We stayed here for a couple of nights and enjoyed some lovely meals.
The pool has had a leak which has not been mended and sleep was difficult with very noisy A/C (if it was working in your room, it wasn’t in all of them)
We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our tour of Kerala. We were late arriving due to the train delays but we received a warm welcome.The accommodation is quirky as described in others reviews but we had a spacious bedroom,dressing area and bathroom.All of the staff were helpful and the food was delicious. Alan the house guide gave us a full itinerary of the local area and this was really helpful meaning we saw much more than we could have arranged ourselves.He also helped my friend locate suitable shops.
We decided against using the pool but enjoyed sitting beside it.
Moosa and Fiada welcomed us to their homestay with jasmine flowers and a refreshing glass of home made lime soda – a Keralan specialty. They made us feel welcome, their staff took our bags, and showed us around.
The house sits atop a hill overlooking the Arabian sea. The house was clearly once grand, with a sweeping veranda and a gracious entryway. But the roof tiles are broken, the pool is a murky green, there are some cracked windows and the landscaping has been neglected. The interior of the house is dark (a necessity in the heat and humidity of Thalessary), with huge wooden furniture dating from the time the time the house was home to British tea-traders. The rooms are large, spare, with once-grand bathrooms and massive beds draped with mosquito netting. Our room had good AC and a ceiling fan and it was definitely clean. But there were a few sad details that contributed to the sense of decline: only thin, gray, threadbare towels and small bar of soap in the bathroom, sheets but no blankets, a single pillow – a truly ancient wiring and switch system. The lack of creature comforts can be off-putting to the weary traveler.
We were served a “light” lunch on the porch shortly after our arrival- a plate of batter-fried onions and a savory pastry filled with meat and hard boiled egg. Faida's cooking is the main attraction here. We thoroughly enjoyed a cooking lesson with her and our visit to the fish market with Moosa, who knows all the vendors and loves to show guests how to choose a delicious fish. We were fortunate to arrive during he Theyyam Festival, and Alan, the house guide, took us and some other guests to this extraordinary event. Skip the spice market shop because there's not much there. A visit to the women's weaving collective nearby was moving.
Have a bit of mixed feeling about this Homestay.
Owner and staff are fab and very helpful keeping hospitality high on agenda.
With simple asks we’re giving tour of the city visiting the fort, 200+year old mosque, markets, weavers, tobacco factory etc. Big kudos to Alex, our interim tour-guide.
Rooms and house are spacious, originally decorated from the 1900’s yet in need of a bit of renovation adding slight modern touch. (Just a drop)
Food is more than good, actually excellent, top!
What stroke most, in need of urgent revamping, in need of upkeep, is the driveway, garden and pool. It’s a shame to see estate being neglected, not well looked at.
Overall would recommend the place
We came here specifically to do a cookery course and so were disappointed to discover that Faiza was away at a family event. Apparently, Moosa had not be told by our travel company that we wanted to do a course so make sure you check first! We were given a demonstration, at no extra cost but a somewhat nervous chef and the very lovely Babish and ever helpful Alan.
Moosa runs his homestay as a business, there is no doubt! There is a fixed programme and Alan ensures you get from a to b. He is worth making an effort with as you can get a lot of great information and insight from him.
We did do the market, Theyyam, hand loom and beedi factory. All interesting but definitely part of the planned programme, if you just want to hang out then it might be difficult.
Its a good base for walking into town, the pool is OK but beware of the biting ants. The accommodation is faded and quirky and feels like a home. The highlight is, without doubt, the food. You will not be overfed here but there is enough and the flavours are great.