Fern Whisper (Studio, Sleeps 2)
A spacious well ventilated studio apartment 20sq.m in size. High ceilings make it more spacious.
There are 2 windows opening onto the garden giving a free fresh breeze from the ocean and the fields.
A queen size bed with good quality mattress ,length 1m83., 2 door wardrobe and night table ,all with lock & key.
Studio has a Bistro style table & 2 chairs.
A custom built kitchenette in light wood and granite counter top, built in mini fridge, built in 2 burner gas stove, drawers & cupboard, incl. all utensils ie. pots, crockery, cutlery,microwave and a water purifyer system.
A modern, spacious and elegantly tiled bathroom,with washbasin with a vanity unit for all toiletries, mirror, towel rack (towels are provided), shower area with tiled bench for seating. Solar heated hot water.
Washing machine facilities are available in a separate laundry room.
Wall mounted LCD TV. Satelite and wall mounted air-conditioning with remote.
This property is situated on the edge of Majorda village, midst rice fields & coconut trees.
A compound wall & gate keeps the area safe and private in which the studios and the main house have complete privacy.
Gardens surround the main house and studio , with ample place to find your own space.
A large shared veranda overlooks the pool, garden and fields ,A place to chat with everyone too.,with 3 bistro style tables and chairs a chaise-lounge ,and a bookcase filled with a good variety of books in various languages.
The 3 Studios are fully furnished and all utensils are provided.
The ceilings are high,keeping it cool ,but all have fan and A/C.
The bathrooms are spacious too with an open shower area(wet room) ,a tiled seating platform..
Solar power provides all day hot water
The pool area has a BBQ and sun loungers and table & chairs,and is elevated from the field so one has a wonderful unobstructed view of nature.
A relaxing place to watch the buffaloes graze,and in the monsoon a marvelous scene of fresh green paddy.
It's also a tranquil space to work from your laptop,(wi-fi is available ) if you are a traveling business person.
A place for yoga ...
Iyenga Yoga classes are available .& meditation ,
Lounging by the pool with a good book,writing a novel, or enjoy doing nothing !
If you are artistic we are able to offer art classes with a local artist.
We have a wonderful dentist too in the village ,who has an extremely good reputation with overseas clients,so you could combine your holiday with dentistry. I will contact Dr.Liza. and put you in touch with her so you would have a time period.
Majorda is close to the beach ,which is not too busy ,and life guards patrol daily.
Here you 'll find beach shacks where you can relax on the sunbeds under the shade of a coconut leafed umbrella.This starts around mid November .
The beaches continue for many kilometers, Cycling and walking early morning or evening is a wonderful way to keep fit,also another great place for walks or cycling is along the windy quiet village roads close to our property.
Transportation : Scooter and car hire can easily be arranged.
We hire cycles and a scooter from our home .
We will pick up and drop off at the airport ,railway station and bus depot (Margao )
Buses go frequently to all villages & cities from the end of the main road. Highway N17 is a few minutes away ,leading to Panjim, 45 minutes, & Dabolim Airport 20 minutes drive.
The surrounding villages have local arts & crafts shops and plenty of restaurants.to choose from.
Top Traveller Review
A perfect oasis of calm & beautyA perfect oasis of calm & beauty
I am currently exploring the healing sound of the sitar,which I have been playing for 3 years. I love to play in the evening by the pool and at sunset,an uplifting experience.
And if you are musically gifted you might join me for an entertaining evening .
Its always our pleasure to share your holiday tales and adventures in at social evening or tea by the pool .
We look forward to the next time ...x
About the Owner
About Yvonne Fernandes
Born in Yorkshire, England I set off to travel the globe. On my way I met my husband Noris in Bermuda, where we lived for 11 years and have 1 daughter. I always had a love for India and had many trips to different parts. Our dream was to have a guest house in Goa, my husband's home land. In 2008 we bought our house and in 2009 began building our guest house.
Within this tranquil space we find the peace from the chaos of the "outside world" we live in at present .It's as if we're living at the speed of light ,and a pace determined by machines,here we live at the speed of life .
I like to do yoga ,and health is always a priority for me .my family and guests ,so I'm always helping by introducing Yoga and Ayurveda.
We now offer Yoga classes in the morning by the pool
The view all around is wonderful, lush gardens, coconut trees, which we pluck and make oil, the rice fields and watch the variety of birds and the eagles soar above. We take morning walks at Majorda Beach then have tea at one of the beach shacks and relax in their lounge chairs. We are in the midst of nature, but within minutes we go to the city, the beach and the airport. We love it and want our guests to love it too.
