“Simple cottages and fabulous food on a working farm in the Western Ghats: a taste of life in rural India and a haven for nature lovers”
The farm has 3 cottages, each offering basic accommodation for 2-4 people.
The Machan, a home on stilts, is built from bamboo and wood and sits 11 feet above the ground, with great views and a double bed. It has a private Western-style bathroom at ground level which is open to the sky, so while sitting on the toilet you can gaze up at the green forest canopy - which certainly beats reading a book! Cold running water is supplied on tap, and hot water is available from a bhum (storage pot) located near by. There's no electricity.
Built in the traditional style of the area, The Kadaba is a typical village home made of bamboo, wood and mud plaster. It has a Western-style bathroom, open to the sky and built with bamboo and thatch, and cold running water. Again, hot water is available from the nearby bhum. There's no electricity in this cottage, which can accommodate a couple and up to 2 young children.
The Gota is a rural cottage with cool, soothing interiors. The floors and roof are both made of local village tiles and the modern, Western-style bathroom has running hot and cold water. This is the only cottage with electricity. Like The Kadaba, it can accommodate a couple and up to 2 young children.
A full range of meals is offered at the farm - which is just as well, as there’s not much else nearby! You’ll find a wide array of meats, fresh fruit and veg (including vegetarian dishes), rices, pulses and nuts, all combined with local herbs and spices - and all of it extremely fresh.
The owners pride themselves on their Parsi cuisine - a combination of Persian and Indian, with plenty of mint, coriander, cumin and ginger. But they also offer more traditional Indian dishes, such as pork vindaloo, and ‘Anglo-Indian’ fare like Irish stew.
Breakfast consists of fruit (including banana fritters from time to time), cereal, local porridge (made from millet, cracked wheat and sago), rice dosas, eggs done any way you like, bread and butter, homemade jams and tea or filter coffee.
A typical lunch might include fresh cucumber with curd, salad, popadums with pickles, and a main dish (perhaps rice and curry, pasta bake or chicken maiwallah), followed by fruit.
Dinner often starts with soup (maybe pepper-water and lentil soup or thick Iranian ash), and finishes with a proper pudding (apple crumble, Malabar pudding or a Parsee semolina dessert called ravo). Unusual touches include cooked jackfruit, small elichi bananas (served as a vegetable), the sweet and crunchy ber fruit, and the nutritious hyacinth bean. There’s a strong emphasis on health and nutrition, profiting from the local dhangar tradition of medicinal plants.
Most of the meals are served in a communal, earth-and-thatch building which is set in the woods and surrounded by shrubs. A combination of dining tables, low tables and sofas means you can be as sociable or private as you like. If you’re the only guests, you may be invited to join the Fernandez family in their home; they also serve afternoon tea on their front lawn from time to time. David has a well-stocked bar serving a variety of beers, wine and spirits
The Fernandez family will help you plan your stay, and arrange any (or none) of the following activities (a minimum of 2 people is usually required):
Children of all ages are welcome, but there are no baby cots and the basic nature of the accommodation might make things difficult for families with infants and toddlers. Nevertheless, kids under 6 can stay for free and those over 6 are charged a reduced rate. The Gota and The Kadaba can both accommodate 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults and 1 child.
Children (4-12 years)
Extra Beds Available