History of Ballyhack Cottage

Ballyhack Cottage is believed to be one of the first houses to be built in Shimla way back in 1826 as a residence to the Governor General of India, Sir Lord Amherst. Over its nearly two hundred year existence, the house has changed many names and many owners. The estate, popularly known as Sidhowal Lodge, has been with the present family since 1946.

Recently, a part of the estate has been patiently and meticulously restored to its former magic and also got back its name, Ballyhack Cottage.
Four terraced gardens offer many vantage spots from where one can sit and enjoy some truly stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas from one corner; and Christ Church and the hills beyond it from another.

You can spend your days relaxing in the warm and cozy Oak Lounge located in the garden besides a rare white-oak tree or just laze on a deck chair soaking in the sun. Walk the heritage trails around Shimla or grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy some bird watching in the forests not far from the house. Your evenings are best spent snuggling up by a cozy grate-lit fire on one of our lawns.