Yvonne Fernandes purchased this apartment in 2008
Why Yvonne Fernandes chose Majorda
Noris ,my husband, and his family are from Velim about 45 minutes drive from Majorda, but it seemed remote from modern amenities and school. Whilst on holiday in 2007, we stayed at a guest house in Majorda, we were away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to access everything with ease, airport, trains, beaches, shops, restaurants and school all within minutes reach by motorcycle. The property fell into our hands by chance, 3 days before heading back home. It was what we had been looking for, a large plot of land, so we could build our guest house grow our own vegetables, a garden with 45 coconut trees and still have space for privacy. The view of rice fields and flora, the buffalo wonder in the fields and eagles circle the skies, so peaceful...
The lay out of the gardens, studios and our own home enables everyone their individual space ,yet still knowing you can have company.....
What makes this apartment unique
What this property has is the private ground space..It's unique benefit is the total tranquility ,complimented by so many .
A large veranda overlooking the garden and fields, where you can sit with your tea or G'n'T, watching them plough the land and plant the rice,or in the evening watch the sun set, and see the buffaloes go home whilst having dinner.
Tranquility,a place to relax and rejuvenate is a priority and the cleanliness of our environment.
The gardens and the pool are in a luxurious private setting of 2500 sq.m.
The outer perimeter of the property has only a few other dwellings, no one to overlook you.
I like the fact that within minutes I can be in the city for shopping, close to the airport to pick up my family,and guests. Cycle down to the beach. A jog or walk in the friendly neighbourhood of the local villagers.
Payment of the deposit constitutes acceptance of the booking conditions.
Cancellations: 50% deposits are non refundable
Changeover Day: Check out 11 am
Late check out is classed as extra night fee according to season rate
Depending on flight arrival times from Europe.:
Standard Check in : Flexible ...
(7 traveller reviews)
A perfect oasis of calm & beauty
We have been travelling to Goa for winter holidays for the past 20 years and generally stay in and around the Majorda area. This was our first visit to Fernlodge, staying for 3 weeks. It certainly wont be our last ! Yvonne, Norris and Anya are the perfect hosts - happy to share their beautiful home and gardens with us. Without repeating everything that has been written by previous guests, we can only agree whole-heartedly that Fernlodge is the "oasis" of calm and tranquility in the hubbub of Goa. It would be very easy to never leave the grounds - happily lounging around the pool, watching nature and practicing yoga (my aim for next holiday), finishing each day with one of Norris's fabulous meals - listening to Yvonne's sitar playing. Surreal but wonderful. There are only three studio apartments in the complex and this justs adds to the peacefulness of the place. Having discovered Fernlodge, we would love to keep it a secret - but that would be very selfish. If you are looking for a different experience to the usual Goan guest houses, then do try Fernlodge - you wont be disappointed !
our stay at Fernlodge
If you are looking for a little oasis of calm and tranquillity, a place where you can totally relax, then look no further.Fernlodge is located about 5 miles from Margoa city centre, 2 miles from the beach, and a comprehensive supermarket, there are a number good restaurants nearby, but the best eating place is not to go anywhere just let Noris (the owner) prepare a meal for you, which you can enjoy by the pool or on the veranda.Transport is not a problem there are pedal cycles, a motor cycle, or a car for hire, Noris & Yvonne also provide a taxis service.We have been to India three times now, no matter which part of India we have visited we make a detour to Fernlodge to take pleasure in the hospitality given to us by Noris & Yvonne.
A perfect place to relax in Majorda, Goa
We had a fantastic 6 weeks staying with Yvonne, Noris and Anya at Fernlodge in Majorda, Goa. From arriving, when Noris collected us at the airport until our departure when Noris took us to the train station we couldn't have found a nicer place to stay then Fernlodge. It was such a peaceful, tranquil haven. The studio apartment was nicely furnished and had all the facilities you could wish for, a lovely hot shower, microwave, fridge, 2 ring burner, kettle & toaster. The studios were spotlessley clean and all share a lovely patio which was great for sitting on in the mornings for breakfast or a sundowner in the evening and catching up with the other guests. There is a washing machine and drying rack available for your use. The pool was big enough for a dip and lovely to sit around and relax. Noris is a great chef and is more than willing to cook meals on request which we did a few times and that was lovely. Yvonne & Noris are more than willing to help and assist in any way they can. Yvonne even arranged Yoga lessons around the pool while we were there, and they arranged a scooter for us to hire for the length of our stay which was really useful for going to the beach, exploring other coastal towns and the supermarket etc. There are two restaurants within walking distance of the studio Johnnies and Paninis both of which serve great food. There are also a couple of little shops 5 mins walk away selling the basics. Yvonne & Noris have 3 lovely labradors, Tara, Amber & Shadow who were delightful and their latest addition Kali the cat who was so cute. For us Majorda was the perfect choice, the beaches are lovely and clean and not too touristy. There are great restaurants on the beach (particularly Albert's) and lots of good restaurants in the village, The Pentagon has good food and great music in the evenings, Fishka was also very good for breakfast and lunch and we also took the Sunday brunch and swim package at the 5* Alila Diwa hotel (1,800 rupees each incl non alcoholic drinks and a great buffet) for non residents. We definitely hope to go back and stay at Fernlodge again, and would have no hesitation at all in recommending it to other guests.
