Family Hotel Review: Pauline’s Guesthouse, Nr Kathmandu, Nepal

Pauline’s Guesthouse is the ideal place to stay if you’re travelling with friends or extended family. With just four bedrooms you could easily take the place over and treat it as your very own Maison d’Hotes – a French country home in Nepal.

Best For: Kathmandu without the chaos; kids of all ages.

Reviewed by: Victoria Westmacott

Why You’ll Love It

Established by two French expats, both named Pauline, is this charming guesthouse located just 8 km from Kathmandu’s chaotic city centre. The guesthouse is a traditional Nepalese home fashioned from stone, and was originally used by the brother of one of the owners to make cheese (he owns the Himalayan French Cheese company).

The house is snug and homely with stone floors, wooden furniture and an eclectic mix of antiques, curious and local crafts. In addition to the main house, that houses three bedrooms, there’s a newer annex home to an additional double bedroom.

Meals are prepared fresh on the premises using produce grown from their own organic veggie patch or from neighbouring fields and is delicious. You can also expect good French wine and some very tasty cheese. It’s a charming place to stay; a Kathmandu retreat in the heart of the countryside.

 

Why The Kids Will Love It

Pauline’s Guesthouse is the ideal place to stay if you’re travelling with friends or extended family. With just four bedrooms you could easily take the place over and treat it as your very own Maison d’Hotes – a French country home in Nepal.

For kids, a trip to Pauline’s feels like an adventure with space to roam and animals to visit. The farm is home to donkeys and horses and you’ll also find dogs roaming the yard. The surrounding countryside is ripe for exploring and in summer months there’s a plunge pool where kids can splash about and cool off.

Parents should be aware that the final journey to Pauline’s can only be done on foot along a narrow path, that resembles a balance beam in some parts. The walk takes 10 – 15 minutes and may be challenging for little kids so bring a baby carrier or kiddie backpack. Staff will help with carrying luggage and kids. Similarly it’s worth remembering that you’re in the countryside here (no manicured lawns or fences) so keep an eye on toddlers.

Hotel Details

Rooms:

There are four rooms in total; three in the main house (two upstairs and one downstairs) and a separate bungalow. The rooms are cosy and homely furnished with bookshelves, antiques and local crafts.

Room 1: Located on the ground floor of the main house is this double bedroom. There’s a separate writing desk, an over-stuffed bookshelf and lovely attached bathroom with a bathtub overlooking the garden.

Room 2: Otherwise known as the ‘backpacker room’, this small bedroom fits little more than a low bed. It is located upstairs, opposite Room 3.

Room 3: Also upstairs is this double bedroom that is the largest of all the rooms in the Main House. It can accommodate an extra bed.

Rooms 2 and 3 share a small bathroom with a shower. Access to both rooms is via a Nepali ladder carved from a tree trunk. Care should be taken when climbing up and down. A hatch can be lowered over the opening to secure it at night.

The Bungalow: This new addition sits below the main house and offers the most generous accommodation. It’s furnished with a double bed and sunken bathtub and has double doors opening onto a private patio with wonderful views.

The rooms do not have TVs, fridges or kettles and there is no A/C. During winter months gas heaters are provided in the rooms of the main house and the bungalow has its own stove.

Best Rooms for Families: Only Room 3 in the main house can accommodate an extra bed. If you have more than one child or your kids are older then consider taking Rooms 2 and 3 that sit opposite one another. Room 1 on the ground floor can accommodate a baby cot. The Bungalow can also accommodate an additional bed. If you’re travelling with friends or extended family then consider taking the whole house. All rooms in the main house are within monitor (and hearing) reach of the kitchen where meals are served. A good monitor should stretch from the bungalow to the kitchen although power cuts are frequent in Nepal.

 

Food: 

Meals are cooked in the kitchen of the main house. Meals are prepared using fresh local produce, much of which has been grown and harvested in their own vegetable patch and neighbouring fields. If you are staying in the bungalow then a special picnic basket (with thermos for soup etc.) can be prepared so that you can enjoy your dinner on your private terrace. Pauline’s works together with Himalayan French Cheese (the owner is the brother of one of the Pauline’s) so expect some delicious dairy products during your stay.

Breakfasts consist of freshly baked breads with jam and honey, muesli, yoghurt and plenty of filter coffee and/or tea.

Lunch and dinner depends very much on the season. In winter you might enjoy vegetable soups (such as pumpkin, courgette, potato), potato gratin, spinach omelette, courgette pie or moussaka. In the summer dishes include eggplant caviar, dahl, green salad, hummus and gazpacho. They also make a mean chocolate mousse.

Beers and wine available. Guests can also bring their own alcoholic drinks but they will be charged a corkage.

For Kids: There is no dedicated kids’ menu but you may request simple dishes in advance. If you’re kids are especially particular then it may be worth bringing some food with you although Pauline’s always has a ready supply of pasta available.

 

Activities: 

Activities for Parents: Relax in the gazebo with a good book and enjoy the French / Nepali hospitality. Go for walks in the surrounding countryside and stop by the neighbouring villages along the way. There are a handful of colourful temples nearby, bring your binoculars and look at the birdlife at the same time. Kathmandu is only 8 km (but a good 40 minutes) away. Take a day trip to the capital and the escape back to the countryside in time for dinner.

Activities for Kids: Spend some time on the farm with all the animals; donkeys and dogs live here. Run in the gardens and explore the surrounding countryside. There’s a plunge pool for cooling off in the warmer months (from March onwards). Head into Kathmandu and take a tuk-tuk around the city.

 

Facilities: 

Common rooms, doctor-on-call, nearest hospital in Kathmandu approx. 40 mins drive, extra beds, plunge pool, laundry service, WiFi.

 

Rates: 

Rates at the time of writing were as follows:

Room 1: USD $45

Room 2: USD $24

Room 3: USD $34

The Bungalow: USD $57

Extra bed: USD $5.50
Rates shown are per room per night based on two people sharing. Rates may change depending on the season. Rates include accommodation and breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.

 

Travel Information 

 

When to go: 

The Kathmandu valley doesn’t have extreme weather seasons so it’s possible to visit at anytime of the year. That said, the summer months (May to September) can get hot with temperatures often reaching 30C and above. The winter months (December to February) see bright sunny days with average daytime temperatures of 20C. However, the nights can get very chilly, although it never snows in the Kathmandu valley. The monsoon rains fall from June to September.

 

Location & Travel: 

Pauline’s Guesthouse is located 8 km from Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

 

Contact This Hotel

For more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Pauline's Guesthouse

Victoria’s Top Tips!

1) Visit with friends and have the whole property to yourself.
2) Bring walking shoes. You’re in the middle of the countryside here.
3) Baktapur is well worth visiting as a day trip.