About Boutique Homestay in Goa
Our homestay is a 200 + years old elegantly restored colonial house built on a sprawling, terraced, 1.5 acre property. The front edge of the property overlooks a seasonal lake which supplements the water requirements of the surrounding paddy fields. The Zuari flows just about a km away behind the property. The proximity to the lake and the Zuari, the abundant greenery in and around the property ensure a scenic setting all through the year.
It is located in Curtorim, a quiet village in South Goa, about 7kms to the east of Margao. The village is dotted with seasonal lakes and paddy fields and is often referred to as the Granary of Goa. Besides being popular with bird watchers and the attendant photo shoot opportunities that it affords, Curtorim and its adjoining villages house several places of historical interest.
The house itself is styled along colonial Portuguese lines with a high plinth, imposing columns, high ceilings and offers excellent year-round natural ventilation. The house has been restored and renovated, true to its heritage and without compromising the modern day requirement for convenience and comfort. During the restoration process, all efforts have been made to preserve the original materials which had originally gone into the construction of the house by using them, at times, for alternate purposes. The end result is a house which reflects a judicious and tasteful blend of the modern and the traditional.
With a built up area of around 7,000 sq feet, the house comprises an entrada (foyer), sala (living room), dining room, five guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a fully equipped modern kitchen. Three of the bedrooms open into private balconies. It also has a balcao (balcony) in front and a courtyard in the rear. The balcao or the balcony, is the most social part of the house where any daily activity, be it catching up with neighbours, reading morning newspapers, eating , or just plain lazing can be enjoyed. The sala or the high ceilinged living room is reserved for formally receiving and entertaining visitors. The dining room is dominated by the dining table which can comfortably seat 8. All bedrooms have been suitably modified to accommodate en suite bathrooms with modern amenities. The bedroom colours have been given keeping in mind the colours of the rainbow.
About Beni and Gani, the hosts:
We, Bennita and Ganesh, will be your hosts during your stay here.
After having spent the better part of our lives inhaling the dust and fumes of Indian urbania, Beni, the Goan half of our team decided that there was no place like Goa. Since Gani was only too happy to second the opinion, our shift to Goa was considered, contemplated and executed in double-quick time.
After having made the decision to make Goa our home, it took us a fair amount of time and energy to locate the property that would satisfy our myriad requirements. It was after a long and arduous search of almost a year that we took one look at the bungalow and instinctively knew that the search had ended. Post that, the fact that the house had not been occupied for close to three decades, meant that it took us another three years to restore the house to its present condition.
It has been our home now since May 2009 and matters have been helped by the seamless manner in which Trusha (14 years) and Trikaya (11 years) have transitioned to the Goan way of life.
After having experienced the serenity of life in our bungalow for the last couple of years, we thought it would be a shame if the pleasures of living in a quaint village in Goa is not shared with other like minded people (yearning for a interlude in their hectic lives) and hence the decision to open our doors to guests.
We provide boarding and breakfast to our guests. Additionally, guests can partake lunch/ dinner upon prior request. We will be glad to offer our guests any assistance in terms of transport arrangements, sight -seeing options, leisure activities, or just about anything else which will make your stay in Goa memorable.