Our second visit to Fernlodge
In January 2016 we returned to Fernlodge Studio Appartments for a second year. As usual it was as good as we remembered (see our last review). We did go and stay with a friend at Vagator but were pleased to return to Fernlodge for the peace and cleanliness that this location offers. We enjoyed just staying round the pool some days rather than going to the beach, it was pure relaxation. An added bonus is that a new little restaurant has opened just 7 mins walk away and they serve very good, reasonably priced meals. We are about to book our third, 4 week trip as we love it there so much. Yvonne, Noris and Anya are always on hand to offer advice if needed.
lovely apartment, lovely family
My husband and I spent 6 very enjoyable weeks with yvonne norris and their daughter.apartment had everything you needed, gardens wer beautiful and very peaceful.If needed Norris would cook he is a brilliant chef.Best apartments we havestayed in , in all our years holidaying in goa
I feel I must write to tell of my stay in beautiful Goa.Having travelled there from England primarily to have dental work done(it was recommended by a friend and I am delighted with the results).I stayed in one of the very comfortable lodges that are owned by the Fernandes family(also recommended by my friends) in the lovely gardens of their home in Majorda.Three lovely people who are Yvonne,her husband Noris and their daughter Anya who made me feel very welcome and we were friends from the start.Noris is a fantastic cook and he made me some lovely meals during my stay.I am a big yoga fan and so is Yvonne so we practised together at local classes some days which was great.It was the monsoon season and Goa is lush and green with exotic plants and paddy fields at this time.Plenty of wildlife too,colourful butterflies and we even had a young Steppe Eagle visit the garden of Fernlodge one morning.I went trekking to a mountainous area,the Western Ghats with a local club.Fabulous scenery and the view from the summit was amazing and well worth the effort walking to it.I travelled around on the scooter I hired mainly to see as much of Goa as I could.Returning to Fernlodge at the end of the day with all mod cons and a lovely comfortable bed was heaven.Travel to Goa for a holiday and don't let the monsoon season put you off as there is so much to do and see.I hope to return there soon and see my friends again.Thank you Yvonne,Noris and Anya.
Ian from Kent,England.
From the Owner
“Noris ,my husband, and his family are from Velim about 45 minutes drive from Majorda, but it seemed remote from modern amenities and school. Whilst on holiday in 2007, we stayed at a guest house in Majorda, we were away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to access everything with ease, airport, trains, beaches, shops, restaurants and school all within minutes reach by motorcycle. The property fell into our hands by chance, 3 days before heading back home. It was what we had been looking for, a large plot of land, so we could build our guest house grow our own vegetables, a garden with 45 coconut trees and still have space for privacy. The view of rice fields and flora, the buffalo wonder in the fields and eagles circle the skies, so peaceful... The lay out of the gardens, studios and our own home enables everyone their individual space ,yet still knowing you can have company.....”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
My husband, Noris, is an avid chef and previous restaurant manager. He would like to offer anyone interested in Indian/Goan cuisine a cooking lesson.
A trip to Pala Farm, a personal friend,Her property of 50.000 acres of forest . Find a picnic spot, a swim in the dam ,a trek in the forest . She owns horses and is the Horse Whisperer of Goa ,also a dog trainer and breeds Weimeraner. She is open to visitors during February till November. Your trip to Pal Farm can be arranged for those that want to get away from the beach and enjoy the Goan countryside.
Yoga class are offered in nearby villages and and can be practiced in the grounds of Fernlodge uninterrupted.
Ayurvedic treatments at spas in the area: We can arrange treatments at reputable clinics in the area .
Guidance in Meditation and Reiki at Fernlodge as well as other local facilities
Combine you holiday with Dentistry with Dr Liza. (email can be provided on request ).Her clients are from around the globe and she has a great reputation .
Fernlodge is close to her practice
Hiking in the monsoon.
Goa is so lush and green this time of the year so a hike in the forest is a great experience .There are various hiking groups which have a bus leaving from Margoa city to the destination .
Spice Farms : One of my favorite places to visit and overnight is Tanshikar Spice Farm in Netravali about 25 km south west from Majorda .delicious homemade food ,served in clay pots .
The beaches stretch all along the the south coast, our local beaches are within easy range of 5-15 minutes by bike, bus or car. From October through April there are many "Beach Shacks " serving very tasty food from AM to PM. They offer lounge chairs under the shade of the coconut leaf umbrella. Majorda Beach is a quieter beach, has good hard sand and is great for cycling and morning walks. Also in the morning it is interesting to watch the small fishing boats bring in their catch of the day.
