La Maison, lovingly restored and opened in December 2009, is a place of warmth and hospitality. Our dedicated team ensures your comfort and satisfaction during your stay. Nestled on a high hill in the Hadathorai paradise valley, the open view allows you to gaze upon the Mettupalayam city plains, 1400 meters below, while enjoying a mild breeze and tranquil surroundings. The climate here is considered the best in the world, with an average day temperature of 24°C and a minimum temperature of 14°C (December to February), making it an ideal escape from the city’s heat.

Our homestay perfectly blends history, nature, and hospitality, providing an unforgettable experience.

Benoit Siat

Experience the heart and soul of La Maison through our gracious host, Benoit. With heartfelt dedication, he has restored the heritage bungalow, preserving its original charm while adding modern comforts for an enchanting stay. Benoit’s touch of creativity imbues the ambiance, fashioning a distinctive and inviting space for all.

Often, he leads guests on treks to cherished landmarks and waterfalls, unveiling the natural splendor of the Nilgiris. His affection for engaging conversations, combined with his role as an avid gardener and animal lover, creates an atmosphere of genuine warmth. Sharing meals together is a testament to his hospitality and authentic care, forging connections that transform guests into cherished friends. Though he occasionally ventures to France, at La Maison, Benoit’s warm presence remains constant, ensuring each stay is both memorable and cherished. Join us to meet our remarkable host and embark on a journey of discovery through the captivating Nilgiris.

Monu Damani

Meet Monu, the cherished partner of Benoit Siat, who resides in the adjoining residence. Monu’s nurturing spirit as a devoted mother seamlessly extends to her role in orchestrating the well-being of our guests. With a professional background as a trained nutritionist, don’t be surprised when she engages in thoughtful conversations about your dinner preferences, often enhancing dishes with fresh herbs from her garden. 

Monu is a delightful and worldly individual, a natural extrovert with an insatiable curiosity for exploring new places, connecting with people, and immersing herself in diverse cultures. Her passion for cultural exploration is mirrored in her eclectic media choices and her avid interest in books that unravel the rich tapestry of Indian history and art.

Our Heritage


A Scottish Escape A Scottish gentleman by the name of Kay had a vision. He built a charming summer retreat amid the Nilgiri Hills to escape the sweltering heat of the plains.


A Local Tamil Legacy: The property found itself under the ownership of a local Tamil family. They lovingly lived here, adding their own chapter to the homestead's history.


Restoration and French Flair: Benoit embarked on a mission, with a deep appreciation for its heritage, he meticulously restored the building, infusing it with a touch of French elegance and charm. The result was a splendid transformation, and in 2009, La Maison opened its doors once more.


Present - A Homestay with Heart: Today, La Maison is not just a place but a warm and welcoming home away from home. Benoit and Monu, the gracious hosts, have made it their own. With their loving care and passion for hospitality, they continue to nurture this heritage gem, ensuring each guest experiences the magic of the Nilgiris.

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La Maison is situated at an elevation of 1700 meters, offering a unique vantage point that provides panoramic views down to the plains, where you can gaze upon the city of Mettupalayam, located 1400 meters below.

This valley opening not only provides breathtaking vistas but also welcomes a gentle breeze that adds warmth to the soil.

Average daytime temperature: 24°C
Minimum temperature (December to February): 14°C
Maximum temperature (May and June): 32°C