This is a Home Stay that takes the word HOME very seriously! Amazing family that absorbs you into the family to make it feel like you are visiting your family relations (the good ones that you like) The warmth and bonhomie is so natural that you no longer feel like a guest. You have meals sitting with the family - holding hands and saying grace. Raquel the hostess cooks up culinary delights that will give you the food of real goa not the brittos variety - the choriz, The pois, the all meats in white sauce, Goan pulao, beef curry, homemade jams, and freshly baked brownies!!! She definitely cooks from the heart. Roberto the host takes you through the stories and people who lived in this 500 year old house which has battle-scars!! He is a funny man and a great singer and raconteur that makes every meal fun! I am talking more about the family and not the facilities is because of the uniqueness of this home stay... yes the rooms are clean, the garden is fantastic and the bathrooms are attached, the linen are clean, the rooms are spacious... but its the family that makes this place warm and fuzzy! The three boys of the house - Harrison, Antonio and Raphael - each a character of their own... beautiful and friendly and cute as buttons!! The matriarch of the family or Mama as she is called is sharp and funny. An expert seamstress whose works stitched art adorns the walls. It is truly a home stay like no other. Get away from the beaches and shacks / come experience the real
Heart of Goa! P.S: the water from their well is the sweetest I have ever tasted!! And their two dogs are absolutely lovable!
Extremely clean and comfortable rooms with the feeling of home away from home. A gr8 place to relax and unwind, do nothing expect enjoy the nature. We enjoyed a bounty of rainfall
Both Roberto and Rachel are gr8 hosts and Mrs. Amaral adds to the flavour. We enjoyed the amazing home made Goan cuisine especially the home made jams. The long chats with the Amarals made us feel like we were part of the family. The Amarals are always looking out for your best experience, in our case we were caught in a GOA Union Taxi strike and Roberto assisted us in every way to arrange for us the necessary transport to and from the airport and also for some local sightseeing.
Another really touching thing for me was the way they managed my daughter's fear of cats and dogs by ensuring that the pets were not allowed in the house whilst we were there.
I definitely recommend a stay at their place for all who want to experience the joys of nature with peace and quiet away from the regular hustle bustle of the city.
Our experience has been really great and enriching! We loved each and every moment we have spent there during our recent stay in June 2019.
Roberto and Raquel are so passionate and great in hospitality.
Special thanks to Raquel. She is an amazing cook and host. Loved every thing in the dinner! Her cake and other baked items were so amazing. We all are still missing her brownies
Nature around the room was mesmerizing, Roberto's personal attention to each plant shows up in enrichment of natural bless around the house.
Our stay, dinning and specially time spent with you all was amazing and will cherish these memories forever!
Thank you so much!
We visited Goa in the month of May 19 one of the warmest months in the state. Initially we were a bit skeptical however the off season does have it's own charms and we managed to keep away from the hotspots which made our time there even more pleasant.
One of these places for the discerning and offbeat traveller is Cancio's house located in the serene village of Aldona . From the time that we arrived Roberto and Raquel and their 3 kids ensure that we were taken care of as their own family. Our kids were the same age as Rafael their youngest son and they haven't stopped gushing about their new friend. The house itself has a certain charm to its architecture with quite large rooms, a well right in the middle of the house, a garden filled with herbs, plants and flowers where you can spend endless hours on one of the sit out places with a cup of tea and lazily watch life go by. If Roberto is not on his yatch, he will regale you with historical anecdotes about the place and its culture.
We can write a separate section on Raquels food. The breakfast spread is filled with 5 varieties of homemade jam alongwith fresh baked pois, paavs and eggs made to order. Personally I liked the mango jam best. Fresh fruits from their yard are always on the table organic is a way of life for them long before it became a fad. Dinner has to be ordered in advance because Raquel spends hours in the kitchen fussing over the minutest details. Slow cooked tender meat with sausage curry, rice with a spot of homemade wine were arranged for us. Dinner time is family time where each member of the family sits around the large wooden table along with the guests and they say grace again a heartwarming custom now forgotten in many households. Mama makes sure we hold hands and say Bon Appetit and we all dig into the sumptuous fare like there is no tomorrow. Raquels dessert of homemade cup-cakes topped with mango slices and a dollop of icecream is a foodgasm in itself.
Goa has definitely changed over the past years. Quaint fishing villages have been commercialized by shacks and hotels leaving very little for the discerning traveler. I don't mind the commercial part so much but it did pained us to see the beautiful lands and fields littered with plastic waste and liquor bottles. I travelled the length and breadth of Goa and it's the same story everywhere with bottles strewn on the road and mounds of plastic lining the roads. I feel helpless when I think that I can't take away and save a piece of this paradise before the land sharks swallow it whole.
If this continues then in a few years probably the walls within Cancio's house would be the only place where one can reminisce over the past glories of the land that was once Goa.
PS - Please dont go to drink and litter and make a nuisance of yourself. This is a traditional family home where the family stays and its not a hotel. We would like this to remain an hidden gem
I was planning to go to a woman's car rally organised by The Times of India. The rally started from Hyderabad, from where we had started,and the end was at Goa! So we planned to stay one extra day to spend our time together in leisure! I came to know about the cancio's homestay from a magazine,and liked it very much! My friends also liked the home,so we planned to stay for a day with them!
And oh my my...what a huge estate they possess...the Portuguese house is almost 500 years old and has so many antique crockery,cutlery sets, porcelain vases, wood furniture! It is just like a museum with old memories attached to it! Roberto, Raquel,their 3 handsome sons and graceful grandma,only 86 years old :) live in the house! They are so so loving and caring one can not imagine! Thay have built a cottage with two rooms, without a/c as Raquel feels that it is against nature,so those who can't live without it, should not go for it!
But for us it was just like a heaven on earth! Surrounded by trees,pure unpolluted atmosphere and complete silence! What I like the most ,I felt a warmth in the family and all children are so mannerful...they were helping their parents in each chores! Though they are naughty enough to their age!
Those who don't want to visit only beach and drink liquor,I will suggest this place for them! Roberto possess a yacht ,so you can have a wonderful time too!
Mayem lake is near this place,so one can spend a day there and come back to cancio's house for a yummy food cooked by Raquel! Last but not the least,I should mention that the mango and chikoo jams were really mouth watering! Thanks Amrals!