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Accommodation rating: Simple

Set among 40,000 feet of luxuriant lawn, groves and gardens, the Nilambagh Palace was built in 1895/6 by William Emerson, whose other popular works in India are Bhavnagar's Takht Singh ji Hospital, Allahabad's All Saints' Cathedral, Muir College, Mumbai's (Bombay) Crawford Market and Kolkata's (Calcutta) Victoria Memorial. The entrance is a pillared porch with Gothic arches and an austere period piece reception counter that opens onto a lobby of sofas, exotically coloured carpets, life-size portraits, antique furniture, stuffed leopards and mounted trophies. The 26 double bedrooms are furnished with period furniture. The dining hall is on a grand scale with heavy Burma teak banquet tables, carved chairs, Belgian mirrors, antique furniture and crystal chandeliers. In summer it is more pleasant to dine on the lawns where there are wrought iron lawn tables, garden chairs and swings. The Nilambagh Palace does not serve alcohol.

Please call 020 7808 6788 for more information or to make a booking.