Stayed at the charming Chota Kothi for three days and rediscovered a real homestay. Nayana's is not a resort or a room only proposition but you get access to almost the entire house, a real house with used look and a potpourri of curios, old paintings, odd artefacts and rooms adorned with period furniture. Takes you back to a bygone period as you enter the premises. In terms of size more than a bigha of space welcomed us with large garden, verandahs in front and back of the living room and terraces on the first floor. The interiors with mood lighting is subject of envy to any art loving soul, as the attached photographs might suggest. In terms of functionality, hygiene is top notch. The complimentary breakfast came with spanish omlettes and all essential condiments.
Shonajhuri forest is a walkable distance from Chota Kothi and situated in an affluent neighbourhood in Uttarpally, north of Shyambati and away from main roads. Access to university campus or weekend haat (bazar) in Shonajhuri is easy, whether you prefer to walk or ride any vehicle.
But the real attraction for me was the place we lived for three days. This was a real house with all the space that us the city-breds dream off or yearn about. Two thumbs up and we will like to go back at an opportune time.
In a pandemic filled world, if one wants the security (almost of one’s home), Nayana’s house and the two bedrooms she lets out warmly recommends itself. Very clean, comfortable and unpretentious, the house is a haven of peace. Nayana is a great host: warm, friendly and helpful; and her cook, Maku, makes fabulous Spanish omelettes!
Chota Kuthi is a home away from home. You can unwind undisturbed & just enjoy getting away from the everyday drill of city life. If you're keen on visiting nearby places for a little shopping or want to visit the University museum & some interesting eateries, the ever helpful host, Nayana, can suggest some of the best places suited to your interests & advise you on the best times to visit, routes, transport options etc. In Chota Kuthi, you feel the personal touch & warmth in every room. The rooms are spotless, the meals are excellent & the staff is efficient & discreet. The ample lawn houses a number of interesting flowering plants & trees & is ideal for an evening walk. The open terraces are great for tea time in the evenings. You'll never get bored during your stay. There are a number of antiques & artefacts from Nayana's travels across the world each of which have a story to tell. And there are some breathtaking works of art & historic photographs that adorn the walls of the home. What I like most are the airy front & rear verandas of the house which are ideal places to relax & take in nature in its entirety. It is this blend of a home away from home in a very natural setting that keeps drawing me back to Nayana's Homestay!
I and my wife stayed at Nayana's Homestay for 2 nights this month. It was a wonderful stay well supervised by Nayana herself right from the time we left our home from Kolkata , till the time we were back to Kolkata. The homestay consists of 2 rooms in the ground floor with large attached bathroom. One room has AC while the other doesn't. However what makes the homestay stand out is the beautiful garden covered with wonderful flaura and fauna. Inside of the house is tastefully done, with antiques all over the place. The hospitality of the caretaker-Maku was splendid and we were well looked after. Considering the overall experience we would surely be back again soon. Thanks Nayana
Me n my husband stayed for an unplanned night over there in mid June ,2020. Firstly it was so kind of the owner to arrange the room with such a short notice, specially at a late hour. When we reached over there, after our long tiring day, it was so welcoming and cozy..felt like being in a well known place.
The house is pretty ,decor is minimal but elegant and having the old world charm. The garden is so unwinding n relaxing, so is the terrace. We felt like being recharged 😊.
Look forward to spend a lazy holiday in the house soon.