HUSHSTAY X HOUSE
ON THE SLOPE
Chalnichina, Kumaon Himalayas, Uttarakhand
(50 kms before Binsar)
Up to 06 Guests
10 Mins downhill Hike
Great for Stargazing
"Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is." - Saul Bellow
Camouflaged amidst a virgin pine, oak and rhododendron forest at 7000 feet, on the slopes of a remote, yet reachable, little Himalayan Hamlet called Chalnichina (about 50 km from Mukteshwar, 50 km before Binsar), is a distinctive, soul-stirring 02 Bedroom Private Retreat aptly called "The House on the Slope".
The house is made almost entirely of stone bricks that have been meticulously hand-carved out of locally sourced Himalayan Stone, and the structure stretches across multiple terraced fields giving way to a unique layered architecture. An all-glass skylight runs through the roof and transitions into the front wall of the house that showcases breath-taking views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks such as Trishul and Nanda Devi and offers the rare luxury of being in the middle of nature from a comfortable space that is designed with sophisticated simplicity and style.
The House on the Slope is where the mind, body and soul can succumb to their own rhythm and yet be in perfect harmony with nature.
A little extra for Hushstays Guests
Hi-Tea on a hill-top
Let our staff take you on a hike to a nearby hill-top. You will be served chai while watching the sun go down.
As you walk down to the House on the Slope, the first thing one immediately falls in love with is the majestic view: A valley of terraced fields, virgin mountains, blue skies and snow-covered peaks in the distance. The architecture of the House itself derives inspiration from the terraced fields and the mountain peaks that surround it as if it was meant to be part of nature itself.
Lemon, Malta and Oak Trees mark the pathway to the entrance of The House On The Slope. Like a fortress, the entire structure is made out of thick stone bricks that have been intricately carved out of locally found natural stone and stacked in a symmetrical fashion to give the house its rustic look. An all-glass skylight that extends all along the roof to the central living area makes way for sunlight to flood the interiors of the house and provides for a rare opportunity to watch the night sky from the comfort of your own private refuge. A floor-to-ceiling front wall then merges with the skylight to offer an awe-inspiring scenery that tells a dramatic story: that of the invincible snow-covered Himalayas and the slow-paced mountain life.
The attention to detail extends to the interiors of the house as well: Warm lighting, soft rugs and chic furniture, all create a minimalistic yet cosy atmosphere. The house consists of 02 bedrooms and a common living room apt for an exclusive and private vacation as a couple or in a small group. A kitchen sits on the topmost terrace of the house and does not interfere with the privacy of the guests.
The rooms at The House on the Slope strike the perfect balance between traditional architecture and modern design. As you step inside, you will find a beautifully laid out living area with warm interiors and scenic views. The "Pataal" floor of the living room is covered with soft rugs, a central seating area faces the floor-to-ceiling glass window, the custom-designed dining table rests on one corner of the room and another corner forms a cosy nook for those who love to read.
Apart from the living room, this level is also occupied by a cosy thick-walled bedroom that was a part of the original traditional house. The old-world charm is reflected in the warm interiors and the thick walls that keep this room warm during winters and cooler during summers. The base of the bed is made of the same stone bricks that are used for the walls and is topped by a 12-inch mattress and exquisite beddings. A small window lets in just the right amount of natural light and once the door to the living room is opened, one gets the perfect glimpse of the Himalayas from the comfort of the bed. A part of the spacious attached washroom is also open to the sky yet offers complete privacy.
A wooden staircase leads the way from the living room to the second and the most picturesque bedroom of the house. The glass roof stretches up from the living room and flows above the bed for a perfect night of stargazing. The glass roof also branches out into an all-glass front wall that offers the same majestic views as the living room. Large windows offer panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings so that you never miss a part of nature. The room has a private dressing area and a washroom that is almost as big as a room. A private patio offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous meal with a view.
There is also a kitchen on the topmost level which has a separate entrance so that there is complete privacy. The kitchen has been primarily made for the use of the trained in-house cook who will cater to all your meal preferences throughout the duration of your stay. The kitchen is kept well-organised and clean so our guests can indulge in cooking and learn a local delicacy or two from the in-house cook.