The Pink Room is so named because of its delicate pink and silver wallpaper dating back to the 1940’s, which creates a soft and subtle atmosphere. The attached dressing room with its marble topped dressing table and the quaint bathroom with the porcelain jug and basin gives the suite character. The entrance to the room is from the Library which makes it most convenient for guests who want to read a book or play a game of cards.

While the last British owner Sir Arthur Milford Ker and Lady Ker lived at Chapslee, their niece Hermoine Montague came to live with them and this was her room. Mrs Montagu was born in India and after completing her education in England she came back to India in 1922 never to return there again. She was an animal lover and had a varied collection of exotic birds which she kept in a verandah outside this room. When Chapslee was sold in 1938 she moved to her own cottage, Northwood at Bharari Shimla. Mrs Montagu was one of the last British residents of colonial India and continued to live in Northwood till her demise in 1985 at the age of 93. The enigmatic personality of Hermoine Montagu with her menagerie of dogs, cats, geese and the African grey “Jacko”, is featured in many writings on colonial India, including “Freedom at Midnight” by Dominique Lapierre, and several BBC documentaries.

During her lifetime, Mrs Montagu continued her association with Raja Charanjit Singh and his family who now owned Chapslee. In the latter years of her life, she was cared for and looked after by Reggie’s wife Pronoti. Northwood passed on to Pronoti on Mrs Montagu’s demise and is being run successfully as homestay in it's own right. It is thus befitting that the connection between the owners, and the properties, remains unbroken, and history lives on.


Elysium Hill, Lakkar Bazar,
Shimla-171001(H.P.) India
Phone: 91-177-2658663/2802542
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