MAPLEPINE FARM BED AND BREAKFAST

is located in the village of Lyngkien, just 4 km beyond Mawphlang on the Mawsynram/Ranikor/Balat Road

 

YOU WILL SEE THIS SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION 4 KM BEFORE YOU REACH OUR PLACE..  FOLLOW TO THE RIGHT AND COME DOWN THE VALLEY FOR 4 KM.

YOU WILL COME TO A FLAT SECTION, CROSS A SMALL CEMENT BRIDGE, GO ABOUT ANOTHER 40 METRES AND YOU WILL SEE A BUS WAITING SHED TO THE RIGHT, YOU WILL THEN GO ABOUT ANOTHER 50 METRES AND SEE A SMALL DIRT ROAD TO THE RIGHT.  HERE YOU WANT TO TURN RIGHT, IT IS A LITTLE ROUGH - BUT SOMETIMES ONE HAS TO GO THROUGH HARD TIMES TO REACH YOUR DESTINATIONfoot-in-mouth.  YOU FOLLOW THE DIRT ROAD FOR ABOUT 300 METRES TO A FOOTBALL FIELD.

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NOW IS THE CHALLENGE - 'HOW DO I CROSS THE RIVER' - IF THE RIVER LEVEL IS LOW YOU CAN CROSS THE RIVER WITH YOUR CAR, IF ON THE OTHER HAND RAINS HAVE BEEN WITH US, THEN YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR CAR NEAR THE FOOTBALL FIELD, AND CROSS BY FOOT - THERE IS A SMALL DAM AT THE BACK SIDE OF OUR PROPERTY......



 

 

 We consider our time valuable

When a time is set for meal we stick to it (unless there are unavoidable circumstances). So when you say 8:30 and you decide to have another drink or go for a bath, most likely your food is getting cold on the table.

BREAKFAST is  COMPLIMENTARY before 8:15 AM

Rs. 200. FOR BASIC BREAKFAST AFTER THIS TIME (Toast and Egg with Tea).

 

Complimentary Breakfast ( one item from below)

  • Toast and Eggs
  • Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Home Fried Potatoes and Eggs

 You can have Red Tea, Milk Tea or Coffee. Extra orders are charged – like Milk or Hot Chocolate.

  • Orders should be placed the night before.

 

LUNCH

We don't normally offer lunch, if by chance you want something and are relaxing around the place - it would be simple Sanwiches and Tea/Coffee.  Still we need to know at least the night before.

 ** We do not serve lunch on arrival day.

 There are several Khasi Tea and Rice Shops around the villages that provide good food.

 

 DINNER (Simple Dinner) - Special Meals are below

(We serve Simple Veg Dinner if you have not ordered ahead of time)

VEGETARIAN:   Veg. Rice, Dal, Vegetables, Salad. ........................................  Rs. 250./meal.

For  light eater, or child meal, we serve less in a Meal for ……………………………   Rs. 170./meal.

NON VEGETARIAN:  Meat (Pork or Chicken), Rice, Dal, Vegetables and Salad… Rs. 325./meal.

For  light eater, or child meal, we serve less in a Meal for ………………………. Rs. 225./meal.

 

  **Between 7:00 and 8:30pm.    8:30 PM is the last time for us to put dinner out, If you eat later, that is up to you.

 

OTHER MEAL OPTIONS

 

SPECIAL MEALS

  • Our Special Khasi Meal – Jadoh (meat flavoured rice, with Ginger and other spices), a meat (either Chicken or Pork), cooked vegetable, raw vegetables (cucumber, tomatoes etc.), Khasi chutneys

** we cannot do this meal for less than 4 person, sometimes if others are having 2 person can then have.

375./person

  • Barbecue – Pork or Chicken, Mashed Potatoes or Rice, Salad and Stir Fried or Steamed Vegetables

** you need to indicate if you want rice or mashed potatoes.

** we cannot do this meal for less than 2 persons.

350./person

  • Oven Roasted Chicken - Chicken roasted in Oven or pan, served with mashed potatoes or Rice, vegetables and Salad.

