Live the Kapoor & Sons life

180º McIver, Coonoor

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Re­mem­ber the colonial bun­ga­low the Kapoor fam­ily called their home in the film? Or the charm of the rus­tic villa you were privy to in Mani Rath­nam’s lat­est Kaa­tru Veliyidai? This hol­i­day, you can make a part of it yours and spend some quiet time in the sprawl­ing gar­dens, tak­ing in the 180º de­gree view of quaint lit­tle town of Coonoor. Thus named, 180º McIver dates back to 1876 and was turned into a ho­tel by Serendip­i­tyO in 2010. The six spa­cious rooms, each one a dif­fer­ent colour, were re-de­signed by a French de­signer and use an­tique fur­ni­ture that adds to their colonial charm. The rooms take their names from the orig­i­nal owner’s es­tates–Black­wood, Creswell, Bal­four, Cran­ley, Cromwell and Mon­te­cute. The prop­erty has a gar­den restau­rant La Bella Vie that serves French, Con­ti­nen­tal and In­dian food and a cof­fee shop that sells fresh bakes. Don’t worry about pil­ing on the calo­ries dur­ing your hol­i­day as McIver also hosts yoga classes twice a week for its guests. “There’s been a lot of at­ten­tion to the prop­erty after Kapoor & Sons and we of­ten find passers by iden­ti­fy­ing McIver,” says Anita Mathias, man­ager, Serendip­i­tyO. Book your rooms early this sum­mer, be­fore other fans beat you to it.

The near­est air­port, Coim­bat­ore, is at a dis­tance of 70 kilo­me­tres. The near­est train GET­TING THERE sta­tion is Coonoor that is served by the pic­turesque nar­row gauge train (toy train) from Met­tupalayam, lo­cated at a dis­tance of 34 km.

180º McIver, 1-4, Or­ange Grove Road, Near SIM's Park, Coonoor Rs 4,000 on­wards AT PRICE

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