Emily Lodge was built in 1864 by a gun toting, whiskey guzzling Englishman by the name of Dr. Stevens, we know this for sure as it was bought by the present owner Mr. C.K.Singh in 1969 and along with the house came all the antiques and an even more antiquated and grizzled old codger named Dan Singh. Dan Singh was the gardener and had served under Dr. Stevens as a young man, he had fantastic tales to tell of ?the good old days?. He spoke of fabulous hunting trips with the then middle aged doctor who if Dan Singh is to be believed shot up more of the flora than the fauna proving the saying ? gun powder and alcohol do not mix? right. Dr. Stevens also happened to be a friend of the famous hunter of man eating tigers and leopards Jim Corbett as they were neighbours and shared their love of the outdoors.
Jim Corbett?s house called Gurney House is just below Emily Lodge and can be seen clearly from the garden. Some of the trophies that adorn Emily Lodge were given to the doc by Jim himself and the others he must have shot by accident ! The best part though about this place is that it is cradled in a dense oak thicket, pristine oak trees that have never been cut and thick jungles surround the house and you would never know that town was just ten minutes away. Beautiful paths cut across the forest and you can to this day see barking deer known as ? kakar? scampering about, the sudden flutter of wings as a bunch of ?kaleej? pheasant take flight and the shuffling of the ?peora? partridge now living without fear of an old doc with bloodshot eyes and whiskey on his breath trying to make life miserable for them with his twelve gauge shotgun.
Emily Lodge is a home away from home giving the feeling of British taste and style. The furniture ,dinning hall, house design, guns etc are all from the Colonial Era. Situated in lush green dense Oak forests of Ayarpatta Nainital. The present owner has tried to maintain Emily Lodge which is among the oldest British houses, just as the doctor left it changing only what could not be salvaged and of course constructing modern bathrooms as the British only had wooden commodes which were cleaned each day. All five bedrooms have antique beds and accompanying furniture all dating back to the 1860's. There is a large drawing room with a fireplace that still works and a dining room with a grand carved rosewood dining table.