kobusjanet

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“Great stay”

Great two day stay in a coffee plantation. Owners very nice, friendly, helpful and hospitable. Bungalow Is very basic and far from luxurious and yet have all the conveniences you would want in a homestay. Breakfast, especially the omelettes, are great. Unlimited Coorg coffee. Guided tour through estate was interesting. When we got the bill on the morning of our departure we were very surprised to see no extra charges for the guided tour, laundry that was done, extra coffee and snacks. Next time we will stay longer and bring the kids with us. Kobus and Janet

PeterInDelhi

New Delhi, India
“Secluded paradise above the valley”

My family of four stayed with Diana and Thimaiah in January 2016 for a few days and nights on their Coffee Plantation. A very quiet, close to nature family home with great surroundings (the house in the middle of the plantation, forests all over, a beautiful view across the valley and waterfalls on site), great coffee and lovely homemade meals. The plantation is producing coffee, Tim takes care of all the coffee tree and forest maintenance and took us around several times. You really feel integrated and cared for.
A word on facilities: spacious, well-kept, clean rooms w/bath, a lovely veranda, garden, a children's swing and dining room. Just the level of comfort that makes you relax comfortably

Gloria D

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“Authentic and friendly”

Tim took us around in his estate in his jeep and Diana arranged for traditional Coorgi pork for us - that was the highlight of our trip :) stay here if you enjoy history. The cottages aren't modern but are extremely clean and comfortable. They provide only breakfast which is a LOT of food. You could choose to order in but since it is close to the town we opted to go in and eat - and followed their recommendations which was worth it. Their dogs are really cute. All in all a pleasant trip.

hebars007

Mumbai, India
“Truly 5 star experience!”

We spent 3 days at VV in the month of Feb(9-12) and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a totally refreshing experience and exceeded our expectations though it was our visit to Coorg. We stayed in a double room which was very well maintained and spotlessly clean and tastefully done.. Great care is taken by the hosts, especially Diana to maintain cleanliness and keep it free from insects and mosquitoes. we were amazed to find that inspite of being in the midst of a plantation,surrounded by trees, the place was free from insects and mosquitoes. Bedlinen, towels, bathrooms,toilets were very clean too.
Thimaiah and Diana are excellents hosts and went out of their way to make us comfortable and enjoy the stay. Thimaiah took us on a drive through the plantation in his 1966 Willy jeep. The tour was informative and gave us insight into the coffee making process and the varieties of coffee- Arabica and Robusta.We also had a firsthand experience of life on a coffee plantation. The sight of a small waterfall within the plantation was also delightful.They also have a good collection of heirlooms and ancient vessels used by their ancestors which we are allowed to see. The filter coffee served by them is excellent. Though we are not great coffee drinkers, we opted for their coffee as long as we stayed there as it was so good. We spent our time walking in the plantation, watching the birds (which are plenty here) and enjoying the cool, crisp mountain air. We felt like a home away from home as Diana and Thimaiah made us feel very much "at home".. They were always smiling and answering all our questions. The meals were very lovingly prepared and served by Diana and were healthy as well as tasty. They made it less oily and non-spicy as per our needs.The paaputtu with double beans curry served at breakfast was superb!!
Ozzy and Minnie their pet dogs were a delight to watch.
We enjoyed the quietness,walking through the tall,shady trees in the plantation,listening to the constant chirping of a variety of birds,the crisp cool air and just relaxing and soaking in nature, away from the noise and pollution of Mumbai.
The sight of bright red coffee cherries everywhere delighted our senses and so were the early blloms of coffee with their heady fragrance.
The coffee and hospitality were excellent. Very friendly hosts and staff too. Overall a very pleasant experience. Truly 5 star. A place where you can find quietness,tranquility amid nature in a pollution free atmosphere. Would definitely love to come again. Stayed February 2016, travelled with family

RemyaNair

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“An Amazing stay in the middle of the coffee estate”

This is a lovely homestay or rather cottage stays inside the coffee estate owned by our hosts Thimmaya and Diana. We had a wonderful time here, staying in the quaint cottages, which are like little homes, kitchenette et al. The highlight of the rooms is the bathroom, large, red oxide floors, and hot bathing water in a copper vessel, which is heated from the outside using logs :)
The walk around the estate is a trek by itself, with two lakes and a waterfall in the premises. We went in the month of August, and we were told to visit in December to see the coffee plants in full bloom. Definitely planning a visit here again
This property is located just outside the main city, which adds to its rustic charm!

