We arrived at Indian Summer House late at night night and our host Don was there to welcome us with a jasmine flower lay and a welcome drink. As soon as we entered we knew that we were going to have a lovely relaxing stay. It felt so tranquil, from the tropical gardens being softy lit, to the ornate architecture. Our very spacious room had everything we needed including an indoor and outdoor shower.
We started each morning with Yoga and as Yoga is new to us we found our instructor Riju to be the perfect teacher.
Our week at Indian Summer House was a great mix of relaxation and adventures. A couple of our adventures included a trip to the Tea Plantations (Munnar) and Fort Kochi. Both trips were so beautiful and amazing. Our driver Bju who quickly became our friend was so knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble for him. One day after a local tour to taste some Toddy and to see how it is tapped from the palm trees, Biju even took us for a visit to his home.
Another highlight for us was a trip across the river in a canoe and then walking through different tapioca, rubber and banana plantations. We finished this off with afternoon tea with Mohanan at his traditional Tea Shop. The tea was the best tea I’ve ever tried and the local delicacies were delicious!
During our week we also had a few days of relaxation at
Indian Summer House. This included days by the pool which is surrounded by tropical gardens, massages and just having some peaceful time in different secluded areas of the property.
Each day of our stay we would look forward to breakfast lunch and dinner. Raj is an amazing chef and so happy to cater for anything we asked for. His different suggestions for meals over the week were spot on and after each meal we would look forward to having a chat with him.
On our departure I felt like we were saying goodbye to our new friends. Everyone was so warm and friendly.
We look forward to seeing you all again next time we visit the beautiful Indian Summer House.
After nearly three weeks of travelling around Southern India we finally arrived at our 11th & final place before catching the plane home from Cochin the next day.
All we needed at this stage was a quiet, relaxing place to recuperate and the Indian Summer House was absolutely the perfect hotel to do this. Right from the start with the warm welcome we received from Don, Albin and Rajesh, we knew we were in the right place.
The architecture is quite unique and very beautiful,with lots of tasteful features, lovely grounds and a fantastic pool. Our room was luxurious with a great outdoor rain water shower and our own lovely terrace to enjoy.
After exploring the grounds and a superb lunch made by Rajesh, we spent the afternoon by the pool before joining Don for an early evening drink on his terrace where he told us about the history of the ISH and his background, all of which was very enjoyable.
Following this we went down to the dining area where Rajesh produced another excellent meal for us, explaining how he'd made it and where the ingredients came from - he's a very good chef.
We were up very early the next morning and it was a lovely surprise to be waved off by Albin, the manager and the guard, despite the time (5:30am)!
All in all we had a lovely time with our only regret being that our stay was all too brief and we didn't get time to visit the tea house or the surrounding area that other guests have mentioned, or indeed stay longer to enjoy ISH further.
Thanks you to Don and his team
The Indian Summer house is a perfectly-sized wonder of architecture and beauty. Built by a well-known architect as a family home, it blossomed into a special boutique hotel with 6 large rooms with en-suite bathrooms placed around a courtyard garden. The pool is sunk into stone surround with clumps of palm trees and flowering shrubs attracting butterflies and birds. The rooms are large, spacious, airy and stylish with air-con, fans and stylish furnishings. The menu is extensive, delicious, nourishing and created with love. Meeting Don the owner and his staff was a joy. They made us feel like family and welcomed us to join local festivities taking place. The opportunity to see and experience the local arts, crafts, culture and places of interest was on offer, as were spa treatments, yoga, a gym and swimming if wanting to stay closer to home! It was a real pleasure all round! Thank you Biju for being such a great guy!
My husband and I travelled to ISH in August for a few days R&R with friends. From the warm reception on our arrival to the fond farewell as we left, we felt genuinely welcome and at home. We knew immediately it was the right place for us.
The property is an oasis of calm and serenity, comprising 4 spacious villas (we loved the outdoor showers) set on 3 sides of an expansive courtyard garden, the remaining side housing the indoor/outdoor dining and entertaining area. Discretely tucked away is a beautiful pool and sitting out area. The charming original house, which sits within the grounds, houses a boutique gym and Ayurvedic spa room. Grand yet intimate, we had the feeling of staying in the home of a friend rather than in paid accommodation.
Having shared our interests with Don and Mini (the owners) prior to our arrival, they had devised a perfect programme for our stay. Our days started with early morning boot camp (by no means compulsory, but a great conscience soother and counterbalance to the delicious and abundant local food) followed by various activities - a visit to a local temple to celebrate the birthday of a relative and experience the local culture; a day trip to Fort Kochi to soak up the colonial atmosphere and see the famous Chinese fishing nets (and a great opportunity to indulge in a spot of shopping); a jaunty ride in the old Ambassador car; a lazy few hours drifting round the beautiful and peaceful Keralan backwaters. Our “spare” time was spent relaxing by the pool, being pampered in the spa, and practising yoga in the late afternoon on the verandah - particularly enjoyable to the sound of falling monsoon rain.
Meals were something of a highlight - especially after a well earned and highly refreshing Gin and Tonic. The very talented Chef Rajesh produced fresh, varied and always delicious local fare, introducing us to a side of Indian cuisine we had not previously experienced. Eating outside by the fish pond added to the feeling of exotic dining.
In short, we loved the property and had a marvellous time, due in large part to the warm and attentive welcome afforded to us by the staff - it felt like nothing was too much trouble!
Time being short, we did not manage to cover all the things we wanted to do in the area, so we now have a perfect excuse to return!
Indian Summer House is a beautiful, large house that makes you feel you are away from everything. The experience surpassed all expectations with fabulous facilities; a huge pool that you could spend all day in, a spa, a gym and beautiful bedrooms and living rooms. The gardens and house are spectacular and the history of the house tells a family story that goes back many decades.
We felt so spoiled by the amazing staff - Rajesh, Albin, Bhindi and Biju all looked after us so well and catered for our every need. We had massages that were the best we'd had in India and had our own yoga instructor every morning. The host, Don, is extremely responsive and anything we asked for was delivered. Probably the best holiday ever.