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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 7 and we had the most wonderful experience at the Saratha Vilas. Our hosts and owners Michell and Bernard have transformed this house into a beautiful hotel with the warmth of a home. Each room has been done beautifully making it difficult to choose one over another. The staff are very warm and friendly. The...

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Grenoble, France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Owned by two French architects, who have restored the building sympathetically. It has a nice pool and the rooms are spacious. It is nicer than some of the more expensive hotels in the area. The food is fine and second helpings are always offered.

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Liverpool
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at the Saratha Villas in October 2016 and cannot sing their praises enough. From the owner to all the staff, everybody was so helpful. If you needed help or advice on the local area they were there to help but if you just wanted to be left alone again they were perfect. We arrived about...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Fabulous building, really is a palace. Room was gorgeous comfortable and beautifully furnished. Lovely pool and garden areas, good food and days exploring enhanced by the local knowledge and maps provided by the owners. Massage available, staff delightful.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My stay at the Saratha Vilas over the last two days was such an amazing experience. Being an architect with a very keen interest in Heritage conservation I was impressed by the sheer sensitivity of the work carried out to convert this impressive Chettiar Mansion into a guest house. Michel and Bernand are fabulous hosts and run the guest house...

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Guruvayur, India
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Very good heritage hotel in Chettinad. This property is very old and well maintained. Rooms which we stayed was big with the modern required facilities. No TV in the rooms and have a outdoor swimming pool. Breakfast was good. Staff and the owners are there for all the time with smiling face for the service. We are really enjoyed our...

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Paris, France
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Chettinad is a beautiful region one must visit. We had the chance to stay 2 days at Saratha Vilas Heritage Hotel, one of the most beautiful guest-house ever seen. The owners – 2 French architects – are a passionate team always motivated to give you advice on the region, staff is great, house is splendid and quiet, food is excellent...

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Lafayette, CA
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This wonderful hotel was the absolute highlight of our trip through South India and Sri Lanka. Michel and Bernard have done an outstanding job of restoring the mansion and are excellent hosts. It may not be the fanciest of the restored Chettinad mansions, but after visiting several others, we felt Saratha Vilas was by far the most charming. We spent...

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London
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

My stay at Saratha Vilas and discovering the Chettinad region, are a real highlight of my three months travelling in south India. To me, this area is not to be missed. It's full of intriguing villages of the faded grandeur of the Chettinar wealth, though with some mansions which have been beautifully restored or maintained to give a sense of...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 March 2016

The hosts have turned a beautiful home into a wonderfully calm oasis. We visited a couple of other hotels in the area and whilst they were gorgeous, this one is distinctive in its serene setting and relatively pared down luxury which we personally preferred. The food was top notch and served in beautiful surroundings. The staff are absolutely lovely and...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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The Saratha Vilas, built by a wealthy Chettiar merchant in the early 1900s, is a prime example of the luxurious mansion unique to the Chettinad region. The 45000 sq. ft. property, including buildings, courtyards and gardens, has been painstakingly restored, and converted into an eight bedroom heritage hotel by two French architects passionate about the preservation of Chettinad and its history. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Saratha Vilas

Address: 832 Main Road, Kothamangalam 630105, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kothamangalam
Price Range: £85 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“all the rooms are excellent”
 of 5 bubbles almitra2015, 24 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are peaceful and beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles gillykLiverpool, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Our room was off to side, away from the main common area. It was very quiet but I think all rooms would be great.”
 of 5 bubbles Ruby84, 26 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Every room is different and beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles kaalika, 28 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Fly to Madurai and drive to the Chettinad !”
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