The winding road that takes you uphill doesn't let you steal more than little glimpses of the spectacular beauty below. Once you're up there, apart from the perpetual mist-sprayed air around you, what you see below is a valley enclosed by hills on all sides.
From what was an exclusive, privately-owned summer mansion during The Raaj, Sherlock, more than a century later, still stands in its original architectural splendour as if mocking the concept of age & time. The Victorian elevation, the old-school brick chimneys rising out of every room, all give a glimpse of what London would've looked like in the late 1800s. With the refurbished lawns, the entire ambience to make it what it really is - Holmesian.
The expansive Sherlock mansion has a spacious main-interaction area, reading room & an activity space that leads to 9 spacious rooms (each named after a Holmesian adventure) and 2 dining rooms, one of which has a sunroof to thaw you out while you do breakfast.
The rich Victorian mantlepiece & furniture are the exact same ones that adorned the mansion a century ago. Close your eyes and you'll probably feel Dr. Watson pacing in front of the fireplace while Mr. Holmes calmly ponders in an armchair.
All the 9 rooms also have fireplaces, and an atmosphere that's as mysterious as romantic.
What's a complete holiday without a great culinary experience? The menu at Sherlock boasts of a variety of cuisines at breakfast, lunch & supper. Ask the chef for the day's specials or try a new dish laced with exquisite herbs & spices. Enjoying a nice cup of tea at the lawns overlooking the valley too, is an absolute must-do activity.
The dining room is named after Irene Adler, the notable lady that Mr. Holmes once acknowledged as being 'the perfect woman'.
At Sherlock, there's so much to do for everyone (or not to do, depending on how you prefer your holidays!).
Lounge around in the mansion that takes you on a journey of Mr. Holmes life through photographs, books & excerpts. Or you could bask in the mellow sun in the lush lawns, take a quiet, calm stroll downhill, explore a tea-estate, go hose-riding, fishing or even an open jeep jungle ride.
The more adventurous types can chose to trek uphill to the tallest point in Tamil Nadu or even ride there on horseback. Sherlock, although isolated from the hustle-bustle, is just a hike away from all the regular tourist destinations in Ooty.
Things to do
Sherlock is 2.5km from Charing Cross(Centre of Ooty) .
Sabol Holiday Resort, located 5.8 km away from Ooty railway station, features a multi-cuisine restaurant and arranges for adventure activities.
Situated amid the serene surroundings of Marlimund, Sabol Holiday Resort is an ideal accommodation option for people seeking an escapade from the hustle-bustle of city life. Around 10 minutes away from the railway station, this 3 star resort provides easy access to famous tourist attractions like Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake and Botanical Garden. It has 28 rooms along with cottages and villas that showcase colonial design and are fitted with basic amenities like direct dial telephone and cable television to offer maximum comfort.
The resort is set amidst lush greenery and serene atmosphere, which makes it a perfect retreat for leisure travellers. Facilities like cycling, thambola, bonfire, table tennis, chess, badminton court and carrom are available at this resort. It also makes arrangements for adventure activities, such as trekking, birdwatching and hiking. Additional faciliity like glass house restaurant is available for the guests. Music, karaoke, bonfire, short trek, open air movie and local sightseeing arrangements are available on chargeable basis.
Tree Swift Glass House Restaurant, set in a lush garden at the resort, serves a range of delicacies from across the globe in a pleasing ambience.
The Doddabetta Peak, located around 11 km away, is a must-visit.