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Ayanat House Homestay
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“A wonderful escape”
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Johnny and Rani have preserved the heritage of the old family homes of Kerala in a most authentic manner. Going back to Kerala after almost after almost 20 years, it brought back memories of childhood holidays. Their home is spacious and a perfect place to laze and unwind. The food is to die for. And Johhny and Rani are the perfect hosts - they are welcoming, very knowledgeable about their region and culture and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We recently spent 2 nights at Ayanat House, towards the end of a 2 week tour through southern India. The warmth and hospitality shown us by John and Rani, were beyond all our expectations. They make all efforts to accommodate your individual interests, which for us included a visit to the local school and a cooking lesson at their home (including written recipes of special dishes). This is a very exceptional place if you want to experience a peaceful rural community, and a get a sense of real life in the backwaters of Kerala.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hawaii
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

My wife and I spent over a month in India on our first trip. We stayed in a number of hotels, home stays, bed and breakfasts. Ayanat House by far exceeded anything we experienced on our trip. The location, food and hospitality which we were fortunate to experience in Johny and Rani's house was most memorable. The location was very remote. We even saw an elephant nesr the house. I will never forget as Johny told us before we went to bed: "If you need anything during the night, just wake me up." The complimentary boat trip, visit to the coconut factory and even to the little island that Jonny owns were magical. We even had local children swim across to the island to give us fresh coconuts.
As an owner of rental properties in Hawaii, USA , I speak from experience when I say Ayanat House and it's owners are absolutely the best we had seen in our travel around the world.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 March 2011

John and Rani are charming, the accommodations quiet, spacious and homey, the food delicious and the surrounding area beautiful--their home is right on the backwaters of Cochin. Staying at Ayanat House was also a great way to learn the local history and the current state of affairs of Kerala as well as India since our hosts knowledgeably answered all of our many questions and made sure we got to see the surrounding villages (they have bicycles and a boat to loan you, which are great ways to get around). They made sure we got to participate in a celebration of St. Sabastian's Day at the local church, which was an extra treat. John comes from an influential family that has lived in the area since the second half of the 18th century so he has many tales to tell for history buffs. If you want to have a real Indian experience in luxurious and historical surrounds, don't miss Ayanat House.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

My wife and I travel in Asia each winter and in all honesty I can say that of all places we have visited and all the hotels and guesthouses we have stayed in, Ayanat House has to be the best.
For comfort,excellent food,beautiful surroundings with the attention and kindness of Rani, Johnny and their staff you have to make sure you stay here when in Kerala.
Our only regret was in leaving this paradise it's the only place we've shed a tear when we had to say goodbye.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2011

We spent three nights here at the end of our India trip, and Ayanat House was the perfect wind down after the bustle of touring. Previous reviewers have covered Ayanat House's very thoroughly, and its consistent five star rating is fully justified. To highlight a few of the qualities that make it special:-
It is a genuine family home and the Tharakan family have lived in this area for two hundred years.
Johnny and Rani are delightful, articulate and generous hosts. The experience they provide is very personal.
The Art Deco house is marvellous, with spacious bedrooms, and a sitting room/bar for guests as well verandas, and a lovely internal courtyard complete with resident sunbird in a nest.
The food is varied, consistently excellent and quite different from the fare we had on the rest of the trip. The menu is decided by Rani, who guarantees the variety and quality. It is cooked by Shivan who has worked for the family for fifty years.
The setting of the house is perfect, in a garden, within a plantation and set back from the lake where you can watch the sun setting. It is in a tourist free part of Kerala. The village is within strolling distance. Kochi and Alleppey are only an hour's drive away. So Ayanat House can be used either as a base for some modest touring or simply to soak in the beauty of the Keralan countryside and the traditions and slow rhythms of rural Kerala.
All this one hour away from Kochi's domestic and international airport! Build four nights at Ayanat House onto the end of an Indian holiday and go back relaxed.. Recommended without reservation..

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

If you are looking for a small experience of what is the INDIAN PARADISE, the only adress in the BackWaters area is certainly the AYANAT HOUSE Homestay.
Owners of this homestay, Johnny and Rani, are delightful people.
Everything was Perfect : Rooms, Food with a fantastic cooker, Garden, and that very peaceful area where you can have quiet time in an hamac with Backwaters view.
Unfortunatly , we stayed only one night on the way back to the airport but we really dream of coming back.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ayanat House Homestay
Address: Ayanat Parayil, Thykattussery 688528, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thykattussery
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Thykattussery
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4

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