“Get a taste of the real Kerala by checking into this authentic and super-friendly homestay, just 10km from Fort Cochin”
The Garden Room is in a wing of the main house and, while perhaps not as stylish as other i-escape hotels around Cochin, it's meticulously clean and tidy. You get a mosquito-netted twin room, a second single room, your own veranda (perfect for afternoon tea), and a fan - but, in keeping with Jos' eco-friendly philosophy, no air-conditioning. There are old wooden shutters, patterned wall hangings and quirky old furniture (luggage racks made of bamboo, old mango pots converted to bed lamps and wooden stags' heads on the wall). The 2 bathrooms are small but spotless, with walk-in showers.
However, if it's available we would definitely recommend the Backwater Cottage. Tucked among palms by the water's edge a stone's throw from the main house, it's a delightfully restored farm bungalow once used by the family for processing coconuts and coir making. The large, open-plan interior has twin beds (with 2 extra beds available on request), a desk, a sitting area and a kitchenette with a fridge. The semi-outdoor bathroom has a shower with solar water heater and there's a wraparound veranda and a swing seat for shady lazing. All in all, it's wonderfully spacious, clean and quiet - and also suitable for the less mobile, having no steps at the entrance.
Home cooking rarely comes as delicious and authentic as this. Meals are taken in the dining room; the family dine separately.
Breakfast is traditional Keralan, but if you'd prefer eggs, toast and cereal, just ask in advance. Food seems to keep coming all day thereafter, including complimentary afternoon tea on your veranda.
Most guests like to do day trips, therefore taking other meals elsewhere, however lunch and dinner are available with advance warning. Expect such delicacies as seafood curry and rice, prawn stir fry, fish moley and vellayappam (pancakes), and Kerala chicken curry with chapathi or biriyanis. Jos also has good recommendations for restaurants in Cochin if you plan to go sightseeing or spend the evening watching Kathakali dances.
If you fancy learning to cook some Keralan dishes, you can join Lyma in the kitchen and learn some top tips, or a more formal cooking programme can be arranged. Fort Cochin has plenty of choice for dining out, and there's one restaurant within walking distance.
Familes with children of all ages are welcome and Jos will happily tailor activities to their needs. Western options are available for breakfast on request.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Backwater Cottage can accommodate 2 extra beds and has a kitchenette, while the Garden Room has a single that would a child.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking