This Lady from the Shire.....

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/indias-ladakh-region-set-against-backdrop-of-himalayas-monasteries/news-story/3a75638d377c9d1f4493e8c06def9adf

The houses have all been chosen for their authenticity and spectacular settings. Shakti added extensions, modern conveniences and sophisticated but sympathetic interiors by Scottish designer Eleanor Stanton to convert them into small luxury hotels. Each has similar qualities and comforts, such as outstanding beds, brilliant staff, scenery to make even the most worldly eyes water, and talented chefs such as Yeshi Lama and Diwan Mehta, who specialise in candlelit dinners in traditional Ladakhi kitchens and abundant breakfasts arrayed on roof terraces at the top of the world.

a wee note.....

Each village house has been sensitively and delightfully restored by Bangalore-based designer Eleanor Stanton who describes her growing love affair with the nuances of Ladakhi village life, ‘I noticed a metal coffee pot that every home has to keep butter tea warm. The battered pot was an aged peppermint and rust explosion of flowers. I loved the colouring against the huge windows framing mesmerising views of two hilltop monasteries and the Indus River.’ The village houses, curated and cosy, mirror the mingled heritage that makes Ladakh so unique.‘The Tibetan hand-paintings are done by the master Thangka painter, Padmaji, all the fabrics are sourced from the Himalayan regions, heavy linens and hemp with beds draped in hand-woven local soft wool, the story of a region can be told in a tactile way through its fabrics’, Stanton reflects. This intuitive and authentic approach fits seamlessly with the deeply peaceful Ladkhi way of living, an ethos which, in this most tumultuous of times, awaits with arms wide open for discovery at ‘the roof of the world’

http://www.ampersandtravel.com/blog/2016/ladakh-summer-on-the-silk-route/