** you need to indicate if you want rice or mashed potatoes.

** we cannot do this meal for less than 2 persons.

350./person

  ** We need to be told ahead of time for special meals, Like Roast, Barbecue, Khasi Meal etc.

 

Snacks

Drinks

  • Coffee

..40

Milk Tea

..20

Red Tea

..15

Hot Chocolate

..40

 

Vegetarian

Vegetable Pakora

..80

Grilled Cheese and Tomato

..80

French Fries

..80

 

Meat

Chicken/Pork Fried Platter

..325

Chicken/Pork Barbecue Platter

..350

Chicken/Pork Strips

..375

MaplePine Bed and Breakfast:

“Not much to do, except moving in the outdoors”

our motto:  ‘Tread softly, lest you destroy that which you so desperately seek’

 

Each cabin in all its imperfections was built by us with our own hands.  We have not taken help or even been offered help from the Tourism Department.   We are loan free and obligation free.

The only outside help, and we did not ask for it, but will always be grateful; is the Renewable Energy System that we have.  That was a series of 16 Pilot Projects done in Meghalaya by the Meghalaya Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy Department.

We spent 2 months (Dec and January) as a family in 2011; our youngest son was 8 months old, building the first cabin.  We stayed in tents, enjoying the cold temperatures and working in the day.  This was done before we had power.  After that we got power and were able to build faster.

Now we keep improving on what has been build, it is not our goal to make a big commercial property.  For all the business people or want to be resort owners, who suggest we make a road, put a big sign, add more cabins: we may or may not do some of them, but even if we do it will be at our pace.

If coming to a place and realizing it is quiet and peaceful, but at the same time suggesting that it was difficult to find and we should put a Big Sign near the road, or coming to a place in an expensive Scorpio or other SUV and saying we should make a better road; then it is not what we are, and maybe you took a wrong turn way down near the Umiam Lake and should have gone to a ‘Resort.’

Each day in many of our lives, we are busy, running around, we are here to help you relax a little.  We do not claim to be something we are not nor do we wish to make people to come to something they do not want to come to.  We are here as we are, if you like it tell others, if you don’t:  you likely came to the wrong place.

 

 

A Little about our Power System:

We are completely off Grid.

· Solar and Wind energy, which is stored in batteries.

· Batteries get depleted.

We ask that you be conscious of how you use the energy.

· Turn lights off when you leave the cabin. (at night you may leave the outside light on.)

· Turn lights off when you sleep, we have no ghosts that might be lurking, and if they are they prefer light.

· Do not plug high energy equipment in – like immersion heaters, electrical kettles, electric heaters etc.

Our system is capable of producing up to 10kw of energy if all is perfect; Wind is high and Sun is shining.  The Solar Panels are capable of up to 3.6 Kw and each Windmill up to 3.2 Kw.  The energy produced from both these is stored in 72 Batteries – It is from these batteries that we draw our energy.  It goes to an Inverter as DC current at 48 volts.  It is then converted to AC current; a transformer raises the output to 220 volts.

Our output potential is up to 5kw, so we cannot have too many high energy products on at the same time.  We ourselves run our fridge, TV, induction cooker and other small electric items on this power.

HOT WATER

We can’t provide hot water in each and every cabin, which is why we have a common shower room with the Solar Water Heater.  Most times there is sufficient hot water, but because it is dependent on Sun, if there is not much sun then the hot water is less.  Please use hot waters judiciously so it does not run out, you can have a nice bath without much hot water use.    If at times there is not hot water in the Solar system, we can provide a bucket of hot water (however do give us time) Water does not boil instantly.

Before you decide to come to MaplePine Farm

you should likely think about a few things:

MaplePine Farm New Understanding:

  1. We will not be taking booking for groups of more than 4 who are just coming for one night. (2 night’s minimum stay).
  2. Exceptions for people we know or who are coming to relax for the day or afternoon and spend the night. Have preordered lunch/dinner – like a family outing or similar.
  3. Exceptions for Groups, such as Domestic and International Travellers moving around.
    1. We do still recommend groups stay for at least two nights to appreciate the surroundings, especially if you arriving late in the afternoon or evening.
  4. We also don’t take requests for 2 hours or just the afternoon by couples..

