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Price: Mid-range
Type: B & B
Rooms: 6
Location: Alleppey
Season: Aug - May
Food: All meals incl.
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Room Type/Name

1st Oct 2013
30th Sept 2014
(Rs)
Single Occupancy
7500
Double Occupancy
11500
Cancellation Policy:
More than 15 days before arrival: Full refund
15 days or less before arrival: No refund
Remarks
All taxes, meals and activities included
Extra bed
Rs.5500 per night

Village Manor Home, Alleppey

120 yearr heritage home of aristocratic Syrian Christians of Kerala, with original design elements. Now a luxury bed and breakfast in Alleppey!

INTRODUCTION

The simplest way to travel back in time is to walk into the gracious house of Anthony and Rema Tharakan in Alleppey, here you go back a hundred years into the aristocratic lifestyle of the Syrian Christian landowners of Kerala. The Parayil Tharakan family that started with three brothers fleeing an invasion in their original homeland at Pazhur, near Trichur gradually became the most prominent family in the area. The word “Parayi” itself has come to mean in Malayalam “very rich man” or “a high-handed manner”. Set on the banks of the Vembanad Lake between Alappuzha and Kochi is the Village Manor Home. As you drive through the little village to the property, it feels like time has stopped. The effect is magnified when you see the grand Kerala house untouched by outward modernity. It continues to be a large working farm with coconuts, pepper, vanilla, cashew nuts and nutmeg apart from vegetables and fruits for the house. There is also a large prawn farm towards one end of the property.

Anthony will gladly provide you with a personally written note on the architecture of the house or tell you hoary family tales. They are happy to show ancient building plans on dried palm leaves and family papers to those with an interest. If you are not so inclined, this luxury bed and breakfast in Alleppey is also an excellent place to unwind with a book, potter about on the farm, paddle the canoe or just lie back on the verandah chairs. Rema will ensure that you are well fed with delicious Kerala repasts. The hospitality at this luxury bed and breakfast in Alleppey is from a gentler, more genuine era and the evenings are convivial with guests swapping stories.

ROOMS

This 120 year old home at Alleppey with two floors has preserved its original design elements be it the traditional Padipura entrance in a straight line with the wooden granary at the front of the house or the original four poster bed in the master bedroom with wooden steps to get on to it. There are ten rooms out of which six are available to guests. Some rooms have four poster beds while one is a family room with an additional living area. There is also a quaint cottage made out of the old granary. If booked in advance, two rooms at the entrance to the main house are suitable for wheelchair bound guests and meals can be served in these rooms. An upstairs verandah and a couple of cozy nooks are perfect for lounging. None of the rooms have air conditioning as the family wants to preserve the house in its original condition. The cross ventilation and ceiling fans help air circulation and most guests are fine with it though the summer months can get humid. The biggest concession to change is the modern bathrooms with bathtubs, a rarity in Kerala.

SERVICE

Guests are welcomed with a refreshing ginger lime drink. Breakfasts are a mix of continental with a local highlight. Lunch and dinner are essentially drawn from Kerala cuisine with vegetarian and meat or fish dishes accompanied by rice and Indian breads.

Boat ride
Table tennis
Cycling
Walking trails
Fort Kochi
Kumarakom Lake and Bird Sanctuary


Eco facts
Organic farming
Closed:
From 01 Jun To 31 Jul
Nearest Railway Station :
Ernakulam North 30 kms
Nearest Airport :
Kochi 55 kms
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