“Experience the splendour of a 17th-century Indo-Portuguese casa palacio, or the warmth of a cosy village annexe, tucked away in a charming north village, off the tourist trail”
During Varun Sood’s careful restoration, the manor’s original 24 rooms were remodelled to create 7 large guestrooms, all are different and all are named after historical seaports.
Elegant and airy, all are furnished with tiled or polished wood floors, beamed ceilings, antique tables, wardrobes and objets d’arts. Contemporary four-poster beds are draped in muslin and dressed with embroidered silks; hand-painted friezes on the whitewashed walls are a reflection of the patterned terracotta floor tiles. There are ceiling fans and air-conditioning in every room, plus a natural breeze to keep the place cool.
The equally large ensuite bathrooms have showers - some of them with pretty sculpted walls, all with modern western fittings. Telephones and minibars have purposefully been left out of the rooms to maintain the atmosphere of a private period manor. Tea and coffee-making facilities include a little Chinese box containing a mix of teas.
Of the 3 suites, the huge first-floor Macao Suite is favoured by honeymooners. The main room is truly vast, with 6 tall windows overlooking the front garden. The ground-floor Malabar Suite, has 2 large bedrooms, so it's ideal for a family or groups of friends.
Nearby, at the entrance of the village, is Little Siolim, a separate 3-bedroom villa. Here you can book an individual room or exclusive use of the whole property. Inside are the same hallmarks of the owner's eye for design: gorgeous fabrics, sleigh beds and some antique furniture. Each of the 3 double bedrooms has air-conditioning and an ensuite bathroom (the Superior Suite has a funky sunken bath on a tiled platform). All lead onto a courtyard with a pool (beautifully lit at night), which is open to the sky. This flows into a semi-outdoor sitting/dining room with terracotta floors and wicker loungers. An island unit separates the living space from the well-equipped kitchen. The villa comes with a housekeeper and the optional use of a cook (groups can self-cater if they prefer).
Siolim House centres on an inner courtyard surrounded by open corridors. On one side is an open-plan dining area with chairs and tables; on the other is the kitchen (just pop in and meet the cook). You can dine undercover (with ceiling fans whirring overhead) or, in the evening, out in the garden, where candles are set on the tables.
Breakfast is a choice of English or Indian. Lunch and dinner are prepared upon request, so advise the staff in advance if you want to eat in. There's usually a set menu (3 courses) - typically soup, fish or prawn curry with rice or a Goan thali, and a sweet - but you can make special requests if you give plenty of notice. All the food is purchased fresh each day and prepared more or less to order. Available fresh fish includes pomfret, snapper, sea bass, crab and mussels.
Teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes are available from a help-yourself bar in the dining area in the mornings and afternoons.
Guests at Little Siolim also get breakfast included in the rate. For lunch/dinner you can make use of the well-equipped kitchen (with refrigerator, microwave, gas hob, toaster, juicer, hot plate and water filter), or spoil yourself with a private chef for an extra cost. Alternatively, guests can opt to eat lunch or dinner at Siolim House.
Children are welcome at all of Siolim Collection's properties.
The ground-floor Malabar Suite (with 2 adjoining bedrooms) is ideal for families. Standard Suite Damao can fit an additional bed. Larger families, or those looking for more privacy, could book the whole of Little Siolim (3 rooms). Most rooms in Siolim House and Little Siolim can fit a baby cot.
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request (Siolim House has a beautiful antique cot which is provided for babies)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking