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..
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About the Owner
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.
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.
4.5 based on 11 holidaymaker reviews
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.
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
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.
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
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'
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.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
4 minutes walk to Lighthouse Beach numerous other beaches easily accessible, all with lifeguards. Sunbeds/umbrellas/body boards are for hire at local rates. Fresh fruit and coconuts offered by local ladies. Restaurants and shops line the beach where you will be served delicious fresh Keralan food at reasonable prices. See the fishermen on the beach hauling in their nets with the day's catch and then the bartering with the fisher women!! Climb the lighthouse for magnificent views along the coast.
Trivandrum International Airport approx 30mins by taxi. Complimentary pick up on arrival is included in our price. Upon departure arrangements can be made with our trusty driver. He will also arrange trips at your request as detailed below. Car/bike/scooter hire is available around the area but extreme care should be taken due to the condition of the local roads and the standard of the driving!!! Taxis and rickshaws are abundant, reasonably priced & have experience.
Trivandrum City is 16 kms. Vizhinjam fishing port is a short stroll from Kovalam and on the way there is an interesting aquarium. At the harbour can be seen the fishing boats and the fish market plus the majestic Mosque. Trips can be arranged for houseboat overnight stay at Alleppey - 4 hrs by taxi. Cochin sightseeing - 5 hrs by taxi. Kanyakamari (Southern tip of India) 2/3 hrs by taxi. Or round trips of several days to include tea plantations/elephant rides/wild life safaries.
Beach area has general stores for food and everyday requirements plus reliable money changers, International telephoning and internet offices. Kovalam Junction, a short rickshaw drive away or 20 mins walk provides various ATMs and banks, a small supermarket, pharmacies, 2 local hospitals, bakeries, local shops and chai stalls. Taxis and rickshaws are plentiful around the resort but also try the local buses, cheaper and much improved with a/c. The beachfront is the heart of Kovalam for restaurants and souvenier shops. Many of each!! To suit all tastes. Each restaurant serving fresh Keralan food with a choice of vegetarian and non vegetarian in idyllic settings overlooking the beach to watch the daily life and the amazing sunsets.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
*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.
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.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
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From the Owner
“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!”
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- Ceiling Fans
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Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Car Available
- pets not allowed
- near the sea
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 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
- Bedroom 1
- 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.
- 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.