What a lovely find in Bumthang, Bhutan....the 9 roomed property is kind of cut away from even the slightest 'hustle or bustle' of the cultural heartland of Bhutan. We stayed here for 3 nights and enjoyed every moment of it. Being winter, there weren't very many tourists anywhere in Bhutan and thankfully, we had this charming Lodge all to ourselves. The place is beautifully decorated in modern and elegant Bhutanese style...clean lines...lots of Black and White. The warmth created by rich accent colours and lovely lighting. The rooms were of a regular size, lovely design and decor and the luxury of a heated floor in the bathroom. The bathrooms were well laid out, well stocked and there was never a problem with hot water. If there was one very small complaint, it is that the rooms did not have a clothes closet or chest of drawers to unpack a few essential items for the 3 day stay. The staff were lovely...friendly and polite and respectful. The Manager (?) the much written about Sonam was on holiday but I don't think anything had changed in her absence judging by other excellent reviews, which was how we came to request our travel agent for this property. The WI FI was OK....kept coming and going but we were on holiday so it did not cause a major upset! The food was excellent, beautifully served., a welcome change of western inspired dishes. Breakfast was good too, with some home made preserves etc. We were four ladies travelling together and on our last night, we all decided to go down for dinner in our newly acquired Bhutanese Kira's! One of the staff members so kindly helped one of us drape this elegant skirt and a good time was had by all that evening! We really were quite sorry to leave this lovely place. Credit should also be given for a really excellent "picnic lunch" that was ordered by our tour guide and provided by the lodge. It was more a full lunch than the 'western style' picnic. I think our tour guide, driver and the chef have to share the credit for that....well ordered, well made! Shall surely ask for this place by name if I ever get back to Bhutan. Highly recommended the place.
The Village Lodge Bumthang
Some Key Facts:
- The Village Lodge Bumthang is located in the centre of the beautiful valley of Bumthang, the lodge offers nine well heated rooms with private bathrooms.
- The peace and quiet and the beauty of nature provide our guests with a restful stay. Set amidst farmlands and a rural landscape, the lodge is equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for our guests.
- It is conveniently located for outdoor activities as you can go for a walk, a bicycle ride or picnicking in and around the area.
Tucked away in a rural setting in the Bumthang Valley, the Village Lodge allows you to get away from it all. The lodge opens out onto fertile farmland, and is an ideal base from which to explore this off-the-beaten-track destination either on foot or on bicycle. The exterior reflects the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses you see all around you with a small terrace that is lovely in the warmer months.
The rooms have been renovated to a good standard, and all feature twin beds (no doubles we are afraid). Wood panelled floors and blended with local carpets set against exposed beamed ceilings and walls. They have lovely Bhutanese windows that look out over the farmland beyond. The tiled bathrooms are lovely, featuring slate flooring which is heated and a walk-in shower (no bathtubs).
There is a central dining and relaxation area featuring a wood-burning stove, or Bukhari as they are known in Bhutan, set against a stone-cut wall. You again find lovely use of black and white timber beams. There is a bar and a selection of lovely sit-down areas where you can kick-back on an oversize cushion next to the wood-burner for a few hours of reading. The food is mostly Bhutanese, but freshly prepared for guests.
- ➡ 09 Rooms & Suites
- ➡ Superior class room amenities
- Fitness & recreation
➡ - Educational Experiences
➡ - Jogging/Walking
➡ - Cycling
- On-site facilities
➡ - Fireplace
➡ - Family room
➡ - Smoking area
➡ - Garden
➡ - Library
➡ - Shared lounge/TV area
- Eating & Drinking
➡ - Restaurant
– “ELEGANT LITTLE LODGE”
What a lovely little lodge. Simple and charming with a modern twist. Everything about this lodge was excellent from the warm welcome to the sweet goodbye. The room was spotlessly clean. Beds were excellent with thick, warm, white, duvets. Bathroom had infloor heating and room had a radiation heater which was all appreciated on a cold December night. Food was excellent...Bhutan has such wonderful vegetables and they were cooked to perfection here. The wood stove in the dining room was a great place to warm up and catch up on Internet. Setting was also a great spot...watching the cows and horses wander around the outside of the walled yard of the lodge was lovely. A very special thank you to Dawa for making our stay so pleasant.
– “Warm and Friendly”
Last November, we visitedd, a group of three couples Bhutan. During our visit, we stayed in Village Lodge in Bumthang. the rooms are large, spacious and clean. Every request that we had was granted quickly. A spacious dining room cozy wood fire heated and the food was delicious. Even in the dining room we asked for (raw vegetables for breakfast) and immediately submitted to us. Sunam - the manager hearty woman, smiling and charming. It is highly recommended.
– “Excellent hotel with a warm and homey”
I loved my stay in this 9 room hotel. Wonderful staff, nothing was too much for them. Rooms are with simple colours, all facilities and underfloor heating in bathroom! There is so much spare around the hotel that you will always have views. Wifi was throughout the hotel and food was super. You can have wonderful walks around the hotel to take time off from sightseeing and that is so relaxing. If you feel cold then there are electric heaters in the room. I can safely say that the highlight were the all girl staff and the chef. Everyone was so polite and friendly and professional. All in all a great stay. Thanks to the manager Ms Sonam :-)
– “Luxury and mountains and rural beauty”