While we wait for RAAS Devānya to open in 2023/24, experience the best of Devānya at our Villa in the Woods.
Villa in the Woods
RAAS Devānya is scheduled to open its doors to you in 2023/24. Meanwhile, you can already experience RAAS hospitality in the Kumaon foot hills, at the himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand.
The Villa in the Woods at RAAS Devānya, is a three-bedroom property situated on a hill slope between the towns of Bhimtal and Mukteshwar. Built as part of the larger sustainably engineered, eco-conscious development called Devānya, the villa offers visitors the opportunity to go off the urban grid, and yet have access to the luxuries they’re used to. Managed by RAAS Hotels, the fully staffed villa will serve a mix of international and Rajasthani food using seasonal organic produce and grain that’s either grown on Devānya’s own organic farms or sourced from local farmers.
Photography : Noughts & Crosses | André J Fanthome
Around the Villa
The area is home to much natural diversity. The nearby Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, accessible by a government-run jeep safari, is home to leopards, Indian red foxes, Himalayan black bear, and over 200 species of birds. Closer home, there are numerous hiking trails along rivers and waterfall spots in the surrounding hills. For the spiritually inclined the ancient shrines and cave sites of Kasar Devi, Jageshwar and Gananath are within driving distance. Guided trips and transport to any or all can be organised on request.
The Living Space
The villa, which draws from the Kumaoni-style koti-banal architecture, is built of local timber and stone, much of which is taken from the site itself. Built on stilts and across three levels, indoors you get the feel of being in a treehouse. Albeit one that’s fitted out for extreme comfort. Think heated floors made from Himalayan slate, the use interior elements such as furniture and millwork by the Faridabad-based practice Mangrove Collective, Jaipur Rugs’ floor spreads, a bar set-up by Ellementry and FCML and high-speed Internet. Large windows, some extending from floor to ceiling, and transparent skylights, bridge the distance between the indoors and the outdoors.
The uppermost level houses two bedrooms, including the master. While the lowermost has the third bedroom (ideal for children), staff quarters and other facilities. The living and dining spaces are on the middle level. The north-facing deck and the south-facing terrace of this level and the bedrooms on the upper level open out to panoramic views of the surrounding hillside. Of the 90-acre hill that Devānya occupies, over 20 acres consists of fruit orchards and another 30 acres is virgin forest, where endemic species of flora, such as ringal bamboo, Himalayan raspberry and Indian willow, have been preserved. So, expect those picturesque views your Insta feed’s been thirsting for. All areas of the villa are wheelchair accessible thanks to an internal lift.
Food & Dining
We offer a blend of contemporary western and authentic Rajasthani cuisine. RAAS promotes seasonal cuisine and almost all of our vegetables are procured from our organic fields. We have also contracted with local farmers to grow organic grains for us and are using the same in our cuisine.
Reaching Villa in the Woods
The villa is a 75 minute drive from Kathgodam, the nearest railway station, and 90 minutes from the Pantnagar airport, which is serviced daily by Indigo and Spice Jet from New Delhi. Alternately, you could fly to Bareilly airport directly from Mumbai and Bangalore. The Villa can arrange for transfers from the nearest airport or railway station. If you are driving from Delhi, it takes 6.5 hours to reach Devānya. Plus: Devānya’s helipad is available to guests for use.
Matial Uttrakhand, 263136
INR 1,00,000 – INR 1,25,000 onwards per night plus taxes; includes all meals. Depending on the duration of your stay.
With our RAAS Hopper offer, you get special rates and cool perks when you experience the best of 2 or more destinations with us. You get to stay an additional night – on us! And you get two extra nights when you book 7!
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