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Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

Had a quick visit on the way back to airport.. Had last visited 16 years back.. Good to see it in a similar condition.. Quite well maintained given the huge resources required to keep it going..

Our host was Ashley a member of the family was hospitable and took time to show us around.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ipravin
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Reviewed October 6, 2019

This is a melancholy place! One can visualize what is was in its heyday, now long past, with glittering chandeliers and elegant parties in the dance hall pictured here. The family basks haughtily in its former grandeur and greets the visitor perfunctorily. The tour is short and your tip is "suggested" and a box is placed on the table. Worth the drive from Panjim.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 640wanderwoman
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

In this 15 minute tour, the 15th generation descendant of a royal (not sure how literal this is) family of Goa takes us through 500 years of the family's legacy. The place is home to several pieces of antique furniture from 500 (and later) years ago, the details of which (material, design scheme, history) are all mentioned meticulously by the guide. Some of the trinkets and furniture were gifted to his great-grandfather (a high official of the Portuguese government in Goa). There is a family chapel which, according to the guide, is the resting place of saint Francis Xavier's fingernails. Each elaborate room has mosaic or marble flooring from different parts of the world, which is pretty amazing considering that they were bought and laid in India of 500 years ago. The guest bedroom has furniture that vividly makes you imagine what royal everyday life must have been like, 400-500 years ago. The most striking moment of the tour is when he switches on the chandelier lights of the regal ballroom. It is elaborate, stately and wonderful!
The visit is charged at Rs 150/- per person, which is a fair price for the experience.

Drawbacks: The place is a little difficulty to access.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank AbhiramiSwaminathan
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

Not in regular tourist guide / must do in Goa. If you are interested in history, donot miss this place. Great to see private ownership maintaining this place. Not sure how long this will continue

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank jmadhanraj
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

There are 2 houses here, all in one huge, long structure; YOU SHOULD SEE BOTH SIDES. Brothers EACH built the house that is conjoined many, many years ago. The LEFT side will be shown by a relative and he lets you take pictures AND BOTH WILL GIVE YOU A TOUR FOR 150 RUPEES OR ABOUT $7.00. You do need an appointment. There are 2 pages in the 10 year old DK tour guide giving you an idea of what to expect.

We we enjoyed both tours and wish the attendant RIGHT side of the house was a little more outgoing so people would know that it is open for tours also; people seem to miss it which is a shame, the right side is very well cared for. You have to walk the next door, a few steps away and knock to see the place.

If you like history and antiques, these two tours are for you.

The caretaker on the other side is a bit shy and you will have to knock on her door and she will give you a tour of a completely differently decorated house. Each has very interesting antiques.

The two parties don't seem to communicate with each other and the RIGHT side is better taken care of but does not have a ball room as does the one on the left.

I have taken pictures of the one on the left and have included her name and telephone number for an appointment in the picture area of this site.

Date of experience: November 2018
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