The Pine Cottage Estate is located on the Shivalik hills in the historic city of Shimla.
It marks its place amongst the eclectic historical buildings of the British era. The property was acquired by the present landlords in June of 1966 from Maharani Gurbaksh Kaur of the Patiala Royal Family. The Cottage has been home to several personalities, both Indian and British, who have left their precious mark on the estate and added its coziness to their memories.
One renowned personality was the writer TP Russell Stracey, author of ‘The History of Muhiyals - The Militant Brahman Race of India’. His granddaughter Wendy Russell Rayner (with her daughter Charlotte) also paid a recent visit to the cottage in 2009. The entire creation of the book by TP Russell Stracey took place within the thick walls of the property in the last years of the 19th century and its second publication of 1938 is still available. The visitors can have a look at the photographs and a letter by Wendy Russell Rayner, maintained by the resident of The Pine Cottage Estate, which showers warmth and revives the times that were lost in the veil of development.
Unlike the present-day locale, the hill was once almost empty, with only a few structures around. With time, the vegetation declined, the city of Shimla grew and the estate withstood the test of time.
Over the years, the cottage has withstood many days of ups and downs but still gleams amongst the pine trees. The Pine Cottage Estate is one of the most envied English buildings in the city, especially due to its central location and spacious outdoors.