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ESSENELLE HOLIDAY HOME PVT. LTD
White House, Diwan Bhatti,
Arpora Bardez, Goa - 403 518
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CASA SOFIA
Arrady
Parra
Ref: 016/98 Sleep: 2 bedrooms sleeps up to 4
 
 
Description
 
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.

OUTSIDE
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.

ACCOMMODATION
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
  • Rear balcao
  • Kitchen with full size cooker
  • Bathroom
  • Air-conditioned master bedroom with twin beds and en suite bathroom. Wooden shuttered doors lead out on to a small balcao.
  • Air-conditioned twin bedroom
FACILITIES
  • Cleaning service 6 times weekly
  • Car and Driver
  • All electricity and gas charges
  • Bedlinen and towels changed twice weekly
  • Cable TV
  • TV and VCD player
  • CD Player
  • Cooker/Oven
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Internet access. Laptop computers (on request and payable locally)
  • Telephone (incoming and local outgoing calls only)
  • Barbecue
  • Emergency electricity back up.
  • Safe
  • Private garden
  • Washing of light personal laundry items.
  • Iron and ironing board provided
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms

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).

DETAILS
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.

IDEAL FOR
  • Families are made most welcome.
  • Groups of friends
  • Couples
  • Birdwatchers

PLEASE NOTE
Please note this is a non smoking property. Kindly restrict smoking to the garden and balconies.


Fand and Jam
A charming and wonderful home with beautiful well-maintained garden. The maid was very helpful and efficient. So was the driver who, apart from driving very well, has a delightful guide.

January 2003



 
Alan & Georgina Hewings, Ken Pitman. England
We also found Casa Sofia on the internet. House beautiful, setting great. The welcome we had from Sue at Lazydays was excellent. Suman is like a breath of fresh air and worth her weight in gold always smiling & laughing.
Vithu our driver was wonderful always smiling and a delight to be with we wanted to take him home.
Sofia & Jingo made us feel so welcome just like part of the family and not just visitors. We had a wonderful time and will be back.

November / December 2004
 
Enid and Gerald Whitfield
We have had a wonderful, relaxing holiday in Goa.
Casa Sofia is more beautiful then we imagined and feels like a real home (I wished it was ours!)
It is tempting not to go out and you enjoy the house and the garden - but we have.
Thank you for your hospitality Jingo & Sofia - for the interesting, trips out and the lovely food you prepared for us - a real treat.
It has been a pleasure to meet you all and we hope we shall return soon.

Jan/Feb 2003
Wales UK

 
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