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“Family vacation at Island pool villa”
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173 reviews
The balcao
The dinning room - can easily seat 10 guests
The dinning room
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1 - bathroom
Bedroom 1 - bathroom
The Kitchen
The wooden Attic
The Wooden Attic
Bedroom 2
Ensuite bathroom - Bedroom 2
Ensuite bathroom - Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3 - open bathroom. Had a shower with your partner in the open before?
The pool and the lawns - great for an outdoor evening, BBQ, chill out music or a party..
The pool and the lawns - great for an outdoor evening, BBQ, chill out music or a party..
The Ferry - mode of transport to/from the island.  Rs 10 only per car - guests free
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Bardez, North Goa District, Goa

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“Family vacation at Island pool villa”
Reviewed 7 January 2022 for a stay in January 2022

Had a wonderful experience. Was with my family there. A very peaceful place with trees and plantations all around. The villa itself is quite old yet beautifully maintained. The caretakers were also very friendly and took good care of us. The food they prepared was really good. The pool is also well maintained. You will find a lot of birds around. Try exploring the nearby area, it's a bird lovers paradise.

Date of stay: January 2022
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“A New Vibe to Goa stays”
Reviewed 6 January 2022 for a stay in December 2021

If you fancy a quiet staycation, this is the villa for you. It’s an 108 year old villa but has all modern day amenities. The staff is very courteous and helpful. Charles the owner is also very helpful with directions to the property and nearby things to do.

Perfect place to get away from the hustle of the North Goa and if you have a car, the city is 40 mins away which is okay in terms of goa!!

The pool is large and well maintained. I don’t know how but even with lots of greenery around, the villa doesn’t have pests. So amazing job on that.

Date of stay: December 2021
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“Perfect for a group of travellers”
Reviewed 22 December 2021 for a stay in December 2021

The location and the place is amazing. Enjoyed every bit of the stay. Since its on the island the beach is so close by and thus one can choose between chilling in the pool or dipping their toes in the beach. Hosts were very friendly and take care of everything. Overall as a group of people travelled it was an amazing place to stay.

Date of stay: December 2021
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Great place to hit that reset switch!”
Reviewed 25 November 2021 for a stay in November 2021

Casa Bottu is a great place for a large group to go and unwind for a few days amidst greenery and serenity. This place is ideal for a group or a family that loves peaceful places far from the madding crowd and is not to be mistaken for a place to go party. The area where the villa is situated is absolutely quiet and peaceful with neighbours that do not wish to hear your speakers blaring "karr gayi chull" at 2 am in the morning. Please visit this place only if your group is peace-loving and would want to unwind amidst nature for a few days.
The beautiful and grand St. Bartholomew's Church is right opposite the villa and it is a beautiful place to take some insta-worthy shots. The best part about this place is definitely the fact that it is so close to Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Please speak to Charles (the owner of the villa, who is always more than eager to help out with anything that you would need) about all the local attractions that are available.
The villa itself is HUGE to say the least and us being a group of 5 felt like we could get lost in the house so I think it's best for a group of 7-10 people. The pool area is very well maintained with the right amount of chlorine added to the pool. The bedrooms are beautiful and spacious. The over-all architecture of the place is in the classic indo-portuguese style. There's lots of open area around the villa to take leisurely strolls and the caretaker of the property - Vishnu is a very sweet guy who will cook up a nice homely meal for you if you order ahead and also help out with anything that you'd need during your stay at Casa Bottu.
We had an amazing 3 days at the villa and we were left feeling very attached to the place by the end of it. We hope to visit again in the near future for a longer duration!

Date of stay: November 2021
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“This is probably what heaven is like,,,,”
Reviewed 17 October 2021 for a stay in September 2021

Casa Bottu is everything we have ever dreamed of! Photographs don't do it justice.

As I write this review, my young family is lazing by the pool, after spending an active morning swimming, interspersed with treats for the boys-french fries and ice cream and a lazy poolside lunch. The boys (4 and 8) are still fooling around in the pool, my husband (a slave to the modern work force) is working on his laptop and I am writing this long overdue review while relaxing on the sun bed.

It is our second long stint here, during the pandemic. Need I say more! We stayed here a month and a half earlier. Again, our original booking was for two weeks but from day one it felt like home. Finally we left after 6 weeks because they had a prior booking, or else we may never have left. And as soon as we could, we were back. This time we are spending two months here and already wish we had booked it for longer.

