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The lovely Bujera Fort in Udaipur is set on the edge of a tiny village in the Araveli Hills; with views down to Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, the City Palace and the city itself.
The hotel is a newly built fortress, but created with exquisite attention to detail, such as hand-carved stone columns and jarokas (ornate stone windows), as well as salvaged doors and windows that all add to the sense of authenticity. The owners, interior designers Richard Hanlon and Trish McFarlane, have also fashioned interiors that tastefully blend English country house elegance with Indian touches, fabrics and style.
The accommodation is divided among various buildings. Bujera Fort is the main event, with two master suites, each with elegant marble bathrooms and lovely fireplaces, and then another five cloistered bedrooms with marble baths and balconies. Beyond the shaded cloisters in a central courtyard there is a verdant garden complete with fountains, pavilions (for outdoor eating) and a heated swimming pool designed like a traditional Indian stepwell. On the other side of the charming courtyard are a library, bar, drawing room (complete with silver leaf grand piano - better than it sounds!) and breakfast room.
The Bujera Cottage next door has three double bedrooms (two with balconies) with marble bathrooms, a sitting room with fireplace, private garden, plunge pool and roof terrace with views down to Udaipur. The Cottage has its own kitchen and can be taken as a standalone entity that is ideal for families or small groups of friends, and a fourth suite can also be incorporated.
Next is Bujera Bungalow, also with self-catering possibilities, and comprising two double, one twin and one single bedroom with marble shower rooms along a cloister. There is a lovely cottage feel here, with a particularly attractive walled garden, plunge pool, veranda, breakfast room, library and drawing room.
Away from the rooms, Bujera Fort operates a healthy farm to fork policy with the vast majority of produce home grown or sourced from within twenty miles of the village. The chefs create both continental and Indian food of the high standard demanded by the owners.
The attention to detail in the interior design is clearly apparent and makes for really beautiful rooms.
Frances, Original Traveller