'Ooty' at Vivenda Dos Palhacos Majorda Goa
'Ooty' at Vivenda Dos Palhacos Majorda Goa


Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed


Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Vivenda dos Palhacos is a one hundred year old modest Portuguese Mansion, carefully renovated and set in the very quiet village of Majorda, in South Goa. The longest beach, with the most beautiful sand in Goa, is about a kilometer away. We have 7 beautiful, uniquely themed bedrooms, the main garden with a 12m swimming pool, private dining and sun bathing areas at the back of the house, and a tent in the high season.

The space

Vivenda dos Palhacos is a one hundred year old, carefully renovated house set on a very quiet* cul-de-sac in the village** of Majorda, in South Goa. The longest beach, with the most beautiful sand in Goa, is about a kilometer away. Guests are very welcome to borrow a bicycle or grab a lift down there in our customized Tuk-Tuk or Jeep for a nominal Rs 150 per trip.

The rooms are named after the places we have lived in and loved, in Bengal and Tamil Nadu. They all have fans, air-conditioners and en-suite bathrooms. They don’t have TVs or phones. Though either of those menaces can be easily rustled up for children or major sporting events.

OOTY, with its private entrance from the courtyard, has a built-in double bed and sitting area and a mirrored ensuite secret bathroom.

The 12 x 4 metre swimming pool is set in a tropical garden with private sun bathing areas. It is cleaned with Ozone, instead of horrible chlorine, so it is like swimming in spring water. The shallow end of the pool is three feet deep so will not suit very young children. We’d be happy to set up a piddling pool in the front garden for tiny tots.

Our original wine list had twin purposes…past tense…chose the latter. As I discovered that like a priest, I had to drink whatever was left at the end of the season, our wine list is now considerably shorter, simpler and cheaper. If you want something special do ask and it should be possible to arrange with a nominal corkage charge.

Services
Airport pick-up. Sight seeing and shopping tours. Baby-sitting. Bicycles. Laundry. Hair dryer. Around three-quarters-of-the-clock food and drink. Complimentary wi-fi. Excellent visiting masseuses. Advice as to what is worth going to see and what is worth avoiding. A television and DVD player in the sitting room. A very sophisticated 24 hour, native English speaking concierge service. Picnics and parties planned. Weddings arranged, though not necessarily in the desi sense of the word. The spas at The Grand Hyatt and Alila-Diwa are both excellent and almost next door.

Guest access

Guests can access the entire property including the common areas, the restaurant, and the swimming pool.

Interaction with guests

Your Hosts
Charlotte and Simon Hayward (a brother-sister team in case you were wondering) were both born and brought up in India. They are the fourth generation to live in and love India and have spent as much time as possible here. They will be delighted to suggest and help organise side trips and places to stay out of Goa to their guests who may be coming to India for the first time.

Charlotte Hayward.

Charlotte loves India and has traveled extensively in it, though there are still many places left to see. Goa’s cultural heritage makes it an amazing place to live and she looks forward to sharing her experience with you. She has lived and worked in Japan, Hong Kong and London, speaks Hindi usefully and is co-writing a book which she hopes to do more of.

Simon Hayward.

Simon was most recently Creative Director of a large advertising agency first in Bombay and then in Delhi. He has always wanted to do up an old house and turn it into a hotel. What else do advertising people do when they get to forty? Teach? He loves Goa and feels that India is home. He is a budding cook – especially in a kitchen where many willing hands make light work – and his lunch parties in Singapore, Hong Kong, Wellington and Bombay were invariably long and pleasurable.

John Gracias

John has been with us since the beginning. He is an excellent Consultant Goan Chef and would do more painting if he had time. He also plays the guitar. Most of the time though he is busy looking after our guests, the fifteen or so staff we have – and us. He commutes from Chinchinim, about 25 mins south of us.

Hannah and Charlie Hayward.

Hannah and Charlie were born in Hong Kong and bought up in New Zealand. Hannah is now at University at Melbourne and Charlie is at school in Hong Kong.

Other things to note

Services
Airport pick-up. Sight seeing and shopping tours. Baby-sitting. Bicycles. Laundry. Hair dryer. Around three-quarters-of-the-clock food and drink. Complimentary wi-fi. Excellent visiting masseuses. Advice as to what is worth going to see and what is worth avoiding. A television and DVD player in the sitting room. A very sophisticated 24 hour, native English speaking concierge service. Picnics and parties planned. Weddings arranged, though not necessarily in the desi sense of the word. The spas at The Grand Hyatt and Alila-Diwa are both excellent and almost next door.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Property type: Villa
Room type: Private room

Amenities

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 10PM

Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Safety card
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Devesh User Profile
January 2017
Descent accommodation, try to stay at the rooms, instead of the tent.

Aditya User Profile
August 2016
Place is really nice. Perfect for a weekend getaway away from crowds and noise.

Jacques User Profile
March 2017
Superbe séjour dans la maison de Simon et Charlotte qui sont des hôtes très accueillants. La maison est merveilleusement décorée, et les repas cuisinés par le chef excellents. Le personnel présent est attentif et souriant, et le coin piscine très agréable. Chaque chambre a sa propre décoration, toujours originale, ce qui donne envie d'en changer chaque jour. Nous y retournerons sans problème dans les années futures. Et un grand merci à Charlotte pour ses conseils avisés.

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Simon User Profile

Ex advertising writer now runs Vivenda Dos Palhacos with his sister Charlotte. Both born in Calcutta and grateful to be at least half Indian with OCI cards. One or the other of us are usually here at the hotel. We look forward to meeting you.

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