The SpaceOur home is a one-of-a-kind neat, clean, modern bungalow with a garden retreat to boot! It has all amenities including rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms and warm red oxide flooring. In Bangalore’s concrete jungle, our house is a unique, comfortable abode to relax in and to show-off to your friends, or guests! Earlier guests named our home "the Oasis"! The interiors are beautiful, with wide-open spaces and walls covered with reputed Art. Outside the house, the neighbourhood is thriving with lovely restaurants, retail stores, medical stores and Hospitals within 50 to 100 yards or within a 10 to 15 minute walk! Returning home after a day at work, or in the city, you will definitely appreciate the calm, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and environment that the House and Garden offer. A late evening drink in the drawing room or its adjacent Garden Sit-out is a tranquil experience you will certainly enjoy.
Our home offers 3 very comfortably, spacious, independent rooms that accommodate two people in each room. Children below 6 years can be accommodated without charge; in the same room. Our listings are separate for each room and they can be booked by a Guest independently, by choosing Listing 1, Listing 2 or Listing 3. If you are a Family or Group of six people, then you should select Listing 4 which books all the three rooms in a single booking. PLEASE NOTE with caution – if you are booking Listing 4 as a Family or as a Group wanting all 3 rooms, then please make sure that none of the other rooms (Listings 1, 2 or 3) are booked by any other Guest(s). The Airbnb software is not integrated and therefore it is unable to recognize bookings of other Listings made independently! As I write, Airbnb expects us - the Host – to fill out the different Calendars. This is not always possible across the time zones of the World. The Calendars for Listings 1, 2, 3 are separate from Listing 4 which is only for a Family or Group requiring all 3 rooms. The independent Calendars of the 3 individual Listings are not integrated with the Calendar of Listing 4. Please be aware of this! This issue has been brought to the notice of Airbnb for remedial software modification. Guest AccessThe outer room has its own independent entrance and it is located directly in line and in view of the main gate. The room almost merges with the garden in free flowing access and Guests are free to come and go as they please. You will have a set of keys to your room, and in all, you enjoy complete privacy with a very serene feeling in and outside this room. It is tastefully laid out and has a lovely, modern, attached Bathroom that you will find most convenient. Interaction with GuestsGrace & I are generally always present to receive Guests and welcome them with a guided tour of our home. We respect the privacy of Guests and you are free to decide how much you wish to engage with us. Generally, we entertain, host and mingle a lot with our friends; often going out dancing, or to theatre, concerts or to live music performances. We are also big music fans - Jazz, Country, Blues and Retro (music of the late 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s). Some Guests have joined us to certain events as well as in the fun of visiting our friends. You call the shots to mingle with us! At our home, you could relax over a drink – wine, beer, alcohol and/or non-alcoholic beverages which we can organise for you; procured from nearby shops at retail prices. A small margin of about 30 Cents or Rs 20, is added to cover transportation handling and chilling costs! The cost of Beer, Alcohol and Beverages so procured is much, much, much cheaper than what you will pay for a drink outside!
We provide an all-you-can-eat delicious food. A complimentary, healthy spread of wholesome Breakfast with fruit, coffee/tea and juices is served to all Guests between 0800 to 0930. A standard English Breakfast may also be had! Should you want to have Dinner at home, please let us know in the morning, while you are at Breakfast. Dinner is a good spread of home-cooked food too; with meat or fish, good seasonal vegetables (mostly Organic), pickles, etc, etc. The per head cost of Dinner/Lunch is just over $ 7 (INR 450) per person, per meal (Rs 400 for Veg) - very, very cheap, affordable cost for an all-you-can-eat, spread of healthy food; when compared with eating out! We generally avoid catering for Lunch so that the staff are kept engaged with cleaning and careful preparation of Dinner. Moreover, Guests are usually out the whole day. However, in exigent need, we will also provide you Lunch! All the food we serve is prepared from pick-of-morning-vegetables, fresh meat and fresh fish, all bought right outside our home in a tie-up with surrounding Farms. Food cooked is healthy, tasty, has variety, and, even at the cost of repetition, you can eat "as much as you like". Drinking water in the house is Filtered Water - "a 3 step process of Charcoal, UV & RO filters". Please let us know if you have any food preferences, or especially food restrictions due to health reasons! We will gladly cater accordingly.
