The Heritage House & Garden: a European inspired manor house in Chiang Mai

UPON checking into The Heritage House & Garden, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d been transported out of Thailand altogether. This Provencal-style manor house and accompanying cottages is situated on a 1.5-acre terraced hillside and has all the trappings of the French countryside. There’s nothing else quite like it in Chiang Mai.

The three-story manor house is built around a lavish common area, with antiquated furnishings and carefully selected decorations that reflect the well-traveled tastes of the owner couple. The house is three storeys tall, with five bedrooms and three suites. All of the rooms are plush and comfortable, but each has its own unique layout and motif. Guests in the manor house are invited to meet in the common area each morning for a buffet breakfast.

The English- and French-inspired gardens are spacious and dotted with alcoves and vantage points where guests can admire the rolling hills. The saltwater pool features a vanishing infinity edge and integrated whirlpool. Also incorporated into the gardens are three self-catering cottages. Two are built in Tuscan style, and the other is an English-inspired brick-and-timbre house.

What makes it special?
The Heritage House & Garden is a Provencal-style country manor located in the rolling foothills of Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep and Doi Pui mountains. Impeccable service, antique furniture and modern facilities combine to create an experience that’s as luxurious and comfortable as it is rustic and peaceful. It’s an ideal retreat for those who’ve had their fill of the noise, traffic and pollution of Chiang Mai city or Bangkok.

What to expect?
Calling this place a bed and breakfast (as many do) is a vast understatement. Anyone who has made the rounds in Thailand is in for a pleasant surprise. The grounds are meticulously well-maintained, complete with water features, fruit trees, flower gardens and sitting areas where guests can enjoy the view.

Guests staying in the manor house meet in the dining room, with its vaulted, wood-beam ceiling, for a buffet breakfast. This room can also be booked for private functions or for a set-menu dinner in the evening. And regardless of whether you stay in a cottage or in the manor house, rooms and suites are air conditioned and fully decked out with graceful furnishings and decorations, comfortable beds (unique to each room), Wi-Fi Internet access, a stereo system and an en-suite bathroom. Suites also have a bathtub, and most rooms have a widescreen LCD TV.

What is there to do?
The Heritage House & Garden is less than 20 km from Chiang Mai city center. The first part of the drive is a straight shot on the Hang Dong – Chiang Mai road, on which you can make good time. However, the last leg winds through the mountains on the way to Samoeng and draws the total travel time out to 30 minutes or more. With that in mind, guests can head into Chiang Mai if they want to, but the beautiful view and peaceful garden make it hard to justify leaving the grounds. In short, this is the sort of place where you’ll want to tuck in and do as little as possible.

That being said, there is plenty to do in Chiang Mai – especially for those who are going to be in town for a few days. The manor house is on the doorstep of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, just off the Samoeng loop road, which winds past Tard Yok Waterfall and Patara Elephant Camp. There are also a couple of Hmong villages in the area where you can glimpse traditional hill tribe life and purchase handicrafts without going far off the beaten track.

What’s the damage?
Rooms and cottages start at THB3,500 (US$115) per night, which makes this an excellent value for money – especially when compared to some of the older resorts around the national park. The larger and more luxury suites range from THB6,000-7,000 (US$195-230). Room and suite rates are based on double occupancy, while the freestanding cottages can accommodate four to six adults, depending on the cottage.

The Heritage House is fully equipped to accommodate weddings and other group events.

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