Hill View Farm Animal Refuge is run by a registered animal welfare charity, India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN) and is the permanent and peaceful home to 150 rescued animals. Your payment via airbnb goes 100% and directly to support IPAN.
The Bird's Nest is above the IPAN veterinary clinic on the Hill View Farm. The veterinary clinic is run by seasonally visiting volunteers and provides free veterinary care for animals in the area. The Bird's Nest is work in progress, consisting of two very basic rooms with wooden planks as flooring and no ceiling under the roof tiles. You will also have the occasional bird to fly in through the cracks between the roof tiles to visit you (think about a tree house!) Bathroom is newly built with separate toilet and shower facilities but access to the bathroom is from the ground level and from outside. The room is not suitable for small children or people with physical disabilities because of the steep stairs up. This is simple and rural and you need to be prepared for some bugs in the rooms.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests can use the kitchen in our own house to cook for breakfast and lunch when the house is open. Occasionally arrangements can be made to use the kitchen also in the evening for cooking dinner.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
During the week the staff of the Animal Refuge is present and you can join and help them in caring for the animals. On the weekends me and my family will be around. On Saturdays it is possible to book for horse riding lessons but this needs to be confirmed in advance with me (Ilona Otter).
The Hill View Farm is about 800m off from the Ooty-Masinagudi-Theppakadu road and that 800m is very rough and requires a jeep or 4x4 vehicle. You can park your car next to 'Pushpa auto care' in Mavanalla village and ask for a local jeep taxi (ask for Babu) to drop you to the farm. This will usually cost Rs. 150-200 or during the light hours we can send a person to walk with the guests to the farm.
The Animal Refuge houses about 40 dogs, 60 donkeys, 10 ponies and horses and 20 cattle. There is no food provided, please arrange for your own meals. Drinking water from our borewell is available from the kitchen of the main house. You are most welcome to join in the farm works and help the shelter staff in feeding, cleaning and grooming. Please ask them to show what you could do. Please note that the place is a charity-run animal refuge funded by donations and with limited staff mainly for the care of the animals, not so much as hospitality staff to serve the guests.
No smoking indoors or near the animals or their feed. Guests can not walk in the forest at any time and they should not leave the farm property by foot after 5:30pm because of the possible elephant encounters in the evenings. When walking on the farm property after dark, always carry a torch with you to check if any elephant has strayed in the property. The guests need to sign an indemnity form on their arrival to understand the risk that the wildlife posses and to declare that they have understood the safety precautions.
The room is upstairs and the staircase going up is steep and therefore small children (below 6 years) would need extra supervision and the room is not recommended for families with children under 6 years of age. Please also note that there are many dogs on the property.