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Reviewed 29 November 2019 via mobile

What a beautiful tastefully decorated Indian Summer House. Thank you Don, Albin, Rajesh, Bindu and all garden and security staff for taking such good care of us. The place is like a little paradise! We loved the outdoor shower and the pool very much.
We liked our little tour through the village, crossing the river by little wooden boat. The highlight was having tea with Mohanan at his traditional Tea Shop enjoying local delicacies with chai (pazham pori, bananas, tapioca chips and pappada vada). Great experience!

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2019

Thankyou so much your review is incredibly important to us. We hope we will see you again. Warm regards from all of us.

Don and Mini

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Reviewed 23 October 2019

I had the most exquisite stay at Indian Summer House for the ISH Writer's Retreat. One thing that makes the hotel so special is it manages to be both intimate, boutique and spectacularly grand at the same time. I suppose if Raffles had only 4 rooms then it would probably want to look like Indian Summer House.

The hotel is built around a lovely garden which is home to exotic birds, butterflies, the occasional squirrel, stone-carvings and water features. It’s a real privilege to wake-up to this view and the perfect setting for yoga classes every morning.

I’ve been coming to India my whole life and never would I dream of drinking water straight from the tap. I don’t know how they manage it but not only do they have a great filtration process, everything is eco-friendly and sustainable. It’s wonderful how the hotel supports village artisans with gorgeous craft products perfectly positioned alongside high-end designer furnishing.

And someone needs to give Chef Rajesh a star or two because his cooking is just that good. His food is not only delicious, but it is also healthy, not too spicy and very nourishing. I love how he would ask us what we wanted for our meals and then just whip it up as if there is an entire market in the back garden. Talking about markets, we visited one with Rajesh and it was grand. He also took us to a coconut factory to see how oil is processed.

There were other tours, including a visit to a primary school, a boat ride and walk through the agricultural land featuring tapioca, rubber, bananas and more. We had tea with Mohanan at his traditional Tea Shop enjoying the most amazing banana fritters. No wonder his shop has been around for 100 years. We also tried breakfast at a small café with autorickshaw drivers followed by an adrenaline rush taking the bus back.

Time has this lovely pace in India. It seems to pass even more gently at Indian Summer House during our daily writer’s workshops with Caroline Van De Pol, readings and discussions to reflect and share our work with others or enjoying the outdoor showers, having a drink in the coconut lounge, jumping into the pool two, three times a day or relaxing at the spa. If you find yourself in Kerela this is the place to stay.

Date of stay: October 2019
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2019

Thanks for your kind review, Shonee. You have captured the essence of Indian Summer House so well. We are delighted that our Writers' Retreat was a positive experience for you and feel privileged to have enjoyed your company and contributions to our workshops.

Hoping you continue to write whenever you feel inspired. It's a lovely way to record your travels and the things that are important to you.

Kind regards
Don and Caroline

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Reviewed 18 September 2019

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!

Date of stay: September 2019
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2019

Thankyou so much for your kind words and I know the team will be very excited to know that you enjoyed our Onam celebrations. It is a special time in Kerala and always lovely to share the wonderful food and traditions that surround the festival.

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Don

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Reviewed 15 September 2019

This special boutique hotel is more like a luxurious family home with lovely wooden roofing over the covered areas, a spacious feel and beautifully appointed modern rooms. The staff were so very friendly and Don, the owner, made us feel like part of the family. The food cooked by Raj was sensational. The Summer House driver, Bijou, took us on a great tour of Kochi which has a fascinating history and we were escorted on a local rural walking tour. Absolutely perfect!

Our full itinerary was as follows:

*. Enjoyed a welcome drink and Jasmine flower lay on arrival and a tour of the property and some insight into the Made Wijaya construction, design and architecture and how it relates to Kerala and the tropics
* Ayurveda spa treatments from Riju and Leela from Arshana.
* A walking tour lead by Rajesh which featured a short river crossing, wander through the agricultural land featuring tapioca, rubber, bananas and more. Then tea with Mohanan at his traditional Tea Shop enjoying local delicacies with our chai (pazham pori, bananas, tapioca chips and pappada vada). Then by public bus back into Muvattupuzha town.
* A Fort Kochi Day tour with a diversion to nearby temple to see a wonderful ceremony with 5 elephants. Lunch at Fort House and guided history tour followed by a little shopping
* Relaxing by the pool and deciding on the daily menu
* Joined in our Onam celebrations including the Pookalam (flower arrangement), lighting of the lamp and Banana Leaf Sadya (Feast) with all the team

Date of stay: September 2019
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2019

Thankyou so much for the review which means so much to us. We hope you enjoyed your onward journey and the birthday celebrations and look forward to seeing you back in the future.

Kind regards
Don

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Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

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!

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

Thanks so much for the review and I hope the "bootcamp" in our gym left you feeling energised for your next adventure. The monsoon is my favourite time of year in Kerala and I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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Don

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