At our home, as suggested by Airbnb, we charge a nominal "cleaning fee" of not more than $5 for stays of up to one week and for longer stays beyond 7 days to one month, the fee is $ 15 . Beds are made and the rooms are cleaned, swept, swabbed & dusted, daily. Likewise, Toilets are cleaned thoroughly, each day. After a happy stay, we request you to please leave a donation, as you wish, for the Staff. A 'Donation Box' is kept for the purpose and your contribution is entirely voluntary and left to your generosity for the satisfaction of Service you received. Noteworthy is the Service to you at the table; with off-the-fire, tasty, hot rolling food that keeps coming till you decide to stop eating! The suggestion of a voluntary gratuity actually came to us from guests who were highly appreciative of the prompt Service that ensures - tasty, healthy food that keeps coming to your plate, efficient room cleaning, maintenance and hospitality in the home! It is an Indian tradition to show gratitude and respect for staff by tipping them!
Grace and I are helpful by nature! It is in our and character and of personal value to us, to be helpful; so, please do not hesitate to request any help that you may want, personal or otherwise - you may ask for any help, from safe-keeping your valuables, help with personal problems, transport arrangements, advice on personal safety & security considerations, storing luggage till a future date and so on. To cite an example, a young English Lady realized that her Visa for stay in India had expired. In the joy of her stay in Bangalore she had overstayed by 2 weeks! To cut it short, I persuaded Bangalore Police against judicial custody and deportation; took responsibility for her custody as “a personal house guest’, sent her to the Home Ministry in Delhi, got a letter endorsed by the Ministry for "Police extended stay", then sent her to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where I had the period of illegal overstay regularized. The overstayed period was converted into official extension of Visa and stamped in her passport - avoiding violation of our Law. This also allows her to revisit India in future; assured of a Visa. Her mother flew into Bangalore, collected the Lady’s baggage, flew to Delhi and two very grateful Ladies left India on a happy note and flew home to London. We are happy to have been of help. In all, we look forward to welcoming you and making your stay unique, enjoyable and memorable. The NeighborhoodOur area – Kasavanahalli – is now the center of attention with major IT, BT, other Businesses and International Schools in place. The City center has shifted to our side as it were! From Bangalore International Airport (BIA), we are located at almost the same distance as the other major, important, suburbs like MG Road, Indiranagar, Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Koramangala, Whitefield and so on. The distances to these Suburbs, relative to BIA, are best visualized as one end of an arm where BIA is located at the shoulder; and, the 5 fingers at the other end representing the main Suburbs named above. Thus, the whole original city of Bangalore is around 50 to 53 kms away from BIA. From our Home, MG Road and other Suburbs mentioned above are in a circle of 10 to 12 kms and another inner circle of Suburbs, comprising HSR Layout, Koramangala, Martahalli, Electronic City, Silk Board and so on, are 3 to 5 kms away. In short, our Home is more or less like the Hub & Spokes of a wheel; with all the Suburbs virtually around us.
The first Listing in of our Home is the Outer room with its own independent entrance. This is indicated as Listing 1 - "Outer Room in Dream Garden Villa". We are located on Sarjapur Road within a radius of 5 or 12 kms of most important hubs in Bangalore. Wipro, Koramangala and Electronic City IT hubs are within 2 to 6 kms.
Restaurants abound within 50 meters to1 or 2 kms and food can be ordered in. Take-away is easy as well. La Casa restaurant is next door and has good Indian and Continental food. Within 1 km of the house, there are several local restaurants with take away options ranging from Tandoori, Chinese, Mexican, Indian regional, Coastal, Goan food and Pizzas. Home delivery time is generally 20 to 30 minutes.
Lastly, large Stores (Aishwarya Value Mart, visible on Maps), are opposite our Home and Grocery shops are right outside our Gates. ATMs are within 10 to 200 meters. Getting AroundPublic transport is easily available - the bus stop is right across at La Casa restaurant. Auto-rickshaws (tuk-tuks) pass the house regularly, but not recommended because they rarely ply on the Meter and charge exorbitant rates. Good radio taxis like Uber, Ola Cabs and Taxiforsure are always better to use and available on call at INR 12 to 20/km, for an air-conditioned Sedan. Airport transfers in an A/c Sedan are at Rs 19 per km; plus toll fee (max Rs1150). Free parking is available at our home, on the main street and along our cul-de-sac. For touring around Bangalore, or out-of-town trips, we can help you with suggestions over and above your itinerary and also help arrange transport. Other Things to NoteWe are well connected - both with locals and across India and that is a big advantage for all our guests visiting Bangalore or traveling around the country; whenever in need!