Staying at Philipkutty’s Farm is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the real Keralan experience in a fascinating location, with a caring family to look after you. It is a special place, as it provides something different, especially for those who prefer small, friendly places, and it is the perfect hideaway for the bespoke traveller.
You are welcomed, looked after, and cared for by the family (myself, Anu, my mother-in-law Aniamma, my son Philip and my daughter, Anya). The homestay concept, and the vision behind our approach to welcoming and hosting our guests, is entirely due to the inspirational thinking of my late husband, Vinod. I now strive to keep that vision alive, and adapt to the ever-changing world we all live in, with the constant support of my staff and family.
Your privacy is assured, as the waterfront villas are entirely separate from the family residence, and independent from each other. The first villa, designed by Karl Damscen, a Swiss architect, is a traditionally styled, antique-filled, open plan bungalow, with sufficient space for two people and an extra bed if needed. The other villas, designed by Thomas Dominic, are in the same decorative style, but with a separate bedroom, living room and ‘sit-out’ facing the peaceful, palm-fringed waterfront.
All this is set on a beautiful farm island, which was reclaimed from the backwaters of Lake Vembanad in the early 1950’s by my late husband’s grandfather. The working farm, which practices sustainable/organic methods of farming, is two metres below the lake level and produces coconut, banana, fruit and vegetables. Accessible by road up to the bank opposite the farm and villas, it is our ‘vallam’ (country boat) that will finally take you and your luggage across the wide backwater to our island.
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Vechoor is a village in Vaikom taluk, Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, India. Vechoor is a short drive away from one of Kerala's tourist destinations, Kumarakom. The Vechur Cow breed of cattle is named after this village
To complement the villas, there is a beautiful thatched pavilion on stilts, overlooking the farm with views of the backwaters. The pavilion opens on to a small, neat courtyard under an old mango tree. Most communally served meals are served in this delightful setting. We are also delighted to announce the completion of our new ‘jetty’- a covered pavilion built on the quayside where you can sit, admire the stunning views, watch the occasional houseboat glide by or just relax and soak up your surroundings and feel the cooling breezes from the nearby lake.