My happy place. Even a mention of this place brings a smile to my face, bringing back happy memories – of letting my hair loose and the air around me soothing my soul. The sense of freedom & carefree-ness I feel here is like no other place and this is why I always want to go back! 🙂
So, this April I landed at Goa once again. And this time I decided to stay away from the bustling places in and around the popular beaches. While searching for homestays in North Goa, I came across a few places in Tripadvisor. And out of all of them, Quinta Da Graca seemed to beckon me. After reading some amazing reviews by fellow travellers, I decided to book a room here. And I am so glad I did! 🙂 The time of my visit, being the end of the tourist season, rooms were easily available.
Quinta Da Graca is a charming Indo-Portuguese colonial mansion located in the quiet village of Saligao, Bardez, Goa. As their website says –
The house with its high ceilinged rooms, antique Belgian crystal chandeliers, period Indo-Portuguese furniture transports you to a bygone era of gracious easy living. Lush walled gardens surround the house, interspersed with tall trees, play host to a variety of birds which is sure to capture the eye of an avid bird-watcher.
This heritage property, which dates back to the early 1940s, has been lovingly retained in its original and additions have been tastefully incorporated, keeping the Goan essence intact. Savio, the owner, is a resourceful guy, in the sense that he enriched me every time I had a conversation with him , especially during our long chats over breakfast in the morning. Apart from the culture & traditions of Goa, he shared stories of his growing up in Goa, how things were back then and how he is trying to share the Goan culture through his homestay to anyone who is interested to know about it and life in general. He also shared about places where locals eat and which are not frequented by tourists. and i must say, every place he suggested was awesome!! 🙂 Thank you once again, Savio! You made this trip quite a memorable one ❤
Here is a gallery of pictures of the marvellous homestay called Quinta Da Graca. Savio’s home is a museum of artifacts and all things vintage that he has painstakingly collected over a period of years from various places. One can only be amazed by the huge collection he has amassed, from poster beds to palanquins to moth ball smelling wedding trousseau chest to chandeliers and what not, almost every corner in the house has an article that has a story behind it. Anyone looking for a calm & peaceful break in Goa, away from the noisy, touristy places, should definitely check out this place. A few lessons on Goan life & some amazing conversations with Savio are the highlights of this place. 🙂
Every morning, we were served Poi (local bread), sausages and eggs done differently every day along with fresh fruit from Savio’s garden. A perfect & wholesome way to start the day 🙂
Now you know why I fell in love with Quinta da Graca. 🙂 ❤
Go and experience it yourself some day, soon!
As listed in their website, the approximate distance of the home from some popular places are:
From Dabolim (Goa Airport) : 33 kms
From Vasco da Gama Train Station : 35 kms
From Margao Train Station : 37 kms
From Mapusa : 6 kms
From Panjim : 12 kms
From Calangute Beach : 3 kms
From Baga Beach : 4 kms