Other than Ms Jyoti, an average stay
on Oct 19, 2017
Firstly ooty is a spoiler during this season. Secondly, the residence is not at all in the proper town. I would recommend people to stay in Charing Cross rather than here. Not at all affordable! High price which is completely not worth paying! You can find in the other reviews too that it's only Ms. Jyoti (the caretaker) for whom people can go back again! Rooms were average. The verandah needs repair! Constant flow of water (during rainfall) takes place in the verandah due to improper maintenance of the place. We were not given any extra cot other than a mattress for the extra person to sleep in the freezing cold weather! Generator service is available but that would only light one bulb in the room and nothing else! Cab services are given if you request but the price that they ask for is not at all worth the cost! The garden is well kept, you will get the vintage British residence feel but not satisfied! Marlborough will never be my recommendation for any traveller.
Can go back again for Ms Jyoti
on Sep 22, 2017
We stayed for 3 nights and 4 days (very odd for Ooty tourists) but we find ooty charming and cool during rainy season specifically. That's why it still attracts us even after 6 visits. This is the first time we stayed at Marlborough house and we would like to go back definitely.
1. Ms Jyoti will definitely be the reason for our next visit. You can find a lot of appreciations for her in other reviews. No need to elaborate on that. Those are all true.
2. Rooms are spacious and basic. Just ok.
3. Spacious bathrooms, anyone would like it. (Hot water availability 24x7)
4. Walking distance from Charring cross. But not recommended uphill walk if you are too full after heavy food. :)
5. Good, spacious garden and a lot of quality leisure time we spent with my kid. (we 2 played a little football too in the mud and rain, although my wife shouting)
6. Six different room types are there. They are not of same type and quality.
7. Only one time interaction happened with Mr Prakash before journey for advance, seemed to be a nice gentleman.
8. During peak season, charges will be more and in those cases may not be the worth. But again it is business, cannot complain.
9. A heritage touch is there in the property, although recent innovations and extensions are there.
10. Old Murphy radio does not work (if anyone is curious).
11. Please walk up to Charring cross in Blue Hill or Empire or A2B for decent food. Empire is recommended for quality food and pricing. (Ching is another option for Chinese, better than Bangalore Ching's). Avoid Blue Hill- exorbitant pricing for some average food (specially keema omelette or wellington specials).
12. May be next time I should ask Mr Prakash how he speaks Bengali so well, forgot this time.
13. Linen, towels etc if need to be changed, you need to tell, if staying more than one night. Did not matter for us. We did not ask them to change.
14. St Stephens Church is near by, a lazy walk in the evening to the church and spending a few hrs in peace was precious. For adventurists, the old cemetary at the back of the church is for you. That graveyard is one of my favorite. Reading the old tombstones, breeze away your time like anything. They need to maintain it.
15. No cupboard in our room was a drawback.
We hope to meet Ms Jyoti soon again. If her daughter is reading this, tell your mom that she is an amazing lady.
Service and garden awesome, not satisfied with room.
on Jan 12, 2017
We recently had been to Marlborough House. Unfortunately, we were given the extended rooms which didn't have the feel of the rest of the house which has a beautiful colonial feel.
Service by Ms. Jyothi was awesome and that's one reason why we may revisit this place.
Garden is beautifully maintained. Would be happier if dinner arrangements were there. Another issue we faced is there was no information leaflet. For everything we had to query Ms. Jyothi. First night we spent without a room heater and felt extremely cold. Next morning we got to know that room heaters are available on rent. It would be better if there's a leaflet circulated with what's available and whats' not.
Rooms average, service and garden very good
on Nov 6, 2016
We spent two nights at Marlborough House last week. We stayed in a two double-bed ground floor room which accommodated our family of 4 well. The room is okay, basic and fairly clean as was the linen (with protective covering on both mattresses and pillows). I am not sure however if the blankets are washed/dry-cleaned after every guest. However, the old furnishings and floor could do with better maintenance and these give a run-down feel to the place. The old upstairs rooms are musty, but the new one in the annexe looks better (its approach however is around the back).
The front garden is the good part of this property. The wide lawns are very well kept and the gardener has done a great job of the hedges and flowering plants. We spent most of our time out there on the wooden benches reading and sipping tea/coffee, while the children played and rolled around on the clean lawn. Lots of birds and bird calls - which is lovely in the middle of a city!
The dining room is also bright and homely, with French windows looking over the garden.
Mr Prakash handled our booking very efficiently. Ms. Jyothi who is caretaker and cook is a very pleasant lady, warm and accommodating. She made us feel welcome and attended to all our requests (tea, coffee at odd times, cornflakes, toilet-paper etc.). Only a small soap is provided, so have to carry own toiletries.
Would suggest the bathroom is stocked with basic toiletries (handwash, shampoo, toilet paper) and an electric kettle and tea/coffee/sugar/creamer packs in the room for guests.
Somewhat overpriced for facilities though.
We would stay again.
Homestay at its best!
on Oct 31, 2016
If you crave comfort in Ooty, this is the place to be. We stayed here back in the summer 2016. The weather is amazing and the hospitable nature of both the owner - Mr.Prakash & the caretaker Mrs. Jyoti made this stay a 10/10 for us! Breakfast is served in the house. In case you're planning to drive down to Ooty, they even have a quarter for the drivers for the stay. The house is a vintage property with the old school high ceilings, wooden floorboards and a frontage on the garden. The rooms are quite spacious. We had quite an amazing stay here and wouldn't mind returning here for a bit more of bliss at the Marlborough!
PS. There's an old Murphy radio lying around in the dining quarter, not sure if its functional though...