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!