A large 4 bedroom villa constructed in the traditional Kerala style close to Pondicherry & Auroville. Surrounded by trees and greenery, this peaceful retreat is best suited for large families or groups. Relax by our lotus pond, feed the fish, read a book from our library on the hammock, get a massage or just chill. A short 15 min drive gets you to the beaches. Come back from the beach to lie down on the terrace and watch the stars come out. I am sure you won't want this stay to end.
A long private driveway leads you to the 4500sq ft villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres. The villa is built in the traditional kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool through the year.
The house has 4 air conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms, a family room, a large kitchen and utility and an open terrace. The large central courtyard with its pond acts as a focal point of the villa allowing in natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is well away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence.
The bedrooms are fully furnished and can accommodate up to 15 people. The bathrooms have showers and western loos.
There is a full time caretaker and daily housekeeping is included.
Enjoy some of the organically grown fruits and vegetables from the garden with our compliments.
Guests will have full access to all parts of the house, gardens, kitchen and laundry facilities.
Lunch / snacks/ dinner can be made available at extra cost and with prior notice.
We are pet friendly, but please do contact us before booking. A pet fee and cleaning charge is applicable.
Interaction with guests
We may be present at some times.
Other things to note
Q) Where is this Villa located ?
Answer: The villa is located approximately 6Km from Pondicherry city centre and 3Km from the Auroville visitors centre. You get a location that gives you the choice of exploring the city and coming back to peace and quiet at the end of the day to relax and unwind.
Q) What is the age policy for children?
Answer: Children under 6 stay for free.
Q) Do you allow pets?
Answer : Yes. we welcome guests with pets. However , please be aware that we have 2 dogs living on the property along with some roosters and hens. Pets are not allowed into the bedrooms. An additional pet fee of 1000/- per pet, per day is applicable, a security deposit may be required.
Q) Do you have a swimming pool?
Answer: No, the property does not have a swimming pool. However, guests can access a swimming pool next door at universal farm house by for a fee.
Q) How far is it from airport and railway station ?
Answer: The Villa is approximately 160Km ( around 2.5 hours) drive away from Chennai airport and 6 Km from both the Pondicherry Railway station and the Pondicherry bus station.
Q) Do you arrange airport pick up and transfers ?
Answer: Yes, we do arrange airport or railway pick ups. We prefer our guest to take this facility as its easier and safe for them. Also eliminates the possibility of being ripped off by cabs.
Our charges are as follows –
From / to Chennai airport - Rs.3000/- (US$ 47) for 4 people in an Air-conditioned taxi, Rs.4200/- (US$ 75) for 6 people in an airconditioned Van, Rs.7500/- (US$ 120) for up to 14 people in an Air-conditioned van. This includes all taxes, parking and 30 minutes waiting charge. * T&C apply
From/To Pondicherry train / bus station – Rs.450/- (US$ 7) for 4 people in an Air-conditioned taxi, Rs.650/- (US$ 11) for 6 people in an airconditioned Van, Rs. 1000/- (US$ 17) for up to 14 people in an Air-conditioned van. This includes all taxes, parking and 30 minutes waiting charge. * T&C apply
Q) Do you provide breakfast ?
Answer: Yes, Complimentary breakfast is provided between 9 AM and 10 AM.
Q) What about tea/coffee?
Answer: We provide complimentary morning tea / coffee and tea/ coffee is again served with breakfast.
Q) What about lunch / dinner?
Answer: a fixed Lunch / dinner can be made on request. The charges are 350/-per person per meal for vegetarian and 450/- per person per meal for non-vegetarian. Children under 6 are not charged and children between 7-12 are charged half price.
Q) Is there a power back up ?
Answer: Yes there is a battery back up for 1 light and 1 fan in each room. The battery generally lasts up to 3 hours depending on usage.
Q) Is the kitchen fully equipped ?
Answer: Yes, the kitchen is fully equipped with Gas, microwave, toaster, kettle and all utensils needed. Groceries are available at the market, a 5 minute drive away. Guests will have to get their own groceries in case they wish to cook a meal. Guests will also have to ensure that the gas is turned off when not in use and are responsible for their safety. Basic spices are available in the kitchen. Should you need to use the groceries stocked in the kitchen, please contact the owners ; a charge is applicable. The kitchen is for self catering only, outside cooks will not be allowed to use the kitchen. Guests will have to clean up after use.
Q) Are there any markets/restaurants close by ?
Answer: The Villa is around 1.5 Km from a market that has many shops and stalls selling groceries, fruits, vegetables etc. Many restaurants and fast food joints are within a 10 minute drive away. There is Pizza delivery available to the villa.
Q) Is there wifi facility ?
Answer: Yes, Wifi Internet is available. However, we do experience internet outages at some times due to factors beyond our control. We suggest that you carry an internet access device if connectivity is imperative for you.
Q) Is there a clothes washing facility ?
Answer: Yes we can get your clothes washed for Rs 20 per piece. The clothes are delivered the following day. We have an iron for your use, please ask the housekeeper for the iron.
Q) Do you refill the stock like toilet roll, tissue paper etc ?
Answer: Yes, if you run out of any of these let us know and we will get it refilled.
Q) what are the best means of transport available from the Villa ?
Answer: All taxi/auto can be ordered over the phone from the villa. 2 wheeler motorcycles and scooters can be hired from Pondicherry city for the duration of your stay. Alternatively, we can arrange to have rented scooters / bikes ready for you when you reach the villa. The rates are Rs.250/- for automatic scooters and 400/- for motorbikes per day, unlimited mileage, excludes fuel. Id required. Additional security deposit may be required.
Public buses stop by request at the toll gate, a 15 minute walk from the villa. The buses will take you into Pondicherry city.
Q) Is there space to park the cars?
Answer: Yes there is a lot of space to accommodate and park your cars. We also have a small room for your drivers to rest and spend the night.
Bachelor and stag parties are not allowed.
As required by law, all guests above 18 must present a copy of valid govt ID at check in.
All rooms and the entire house is a strict non smoking area. Smoking in the villa/bedrooms/bathrooms may cause your deposit to be withheld.
Guests are responsible for their personal belongings.
Please do not consume any food or drink in the bedrooms.
we request that all electrical appliances including air conditioners, fans, lights, taps and showers be turned off when not in use.
please avoid music or tv sound spilling outside the house, especially after 9PM.
The books and board games are there for your leisure. Should you feel the need to borrow a book or game when you leave, please exchange it for one from your collection.
Always use torches at night when outside.
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