The mornings are misty as the weather turns, and we enjoy our morning walks amongst the calls of the multitude of peacocks, pea hens and egrets every day. Not to forget the cows, of which there are 100s on Chorao. This morning we spotted a woodpecker outside the bedroom window.

It offers the perfect mix of village life (our neighbours actually wish us good morning on our morning walks) and access to the city (an hour's drive), while being ensconced in our own little piece of nature's paradise, cut off from the world. When we are in the villa, nothing exists outside- not the stress, traffic or covid. We feel safe and at peace.

Simplefern, in her review dated 8th March 2021, has already described the location, the commute and the amenities in great detail and accurately so I wont get into it again.

It is a beautiful property...an oasis in this already beautiful state of Goa. The exteriors make for a perfect setting for relaxing with a cup of tea, coffee or a beer. The periphery is lined with towering teak trees (actual teak!) There are plenty of palms, chickoo, mango, and guava trees. There is ample space for football, badminton and cricket in the paved courtyard and when you're tired, you can jump into the pool or take a walk on the verdant, rolling slopes outside, circumambulating the 450 year old St. Bartholomew's Church. The church makes an impressive sight bathed in the early morning sun, the golden light of the setting sun or on a full moon night. The walks take you to the paddy fields, in the direction of Pomburpa, where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets.

Of course, with so much nature, comes the usual bit of creepy crawlies outside but we have learnt to live and let live and are happy that the boys are getting this unique experience to see nature do its thing. of course, we are respectful and aware of our surroundings and take care too, The only thing I would happily do without are the mosquitoes but that is to be expected with so much greenery around. The staff is well prepared with mosquito repellent.

We could and do spend hours in the pool. It is like swimming in a lagoon with the colour of the natural tiles giving it the colour and feel of the sea. The only thing missing are the fish! In the morning, the dappled sunlight makes for an interesting "ocean" floor, afternoons are well shaded thanks to the trees and in the late evenings, the pool transforms into a magical land with the lawn and pool lights casting a glow. It is uniformly 5' deep and all adults can stand comfortably while the children happily tread the water. The pool is well maintained.

The villa itself is a 120 year old property and we love living in it. It's fascinating to see the architecture and understand how it was designed keeping the elements in mind, The staircase, dining table and benches are also 100+ years old upstairs. The verandah is where we spent most of our times- morning and evening tea and with the kids doing their online schooling from different corners while getting some air and sun.

The living and dining area is probably the least used by us as it is minimilastic and doesn't really make for hanging out for long periods but it serves the purpose sufficiently. The downstairs bedroom is used as an office by us and is a little smaller and darker but will offer solace in the summer months. The accompanying bathroom is as large as a bedroom itself! The second downstairs bedroom is a tiny twin bedded room and can be used as kids' room or a staff room. Bathroom is shared with the earlier mentioned bedroom.

The upstairs has two equally large bedrooms which are a treat with their large windows which let the sun and air in and the fantastic view of the pool and surrounding forest. One has an open bathroom while the other has a regular closed one. Take your pick! The beds are comfortable and the linen is clean. The bathrooms have a rustic feel but not lacking in any modern amenity. As mentioned already, the shower pressure is fantastic. Nothing to beat the exhaustion from your bones after a hot, sandy day at the beach.

The WIFI and electricity is more than sufficient and efficient enough for us to be able to run three video meetings simultaneously on most days. One odd day, when it's down, the owner has provided extra Jio dongles. Also, there is an inverter on the property.

The isolation and greenery of Chorao is exactly what we wanted and we spend all week here peacefully. On the weekends, we drive out and cross over to the mainland on the ferry or via the Calvim bridge and drive to one of the various gorgeous beaches. The Panjim beaches are the closest (Miramar, Dona Paula, Vanguinim etc.), 35- 40 mins away. Candolim is also close enough (one and a half hour one way) and offers a good mix if you need to also stock up or pick up anything from the shops. We have also driven a lot to the southermost beaches as well and they are beautiful. However, they are about 2 hours drive each way.

The staff is rock solid, caring and affectionate. Bishnu is an excellent cook and very quick to fulfil any requests. Raghu is the rocksolid backbone of the property and makes sure he holds the fort if Bishnu is out grocery shopping or arranging things.

We have really found a home away from home and hope to come back as often as we can.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Between simplyfern's review and my review I think we've covered it all but if you still have questions, feel free to ask.

Now i am jumping back in the pool :)

Date of stay: September 2021
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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