The Heritage Bungalow is immersed in over 100 years of rich history. Set in the midst of the Addabarie Tea Estate, it was originally the Visiting Agent’s residence. After renovation and fronted by a massive lawn interspersed with mature trees, decorative beds blooming with seasonal flowers and dotted with wooden benches, it is a perfect refuge for visitors keen to re-create the experience of the old-world British planters’ lifestyle.
As guests climb the wooden steps to enter they will immediately notice details harking back to earlier times: the carved brass doorbell, a collection of fishing flies, the decorative peacock handles. A glass panelled front door opens onto the vast screened verandah that has comfortable cane tables and chairs set out on the original tiled floor which is scattered with oriental rugs. This is the ideal place to take afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks.
The spacious drawing room is furnished with Asian collectibles and colonial pieces: a games table, refined Chinese-style high backed chairs, and has air-conditioning to cool down the temperature during the humid summer months and a blazing log fire to warm the chilly winter evenings while guests sink back into gigantic cushioned couches.
There is a bright, elegant dining room, where white-gloved bearers serve meals and a cozy study with an absorbing and diverse book collection as well as historical memorabilia like framed originals of former planters’ letters and fishing records.
The bungalow has three large and charmingly appointed bedrooms with air-conditioning, ceiling fans and heaters for the cooler months. Two boast super-king size beds and the third has twin beds. Attached to each bedroom are sizeable and luxurious en suite bathrooms all with bathtubs and separate showers.
Every room is decorated with an array of exquisite ornaments, paintings and wall hangings personally selected and shipped from every corner of the world, highlighting the different faces of Asia and making the Heritage Bungalow a perfect place to experience the fast disappearing lifestyle of the British sahib and memsahib tea planters of Assam.