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Glenburn Tea Estate

From $462 Night India, West Bengal

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Glenburn Tea Estate is a gorgeous luxury hotel on the grounds of a working tea plantation founded back in 1859, now owned by the Chaiwala family. The 8 spacious suites - split between 2 bungalows - are each individually decorated with grand antique beds, wonderful views and a chic country style, evocative of the natural surroundings. The area is rich in bird life and the attentive and friendly staff includes a bird expert who knows much about the flora and fauna of the region. Guests are encouraged to do as little or as much as they want in this tranquil hideaway, from relaxing with an in-room massage to hiking around the estate, river rafting and tea tasting.

As well as looking after their guests, the team at Glenburn have created a Welfare Programme helping local projects and guests are invited to contribute in any way they wish. Families are also welcome and there is plenty to explore on the estate. In addition, the Glenburn Lodge & Campsite located a few hours' hike from the hotel is a great place from which to explore the wilderness with experienced guides taking guests through forests, villages, hill stations and along rivers where they will find some stunning beaches. This 1600 acre private tea estate has its own forest, 2 rivers and 8 tea-picking villages, and is perfect for bird watching, fishing and long picnic walks. A nature-lovers paradise, this is a great retreat for couples, families or groups of friends - wander for miles and return to complete luxury at the end of a beautiful day.


This tranquil retreat is situated amid a diverse landscape inhabited by a wide variety of flora and fauna. Glenburn Tea Estate can arrange walks and hikes for any ability with their expert guides, as well as day trips to Darjeeling Town and Kalimpong. Your dedicated host, Neena can plan the perfect trip, including picnics, fishing trips, bird watching, river rafting, visits to a local school, cookery courses or a relaxing beauty treatment or massage using Darjeeling Green Tea Oil. Tea lovers can see how the leaves get from plant to cup in a tour of the estate.


Meals, snacks and refreshments are tailored to your preference and all is included in the rates. Dishes include local and traditional Indian, South-East Asian and European dishes with salad, herbs, fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Try some of the Chaiwala family recipes such as tea-leaf pakoras, Burmese Khow Suey and delicious chocolate brownies. For breakfast, start the day with a choice of cereals & muesli, a full English breakfast with bacon, sausages and eggs-to-order, fresh seasonal fruit, homemade bread and marmelades, freshly squeezed juice, coffee and of course, lots of tea!


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Address: , India

Nearest airport:

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra. Distance from Airport: 3 hours.

How to get there:

By air: There are daily Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Spice Jet flights from Kolkata (45 mins), Guwahati (30 mins) and New Delhi (2 hours) to Bagdogra. Glenburn is a three hour drive from the airport. The flight from Delhi stops at Guwahati on alternate days and guests are advised to take the direct connection (Delhi-Bagdogra-Delhi) which considerably shortens the flying time. By rail: From Kolkata there are daily overnight trains to New Jalpaiguri station (The Darjeeling Mail operates daily and The Kanchenkanya and Uttar Banga Express operate on alternate days). Both trains take approximately 12 hours. From Delhi there is a daily Rajdhani service that takes about 22 hours. Glenburn is a three hour drive from the station. Complimentary transfers in Air-Conditioned Scorpio 4wheel drive vehicles are provided, along with a picnic hamper. Most of the journey follows the course of the River Teesta, and just before you reach the bridge that takes you across the river to Sikkim, you begin the climb up towards Darjeeling, and then drive down into the Glenburn valley. The last 15 minutes of the drive, over about 3 kms, is very bumpy, but our careful drivers try to make it as smooth as possible. Helicopter charters are available on request.


The 8 individually-decorated suites of Glenburn Tea Estate are split between 2 bungalows - The Burra Bungalow and the Water Lily Bungalow - each with its own drawing room and dining room, gardens, verandahs and terraces. The Burra Bungalow was once home to planters and houses the dining room where romantic candle-lit suppers are held and a large living room complete with fireplace. Rooms are decorated in a light, country style, with a palette of natural colours and some wonderful floral prints. Antique furnishings can be found throughout, and The Planter's Suite has a particularly lovely turn-of-the-century four-poster bed in Spanish mahogany. This wonderful suite will transport you to colonial times with oriental figures in the Toile de Jouy furniture and old maps and prints around the walls. Enjoy views out to the hills and Sikkim from the terrace. The other suites are no less alluring, each with their own theme and spectacular views. The bedroom and living room of The Simbong Butterfly Room are divided by a muslin drape embroidered in butterflies, while wisteria adorns the wardrobe and birds and bees appear across the furnishings. Each suite has been thoughtfully conceived to beautiful effect.

