial style sitting room. The rooms and suites have all been lovingly furnished, blending old and new in equal measure. They often interweave a collection of homely and rich pastel colors with antique furniture. The second bungalow is the Waterlily Bungalow, again offering four bedrooms. If you want, there is also the Glenburn Lodge which is a simple log cabin at the bottom of the estate overlooking the river.
The convivial nature of Glenburn comes to the fore with its dining. Breakfast and lunch are served on the verandah or in the gardens. Expect to tuck into G&Ts in the garden before all guests head into the dining room for a candle-lit meal (although private dining is possible). The vegetables are grown on the estate and the offering ranges from continental, oriental and Indian.
By day you can take a range of day-walks or day-trips to Sikkim, Kalimpong or Darjeeling. There are opportunities to raft the nearby river, head off fishing, birdwatching or just taking a picnic. There is actually a great deal to do, but in reality, just sitting on the verandah reading a book and looking at the views can simply soak up the hours in abject happiness!
Glenburn Tea Estate offers four bedrooms in the ’Burra Bungalow’ - The Kanchenjunga Suite, The Planter’s Suite, The Rose Suite, The Butterfly Room, and the Water Lily Bungalow offers four more suites. The latter features a living room, dining room, two verandahs, garden areas and the massage and steam room. All eight bedrooms have views of the mountains, with antique furniture, private balconies and bay windows/or sitouts. All rooms except the Planter's Suite have old-fashioned bath-tubs, walk in-rain showers and hand-embroidered bed linen.
The Kanjenjunga Suite has a King and a Queen size bed and a single bed in an next door ‘dressing’ room. Beautifully decorated in pale blues and whites and with a large window overlooking the mountains and Kanchenjunga.
|The Planter's Suite||
The Planter’s Suite is located in the Burra Bungalow and has a King size four-poster bed and a single bed in an next door dressing room. Its theme takes you back to time of the East India Company, with decorations including old maps and prints. This then leads through to a small, octagonal sitting room which, in turn leads out into the garden. The room is decorated in warm beiges, browns and cream. It also has its own fireplace.
|The Rose Suite||
The Rose Suite is located in the Burra Bungalow and has 2 beds in the main bedroom, along with a further single bed in an adjoining dressing room. There is also a very pretty sitting room where a fourth bed could be put. The whole suite is decorate in pale greens, pinks and rose fabrics and is very light and airy.
|The Simbong Butterfly Room||
The Butterfly Room is located in the Burra Bungalow and is a pretty room yet smaller room, decorated in rich pastel colors and has one four-poster bed. The bedroom leads through to a small sitting room which leads out into the private sit-out and garden. The Butterfly room has its own fireplace as well.
|The Camellia Suite||
The Camellia Suite is located in the Waterlily Bungalow contains two antique single beds, but can be transformed into a double room upon request. The private balcony has views over Kanchenjuga.
|The Rangeet Suite||
The Rangeet Suite is located into the Waterlily Bungalow has a lovely sit-out area with a day bed and has a small private balcony and allows you to step into the garden beyond
|The Rung Dung Suite||
The Rung Dung Suite is located in the Waterlily Bungalow and has superb views. It has a four-poster bed and antique furniture making it slightly more colonial themed. There is a spacious sit-out and has two balconies.
|The Singalila Suite||
The Singalilia Suite is located in the Waterlily Bungalow and has two small private balconies, with an antique four-poster bed.
Ideal for families who want to escape to a retreat in the mountains but with plenty to do. Children are welcome but, being a small and peaceful place, guests are asked to be aware that noise carries here! Children may be accommodated in their parents’ bedroom. There is a baby-sitting service available.
Table d’hôte menus are offered for all meals. Breakfast and lunch are served either in the bright and sunny morning room at one end of the front verandah or in the garden or at the garden pavilion. Dinner is usually served as a sit-down, candlelit meal the dining room, along with your hosts and any other guests in residence. Private dining can be arranged. Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine is served. Room service is available. The delicious, fresh vegetables are all grown on the estate. Some of the best food to be had in India. Picnics and barbecues can be arranged on request. All meals, soft drinks, beer, mineral water are included. NO money changing facility is available but it can be arranged in Darjeeling, E-mail facilities are available. A selection of board games. A library with a good collection of books and magazines. A small shop selling Glenburn honey, jams, tea and toiletries.
Complimentary activities include board games, birdwatching, fishing, swimming in the river, undisturbed walks in the surrounding tea estate, tours of the tea estate and tea factory, and trekking and excursions to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim. Local Massages are charged at an additional cost.
Location & Directions
Near Darjeeling, India
Glenburn Tea Estate is in the Kanchenjunga Himalayan foothills. It's located along the border between the states of Sikkim and West Bengal, an hour's drive from Darjeeling.
When to go
Darjeeling has a moderate climate with all five distinct seasons in a year. Summers (April to June) are mild with maximum temperature never crossing 25 °C. Monsoons (July to August) are accompanied with intense torrential rain causing roadblocks. Fall (September to November) is accompanied with intermittent showers and Darjeeling looks marvelous during this period. Winters (December to January) have a cool climate within the average range of 5 °C to 7 °C. Minimum temperature this season can be freezing –2 °C.
Spring (February to March) is charming with moderate climate. This season is best with scenic beauties
Best season to visit Darjeeling is from September to June, take woollen clothes in winters and may avoid chilly days in January.