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Reviewed 29 September 2018

From the moment you are in touch with Nicole, and express your desire to be a guest, you become a part of the extended family. The cottage is clean, functional, and comfortable with a view of the green field. The sun rises through a tree to the left of the back door, and it fills you with warmth and colours. Often there is a soft breeze, the banana tree fans you sometimes when you sit on the small deck that extends out of the cottage. You walk into the living room, and there is tea and a breakfast, often all natural and homemade. You have the option of joining the family for meals, lunch and/or dinner in a family environment. On many a days I needed short rides to my message therapist, and Nicole provided these -- always with a smile, in the spirit of a host with shared humanity. The beach is not too far, nor coffee houses.

There is not much traffic around, and houses are scattered with empty green spaces and trees. When the clouds come, and rains follows, it adds an extra element of ambiance -- the air becomes fresher, and light softened. Lightening lights the nights, and the thunder makes the space more alive.

So, my recommendation: if you are writing a book or just coming to be at the beaches of South Goa, come to this place of understated grace and warmth. You would be at home.

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank DVAhluwalia
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Nicolegoa, Owner at Simply Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2018

Dear Dharam, such nice and kind words.... thank you for your calmness and the nice talks! We wish you all the best and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We totally fell on our feet in choosing Simply Homestay. If you are looking to stay in comfortable, clean accommodation with a lovely family in a rural setting, this is THE place to come. We honestly could not fault the offer. A spacious en suite bedroom in an annex from the main house. Breakfasts were superb, helpful advice from Charlie and Nicole on hand when needed, delightful children Ethan and Emma, a friendly dog and two fluffy cats. We loved it and will certainly come back again. We honestly feel like we found friends as well as wonderful hosts for our week in Goa.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Londontraveller1971
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Nicolegoa, Owner at Simply Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Dear Mark And Steve, thank you so much for this wonderful words. We loved to have you over and we feel happy that your change in route has brought you to GOA and us... Life is great! Enjoy your trip, keep in touch and see you again... Big hug from us

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

High standard in every aspect! Very nice details make the rooms most cosy. You can be by yourself or you can be in touch with this wonderful friendly family. Nicole and Charlie are working in the tourist business, which is most helpful for planing exceptional trips.
We had a wonderful, relaxed time at Simply Homestay!

Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Nakhl
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Nicolegoa, Owner at Simply Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Always nice having you over! ❤ Till next time....

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

When we found it too difficult to get a last minute train to Hampi, we decided to stay here for a few days and relax. It was the best decision we have made on our whole India tour. Nicole and Charlie are extremely welcoming and made themselves very approachable, yet because the rooms are separated from the main house, we also had our privacy. The food was homecooked and amazing and we got all of those local bits of knowledge that you can only get with staying with a local family. They are both travelers and work in the travel industry so they know what travelers want and need and provide it all without ever making you feel like you are intruding. So much better than a hotel and although we were a couple, I would highly recommend this for solo travelers as well, as it is extremely safe and clean.
The room had everything we needed including amazing, peaceful views over the rice paddies and it was just a short walk (about 2km) or very cheap tuk-tuk ride to the beaches. Fresh filtered water is readily available so no need to buy plastic bottled water and the property is operated sustainably with much of the fruits and herbs coming from their own plants. I could go on forever there was nothing we could fault about our stay here and wouldn't hesitate to come back if we come through this way again.

Room tip: Only 2 rooms, one twin, one double both are good
Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank RenoGrl
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Nicolegoa, Owner at Simply Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Oh.... such a nice review from the super travellers.... Thank you so much. We enjoyed having you around and hear all the interesting story's from all over the world! By the way I have bought new chairs into the rooms so you can come back and work really comfortable... have fun and eat well in the north of India! All the best! Love from us here

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We wanted till such a long time to find a place in India to spend our time with local people and discover their way of life, meet them in their space and share unforgettable moments... we found it !!!
Thank you Nicole, Charlie, Ethan, Emma and... Shanti, Softy and Midnight
Hope to see you again... in India or elsewhere...
Don't change anything, it's perfect

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Patricia E
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Nicolegoa, Owner at Simply Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you so much! Hope to see you again too! Love from all of us here

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