We were here on our honeymoon in 2012.Mrs. Aiyaap whom I would like to fondly call as aunty ensured that everything was perfect just like any parent would plan for their kids. It was aunty who planned our everyday itinery. She helped us get a good deal with the cab driver. Uncle showed us around his coffee plantation. The rooms were very clean and good. My first experience of a homestay was just wonderful. if in coorg no need to shell out lots of money & book a hotel room. AAshraya Homestay can be your best Ashraya. :)
It was our first experience at a homestay and must say, it was one of the most memorable one.
To start with, right from the time we landed at the airport, we had aunty proactively reaching out to us, guiding us on the route, recommending places to eat on way etc which was very comforting in a new place.
Upon reaching, we were welcomed by this amazingly warm couple who immediately became our uncle and aunty :). Over the next two days that we stayed at Ashraya, we felt absolutely at home, well looked after. Rooms were clean with fresh linen well equipped with hot water. Despite the hot afternoon, room was cool and pleasant sans any mosquitoes. We could sleep with windows wide open and fresh air. While my husband enjoys any form of meat, I am a strict vegetarian amd was initially a bit sceptical about getting good veg meals. But I was amazed at the choice of veg meals served by aunty along with the pandi curry and other delicacies that my husband relished.
Theres a lot to do and see around the place. Just hire a car and see the tourist attractions or go around the estate, trek up the hill behind the house. I personally learnt a lot about the coorg culture, cuisine, about managing a coffee estate and about life in coorg, which is obviously very different from Mumbai. Uncle took us around, showed us how coffee is grown, plucked, dried and stored. Bee keeping as a hobby-I saw for the first time. Very interesting and lots to learn.
Evenings were spent with the couple over a drink, sharing the day's happenings and planning the next day amongst other things. Home made filter coffee was addictive. The ancestral home uncle took us to, transported up back 200 years.
All in all, highly recommended to anyone who plans to visit coorg. I'd say stay at a home stay instead of a hotel. And stay at a home away from from home...
We were on a family holiday and what a disappointment it was. First of all, the hotel is not in Madikeri as claimed in the website. Be prepared to travel a minimum of one hour from Madikeri. It is about 50km from Madikeri in a tiny hamlet called Cheyandane. When you do reach the place after a tiring journey, there are no signboards to lead you to the place. We had to go up and down and finally after several enquiries, we could locate the house on top of a hillock.
The rooms were neat, but we had paid for extra beds @ INR500 each. The so-called beds were too short for our kids that they had to share our own beds. There were no tubelights in the room, only incandescent lights which was quite a pain even for casual reading.
Power failures were so frequent. Whenever the power went off, the host came and asked us to switch off the fan and all other lights in the room except one. She was paranoid that the inverter she had would get discharged! On our first night's stay, we kept the lights in the rest room on as we were quite scared. There was no night lamp in the room nor was there any anti-mosquito repellant, a normal thing found in even 2=star hotels. The next morning, the host told us that the lights were on in the rest room the whole night. Oh boy, and I thought the rent was inclusive of electricity! Reading our annoyed faces, she tried to gloss over saying that insects would get attracted if the lights were on. All the more reason that the lights have to be on, lest you find a spider or a jungle beetle giving you company in bed!
The towels were not washed and we ended up using the same towels which we used on the first day. Some "luxury" homestay this!
To be fair, the food was quite good but she charged us INR225 per meal per person, a rate which is quite close to that of star hotels in metros in India! On the second day, the hot water was so tepid for a shower that I ended up having a severe headache. We were quite glad to get out of the place, but what a way to end our holiday!
Soon upon arrival, I asked the host whether they would serve food for our driver (I was ready to pay for that too). He insisted that the driver must sleep in the car (no problem with that) and that he had to go to the nearby village to eat. The problem was, as we later learnt, the only hotel in that village closes by 7 pm. The driver's pride was too hurt to ask the hosts for food and he ended up buying some rice and provisions from the vilage and cooking it himself in the worker's house. He had dinner at 11.30 pm. Some host!
Overall, our stay was not comfortable and we would never recommend this place. Please head for Orange County near Siddapur. You pay slightly more, but at least you get an enjoyable and relaxed holiday.
My wife and I visited Coorg in December 2009 and stayed at the fabulous homestay, Ashraya in Cheyandane, Coorg.
The experience surpassed all our expectations. The Aiyappas, were amazing hosts who patiently answered all our queries and were most enthusiastic in helping us plan our time there. Their hospitality was unforgettable.
The food was superb! We feasted on the local delicacies like akki roti and pork curry, had homemade honey and preserves laid out at breakfast and enjoyed the estate grown coffee.. it kept getting better!! The optional lunch / dinner meals were very nominally priced. In a place like Coorg which doesn’t have cafes or restaurants around, we were lucky to find a place that excelled in food!
Our room was spacious, with plenty of room for luggage, was comfortable and clean (especially the washroom). The place was adequately staffed to look after our every need.
This is a lot more than a homestay experience and offered us great value for money and a perfect getaway. I would highly recommend it!
Alfred Prasad, Chef, London