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Reviewed 14 February 2020 via mobile

We’re flying back to the U.K. tomorrow and it’ll be such a wrench leaving this beautiful place. It’s our second time at ISH and it won’t be our last.

Staying here is like visiting friends.....if your friends live in five star luxury with their own cook (ask Rajesh to make you a mutton biriani, best I’ve ever tasted); pristine rooms (thank you Sidhu, you are the quiet hero of the place); a yoga teacher who salutes the sun with you before breakfast; massage facilities (try the hot oil dripped onto your brow, it’s so trippy!); huge gardens and a fab deep pool. Oh and don’t forget the Bollywood Dance lesson, didn’t want that to end.

This time, the owners Don and Mini were onsite. Nothing is too much of a bother, they really welcomed us into their amazing home. What a special couple.

See you next year, India Summer House

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2020

Your Bollywood Dance Class was the highlight for me and I can't wait to share the video on my youtube channel! Your 2 teachers put on a great performance too!

Hope to see you next year or for our Boxing & Yoga Retreat!

Kind regards
Don

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Reviewed 10 February 2020 via mobile

Simply wonderful.

The communication with Don ahead of our stay was excellent. Raj and the team were incredibly attentive from the minute we arrived at the property. We loved spending time with Raj on our excursions, in the kitchen and especially eating his food.

If you are lucky enough to stay here DO NOT MISS:

Daily Yoga from Riju.
The Ambassador tour for tea with Mohanan at his traditional Tea Shop enjoying local delicacies with our chai (pazham pori, bananas, tapioca chips and pappada vada).
Market tour, School visit and cooking experiences with Raj
Joined Rajesh for a visit to his home in Wagamon and experienced his world and enjoyed the beautiful views of the tea plantations
The wonderful poolside BBQ option to finish off the perfect holiday!

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2020

Wow! Thankyou so much. The kids at the local Nirmala school loved your visit. They study so hard and appreciate any new experience. Sounds like a great conclusion to what was a wonderful journey for you all.

Kind regards
Don

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Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

What a stunning place. We had a wonderful visit and wished that we had booked for longer. The pool was beautiful .....large, just the right temperature, delightful secluded setting and we were entirely left undisturbed until we needed something. The food was cooked as we requested and all the staff were extremely helpful. We enjoyed our visit to the market and the canoe across the river to the tea house
The story of the building, and of Mini and her family who lived here before this beautiful place was built, is fascinating . Worth a visit to look at the architecture alone plus the use that was made of local craftsmanship. Great attention to detail about everything from the moment we arrived.
Did I say how lovely the pool was!
We tried the yoga too. Great

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2020

The pool is a beautiful feature and very welcome after a day out travelling and touring. We are so glad we have inspired you to introduce yoga into your home routine. I hope the youtube videos help.

It was unfortunate that you couldn't stay for longer. Ideally 3 nights here is a minimum to enjoy all that Indian Summer House has to offer.

Kind regards Don and the team here

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Reviewed 2 February 2020

Indian Summer House was our third and best hotel in Kerala! On our arrival we were welcomed by all members of staff and treat to a wonderful flower garland which made us all feel very special. The accommodation was first class with inside and outside shower facilities. Air con and fans made the rooms very comfortable.
The sleeping table tennis equipment was brought into action with assistance from the staff and formed a good leisure activity during our quiet times.
The trip to the tea shop in the Ambassador was very pleasant and Leo chose the seat that Don from the hotel preferred! Mohanan impressed with his production of Chai and the tit bits to accompany it particularly liked were the banana fritters! We felt special in our chauffeur driven Ambassador.
The pool was the biggest and the best of our trip and was impressively surrounded by trees and vegetation, together with many statues.
Rajesh was a superb chef, nothing was too much trouble and we accompanied him to the market and joined in the making of some sauces for our future benefit at home.
One of our members insisted on a visit to a tea plantation and factory. We were lucky enough to be joined by Rajesh who showed us his parent's home and the plantation they worked at. The visit to the Toddy shop on the way home will be remembered.
We would like to congratulate all staff and say how impressive it was that Albin got up at 5.00am to wish two of our party, farewell!
If perfection was not reached it was as near as possible endorsed by our superb Barbeque on the last night,4 ate and we think 12 were catered for! Fantastic!
We hope to visit again in the not too distant future and once again congratulate all members of staff for their care an attention.

Room tip: all rooms seen were good. Very comfortable
Date of stay: January 2020
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Don49778, Owner at Indian Summer House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2020

Hi Leon, thankyou so much for your review. The team are still talking about your family and how great it was to meet you all. I am glad you took the opportunity to enjoy some of the local activities on offer it means so much to those small businesses and the people that run them.

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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.

Kind regards
Don

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