In order to get a feel for a hotel or homestay it is often necessary to stay for a couple of days or more. I came for three days and stayed for three weeks and even returned for a further week before flying home! This is a little gem of a house, surrounded by beautifully kept gardens. It has large rooms, AC and TV if you want them, even a little kitchen for tea and light snacks if a bit of self-catering is your style. The term "homestay" is a bit of a misnomer because although the owners live downstairs they are very discreet and I hardly ever met them. Bibin on reception was helpful and friendly without being intrusive, Lucy will do your laundry and show you how to make a proper cup of tea. After a while I felt like it truly was my little home from home in Kochi. The location is perfect too, both for local touring and in-town trips. I cannot recommend this little house enough. Tracy Saunders, writer.