building stands, commanding a magnificent view south facing,
at the opening of a ghat on the valley which flows down
gently to the plains below. The road twists and turns around
the hills through beautiful the tea gardens around the bungalow and
reach at the three bayed high laden front of the building
facing South view . Ashley Bungalow is a sleeping place of history of
the hills of Travancore.
The tiled and steeply pitched roof of Ashley Bungalow adorns the building, with
peaked roof tops standing on walls on the eastern and
western flanks built like a fortress. The high laden
building of Ashley Bungalow has steps with scalloped ledges
which is a curious mixture of local styles and English
architecture. This spacious home has lofty domed wooden
ceiling . There
is a master piece of wood work, separating the dining room from
the drawing room ,The split leveled garden is landscaped with
a beautiful green lawn fringed on the southern side with trees like
Norfolk, pine, cypress, blue gums and spathodia. The thick
foliages which let the sun rays sieve through them,
makes us feel the beauty of nature. The cool wind sweep
across the drawing room, set majestically with large doors
among spans of glass running the full southern side.
Ashley Bungalow, Travancore,
The eastern side of Ashley Bungalow has two double rooms. The first is a huge
one with massive bed and furniture made in abstract
Victorian and mid-Victorian styles Cutting across to the
dining room and further north, we can come across the second
largest bedroom neatly laid with its muscular looking
furniture made of teak wood. The corner most bedroom on the
east is good called 'a honeymooners den" and is
set up very quietly beautifully and is always totally undisturbed.
All four bedrooms of Ashley Bungalow have fire places and large bathrooms which
are ventilated by opening the top half of the windows
without loss of privacy. There is another single room at
Ashley Bungalow with
an attached bathroom which is also offered to the guests.
The large windows and good wall space of the rooms join
together effortlessly to give the Ashley Bungalow an elegant look.ed floors, is still kept in its old grandeur.