First things first, this property is a traditional homestay away from the noisy, hustle bustle of the town and from Alleppey. It is quiet, serene, situated on the banks of lake Vembanad. So anyone expecting to do some local sightseeing from this place should keep in mind that they have to take a taxi around for almost everything.
Having said that, I should say that this is an AMAZING homestay for all those who want to have a very peaceful, relaxing and unwinding holiday in its real sense. Simon, Thomas and Reshmi are very good hosts. The rooms are very clean, neat and basic with towels, toiletries, comfortable bed and pillows, and air conditioning for those who need it (I didn't use it since the weather in December is very pleasant). The food is simple Kerala food and exceptionally delicious and satisfying. The property itself is very green, clean and rustic. There are several birds which visit the property (Kingfishers, egerets, cormorants, herons, geese, ducks; we even spotted a fish eagle fishing!).
All in all, this is a very good place for a simple and satisfying homely holiday.
Disclaimer: This is not the place for people who like a hotel treatment, chauffers, a la carte restaurants, swimming pools, etc. So do not expect all of that.
This was our fifth visit to the Villas and it will not be our last. We always stay in one of the semi-detached villas close to the lake front. These two villas are simple, yet comfortable, though we spend little time there because of the attraction of the sitting area outside the villas as well as the seating by the lake itself. The rooms have both AC and an efficient fan. Hot water is provided from a boiler within the villa and is more than adequate for a shower. At dusk there are sometimes a few mosquitoes but generally sitting outside is insect free (We visit between December and early February). Watching the sun set behind the palm trees on the other side of the lake is one of our main daily activities! An off-shore breeze starts around midday which adds to the attraction of sitting by the lake in the afternoon.
Each morning we go for a walk, either turning left out of the property to the ferry crossing ( 90 minutes there and back, slowly) or right up to Vaikom (40 minutes) where there are plenty of shops, a temple accessible to non-Hindus (men remove shirts within temple itself) and an opportunity to take a ferry across to the other side of the lake. We usually take a rickshaw back (70 -90 Rupees).
We have seen numerous different birds from the property as well as a family of mongooses. Oach visit we always have an evening canoe trip organised from the Villas. We have also watched the toddy tapper in action, and sampled the product. For children there is also the attraction of goats, a cow and her calf and ducks as well as a swing and hammocks.
The food is varied and excellent and the hosts, Resmi and Thomas, have always been extremely welcoming and have always done their best to ensure we enjoy our stay. And we always have.
Very highly recommended for anyone wanting a restful holiday.
We loved our stay here. Mr. Thomas and his wife Reshmi are amazing hosts. The food was amazing, the property is beautiful, and everything is just perfect. Do ask them to arrange for a backwater boat tour for you.
Loved everything about the Villas which includes Infrastructure, tasty food by Host, amazing rooms and great hospitality. Neat and clean Bathrooms. Lovely Garden area including a creek where one can spend leisure time doing peddle boating and Kayaking. Amazing place to watch the Sunset. Would love to book again if ever get another chance to visit Kollam. This place is a hidden Gem!
Stayed in 3 cottages for 3 nights. Made to feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble. Helpful attitude towards money problem, efficient organisation of boat trips & local tour. Very relaxing, clean & beautifully sited on lake shore. Food was a high point, plus tea & coffee freely & happily supplied throughout the day and good wifi. Only minor downside was flow of hot water - it was certainly hot, but flow is too weak to have anything but a bucket shower. Would definitely recommend.