Dabolim Airport is 20 minutes drive by car from Majorda .
The Konkan Railway runs from Mumbai to Margao, Majorda is 15 minutes from Margao.
Buses leave regularly from Mumbai to Goa stopping at Kadamba Bus Terminal, a 10 minute drive from Majorda.
Pick up and drop off from these points is available .
Car and cycle hire is available here and scooter hire can be arranged. Cycling is a great way to get to the beach and takes 15mins.
Majorda, Benaulim, Colva, Utoda are the nearest villages and offer beaches, shops of local arts and crafts, Portuguese architecture, temples, museums
eg. Goa Chitra an Ethnographical museum
Carpe Diem in Majorda ,Soul Art Gallery Benaulim ,have many art exhibitions
Hire a cycle or motorcycle, tour lanes of the villages which pass through the coconut groves.
In Margao city crowded colourful markets provide a definite slice of traditional India.
Walking distance from the house (Dongorim, Majorda) there are some general stores which provide such things as milk, sugar, soft drinks, toiletries and vegetables etc.
Further into Majorda there are stationary stores,a cycle repair shop and the Post Office directly opposite the railway station. A short distance further is a large European standard Supermarket selling all your needs, as well as dealing with Western Union. Next to the Supermarket is the State Bank of India.
Over the railway tracks to the beach side of Majorda are selection of restaurants for lunch & dinner, plenty of seafood and local specialities.
Majorda Beach Resort has a fabulous buffet for Christmas & New Year with dancing and live bands.
The Pentagon has a wonderful ambience over the festive season with an
al carte menu.
New Year down at Majorda Beach , watch the fireworks from all the surrounding hotels ,enjoy the bonfire ,and dance in the sand
In Betalbatim " Martin's Corner " is an incredibly popular Goan restaurant and one of the best places around for an ambient but casual lunch or dinner,offering a variety of local and international cuisine. All restaurants have live music.
A short distance on the highway is the village called Verna, here a well know restaurant "A lua Verna ", in a beautiful old Goa style with hill views.
Other Interests :
Ayurvedic Centres -There are various centres around the villages offering packages.
Recommendations from us.
Yoga at Carpe Diem on Mon,Wed & Fri 4.30 pm -5:30 pm
Nature Attraction Tours;
1km east of Ponda is Sahakari Spice Farm offering tours. Also about 4 other plantations. This place offers a lunch too
Tours to Dudhsagar on the eastern border to Karnataka, Goa's most impressive waterfalls, at there best during the monsoons. Accessible only by 4WD.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctary, 52km from Panjim and easy to reach from Margao.
Treking tours Netravali, Sanguem. 2 hours drive from Margao. Often in the monsoon mo
From the Owner
“What this property has is the private ground space..It's unique benefit is the total tranquility ,complimented by so many . A large veranda overlooking the garden and fields, where you can sit with your tea or G'n'T, watching them plough the land and plant the rice,or in the evening watch the sun set, and see the buffaloes go home whilst having dinner. Tranquility,a place to relax and rejuvenate is a priority and the cleanliness of our environment. The gardens and the pool are in a luxurious private setting of 2500 sq.m. The outer perimeter of the property has only a few other dwellings, no one to overlook you. I like the fact that within minutes I can be in the city for shopping, close to the airport to pick up my family,and guests. Cycle down to the beach. A jog or walk in the friendly neighbourhood of the local villagers.”
- Guest House
- Away From It All
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Car Available
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- live theatre
- water parks
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- jet skiing
- 20 m²
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Shower area is open
- A tiled seat in the shower area .A vanity unit under the sink.Constant water & solar heated.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- A spacious studio
- Bicycles ...
- Barbecue ...
- Notes on accommodation: As we want to keep our environment a tranquil place, for the consideration of other guests we feel it is not suitable or young children or pets. We are a strictly" NO SMOKING ZONE ". Free Wi Fi . A/C : All studios have A/C .We ask for the A/C to be switched off when you leave the room .If the A/C is left on ,it will be switched off. (eg . by the pool or at the beach). Breakages : Any breakages will be charged. Outside: A private compound of 2500 sq.m.Lush gardens of lawns ,coconut trees, mango trees and other flowering shrubs Outside area has plenty of space for privacy for the individual,with garden furniture and sun loungers by the pool with shady spots from the coconut trees. Garden / pool lighting creates a relaxing atmosphere for dining and socializing We have a unique BBQ , designed by myself, by the pool ( BBQ on request ) The pool is a small kidney shape, it is all one level at 1m 50 approx, and 6 m in length. We even have a portable stage for entertainment ,and love to create little personal events.