Luxury is Leisure; Leisure is Life at The Claridges Nabha Residence, Mussoorie
The tale begins in the early 19th century when the estate, originally known as 'Airfield,' was acquired by Ciaran O’Hara, a contemporary of Captain Young, the founder of Mussoorie. The estate's name and its connection to a Dublin estate dating back to 1830 reflect its Irish heritage. It initially belonged to Thomas Mackey Scully, a wealthy barrister, who sold it to Trevor Overend and his wife, Lily. The Overend family, including their daughters Letitia and Naomi, were known for their philanthropy, travel,and passion for classic cars, traveling around the Irish countryside in their vintage vehicles.
In the 20th century, the estate underwent several ownership changes. In 1903, Lieutenant Stanley Skinner of Hansi bought it, followed by W.A. Gordon in 1904. Eventually, in 1949, the property was acquired by Her Highness Urmilla Devi, Maharani Sahiba of Nabha, wife of Maharaja Pratap Singh of Nabha. This acquisition marked the beginning of the estate's association with the Nabha family. Today, The Claridges Nabha Residence is not just an expansive space; it's distinguished by the fact that it encompasses a lush green forest within its boundaries. Remarkably, only 25% of its 14-acre land area is built up, which still amounts to a massive 3.5 acres, making it the only property in the area with such a vast, preserved natural environment.
This single-story colonial building, surrounded by a verdant forest, offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Its rich history of hosting dignitaries, including British officials, Nawabs and Maharajahs, enhances its allure. The Claridges Nabha Residence is a testament to a bygone era, offering a serene and historically rich destination in Mussoorie.