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Reviewed 29 November 2019

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

Date of stay: November 2019
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2019

Liz and Mark it was lovely meeting you both and what an adventure you have had in South India! Make sure you let us know when you come back for another tour and we’ll catch up.

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Don

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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.

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