Utsab S

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“A happy accident!”

Back in July, we were stuck in a horrible hotel on the outskirts of Coorg. After just one night, we started frantically calling up places around Madikeri for a reservation.
Diana & Thimaiah had a last minute cancellation. The minute we got a confirmation, we checked out of our hotel and headed to Victorian Verandaz.
Staying at Victorian Verandaz is like visiting family. Thimaiah took time off from work in the morning to share a cup of coffee and help us plan our day. He even arranged for cabs to take us around and take in the sights.
The property is a beautiful coffee estate with acres of coffee plantations, a little brook running through it and even a little waterfall. Don't forget to ask Thimaiah to take you on a walking tour around the property.
Did I mention their dogs? They're supercool and super fun. Ozzy accompanied us on our tour of the property.
And while you're encouraged to have your meals outside, if you can, don't miss Diana's cooking. She will lay out a feast! Her Pandi (Pork) curry is undoubtedly the best I've tasted. I would strongly recommend VV to anyone visiting coorg. If you're looking for a five star luxury spa holiday, this is not the place. But, if you're looking for a place where you can feel at home, make new friends and enjoy the company of some no-nonsense hosts who will treat you like extended family, then pick up the phone and call them!

ShaleenVashisht

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“Excellent place to relax in lush surroundings”

First thing: for folks accustomed to hotel type of stay, be aware that the Home Stay is a 'bit' different since there is no menu available to choose food from. But it was irrelevant for me, i really enjoyed the stay with my family here, they have a big estate having coffee plantation all around. The couple who manage all this are warm and very friendly, it really looks like a home stay only.
For folks coming via Kushalnagar: a tip of advice- dont rely on GPS to give you accurate directions, the owner will text you the way instead (i arrived from chickmagalur so faced no such issue with GPS though)

gauravs09

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“The perfect place to relax .. home-stay with a soul !!”

I will try to be as detailed as possible since this place, Diana & Tim have ensured memories for life !! More than 100 acres of estate with its own private streams, mini waterfalls, breath-taking view, sounds of nature .. making it ideal for treks and walks. Dont miss the sun-rise. Luckily Vodafone signal is not so good there, there is a TV in the room but we did not even look at it! We stayed in a DB room, which is spacious with a well-equipped Bathroom attached, a common Dining Room and a lovely Verandah overlooking the Plantation. Room was next to the dining room which has a fridge and filtered water. Everything was cleaned daily. Diana's culinary skills are well talked about on tripadvisor .. she takes very good care of guests and the breakfast & dinner are well laid out, fresh & tasty!! Tim is a great host who looks after his plantation very well. They helped us with options for eating at Madikeri + sight-seeing plans + what to buy from where. But we spent a lot of time in VV and just relaxed. We enjoyed talking to them and having the black coffee from the plantation itself! Our baby loved the dogs Ozzy & Minnie! Roads right up to the property are excellent and the city is just 15 minutes away.

I would also like to mention about some things people should bear in mind while going into a home-stay:
1. Home-stays are not your star hotels - so we dont expect room service and other such benefits
2. It is almost like living in a friend or relative's house so its best to respect their privacy and timings .. best not to reach their place late night and make them wait for you .. good to have meals on time so that the family can wind-up and relax
3. Home-stays like these are right in the heart of nature and hence 'natural' friends - read insects, lizards, animals, etc are expected .. live and let live .. the family takes care in making it safe but it is in our interest to not leave room door open at night, not to roam around in the plantation late at night, to not disturb any domestic or 'semi-wild' animals as they also want to relax and enjoy like us :) etc.
Overall, we enjoyed living at Victorian Verandaz. Thank you Diana & Tim for hosting us!!
Room Tip: DB rooms are very good, close to dining room. Rustica & Hermitage are other options with their o...

vinkolar

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“Cosy homestay on top of the coorg”

It was a family vacation amdist the roaring greens of coorg. The location is superb; it is in between large coffee plantation, situated near one of the high altitude cities in Coorg. The host, Thimayya and Diana, made us feel at home. We loved staying here and driving in and around. It was a great vacation watching the rain drench the forest while we sip coffee on the porch. A small suggestion: it might be better to have an option of dinner and lunch so that we dont have to leave this place for the entire vacation

anadara007

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
“All superlatives!”