All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with old-fashioned bath tubs with hand showers, and 5 of the suites have walk-in rain showers. On chillier nights, guests can cosy up with a hot water bottle or electric blanket and there are overhead fans to keep guests cool. For larger groups or families, some rooms have single rooms attached to the main bedroom for sleeping extra guests and the Kanchenjunga Suite has a queen-size bed in addition to the canopied king-size in the main room as well as an adjoining room, perfect for families. Hand-embroidered bed linen, towels, bathrobes, slippers, fresh fruit, fresh flowers, Darjeeling Green Tea toiletries and hair driers are provided.

The Kanchenjunga Suite

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Located in the northern wing of the house, The Kanchenjunga Suite overlooks the magnificent mountain range it is named after. With its cool blue and white Toile de Jouy furnishings, and canopied king-size bed, this is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquil beauty that Glenburn is famous for. A Victorian, teak, queen-size provides a bed for a third person in the room, and an adjoining room, with windows covering the length of two entire walls, adds a further bed to this natural family suite.

The Planters' Suite

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With its regal, turn of the century four-poster bed, made of Spanish mahogany, The Planters' Suite takes you back in time to the days of the East India Company and other voyages of discovery. Let the old maps and prints, and oriental figures in the Toile de Jouy furnishings, transport you back to those grand old days, while you relax in front of a crackling fire in the privacy of your room. For a breath of fresh air, step into the garden from your private verandah and sit-out which looks out across the Simbong Valley, towards the hills of the old royal kingdom of Sikkim. The annexed sit-out also has an extra bed, and separate access to the bathroom of the main bedroom, ensuring a bit of privacy for a third person sharing this suite. glenburn

The Rose Suite

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As perhaps given away by its name, The Rose Suite was created as an ode to the purity and timeless beauty of the rose. The unusual shape of this room creates an adjoining chamber offering a third person sharing the suite complete privacy. The roses creep their way onto the furniture, the drapery, the paintings, and the exquisitely embroidered bed sheets. The suite also has a connecting sit-out, with splendid views of the garden on three sides and direct access to the main verandah of the house. Soft mountain breezes ensure the fragrance of the rose creepers adorning this side of the house, waft in through the windows that run along an entire side of the suite.

The Simbong Butterfly Room

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A soft muslin trail of butterflies dresses the canopied four poster bed in The Simbong Butterfly Room, overlooking the Simbong Tea Division of Glenburn. Facing the eastern hills of Sikkim, one can wake up to a spectacular sunrise, and step into a private sit-out and garden. Delicate etchings of wisteria drape the wardrobe, intricately tiled roses adorn the fireplace, and birds and honey bees float across the furnishings, adding to the charm of this cosy little double room.

The Camellia Suite

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Inspired by the Camelia thea botanical print, and the "two and a bud" motif that you will soon be familiar with, Glenburn cannot be complete without its Camellia Suite. With each motif, hand-block printed in Jaipur, Rajasthan, this room epitomizes the attention to detail that so characterizes Glenburn. Step onto a private balcony to gaze up at Mount Kanchenjuga, the hills of Sikkim and the river valleys below. The bay window sit out is tranquil and calm with a canopy of trees just beyond. This suite has a pair of antique single beds, with room for a third if required.

The Rangeet Suite

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Towering over the Rangeet river valley, from the comfort of The Rangeet Suite you can look up to the snow capped mountains or down to the green fields of tea and snow-fed waters. This suite also has a sit out area with a day bed and the calm and tranquil presence of lots of green foliage. The Camellia thea botanical print and the "two and a bud" motif introduces the tea theme to your stay at Glenburn. With each motif, hand-block printed in Jaipur, Rajasthan, this room epitomizes the attention to detail the so characterizes Glenburn.

The Rung Dung Suite

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Dominated by vistas of Darjeeling Town and the Rung Dung river that separates our two hills, The Rung Dung Suite has direct views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range, with colourful floral prints on the furnishings and walls bring out the warmth of this Suite. The majestic four poster bed and antique furniture takes you on a journey back into a colonial era. A spacious sit-out provides a day bed and a desk to relax and admire the views from, as well as comfortable accommodation for a third person sharing the suite.

The Singalila Suite

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The Singalila Suite is dominated by the majestic views of the entire Singalila range, with Mount Kanchenjunga towering above it. From your antique four poster bed, you can watch the sun rise on to the mountains. Water lilies float across the furnishings, and two little private balconies allow you to step out and look up to the town of Darjeeling. There are also views of the tea fields all around, in particular the Kimble Division.


Payments policy

An advance of 50% is required at the time of booking, and full payment 30 days before arrival.

Cancellation policy

30 days before guest arrival: Full refund 15 to 30 days before guest arrival: 50% refund Within 15 days of guest arrival: No refund

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