** Why:  we have found that most groups who come just for one night are coming just to drink, party and eat late.  They rarely show much appreciation for the food my wife lovingly cooks nor the surroundings.  We are not really a place to just crash – lots of Hotels in Shillong or Guwahati to do that.

 Note:  If you are asking for a booking, please do not just say we want 1 Cabin or want 2 Cabins..  We want to know your preference in Cabin, the number of persons (ages of children), and that you know about our place.    Emailing or messaging something like:  ‘We want 2 Cabins for 1 night, and please let us know the tariff and the activities you provide’.  Right away, for us we understand that you don’t know about our place..  The realization that we are not doing this just for the money, needs to be understood.  We are not just trying to fill our Cabins every night.  We want people who understand and want to get away from their daily life and get a little detached from things.  Also we do not like to be referred to as a ‘RESORT’.

As a family we decided to set up MaplePine Farm, something a little different and new for Meghalaya.  We decided to struggle for a couple years to build it ourselves.  We started out living in tents in the middle of winter here at 1680 metres elevation, freezing nights but beautiful sunny days.  Many people did and still do not understand what we are doing and what we are hoping for.

MaplePine Farm is somewhere between camping, bed & Breakfast, home stay experience and a lodge.  We do have comfortable rooms and beds, but we are not going to bring your food to your room; we have a dining room for that, where all can eat and meet.

We do have toilets and a sink for the room, but you will have to go to a Central Bath and Shower room.  Cabin 1 and 2 have attached bath. Patience and Conservation is still the need of clients who come and stay.    The twin Cabin: Room 1 and 2 have sink and western style toilet; the bath is common and a little away from the Cabin.

As for the nature of the property, that is exactly it, it is about nature. We certainly don’t mind a little drinking and a good time. We do mind and others may mind loud music and somebody just coming to party.  Imagine if you went someplace for a quite tranquil time and somebody else had some loud Hindi music on and singing and dancing, not really what one would wish for.  We are basically a getaway, your mobile network might not work too well, and you might not get fast internet connection.  But you will get a break from all that might have been stressing you out.

We expect mutual respect, for person and property. We do not have a large full time staff to run around for your orders.  We treat the workers we have very much like family and ask that our clients treat them so as well.

As for food, we can do a lot of things and give you good food.  But we cannot have you arriving and order this and that on the spot.  Given enough time we can do it.  So please don’t expect that you are coming to a resort where when you arrive you can just have this and that, there and then.

So, basically, if you read the above and read our yes or no is MaplePine Farm for you, and you feel comfortable coming. Then we are here to host you and share an enjoyable experience.

Note:  If you are asking for a booking, please do not just say we want 1 Cabin or want 2 Cabins..  We want to know your preference in Cabin, the number of persons (ages of children), and that you know about our place.    Emailing or messaging something like:  ‘We want 2 Cabins for 1 night, and please let us know the tariff and the activities you provide’.  Right away, for us we understand that you don’t know about our place..  The realization that we are not doing this just for the money, needs to be understood.  We are not just trying to fill our Cabins every night.  We want people who understand and want to get away from their daily life and get a little detached from things.  Also we do not like to be referred to as a ‘RESORT’.

 

Built by James with help of Pynskhem, using a Canadian Barn roof style.  These are smaller rooms that look exactly the same thus, the name Twin.  They are in line with Cabin 2 and have a main entrance with each room opposite to the other.  Toilet and sink are separate for each room within the main entrance.

Twin Cabin

The rooms are smaller but still have a double bed on the main floor, with a  single bed in the loft.

Rs. 1560. Double Occupancy

All others are charged extra person charge ..  Rs. 600. for adults

Rs.  380. for children above 5 till 16 years old.

** we do not allow more than 3 adults to stay in one Cabin.

** Complementary breakfast is given before 8:30am.  If you want to laze around and have a late breakfast it will cost each person 200./person for that service.