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Roger Goodacre recently stayed at our Citrus Country homestay in Hoshiarpur where he was delighted to find warm hospitality and free flowing conversation.
If you were expecting to tip toe through mud, hens and pigs to reach the front door, Citrus County comes as a surprise, a very pleasant one. More of a gentleman farmer’s luxury home, it’s run by the effusive and genial Harkirat and his charming wife Jasween, who are natural hosts. The house sits in the middle of a small farming village on the outskirts of Hosiarpur, and is surrounded by fruit orchards. It’s handily placed on the road from Chandigarh to Amritsar or Manali and Dharamsala.
Harkirat and Jasween, with their young son, are natural English-speaking hosts and make you feel part of their extended family – Harkirat’s brother and father, established author and renowned chef respectively, were frequently around to add to the conviviality. During my visit, there was a small party from Australia on a northern India tour, who were delighting in the opportunity to relax in this cosmopolitan environment.
The accommodation is exceptionally comfortable (4* hotel quality), everything is impeccably clean, the food was simple, tasty and plentiful (cookery demonstrations are available on request), and liberal quantities of wine, whisky and beer flowed till late.
The pool, gardens and bar are all tempting but Harkirat enjoys showing you round the village and farm – a visit to see how fruit is turned into pickles is fascinating. In the evening, a local dance troupe gave a memorable performance.
So all in all, not just a halt on the road to somewhere but a place worth visiting for a weekend or using as a base.
Thank you for your feedback Roger, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay.
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