We stayed in this villa for 3 days from 28th to 30th oct'16 along with our friend's family & our stay was excellent. Food was very very..... tasty and the hospitality of both Mr Thomas and Resmi was much beyond our expectations& we felt like staying in our close relatives house. Those who desire to visit this place can do so without any second thought.
We stayed for 2 nights last week ..booked lagoon side room..thinking we will mostly be out.. but when we reached there the location of the place urged us to have lake facing room.
we spoke to the host Thomas..and luckily they have the lake facing available and we shifted ..
the room was facing backwaters...and a small lagoon just in front of the room.
the backwaters view was amazing they also have a sit out stretched on the lake...where u can relax have tea coffee.
food was superb..
The home made food was amazing... fresh.mango pickle was very tasty.
We loved our stay with superb hospitality from thomas,simon and reshmi .
would recommend the place highly for a relaxing ..beautiful stay in vaicom
Tasty food, snacks and desserts were provided by the family and we loved the lake view from our cottage. Lot of free roaming ducks . Ample space and lot of fruit trees were a delightful sight. Vaikom temple was nearby and it was quite and neat. Will definitely visit again and spend few nights.
We took AC bus from airport to Vytilla and another bus to Vaikom and then a taxi auto. The host family will also arrange taxi if requested but the bus option might save you 1500 Rs and the frequency is good.
Had the opportunity last January, to stay at this amazing place, along with my office team. It is a family run place, and in no time, we became part of the family.
The villas are spread around the ancestral house of the family who runs this place. Devoid of any commercial extravaganzas, this is an ideal place for a quiet get away. No blaring horns from nearby roads, no crowded lobbies and restaurants... it was as good as we owned the place. The lush green lawns overlook the Vembanad backwaters. In short, one of those rare places where you get what you were promised, and more!
Mr. Siby and Mr. Thomas, the brothers and their families looked after our needs very well. They were always there to assist us. The three days that we were there, they organized everything for us.
The highlight of the place is the simple Kerala home style food, especially non-vegetarian. Captained by Bharathi chechi, the team took us on a gastronomic adventure of local fares.
Rooms are spacious, and basic amenities are in place.
If you are not a sucker for five star luxury and facilities; if you want to literally chill out; if you want to experience the soul of Kerala... this place is for you.
We booked for 4 nights, but said we might want to extend. Well, we stayed for 7 nights, and had to drag ourselves away.
As our TukTuk turned off the road and into the beautiful tree-lined drive of the estate, we were just enthralled. And even the geese who appear in many of the photos were there to greet us.
We were shown to our room, one of only six, and sat outside on our roomy deck, gazing down the gardens to the lake. Thomas (whose family have owned the estate for generations) and his charming wife Remsi came bearing delicious chai to chat with us, and confirm our food preferences. We had only booked B&B as that seemed to be the only option, but we were assured that we could have lunch and dinner too. They assured us that it was all cooked by Remsi, using local ingredients.
So we relaxed after a long bus ride (actually 2 buses) from Kumily, and then went to the dining area. And were presented with the most superb vegetarian food ever. Beautifully spiced, great variety, and a constant pressure to eat more! Then some fresh desserts to finish off. The one thing Baska and I agreed on was "no lunch"!
A good night's sleep, then an equally splendid breakfast. Remsi was keen to talk about any particular dishes or ingredients we liked, and these appeared on the table as our stay went on.
So, that's the food. The location was great for us too, as we love walking. The walk to the nearest town, Vaikom, is just a few kilometres. Although it is all road, there isn't much traffic, so it's really pleasant. We got to recognise all the shopkeepers on the way, and they got to know us - the "mad dogs and Englishmen, out in the noonday sun" as Noel Coward would have it.
We also took advantage of the lake, with a sunset canoe trip, which was spectacular, and a 2 hour early morning trip in a large flat-bottomed boat gliding silently along the canals of the backwaters, punted by our boatman, and with a very knowledgeable and interesting guide.
All in all, we love the place, and Thomas and Remsi.