There are lots of great weekend getaways only a few hours from Mumbai, such as Alibaug, Matheran, Karjat and Lonavala. Lonavala is one of our favourite escapes for a few reasons, the cooler weather and beautiful scenery thanks to the elevation of the hill station at over 2,000 feet, being an essential one. During a recent weekend trip to Lonavala, we came across Whispering Grove, a gated community of only three uber-luxe villas. We connected with the owner and designer to learn more, and were pleasantly surprised with the concept, the homes and the design.
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Whispering Grove at Lonavala
Each villa has four bedrooms, a temperature-controlled swimming pool and all the luxuries you can imagine. The villas have been built keeping the most discerning audience in mind, with international quality fittings and amenities. The villas have high ceilings, water features, one-of-a-kind staircases, Roca washroom fittings, tropical plants and more. The idea is to provide the inhabitant with a feeling of weightless expansiveness, given all the lush greenery and space around the homes. The kitchen is almost fully fitted out with modular shutters with Hettich fittings, a built-in hob including a large one for a wok, a chimney and a large Carysil sink. The counter top has been made from hard quartz stone which is beautiful and also stain-resistant. The heated pool, our favourite feature, is off the living area, which has floor to ceiling windows that look out onto it. This touch helps integrate the pool and its deck into the interior living space. The cantilevered covering of the pool deck is tastefully done in toughened frosted glass and long life wood replica rafters (for longevity and easy maintenance purposes).
Bedroom at Whispering Grove
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The Pool and Sun Deck
The plots range vary between 800-900 square yards and the built-up area of each villa is about 4,000 sq. ft. One of the advantages of buying here is that this land too will be transferred to the buyer’s name, unlike most other developments. The homes are modern, luxurious and easily accessible from Mumbai, making this a great weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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