We had a really great time here. It's a beautiful old farmhouse with a lovely garden. The hospitality is wonderful. The food is delicious. The mattress was uncomfortable. The Saatale Durbar palace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah is impressive. The old bazaar is unspoiled.
Stayed here for one night as part of a wider tour of Nepal and would have gladly stayed for longer. This is a beautifully situated property which has been lovingly restored and has plenty of character. The view from the Farm is stunning and the service is second to none. Our breakfast was particularly tasty, really yummy farmhouse grub (the spicy tea alone should get a special mention).
Nuwakot holds a strong place in Nepalese history so we decided to see the village and our friend suggested this farm house. 'Wow!' was our first word when we entered the place. It is a restored Newari house, brilliant ambience overlooking Nuwakot palace, village and the river. Rooms are clean with complete, personalised local touch service. Most of the food was made from fresh farm vegetables . If you are looking for a quiet weekend getaway this is the place.
This spot was a delightful surprise. The location is sublime--on a hilltop overlooking a beautiful river valley and the ancient village of Nuwakot with its 300-year-old historical buildings and temples. I loved staying in the immaculately-restored Newari farmhouse. My room was spacious and airy and VERY clean. The meals, prepared with organic vegetables from their own garden, were delicious. And the staff were wonderful. I felt like I was part of a big warm family who only cared about making me comfortable. After the noise and chaos of Kathmandu, this place was a piece of heaven. Even though it takes a while to get there, I am strongly urging people looking for a comfy taste of village life to add this little retreat to their itinerary.
The Famous Farm is definitely not a hotel. Essentially it is a well designed and decorated trekking lodge but without the normal food choices you get from other trekking lodges, without proper trekking and at an extremely high price. We paid $95 a night for a family room and expected $95 value (which normally gets you an awful lot in Nepal). What we got was less value than we've had from $5 a night hostels on the Annapurna circuit. On the positive side the staff were pleasant and did try hard but the reality is that the Famous Farm offered a very limited service. Please save your money and stay in a real lodge somewhere, not this over-hyped and over priced version. If you want a $90 experience in this country, choose a quality hotel.
After a very eventful journey from Kathmandu, The Famous Farm was like arriving at an oasis of calm - just beautiful. The staff are wonderful and friendly, food is fresh and delicious, rooms are traditional and full of character. The views are stunning. A short walk away is the village of Nuwakot, which is very picturesque. Travelled here as a group of families - 8 adults, 8 kids, and stayed 2 nights but easily could have managed another night! Highly recommend it.
We returned to Nepal and found that the Famous Farm had just been included as part of the tour. What a fantastic place. The location was superb, a short hop away from the bustle of Katmandu and a pleasant break on the way to the Annapurnas. The journey was interesting and quite a ride but the views were breathtaking - and then we saw the buildings. The team has done wonders and the resultant refurbishment of these traditional Newari buildings is amazing. I didn't think it was possible to attain such standards in the mountains of Nepal. The buildings were beautiful, smothered with so many flowers and colours. The traditional architecture was enhanced by tasteful furnishings and decor - the hot showers were brilliant (slate clad steamy hot and clean with so much hot water and really good drainage and beautifully fluffy white towels!). The staff were superb and could not be improved on - service outstanding and so much attention to detail, tea lights scattered around the terraced gardens, smiles everywhere, delicious food. We went there en route to a trek but will go back there to spend a prolonged holiday - it was charming and a truly world class hotel experience.
Not your five star western resort but a 6 star scenic and people experience. Whole of staff and community combine to make this a memorable three days of extraordinary beauty. Meals were created from farm fresh produce that almost spoke to you whilst the kitchen and wait staff excelled in thinking ahead of your needs. Unlike most of Nepal power outages seem to be regulated and of much shorter duration which made hot showers easily available. Scenery combines some magnificently built structures with absolute breathtaking natural beauty.
Amazingly preserved authenticity of Nepali culture and lifestyle. Family loved it. Very peaceful, good food, great hospitality. Thank you all for your excellent service. Will recommend to all coming to 'lovely Bandipur'.
Beautiful hotel, beautiful town, beautiful people. I have fallen in love! Namaste!
