Glenburn Tea Estate

Location: The Himalaya | India

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Glenburn Darjeeling is a friendly, family-run hotel on a plantation estate near Darjeeling, which has been producing tea for over 150 years. In the foothills of the Himalaya, the eight suites, spread across two traditional bungalows, have some pretty spectacular views over the rolling tea fields. Hikes, walks and tea tastings are available, as are a range of spa treatments using tea-based products.
Perfect forExploring the fertile tea region on the border of Sikkim and West Bengal.
In the know
  • Tea producing estate since 1859
  • Range of guided tea walks and tastings to choose from
  • Family-run with a friendly atmosphere
  • Range of massage and spa treatments based on the use of tea

Recommended for...

  • Peace & Quiet
  • Romantic
  • Setting & Views
  • Cultural Immersion

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Surrounded by the rolling, green tea fields of Darjeeling and sitting in the shadow of some if the highest mountains in the world, Glenburn has a spectacular location. The estate has over 150 years of tea-producing history, and friendly hosts Will and Faye lend the hotel a family atmosphere.

Rooms at Glenburn Tea Estate

You’ll stay in one of the estate’s two bungalows, each of which has four suites with shared gardens, verandas and terraces. The Burra Bungalow has been home to generations of tea planters and features a large main veranda, and a cosy living room with a fireplace where you can curl up with a book from the bungalow’s own library. The Water Lily Bungalow features gardens and verandas spread across two levels, and all four bedrooms have great views of the mountains. The Kanchenjunga Suite is named for the mountain of the same name, the third-highest in the world, views of which Darjeeling is famous for.

Food and drink

All meals are included at Glenburn, which offers an ever-changing menu of Indian, Southeast Asian and European dishes making use of the hotel’s own herb and vegetable garden. Dining is a homely affair, and many recipes have been passed down the generations such as Tibetan momo dumplings, tea-leaf pakoras and Burmese Khow suey. Food can be enjoyed in a variety of locations, including the Morning Room overlooking the veranda, or under the pomello tree outside the Water Lily Bungalow. Picnics can also be arranged at various spots around the tea estate, as can barbecues on the terrace or down by the river.

Facilities

A range of massage and spa treatments are available at Glenburn which make the most of the estate’s produce: Darjeeling tea. Try a full body massages using Darjeeling green tea oil, followed by a green tea bath soak or a steam treatment. On the ground floor of the Water Lily Bungalow is a mini spa room where you can enjoy a massage to the backdrop of ambient candlelight and Tibetan chanting. Foot, head and shoulder massages can also be enjoyed on any of the terraces or verandas.

Activities at Glenburn Tea Estate

A range of guided walking tours through the estate are available, which will teach you about the Darjeeling region’s rich history of tea production. Walks vary in length and difficulty, so there’s something for everyone, and begin with an audio-visual presentation on Glenburn’s history. You’ll then visit the Tea Factory, where you’ll be talked through the processes of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting, before finally enjoying a tasting session of black, green, oolong and white teas. If you’ve had enough of tea, then the rolling fields make for beautiful hikes, with local highlights including the wooden Manjitar suspension bridge and the Rung Dung River. Cookery classes are also on offer at the estate’s open kitchen.

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Hotel location

Glenburn is around an hour’s drive from Darjeeling, and 3.5 hours from Bagdora Airport – a Glenburn chauffeur can come and meet you at the airport.

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