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Stain Glass Cottage
Ranked #11 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Colva
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“Stylish!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

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.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2010

After two days of driving through Kerala, Karnataka and finally reaching Goa, we found the way to Maria Vaz's Stain Glass Cottage in Colva.
We were pleasantly surprised to see a modern building designed in a very traditional way. All the elements of a traditional Goan house were there... the tiled roof, the large well with its wall embedded with tiny blue-and-white tile pieces, and the large sit-outs.
Maria Vaz was there to welcome us and after introducing us to the staff and exchanging a few pleasantries, she was on her way. She did not stay here... "there is some work going on at my place... just a few streets away" she said.
Every thing about the place was spic and span - the themed rooms - named after the colours in the stain glass windows, the well maintained airconditioner, the WiFi in all rooms, and the staff who knew when to give us privacy... everything was just right... however the one thing missing was the host!
In our opinion Stain Glass Cottage cannot be called a 'real homestay' as the host lived away from the place... even if it was just a couple of streets away! Incidentally, Maria had been "a police officer in Dubai" - looks like the gulf between us and the 'gulf returned' people had been bridged again! Her law-enforcement experience probably explained how she was able to manage the place.
Except for the fact that the place was actually owned by Maria's daughter (who is 'somewhere abroad'), and the family also in the "process of setting up some more properties in the area", which meant that the place was more like a guest house, and
less like a homestay... the Stain Glass cottage was very homely in its decor and comforts.
The next day we got to meet Ashley Gregory - the new manager, who is also set to manage all the properties owned by the Vaz family. Over the last month or so, since he had moved to Goa from Mumbai, he had brushed up on his konkini and was able to interact with the locals and got a lot of "inside info"... he was very helpful in suggesting a lot of "non-touristy, local, happening places, hangouts and restaurants in the area".
It turns out that Ashley has some Tam-brahm (as the Brahmins from Tamilnadu, India, with a distinct culture are called) genes in him... his grand father had converted to Christianity while all his other grand aunts and uncles had remained Srinivasans
and Ramans ... in an alternative universe he might be speaking tamil for all we know! If only he was staying in the place, he would have made the perfect host.
Even though we did not get to savour the Goan specialties at Stain Glass Cottage (we opted to eat-out all the major meals), we had some 'real English breakfast every day' - toast, eggs and lovely jams and marmalades.
The next day, we drove out of Goa up further North into Maharashtra.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2010

Well maintained home-stay; charming hosts; warm and friendly atmosphere; all modern day comforts and amenities with a nice local flavor.

  • Liked — Old world charm with all modern-day comforts
  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Stain Glass Cottage

Property: Stain Glass Cottage
Address: Stain Glass Cottage Morais Colony | Per-Seraulim, Colva 403708, India
Region: India > Goa > Colva
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Colva
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,297 - ₹ 7,369
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Stain Glass Cottage 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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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