This was our first visit to Coorg and we decided to take a chance with homestay, something we had not attempted before. It turned out to be a great decision. VV is every bit the picturesque getaway we dream about. Serene and mystic, this gem nestled inside a coffee plantation has a history of its own. The people who own it Mr Thimaiah and Ms Diana are wonderful. Right From helping out with the directions to making everything comfortable for their guests, they take great pains to ensure you have a good stay. We were two adults and one child and found the Hermitage property perfect for us.

Highlights-
-Spic and span room
-We were able to find it easily on google maps
-Well stocked kitchenette
-Tata sky connection
-Breakfast provided. Especially their Kodagu items were superb.
-Housekeeping is efficient
-Children will love Ozzie and Minnie their pet dogs. Our four year old loved the turkey and pigeon house too
-Don't miss the estate tour. Fantastic one by Mr Thimaiah. Highlight of our stay
Best part about VV is the hospitality of the owners. Highly recommend the place and hope to go there again sometime soon Stayed December 2015, travelled with family

ShivaJayagopal

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Great experience

We booked two rooms and stayed there with family. The quality of the rooms was amazing. We requested for home cooked dinner and it was awesome. The breakfast was simple. They took us around the coffee estate and it was a fantastic experience. Plan to spend more days in the future.

rajesh_dangi

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Peaceful & Relaxing

Serene with nature, peaceful property, the hospitable couple Mr. Thimmaiah & Mrs Daina took real good care of us and offered all the courtesies for comfortable living, a simple yet clean cottage, 100 acres of coffee estate and simple yet tasty breakfast, made a lastign impression on us, very affordable place specially for couples and families to unwind....
Room Tip: Eat your luch at East End Hotel and then proceed for checkin....they do not serve lunch..., very lim...

AAB84

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Wonderful experience of home stay..

Mr.Thimmiah was very friendly and wid a great sense of humour.We stayed for 2 nights.Mrs.Diana was also very sweet and always looking after us.we were welcomed by the wonderful hosts with a cup of coffee.Mr.Thimmiah then took us around the plantation in his jeep ,explained coffee pluming and also showed around the bungalows.It was nice of him to spare time for us.They also recommended good restaurants for lunch and dinner.The room was nice and cozy with a TV ,big cupboard,dressing table and a huge bathroom with hot water. There were also many reader digest collections and other books and magazines. Dinner was simple and yummy .rotis curry dal curd rice n gulab jamun.we would definitely love to go back to coorg n stay only at VV for 2- 3 days just to chill..

Faresh

From New Delhi, India
“Amazing stay”

We were a group of 5 who stayed at the 'Rustica' cottage for about 2 days. Its a beautiful 150 yr old ancestoral home in the middle of a coffee plantation (but just 15 mins drive from the town). Rustica has the kind of charm that no modern hotel can provide. Reasonable priced and with clean and well maintained rooms/bathrooms, 'Rustica' is "Highly recommended" if you are travelling in a group. Special thanks to Mr and Mrs Thimaiah for everything including the plantation visit.

thisiskuki

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Awesome hosts and stay

The Thimmaiahs were excellent hosts, starting with precise instructions to travel to their home, waiting outside to welcome us, a feast of a dinner for tired souls having driven a long way, a long and detailed walk through of their huge plantation (the old vessels, granary etc are a great collection) and the fresh juices waiting for you to refresh! Our 2 nights and days were super refreshing. Can go on and on, but my suggestion to you if you are visiting Coorg is to just stay at Victorian Verandaz for a couple of days at least and chill out!!

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  • Testimonials

    • Excellent place to relax in lush surroundings

      ShaleenVashisht
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