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.
Fenced Private Land
All Meals Included
In-house Chef / Caretaker
Towels and Toiletries
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING
All meals of the day (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner) are included in the room tariff.
Meals are prepared by our in-house chef and are made of delectable homemade local cuisine made of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the surrounding orchards.
A menu is shared upon booking confirmation. We request all our guests to inform the staff about their meal preferences well in advance.
In case you would like to cook yourself, we have a fully equipped kitchen that is available for guests.
Hushstay x House on the Slope is located away from all the hustle-bustle of the popular hill-stations in a small village called Chalnichhina.
Nearest Railway Station (Kathgodam) - 100 kms / 3.5 hrs
Nearest Airport (Pantnagar) - 125 kms / 04 hrs
Bhimtal - 75 kms / 2.5 hrs
Mukteshwar - 50 kms / 1.5 hrs
Binsar - 50 kms ahead / 1.5 hrs
Jageshwar - 25 kms ahead / 45 mins
As with all great places, getting to this paradise-of-a-location requires a beautiful little 10 - 15 mins hike down from the road head through a pine and oak forest. This hike is not recommended for senior citizens.
Alternatively, there is a 04 kms long "dirt road" route that leads directly to the property, however, we do not recommend this route to our guests unless it is absolutely necessary as the road might get really muddy at times.
If you are taking the recommended hiking route, you can park your car on the designated roadside space. Our staff will receive you there and help you out with your luggage.
Check-in time: 01:00 PM
Check-out time: 10:00 AM
Slow and soft music is okay, but please do not play loud music. You are in the middle of nature.
Services of the staff are available until 10:00 PM
We are pet-friendly. If you are coming with your pet, make sure they are well-mannered and that nothing gets broken.
Sustainable Travel: We are very conscious about nature and we would like our guests to feel the same way. We try to reduce the use of single-use plastic as much as possible and hence, we do not provide cold drinks or bottled drinking water. Our drinking water comes from an RO and refillable water bottles are provided in each room.
We follow a strict no smoking policy inside the house since it is a wooden house. You may ask the caretaker for an ashtray and smoke outside the house if you need to.
This place is offered exclusively to only one group at a time, the price varies depending on the number of guests. Please select the exact number of guests while booking.
The 02 bedrooms can comfortably accommodate up to 04 guests. We have a sofa-cum-bed in the living room and extra mattresses can be provided for extra guests.
Electricity: Electricity is usually not a problem, however, being at an offbeat location, if there is an unprecedented power outage, we have to manage with lanterns and candles for lighting the rooms and dining. This might also offer you an opportunity to switch off and gaze at the starry night sky. We promise you will not regret it.
Please note that like any other home in the mountains, we do not have an air-conditioner at the property. The House on the Slope has been designed in such a way that there is proper wind circulation if the windows are opened in the afternoon. Heaters are provided in each room.
Wifi and Connectivity:
There is a good 4G connectivity for Airtel and Jio users, if you are planning to work from Hushstay x House on the Slope. Being at an offbeat location, we do not have a WiFi connection in place.
Date of booking - 31 days before arrival : 25 % cancellation fee on the total booking amount.
30 Days - 15 Days : 50 % cancellation fee on the total booking amount.
Within 14 days from date of arrival : No refunds
In case of a COVID related emergency, you may reschedule your travels to future dates within 06 months from your actual checkin date.
THINGS TO DO
AROUND THE HOUSE ON THE SLOPE
There is plenty to do around The House on Slope besides just gazing eternally at the mesmerising scenery from the living room, watching the night sky from the all-glass roofline or learning to cook local delicacies from our in-house cook.
There are only very few places in Kumaon that offer the tranquillity and peace that the forests of the relatively unexplored Chalnichina have to offer. Numerous hiking trails run through these forests on which very few city-dwellers would have stepped upon: some leading up to the top of a hill for a beautiful sunset, down to a river stream and a waterfall or through a nearby village where the locals still live by their traditions. Our caretaker is from one of the nearby villages and knows his way to the most beautiful spots.
Away from all the noise and pollution, Chalnichina is also a paradise for a wide variety of butterflies and migratory birds such as the Blue-fronted Redstart, Red-billed blue magpie and many more. And then, if you'd still like to do a little bit of the touristy things, you can head to other nearby places such as Binsar, Jageshwar, Kasar Devi and Almora.
HUSHSTAY X HOUSE ON THE SLOPE
“ The House on the Slope is like an oasis. You do not expect such an astonishing structure to appear at such a remote and virgin location. Every moment we spent watching the scenery through the large front window was absolute bliss and we did it for hours. The hospitality by the caretaker is superb and we absolutely loved the food. We will definitely be back for more. ”
- Chander, Gurgaon
“Ideal place for someone who wants to get away from the city madness. I came here with my dog and we loved each moment we spent here. Although there is no provision for a Wifi, my Jio Dongle worked fairly well and I could attend video conferences from a cosy corner of the house. The nook below the staircase was my favourite. The meals were prepared as per our preferences and Shiv Raj ji, the caretaker left no stone unturned.”
- Kanika, Delhi
“Comfortable stay in a secluded village of Kumaon region. Great views of some of the prominent Himalayan peaks. Shivraj the caretaker is warm and helps you explore nearby areas. He is a great cook too. He cooked us some local delicacies which were awesome. Don't forget to explore a nearby village called Naugaon. it's a small farmer's village which has its own unique culture.”
- Subham, Airbnb