The School Estate is a boutique homestay in Coorg, India, with a history spanning 150 years. The grand old planation bungalow, erstwhile home to Rev.
The plantation bungalow, now home to the Aiyapas, was built in 1878. Apart from subtle German architectural influences, the Aiyapas have ensured other artefacts from the reverend’s era have lived on. Like a ponderous iron school bell or a century-old pool table that now serves as a dining table. Set amidst fragrant gardens and enveloped by lush estates, this bungalow was where the reverend wrote Gazetteer of Coorg, a book that faithfully documents the region in the 19th century, and its proud people, the Kodavas. In the book, Rev. Richter made special note of Kodava hospitality, remarking that “to leave a Coorg house without having partaken of any offered refreshment, be it only a sip of milk or an orange, would be a grave offence against Coorg etiquette.” That unwavering hospitality continues to be carried forward by the Aiyapas, your hosts at The School Estate.
With two detached cottages, one large family room and two other rooms to choose from, no matter where you are at The School Estate, you can rest assured of a great view. If you’d like to do nothing more than read a book all day, there are plenty of chairs lying around to settle in to. And when you feel like putting your feet up, you can pick a comfy couch overlooking the gardens, or alternatively snuggle up in a hammock under a tree.
FOOD: Fresh produce, al-fresco dining, traditional & continental cooking
Most of what you’ll find on the dinner table at The School Estate comes fresh off the plantations. Whether it’s the spices that curry traditional Kodava dishes, or the fresh cream that accompanies your dessert, sourced from our very own cows. And of course every cup of coffee at the estate is made using handpicked coffee beans from the plantation. Adding to the culinary experience, are the settings you can savour all of this in – al-fresco breakfast, under a bottle brush tree, coffee and cake in a sunken garden or dinner at a century-old pool table.
If you ever feel inclined to leave the comfort of your hammock at School Estate, there is plenty to do and take in. From exploring the estate to mountain walks along ancient pathways, from bathing baby elephants to fishing for the majestic mahseer in the River Cauvery, from languorous cycling trips to a visit to a clan house, The School Estate offers an unmatched Coorg experience like:
- ESTATE ESCAPADES
- MOUNTAIN WALKS
- MONASTERY VISIT
- THE ELEPHANT CAMPS
- COFFEE PICKING
- CYCLE AROUND