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By Christine Pemberton

Take two creative spirits, a husband and wife duo, who decide to opt out of the urban rat-race. Combine with stunning Himachali scenery and a crisp altitude of 7500 feet. Add views to take your breath away, snow-capped mountains, a clear river rushing past, welcoming hosts, world-class trout fishing, the chance to try your hand at pottery… Welcome to For A While, one of the most charming places you could choose to stay…for a while…or even longer.
Published: 16th April 2018.

View inside one of the For A While Cottages

When Shalini & Dam (that’s what everybody calls him, by the way, rather than his full moniker of Debapriya Dam) decided to leave their super-successful careers in the world of advertising and design, and escape to the clean air and soaring peaks of Himachal Pradesh, they didn't leave behind their innate sense of design or taste. Instead, they built a dream home, and 2 delightful cottages, to welcome friends, and guests who instantly become friends.

Shalini's Pottery

Shalini has moved effortlessly from being a high powered ad executive to being a successful potter.

Shalini's Pottery

Shalini has 2 potters wheels, and if you decide that you want to do more than just potter – yes, bad pun we know - she is happy to teach you.

View of the valley from For A While

So, apart from gazing at the stupendous views from your window, how do you spend your days at For a While?

Trout Fishing near For A While

The trout fishing is some of the best in the country. Clear, cold water rushes down from the snowy peaks and you can happily spend all day fishing these pristine waters. A gillie can be arranged, to guide you.

The view of locals walking through the valley

Or you can sit gazing out of those big picture windows, and watch the local rush hour…

Coffee and a book at For A While

Or take a book from Shalini & Dam’s well-stocked bookshelves and while the afternoon away. Remember, it isn’t called For a While for nothing…

View inside one of the cottages

The 2 guest cottages both sleep 4 – there is a cosy mezzanine floor at the top of the 3-storey structure - and are furnished simply but oh-so-tastefully.

thoughtful touches in the rooms

There are thoughtful touches, like books on your bedside table chosen especially for you by Shalini

Comfy vibrant chair at one of the cottages

Eye popping colours, set against the traditional wood & slate architecture.

Textile Detail by a visiting artist

Shalini has already welcomed artists to her home in the hills, as part of her dream to have a thriving Artists in Residence programme.

A bench for whiling away the time

For a While encourages you to slow down and take stock, to read, to think, and – yes - to create.

Toiletries and fruit

Life seems simpler and more natural, high up in these beautiful mountains. Birds wheel in the deep blue sky overhead, wild flowers are everywhere, there is fresh fruit, in season, from the local trees.

View of one of the cottages

Shalini and Dam cook for you, chat with you, share their find of local knowledge, and make you feel so at home, that you could wish that For a While lasted much longer.





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