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Superior Studio Apartment At Winter House

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Apartment in Kovalam, Kerala, India - Peaceful Rural Location Within 4/5 Mins Walk Of Lighthouse Beach, Restaurants And Shops

Winter House is an attractive property situated in an elevated location between Lighthouse Road and the beach. The luxury, spacious studio apartment with en-suite shower room is designed for comfort and convenience to enjoy the relaxing ambiance of Kovalam. From the private rear balconies you have uninterrupted views through the lush green palm groves to observe the natural habitat and tropical birds. Free WiFi available in the studios..

Property Manager
Susan Weston
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 November, 2016

About Susan Weston

The owners of this property are The Sagara Beach Resort and have been in the hotel industry for over 20 years.

There has been an appointed contact in the UK for over 10 years successfully attracting European guests mainly from the UK where this type of accommodation is popular.

Why Susan Weston chose Thiruvananthapuram

This property was constructed in 2004 and from the outset was designed with European features. It is well maintained with views over the lovely garden below. It is in a rural spot, surrounded by palm groves yet just minutes from the centre of the resort.

What makes this apartment unique

Guests have been returning year after year to enjoy the peace and quiet and watch the local wildlife in the forest area. Many colourful birds can be seen in the treetops. It provides relaxation and calm for guests who enjoy the Yoga and Ayurevedic treatments, a speciality in Kerala. The beauty of the location is the uninterrupted view from the rear balcony with nothing to spoil your peace. Quite unique in Kovalam!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our stay at Winter House was perfect. No problems. Perfect hosts, the standard of cleaning is excellent, nothing is too much trouble. Sitting out on the balcony is so private, we both loved the tranquility. S&J Surrey

Winter House Apartment is a perfect location. The apartment was bright, spacious and clean, with plenty of cupboard space. The balcony with chairs and a table was lovely, the view to the garden and trees beyond was peaceful and tranquil. A perfect holiday retreat, especially being able to use the Sagara Hotel’s facilities. We hope to return. Thank you. L&T Reading UK

Very good apartment, very spacious containing all we required to be comfortable with a very good outlook, also kept exceptionally cleaned by the housekeeper with linen being changed very regularly and frequently. Would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to anyone.

Much more positive feedback available upon request.
Jan 2013
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

United Kingdom

Great holiday

  • 5 of 5

Another great holiday spent at the Winter House. These studio apartments meet our needs. Near enough to local attractions but just far enough away for peace and relaxation. Many thanks to Sue, Paul and Sunitha for your kind attention. Look forward to seeing you again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good to see you again and we enjoyed your company once more. We aim to keep a good standard to please our valued guests so they will be looking forward to their next visit to Winter House Apartments.
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned from the most wonderful stay at Winter Garden apartments. The apartments are beautifully clean and well equipped for all your needs. Owners Sue and Paul were very welcoming and happy to provide help and advice on the local facilities, trips and any other requests we had. A wonderful driver (Kumar) was recommended for trips which were brilliant value and he accompanied us on two trips out, a lovely polite and friendly man who enjoyed a good bit of banter with us too! The housekeeper is a lovely friendly lady who couldn't help enough, very accommodating and provided a very low cost service for laundry. Everything about our stay was wonderful and we will most certainly return to this destination again. Even had a kettle with tea and coffee provided! Brilliant

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks. You will be most welcome to stay again and hopefully return many times to enjoy this wonderful destination.
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Super holiday

  • 4 of 5

Once again we had a terrific holiday staying at the Winter House Kovalam. Many thanks to Sunitha for making our stay in the apartment a comfortable one.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jean & Harry. It was a pleasure meeting up with you again this year. Sunitha always enjoys your company.
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Relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Winter house for 1 month through Nov 2014 to early Dec, the weather was unseasonably poor but the welcome from Sue & Paul was lovely & warm (a really charming couple). Also Sinita the maid was a joy with always a smile to welcome you (Sinita loves to practice her English on you).

My apartment was ideal for just me but it would also have been fine for 2 people, immaculately clean, air con & fans worked well & the bedding changed regularly. Topped of with a kettle & a fridge, crockery & glasses - what more could I need.

Nice balcony that was not overlooked facing an area of jungle, which is lovely & shaded in the day but be aware come the dawn chorus all the critters are extremely vocal so you may want to pack some ear plugs (unless you are an early riser yourself or can sleep through anything).

The water supply is good straight from the properties own well & really is good enough to clean your teeth in. Also on most days there is a plentiful supply of hot water.

One thing I was not told is there is a little lending library at your disposal round the corner on the way to the roof - check it out.

The routes down into the tourist area of Kovalam takes a bit of getting used to as it is very windy & often steep but it is not too far & has been improved underfoot (India loves concrete).

There are plenty of good places to eat out (Sue & Paul know a few good ones to get you started) generally off the front you can find much cheaper places to eat & don't be put off by the outside, if it's busy the food will be good. Also look out for the "Kerala Cafe" for a different breakfast/lunch experience & just along from it "The Crows nest" where they make a different fresh cake every day.

