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ESSENELLE HOLIDAY HOME PVT. LTD
White House, Diwan Bhatti,
Arpora Bardez, Goa - 403 518 Tel: +(0) 832 2269622 Or SMS Rakhi and Mangal Or Whatsapp Rakhi and Mangal, Rakhi Mobile 9923292149, Mangal 9823133149
Casa Sofia is built in the traditional Goan/Portuguese style with high beamed ceilings, thick stone walls and an overhanging terracotta red tiled roof. It has all the atmosphere of the grander Portuguese houses but on a smaller scale. Casa Sofia has been renovated to include two modern bathrooms, two air-conditioned bedrooms and a kitchen but retains many of its original features such as the large wooden entrance doors, wooden shutters on all the windows and translucent shell glass windows in the sitting room. There is a wide front verandah with cane rocking chairs and, best of all, a traditional "Balcao" or porch leading from the dining room into the lovely rear garden.
The balcao has bench seats along both sides and is wide enough to accommodate a table for those al fresco meals.
Casa Sofia can be found along a small residential lane in Parra village surrounded by orchards, wooded hillside and paddy fields and is the house to choose if you want to sample the relaxed atmosphere of country life. The house is named after the owners mother who lives in the family house opposite. She is famous for her Goan cooking and is the "Sofia" featured in Madhur Jaffreys BBC series and cookbook "Flavour of India". You never know, she may be persuaded to share her recipes with you.
It is a rural area and tourist hotels are unknown here although the very popular beaches and restaurants of Anjuna, Baga and Calangute are no more than 10 minutes drive away. So that you can take full advantage of this delightful rural location, we provide a car and driver in the price of your holiday for your exclusive use. All you pay for is the petrol you use.
The house is set in its own private walled garden and there is a rear gate leading into the orchards. The owner is a keen gardener and has taken much pride in creating a garden filled with tropical plants. There is even a hammock for lazy afternoons and a barbecue for "at home " evenings. There are wonderful early morning walks on the hills - a birdwatchers delight.
Casa Sofia is entered through the delightful traditional bacao that runs across the front of the house. From here the original large double wooden doors open in to
Sitting room with original shell windows and wooden shutters
Dining room again with wooden shuttered doors leading out on to a
Kitchen with full size cooker
Air-conditioned master bedroom with twin beds and en suite bathroom. Wooden shuttered doors lead out on to a small balcao.
Telephone (incoming and local outgoing calls only)
Emergency electricity back up.
Washing of light personal laundry items.
Iron and ironing board provided
Car and Driver Facility
Casa Sofia has a car and driver included in the price. So everyday you have the freedom to visit a different beach and in the evenings sample the many restaurants. Shopping is easy too - with the driver to help on where to go and what to buy. If you want to explore, your driver is a knowledgeable guide and can show you not only the usual sights but also the ones outside the well-trodden tourist routes. Enjoy a touch of luxury with your own personal driver (and let someone else cope with the confusing traffic and racetrack rules of the road).
The vehicles are Maruti taxi vans that carry up to 4 passengers and luggage easily and are available courtesy of Lazydays for up to 10 hours daily between 8am and 12pm with a minimum of 1 hour for lunch (hours negotiated locally with the driver).
EXTRAS Petrol: Calculated at the rate of Rs 5 per km Rs100: if any journey begins or ends outside the contracted hours. Rs50 per hour: If you require the driver for longer than 10 hours this will have to be negotiated with your driver and an hourly rate of Rs50 will be payable. Ferry charges: Rs.7 per crossing.
Families are made most welcome.
Groups of friends
PLEASE NOTE Please note this is a non smoking property. Kindly restrict smoking to the garden and balconies.
Capt Ajay Handa & family
A wonderful place, Goan hospitality at it's best (even though its offered by naturalized goans like Sue!) Flexible, friendly, accommodating and you feel wanted. You are not an intruder but a part of the Lazydays & Gonsalves family! Sue outdoes herself to respond to every situation, like wise Suman we spent 10 days here & want to stay on but. Highly recommended. It was really LAZYDAYS!
6th June 2004
John & Alison Hawcroft
Yet another brilliant stay here. Everything was just the same. Sophie & Jingo most generous and friendly hosts, Vithu a tower of strength and a good friend, Shobha brilliant and Alan & Julia kind and helpful. We will be back!
17th Nov, 07
Lord David Wodehouse & Clare Larby
Thank you everyone for making our stay so much fun & so comfortable. The house has been great and getting away from the more touristly side of Goa a refreshing relief. Vithu has been amazing with all his driving and I hope he images a holiday after we leave! Mandarin & Keri beach were probably our favorites and the day trip to the waterfalls and spice plantation brilliant. Many thanks to Suman who was equally brilliant with us. Her knowledge about the fruit in the garden was fascinating and all her hard work with a never faulting smile was amazing something we don't get in the London often. Last but not the least thanks to Jingo and Sophie for being so welcoming. All in all it has been the best Christmas and New year ever. We will be back! Best wishes, Clare