Cedar at Poonch House

Private room in guest suite hosted by Bharat

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 private bath
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Cedar used to be the erstwhile King’s room when he visited. It is completely wood-lined. The ceilings still maintain the original mural paintings and woodwork. At the head of the bed is a panel of traditional British architecture-inspired bay windows. A traditional intricately carved fireplace holds the centre of the room. The room also has a study table/workspace. The room is ideal for 2 people. If you’re travelling with a child, the room can accommodate 2 persons and a child below 8 years.

The space
If you’ve been looking for a place to go away to, or rather a place to get away from the rigours of everyday modern living, let us tell you about our home that sits on a quiet knoll that’s tucked away in the Himalaya.

It sits in a mountain-hewn land bowl, against a backdrop of steep hills that border one end of the property, amidst pine and cedar forests that protect it from the din of the outside world.

Our home is 80 years old and a tribute to a King’s love for his Queen. Built in 1936, the house was the summer home that the Queen lived in and recuperated from a deadly illness. Story has it that the Queen was dying, and after scouring the land, the King found the magic elixir that saved his Queen’s life. The King was Raja Padam Dev Singh of Poonch the then Dewan of Kashmir. And hence our home is known as Poonch House. The source to that elixir, a natural water spring, is still alive in our estate, and provides sustenance to our home.

Approximately 100 kilometres from Jammu city, on the old Jammu-Srinagar road, is a sleepy hamlet, Kud. The town is not quite unknown to regulars on the old route, as all buses would stop for passengers to buy the famous “Prem ka Patisa”. Kud has a population of a few thousand people, with farming being the chief means of livelihood. Our home is 3 kilometres from the market square, secluded on a hill removed from any cluster of buildings.

We have maintained the old structure of our home. It was built using stone carted all the way from Lahore, and local deodar wood. It is a fine specimen of old architecture and the art of thoughtful construction. The property has a distinct old-world charm and has stayed with our family for 3 generations. We have many lawns around the house, and marked trails in and around the property for you to enjoy your time in nature. You can enjoy a wide variety of flora and fauna in our specially vibrant ecosphere. We take joy in our own produce by growing our own vegetables and fruit. And you’re welcome to potter around in our gardens. We enjoy distinct seasons here – with luscious spring (with fresh foliage and vibrant blooms), a warm summer (sun through the day and evening walks amongst the flower heads), misty monsoon (with fogs that envelop, endless chai, and gupshup in bed), crisp autumn (with yellowing leaves and gathering of pine cones), and a very cold winter (with upto 5 inches of snow at our property).

This has been our home. And we are now throwing it open to visitors such as you. We are a heritage bungalow, and now a new organic farm retreat, and we welcome you to enjoy the quiet, beauty, solace, and a responsible way of life with us. Our home is ideal for anyone who is looking for some quiet, and catch-up time with family, partners, friends, or oneself - the kind where you’re not in a rush, can sit back and enjoy the moment, read a book in any nook, enjoy laid back siestas in the hammock, watch the magnificent sunsets from our sundeck, scramble up some rocks, enjoy a sit-out around the fire…

We are self-sufficient with the water from the natural spring. We use grey water to irrigate our poplar and willow trees. The property has 2 little ponds that are home to some families of fish. The birds use the pond for their daily wash and song. We own 3 dogs and they are family. They live on the property and run freely, with a few areas being off-limit for them too, including your bedroom.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 double bed

What this place offers

Wifi
Free parking on premises
Washer
Dryer
Indoor fireplace
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer
Dedicated workspace
Long-term stays allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Kud, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Things to Do At/Around the Property:

Take nature trails we have marked out for you. You can enjoy a comfortable stroll through the woods, or test your fitness up a notch and walk up a brisk uphill trail, or take the rock hewn steps used by the King’s horses. If you’d like and if we can, we’d be happy to accompany you.

Help with the farm work, pick your own organic vegetables for dinner.

Pick your nook - under many of the centuries old trees around the house or the hammock or the patio - you can enjoy your space and not be bothered by anyone.

A day trip to Patnitop (alt. 2024m) (3km) and onwards to Nathatop (alt. 2711m) (18km) to enjoy the views of the mountains and valleys.

A day trip to Sanasar (alt. 2050m) (23km) to enjoy boat riding on the Sana and Sar lakes, enjoy the verdant meadows of the place, and enjoy the views of the mountain ranges. You can partake of the many adventure sport activities held there.

A day trip to Baglihar Dam on the Chenab river. The Chenab is a beautiful emerald green & blue through most of the months of the year. She is a most ravishing site.

A day trip to Noti river (17km), a feeder river of Tawi. It’s a scenic quiet spot to enjoy a picnic by the river.

A trip to Katra (80km) & onwards to Vaishnodevi can be planned from our home.

A trip to Bhaderwah (95km) can be planned from our location. You can spend a day/night in Bhaderwah. The town with its surrounding valley and mountains is aptly called “mini Kashmir”.

We also organise and undertake paid treks to nearby prominent destinations. Please talk to us to plan the same.

Hosted by Bharat

  1. Joined in March 2017
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Co-founder inditramp and Co-host at Poonch House. Loves hiking, cycling, motorcycling and dogs. Beer and coffee aficionado. Scientist and audiophile.

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  • Pratikchha

During your stay

We live in the house through the year, and look forward to interacting with you. Our staff includes a housekeeper and cook, who will look after your everyday needs. We offer a sumptuous a-la-carte breakfast (paid). You can also order your meals with us, in case you plan to spend the day at the property. The meals are prepared with love, using locally sourced seasonal produce. We will try our best to accommodate any reasonable special request for a type of cuisine or diet. We also create picnic meals for you to carry on the go.
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House rules

Check-in: 2:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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