We enjoyed our stay at The Old Inn. Bandipur is a sedate little town which is full of character and the Old Inn is conveniently located in the centre. The Newari architecture of The Old Inn is beautiful, as is the view over the surrounding areas. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. The communal sitting/dining areas were comfortable and beautifully decorated. The meals were delicious; hearty breakfasts and dinners. On a less positive note, the hot water in the shared bathrooms was intermittent and our room was tiny. With two rucksacks and two people in the room, we couldn't move without clambering over the bed.
One of the best places in Nepal. Bandipur is 'back in time'. Never been to a place like this. The Old Inn makes the trip even more memorable. Excellent service, superb food, breathtaking view, very, very friendly.
If you want to feel like you've stepped into another century, stay here. It wasn't cheap, but it was a truly memorable stay. The staff were helpful in arranging travel onwards to Pokhara, and the food was great...though it was largely western...but perhaps you might want that after dahl baaht for a few weeks. Being able to see Annapurna from my balcony was a highlight. The village is interesting and there are great short walks around the area. Worth the extra expense.
This was one of our favourite places to stay in Nepal. The Old Inn is full of character and charm and we absolutely loved it! No, it is not luxurious, but it is very comfortable and clean and more than makes up for any lack of mod-cons by its authenticity. The outside areas are beautiful and comfortable and the views stunning. No, the bathrooms aren't en-suite but it's no big deal. We had hot water and never had to wait to use a wash-room - they were plentiful. Electricity went out a couple of times but that is to be expected in Nepal. We had the most wonderful food at The Old Inn. They operate on an all-inclusive basis and whilst you don't get to choose what you have, I don't think you'd be disappointed. We had the most wonderful home-made bread, the most delicious chunky potato chips I've ever tasted and some fabulous yak cheese. Great salad, a buffalo dish, dessert, water, juice (and that was only lunch!). The waiting staff couldn't have been friendlier. They were warm, sincere and had a great sense of humour. We had dinner by candlelight on the terrace and it too was delicious. Nepali-style food - all of it wonderful. A stop at Bandipur is a good way to break up a journey between Kathmandu and Pokhara and The Old Inn is great!
We LOVED this little gem of a place-- its Newari, aesthetic, generously appointed with eclectic knickknacks, the friendly staff, the good food...The whole town seems to shut down and go to bed around 19:30, so having a nice environment to while away the evening is important. The Old Inn is charming and cozy. The lack of en suite facilities was an irritation, especially if you have to get up in the night. We forwent any showering since we were only there overnight, although the hotel touts its hot showers (use the ones downstairs in the back garden rather than the others). We clocked our heads on the low doorways a number of times, so be careful. We were meant to stay at Gaun Ghar next door, which although more modern in its facilities, was more than 4 times the price, aesthetically sterile in comparison, and had zero visitors while The Old Inn and other guest houses in town were full to capacity. I'm so glad we stayed at The Old Inn instead. We will be staying there again.
Fantastic place, in a beautiful old Newari house, run by very friendly management and staff. It's a little bit pricey for Nepal but I would say well worth it and the nicest accommodation we stayed in in Nepal. Well worth the stop-over for one night.
We love The Old Inn and have stayed several times. The old house has been beautifully renovated and it is full of local artifacts and furnishings. The staff are welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The meals are generous, well prepared and tasty. There are no attached bathrooms, which is a bit inconvenient in the night, but there are loos and showers on each floor. Some of the rooms are very small and have no windows, so once inside it's light on and shut the doors to avoid mosquitoes, which is a little claustrophobic, especially as you can't see when it's light in the mornings. In spite of that, I would highly recommend this hotel.
The Old Inn, Bandipur is the best place to stay in town. The manager, Ramsharam, is one of the nicest people I have met in Nepal. Food is great and the place (an old converted Newar town house) is so atmospheric. Superb views of the mountains, including Manaslu, Ganesh and Annapurna. Okay, there are no attached bathrooms, but the shared facilities are very clean and quite acceptable for a day or so. The place is partly owned by Tony Jones, an Englishman who has done very good things in Nepal, including projects for youth and disadvantaged people.