If you ever want to drop out and spend some time in quite contemplation in the backwaters then this is the place to do it. My only regret is that we only had one night. Years ago I stayed in the resort recently frequented by Prince Charles that is relatively close to the Farm, but is by comparison a charmless corporate affair. Our local travel agency advised us to stay at the Farm instead and on n this return visit to Kerala it 's the best recommendation ever by a travel agent! It was described as a home stay, but the stunning private villa/cottage means that this is not what most would call a home stay.
Anu and her mother in law who run the 35 acre coconut and coffee plantation were the most wonderful hosts. We had the best food that we ate anywhere in Kerala and we ate well elsewhere. This is where Rick Stein stayed and he has borrowed one of Anu's recipes for his book and I think he missed a few given the stunning lunch and dinner we had here.
I will treasure the slightly unexpected experience as we awaited our riceboat of Philip, Anu's son playing the grand piano in the main house. He is a very talented 16 year old. As we sipped cold home made lime and ginger and ceiling fans whirred it was a world of old world charm and hospitality.
You eat with the other guests and this made for a very pleasant and social experience.
I cannot recommend this enough. It was very hot when we visited and I was worried at having no AC, but the natural ventilation and ceiling fans proved to be cool. Admittedly there is a little noise from fans, but I still slept very well.
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- Also Known As:
- Philipkutty`s Farm Hotel Kottayam
- Philipkutty's Farm Kottayam, Kerala, India