I can't say too much about the Sagara Hotel facilities as I only used the pool but that was a good size for swimming lengths but get there early (I think it's available from 9am) if you do want to swim lengths. Personally after a while I decided it was more fun swimming across lighthouse beach & back. Or the next one along which I call Eve's beach (best before the speedboats go out)

Night life - Haaaa! forget that one make your own entertainment.

Also it's not much fun drinking beer out of a mug pretending it is coffee (for the police who know it isn't)! I know this is nothing to do with Winter house but the Kerala dry state farce is something people need to be aware of.

Finally my top tip - if you go to the liquor store go for Old Port dark rum it's cheap & surprisingly good

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Roy, wow! you should be a travel writer. Good all round description. It was a joy to have you stay at Winter House Apartments and a good recommendation that you decided to extend your holiday in Kovalam for an extra month. A great person who appreciated all that Kerala has to offer.
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  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Winter House for two weeks in December, 2014. Our hosts were simply terrific and the staff support was great - we were looked after very, very well. The room and balcony was impeccable - clean, comfortable, thoughtfully designed. The amenities were helpful as we were able to prepare light meals and enjoy the delightful garden from the balcony. The location is excellent - close to the beach, markets and restaurants yet far enough away to be quiet and private. Highly recommended; we will stay here again'

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rob & Sania, it pleased us to see your enthusiasm for Southern India, you were delightful guests, enjoy the remainder of your travels and will be happy to welcome you again anytime.
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at The Winterhouse now for 10 years and always look forword to meeting the people who live below the 3 appartments. The rooms are cleaned by a lovely Indian lady, and beds are made and rooms cleaned every day clean sheets every other day.Its just a lovely place to stay.We will be there again Jan-Feb 2015.Previous to staying here we stayed at the Sagara HotelThe 3 brothers that own this and the W.H have treated us like family over the years, as have Sue and Paul and Sunita. These are lovely people who go to great lengths to make your stay a happy one.Looking forward to our 14th year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
*NO INCREASE IN RATES THIS YEAR* Full payment or 20% deposit (non-refundable) upon booking. Balance due 4 weeks before arrival. Reductions for non a/c studio. Supplement for addition bed. Complimentary airport pick up from Trivandrum on arrival whatever the time! Welcome pack provided upon arrival. Minimum stay 3 nights. NOTE: NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR EARLY CHECK IN BEFORE 12 NOON to accommodate most UK flights. Holiday insurance recommended. Booking via email preferred for for an immediate response.

Changeover Day:
Flexible arrival and departure days/times by arrangement and according to availability.

Notes on prices:
The price is per a/c studio, per week for 2 adults - INCLUDES ALL TAXES - No hidden extras!! Also included-complimentary meet/greet taxi pick-up on arrival from Trivandrum International Airport and a welcome pack of milk/sugar/tea/coffee/mineral water/fruit. Discount for non a/c. Note that high season in March, the temperature rises and a/c is recommended. Please email your requirement.
Discount for full payment upon booking. NOTE: NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR EARLY MORNING CHECK IN.

Our payment method is FREE through a UK bank transfer. Quick and easy. Our security is experience over 10 years with the resulting commendations of our guest reviews. We require a 20% deposit upon booking with the balance to pay 4 weeks before arrival. See booking notes for more information.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Kovalam in Kerala

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite tiled shower room (wet room) with solar water heating, shower, toilet, wash basin with mirror over, shaver point and wall shelves, mosquito screens fitted. Towels (changed every day), soap and toilet rolls provided. Daily cleaning.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: This is studio accommodation with combined bedroom/living room. Either 2 single beds or 1 double according to preference. An additional single bed can be provided as necessary. Wardrobe. A/c or non a/c as desired. Ceiling fans, mosquito screens fitted.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Balcony
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This accommodation was designed for comfort and relaxation in the hot Indian climate. It is quiet, private with just enough facilites for the needs of our guests. Here you can chill out, not be hassled and escape from the lively beachfront. Ideal for Yoga students and people in Kerala on treatment programmes. But as we are part of the Sagara Beach Resort, nearby, guests of Winter House have free use of the facilities at this hotel including the 2 swimming pools and sunbeds. Wi-Fi is available in the reception area. There is a rooftop restaurant where 10% discount is offered on dining. Ayurevedic Treatment programmes by the eminent consultant Dr V Franklin can be arranged. The studio at Winter House is independent and a delightful alternative to hotel accommodation, is highly recommended by our regular guests. Outside: Walled entrance into tiled front courtyard with pot plants and lantern lighting. Private front door. Automatic security light and gate. Rooftop with some outdoor furniture can be used for sunbathing/reading at owners discretion. A selection of books are available on loan or swap basis. The outside of Winter House is beautifully decorated at Christmas time with coloured lights and stars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Daily housekeeping service. Towels/bed linen provided. Room cleaning & towels changed daily, bed linen every 2 days. Housekeeper on duty for any info or help. Private laundry service, very reasonable rates. 20ltr mineral water delivered upon request Other: Private and secure sit out area with cane furniture, light and ceiling fan with views over garden and palm groves. Very quiet and peaceful. Ideal for relaxing and watching the small wildlife in their natural environment.

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