Sunningdale: A heritage house in Ooty


Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer, the last Dewan of Travancore, bought "Sunningdale" in Ooty in the early 1900s as `frontage' for his house a few yards below. Ramaswamy Iyer's house, now running as the CPR Foundation and for which Sunningdale was bought, had his name on its records in 1837.

Its current owners, the Sreenivasan family, have spent a fair fortune in maintaining and renovating the house. Its walls were made basically from lime-mortar, which is a mixture of limestone, cow dung, topped with eggs for binding and stamped by foot to be finally shaped by hand into bricks.

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