The characterful Pine Cottage not only is on a perfect location at a vantage point but also is created as an aesthetic marvel, older than 130 years. The walls are two and a half feet wide made out of the Dhajji Dewari construction style, with stone and wood, plastered with mud. The Dhajji Dewari is an ancient method in which wooden frames are constructed forming brackets for stones to be filled in. This construction makes the building earthquake proof, soundproof, fireproof and well insulated. Many such formations withstood stumbling earthquakes with poise and dignity. The Pine Cottage is a fine example of such enormous beauty. It is a classic building with well-maintained attic, balconies, corridors and other most important gardens. You can walk around the labyrinths, started by the Britishers themselves. The property is a family heritage for both the Russell family and the resident’s family. The windowsills have a wide space to rest your arms and peep out into the green world beyond. The escapade is adorned with glass windows, well-trodden and smoothened floorboards, remodelled fireplaces and other notable features. The entire building has fireplaces in each room that are now the last remaining ones still intact after the ban on woodfire heating in Shimla. The property is surrounded by several trees, each more than a hundred years old. The visitors can explore the grounds of the estate, a few gardens afield, and follow the footsteps of the British and the Queen - Rani Gurbaksh Kaur.
This lovely holiday cottage is a few moments away from the main city of Shimla, the city that has never failed to impress the visitors.