I arrived at the Stainglass Cottage in Colva, Goa on 16.03.2011. It is a nice villa, located on a peaceful side-street, full of other same nice houses. My room is upstairs, it is the orange room. The room, like the whole house is maintained extremely clean, aspect which is of main importance for me while traveling. The room has AC (even if I used the AC enough less). TV does not exist in the room, but there is one downstairs in the living, The furniture and decoration in the room are very nice, indeed even a small carpet in the bathroom and the towels were orange, as per the rooms name. Each of the 5 rooms has its own dominant color. The house feels warm and very friendly. In the very stylish arranged living room you can have your breakfast and dinner, which are very tasty and all times fresh cooked. The garden is very nice arranged with plenty of flowers. Unfortunately for my back-pain the bed was a little to hard, but anyway, I had a good rest. The host, Mrs. Maria Vas, is a very friendly and helpful lady, providing us a lot of information about Goa, its culture, its touristic hot-spots, locations and roads. The Portuguese influence in Goa is visible in almost every corner, and so is it also in this lovely Stainglass Cottage. The only minus of the area (not of the house) is that there are lot of stray dogs roaming around, even the Colva beach contains so many dogs that I really got shocked. Well, I'm not a good friend of stray dogs I have to recognize it. Never during my 5 days stay in Colva I dared to walk the streets down to the beach even it was not a very long distance and I would have liked such a walk, I always took the car because of these annoying animals.
Returning to the cottage, for the convenience of the guests there is Mr. Rosario, the driver of the house who, even if we didn't need his services as we had our own car, was very kind to explain my friend about the shortest ways to reach to some destinations. There is also some other staff for maintaining the house and for the kitchen. And congratulations to the maid in the kitchen, she did a great work, as her dishes were so tasty! Mrs. Maria Vas, the host, is a very knowledgeable lady, who is able to tell you all kind of interesting stories about Goa's culture as well as about different aspects around the world. I appreciated very much her friendly presence and conversation. Many thanks Mrs. Maria Vas for assuring us such a pleasant stay at your homestay. Actually, at the Stainglass cottage one feels as being at home, as belonging to that place. It is that special feeling one can never experience in a big impersonal hotel, but only when living together with a local family.
While in Goa I have visited many places like the capital Panaji, Old Goa with its Churches, but also the specific temples of Goa, which have their own and unique architectural style. Most of the temples are orange /pink colored. One of the temples I liked very much is the Mangueshi Temple and the nearby Sri Mahalsa Temple. A river cruise on the Mandovi River, offered beside a wonderful view of Panjim city, also some Goa folkloric music and dances, which are quite different from other Indian dances, as the Portuguese influence is again p relevant. In Goa are some very interesting spice farms, I visited one of them, the Sahakar Spice farm, interesting explanations about different plants growing there. And of course I didn't miss the Goa Chitra Museum, as well as visiting different beaches along the Arabian Sea. I can describe my Goa journey as wonderful and my stay at the Stainglass as excellent. A home to return when ever I will be again in Goa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stain Glass Cottage is a charming Portuguese-style colonial cottage located close to the city of Margao in South Goa. It is equipped with all modern-day comforts offering five spacious and elegant rooms, each with en-suite bath and access to a balcony or terrace overlooking verdant landscaping and gardens. The cottage is located in close proximity to the beaches of Colva & Betalbatim with restaurants/bars and shopping within a few minutes walk. With an inimitable mix of warm hospitality, soothing decor, tasteful furnishing and natural beauty, you can relax, feel at home and forget your worries. And if you do crave more excitement, step out to enjoy the many pleasures of Goa ... not far from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stain Glass Cottage Goa/Colva