The SpaceIt's a unique "designed" building which is in
a superb location. Very spacious and pleasant. Nearly always a cool breeze flows through the house when all doors are open (see pictures)
ANJUNA the HOUSE
The house is located near Anjuna about 10 minutes from the beaches.
The house has 4 bedrooms, all en-suite and a very large living room. Two of the bedrooms have their own separate entrance. A wide veranda surrounds the house. Upstairs you will find a large roof-terrace. All flooring and all bathrooms are done in marble so its easy to keep clean and wonderful the walk and lie on (good energy). The house is build on a small stretch of coconut groves situated between two massive paddy fields. Its all very rural and we have all kind of birds including Parrots, Monkeys, Cows, buffalos, goats, chickens and what have you. They are wondering about at will. After all this is rural India. It’s away from all traffic and deliberately chosen so one can only get to the house by foot, scooter, bicycle and or bike. It's possible by car as well but we try to keep this to a minimum. The path/road is hardly ever used for car traffic. The path/road ends in a small hamlet which probably has not really changed for hundreds of years. Water comes from our own well and we try not to waste it, its a precious commodity in Goa. Drinking water as usual in Goa comes in large reusable and refundable plastic one gallon bottles which is kept underneath the sync in the open plan kitchen. The bottle is exchanged like the gas for a full one as per your requirement. We recycle most of our “waste/grey water” to water the garden. Do try to use only eco-bio-friendly-degradable liquids for washing up, hair and “others” . Conservation, recycling and all is the operative word. India unfortunately has no real effective infra-structure relating to conservation nor recycling so you have to be inventive and use the imagination. Take all your non-recyclable waste and dispose of it in the sporadic “dumpsters” you will find on the roads. We have a solar water heating system with a 150 litre tank which is more than adequate. If used sensibly. Electricity is 220V but again the word is conservation. All spare bulbs are located in the drawer of the table. The gas- stove works like everywhere else in Goa, on bottled gas. The bottle is located under the sync so is the on-off switch. Make sure there is enough left for the next set of people. All linen including towels are kept in the cupboard in the master bedroom. There is a small set of tools underneath the kitchen sync. There is a safe for your valuables. Things deteriorate very fast in this climate hence extra care has to be taken with most “applications” . What we take so much for granted in the West as being just being there and working properly......!!!! Obviously not so in India.
There is a folder marked “House Book”
Pls read this first when you arrive.....
It has all the information regarding the House and it's operation.....
It also describes potential Trips, Locations, Leisure. Travel, Airlines and Essential numbers, including menu card of quite a good restaurant near by which does take out meals.
We have also enclosed several bits and bobs about Goa and I suggest you read them at leasure and we can send you some Email attachments, print out the essential ones. It will make your stay more comfortable. We suggest you buy and read the Lonely Planet Book on Goa. There are several books on India and Goa at the house.
With the house “comes” Chaya, who cleans and and can also do some cooking if so desired. She will do the laundry if asked. She is part of our family so to speak. Please make your own financial arrangements with her regarding these tasks. She knows everything about the house (electric/water-pump/lights/gas/solar etcetc) and can and will answer any queries you might have. Its custom to leave a token of appreciation after your stay.
All transport, including car, scooter, bikes, Enfield or what have you regarding rentals and airport runs or general driving (it's customary in India to rent a car with driver) call Prashant inform him you are from "us" and he will arrange. You can call him before you arrive so the scooters will be at the house when you arrive.
Have a great time and Enjoy. Guest AccessThe Villa, the garden and the surrounding fields Interaction with GuestsAs per requirement The NeighborhoodDear Anjuna, that stalwart on India’s hippy scene, still drags out the sarongs and sandalwood each Wednesday for its famous – and once infamous – flea market. Though it continues to pull in droves of backpackers, midrange tourists are increasingly making their way here for a dose of hippie-chic without the beach-hut rusticity of Arambol further up the coast.
Meanwhile Anjuna remains filled with a weird and wonderful, if these days somewhat diminished, collection of defiant ex-hippies, overlanders, monks, gentle lunatics, artists, artisans, seers, searchers and itinerant expatriates who have wandered far from the organic confines of health-food emporia in San Francisco and London.
The village itself is certainly a bit ragged around the edges these days, but Anjuna remains a favourite of long-stayers and first-timers alike. It’s spread out over a wide area, its most northerly point being the main Starco crossroads, where most buses stop and around which many eating options are dotted, and its southernmost point is the flea market site, about 2km to the south. Most accommodation and other useful services are sprinkled along the beach, or down shady inland lanes in between. Getting AroundAdvisable to rent a scoote, motorbike and or a car. Other Things to NoteSwaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters: the three essential elements that attract 2 million visitors annually to Goa’s balmy shores are plentiful in this tiny, glorious slice of India hugging the country’s western coastline and bounded by the Arabian Sea.
A solitary Portuguese outpost in India for almost 500 years, the influence of colonial rule can still be seen everywhere: in the exquisite, crumbling architecture; in the East-meets-West cuisine which combines coconut milk, palm vinegar and chillies with the refined flavours of Lisbon; in the melancholy strains of fado that still waft occasionally on the bougainvillea-scented breeze; and in the siesta-saturated joie de vivre that Goans themselves call susegad.
Nowhere else in India will you find the laid-back languidness of a Goan lunchtime, the easy charms of its people or the soothing serenity of a day on its beaches. Here in Goa, a herd of water buffalo will greet you at breakfast; a lily-covered lake might provide the scenery for your morning walk; a sea eagle will be your afternoon companion along a deserted stretch of pristine beach; a gorgeously spice-laden vindalho (vindaloo) might make your evening repast and a fiery glass of cashew-palm feni liquor your bedtime tonic.
But there's far more to discover here than the exquisite pleasure of warm sand between your toes. Pep up your stay with a wander around a vanilla-scented spice plantation, stroll the bird-filled banks of the state's gentle rivers, poke around centuries-old cathedrals, and venture out to white-water waterfalls.
All is not perfect in paradise...Nevertheless, with a slowly growing group of environmentalists and ecofriendly individuals on the scene, the picture remains relatively rosy for this most magical of miniature states. So, come, minimise your impact as much as possible, and unwind to the swaying palms and Portuguese rhythms of Goa's still-irresistible charms.