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Glenburn Tea Estate Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

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Guided tours of the expansive plantation
Customized breakfasts on the scenic verandas
Stunning verdant vistas—especially after monsoon season

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A bumpy road along the Himalayan foothills culminates in this scenic, 1,600-acre plantation established as the Glenburn Tea Estate in 1859. A 2002 renovation, courtesy of one of India's premier tea-planting families, has thankfully left the home's old-world charm in untouched splendor: open terraces and spacious verandas overlooking the rolling hills and flowing rivers below make the perfect nook for a sip of the region's famous Darjeeling.

Price from $492

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During warmer months, the kitchen staff can whip up handmade ice cream for you, based on whichever fruit is ripe at the moment.

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  • Vibe and atmosphere

    There's something in the air here, besides the pleasant waft of herbs floating up from the fields below—a sense of genuine conviviality is prominent, perhaps spurred by the relaxation that accompanies the scenery. Though there are more than enough activities to pass the time (birdwatching and hiking are both complimentary), many opt to stay onsite and relax, relishing the noticeable absence of rush and pressure.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    Each of the eight spaces is a floor-to-ceiling bespoke experience, with hand-woven linen and natural amenities crafted from green tea. Spacious, warm, and designed to filter in plenty of natural light, most rooms are tucked away behind the main house. Most en-suites boast antique free-standing tubs, plus walk-in rain showers.
  • Service style

    Warm, convivial staffers are prone to leave homemade cookies atop freshly pressed beds; say the word, and they'll escort those so inclined on day trips to nearby towns (Sikkim, Kalimpong) or arrange sunset boat trips along the scenic Rungeet River.
  • Preferred room type

    With its four-poster mahogany bed, antique maps and prints, and full working fireplace, the Planters' Suite is a veritable instant transport back to the regal era of the East India Company.
  • Unique property features

    Farm to table, meet plantation to plate: all meals here (fully inclusive in the rates) feature ingredients sourced from the hotel's own gardens, from the herbal teas to the candlelit delicacies, served in a group setting, at dinner.