About the Cottage

The Cottage by the Woods of Vienna Lodgewas built in 1930; it has been expanded and renovated over the years. The property had been namedVienna Lodge as the original owners of the property were from Vienna, Austria back in the 1870’s. The property was then bought by the royal family of Sherkot in 1901 and has been in the family ever since.

Located on the Ayarpatta Hill of Nainital, the beautiful and enchanting Vienna Lodge is at 6800 ft. (2100 m) above sea leveland is home to the guests looking forward to life in the Himalayas. The Ayarpatta forest, right behind the cottage is home to a lot of wildlife such as leopards, deer, wild boars, langurs, and a wide variety of birds. It also has an excellent view of the town of Nainital and the greenery of mountains such as the Nainapeak, the highest peak in Nainital, the Camel’s back mountain and Bara Pathar.

The exceptional feature about the Cottage is that it is not very far away from town and at the same time is peaceful and secluded from the traffic and people. The forest has a small trail that allows you to explore the allurement of nature in its true and enticing form.

The Cottage gives you a conception of how life in the Himalayas can be, from the austerity of winter to the exultation of spring and summer. The rooms hold ‘Bukharis’ which are an ancient way of warming the cottages using sawdust. In the cottage you will find antique furniture, which was personally rescued and restored by the owner from old colonial houses of the Almora district that were being torn down to give way to new age houses.