Open the doors to world of charm: Built in the early 1900's in the midst of hundreds of acres of farmland and natural beauty, Shenbaga Vilaasam opens its doors to a rare and fulfilling experience for you. When you walk into Shenbaga Vilaasam, you will be enveloped in quaint, old world charm amidst a rustic setting. Whilst your city nerves unwind in a homely, yet luxurious ambiance, allow yourself to peek into the exquisite lives of people of a long lost past. See the magic of India come alive through the eyes of Samathur the village that houses Shenbaga Vilaasam. And in numerous ways, experience the warmth, hospitality and charm of India and her people. Shenbaga Vilaasam, opened its doors to guests in the year 2007 for the first time due to the efforts and interest taken by Rajah Shankar Vanavarayar of Samathur. In his words “Shenbaga Vilaasam, is a place where we want to portray our culture and tradition in the real sense to the visitor, one is made to feel at home here and yet experience everything that is south Indian” An edifice of tradition and hospitality: Shenbaga Vilaasam was built as a farm get away for the Zamindarini of Samathur, Shrimati Maruthapushpambal. The care bestowed by the Vanavarayar family, is evident everywhere in this beautiful mansion. The royal ancestry of the Vanavarayar family date back over 2000 years. The families headed the land down the ages and were the guiding force over this region. A window to India's architectural heritage: This guest house has four bed rooms. Built in a unique blend of south Indian architecture, Shenbaga Vilaasam has a beauty in every tone. Giant wooden pillars support colorful hand dyed chettinad tiles. The center of the formal sitting room opens towards the sky, allowing the play of natural light and at the same time, shielding the home from the mid day glare of the sun. The house tries to bring in the enchanting outside – inside in every way possible through its many verandas and sit outs. Shenbaga Vilaasam is decorated with family heirlooms and the antique collectibles that the family has acquired over the years. It is indeed a visual treat for the visitor and may say it is “like a museum”. Each room at the Shenbaga Vilaasam, named after the women of the household, welcomes you with the warmth and hospitality synonymous with the family. The rooms are – Manickam, Maruthapusham, Radhamani, Jaya. Each room has been decorated and designed to make you feel comfortable. The Mystical Setting: Shenbaga Vilaasam, is nested in the midst of hundreds of acres of farm land where even today active farming is practiced. The beautiful mountains act as a magnificent backdrop and the coconut plantations here and there add to the beauty. The farm that surrounds the house also has many cows. Some of the daily needs for the kitchen are indeed procured internally. One can just sit and gaze at the villagers lead a life that we only read about, life here goes on in complete relation with the land in a truly organic way. Guests enjoy a walk in the mornings when many spot peacocks along the walk into the farms. Almost 200 years ago, the Vanavarayar family initiated the building of a large manmade lake, which was meant to irrigate the areas surrounding. Today, in addition to giving the land around Shenbaga Vilaasam a picturesque setting, the lake continues to provide a means of livelihood for the people who live here. This is a place for many birds to flock in the mornings and evenings and is indeed a sight to see.