We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“BLISS PERSONIFIED”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Gumnut Beach House Homestay
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“BLISS PERSONIFIED”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

With Gumnut we felt our prayers were answered. Checked in for a week, ended up staying for two. Simply did not want to leave. This place is perfect. Exceptionally clean, immaculate in everyway, good showers, lovely tiled floors, mosquito nets on windows, spacious airy rooms and a huge communal kitchen with all the mod cons, ideal for those not wanting to eat out all of the time. We made freshly brewed Keralan coffee and eggs in the morning, without having to leave the house. Even a water filter.
Rose and Radha are truly wonderful hosts. Very personable and going out of their way to ensure a pleasurable stay. Rose took us on a tour of Varkala town, showed us all the ins and outs, provided invaluable advice on everything from train tickets and tours to restaurants and where to buy our cold Kingfishers!! Fantastic hospitality. Cannot recommend this delightful place highly enough. A very special stay indeed.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely, ground floor ones are cooler. We had a second floor one which has shared...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank BethS959
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

88 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    76
    11
    1
    0
    0
See reviews for
20
31
13
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (26)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013

Amazing location on South Cliff. Just a short walk down to the beach or town from the homestay.Rosemary is a wonderful host and has a great knowledge of the area. Rooms are immaculately clean. Overall a real pleasure to stay here

Room Tip: The room on the top story has a wonderful large balcony.
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank g_gardner13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2013

I cannot recommend this home stay highly enough - accomodation is spotless, location is excellent - but what distinguishes this home stay is Rose the proprietor she knows about attractions, customs, travel and treatments (she got me 30% discount on ayurvedic treatments) most of all Rose knows the best places to eat - staying at Gumnut was one of the highlights of my 3 week trip through Kerala. I stayed there twice during my stay. if you want to surf, relax or eat your way around Varkala this is the best place to stay.

Room Tip: I have stayed on the ground floor and up the stairs both rooms were excellent
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank wendystark
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Yes
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

From the moment we stepped through the door in the middle of the night we knew that we had struck gold. Rose got out of bed to greet us. From the get go Rose and her husband were ideal hosts. Giving us fruit from the trees in her garden she made us feel at home. The house is ideal for the beach being only a couple of minutes away as is North Cliff. We spent best part of a week there and were very sorry to leave, but the rest of our tour awaited so we headed away with fond memories

Room Tip: All the rooms here are lovely
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Andy M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bolton lancs
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2013

The minute you walk through the bright pink gates of Gumnut there is an atmosphere of peace & serenity. We spent 5 days at this lovely place and are already planning next year's visit. The room we had was large and airy and exceptionally clean. The mosquito protection at the windows was great -we didn't have one mosquito! We had sole use of the shared balcony which looked overlooked the lovely garden with palm trees & banana plants. The kitchen / dining room was a bonus - tea, coffee, sugar etc. was provided free of charge and there were facilities for cooking simple meals if required(vegetarian only). The owners, Rose and Radha were lovely people and made us feel very welcome. The location suited us as it was at the quieter end of Varkala...the only negative was the very steep ( but thankfully short)hill from the beach.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms have balconies.
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank hippyb
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2013

Really enjoyed the Gumnut--stayed for 6 nights at the beginning of January. The rooms are very clean, big and nice. I ended up having to stay in Varkala longer than expected and Rose was very understanding and helpful. Ask her for restaurant suggestions! Helps to get away from the many touristy restaurants.

One thing is that there is no internet. This is fine, just helpful to know.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
Helpful?
2 Thank CanadianAbroad367
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
kochi
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013

We stayed at Gumnut Beach House for ten days this month (Jan 2013). We originally booked for four days but extended it to ten. It was a lovely place to stay with big clean bedrooms and bathrooms. We stayed in the room upstairs and loved sitting on the balcony watching palm tree tv in the afternoons. There was also a kitchen downstairs that we used to make breakfasts in the morning and cups of tea or coffee when we wanted. It was great to be able to make at least one meal for ourselves and handy to have a fridge that we could use to keep drinks cold as well.
Rose and Radha were wonderful hosts and helped us to arrange a few things that we wanted to do while we were there. We mentioned that we wanted to learn to make mango pickle and Rose helped us arrange a local lady - Padma to teach us. Padma's husband Kumar translated everything for us in impeccible english. It was a great experience.
Overall, it was a great place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone. The location is on south cliff and is a short walk into town or over to North Cliff - very convenient. It is very close to the beach, but it is still in a quiet and tranquil location. We loved it and will come back to stay again!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank rochelle h
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Varkala hotels
0.7 mi away
Kshetra Beach Resorts
Kshetra Beach Resorts
#22 of 52 in Varkala
142 reviews
0.2 mi away
Hindustan Beach Retreat
Hindustan Beach Retreat
#6 of 52 in Varkala
295 reviews
0.2 mi away
The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.7 mi away
InDa Hotel
InDa Hotel
#4 of 52 in Varkala
241 reviews
1.9 mi away
Maadathil Cottages
Maadathil Cottages
#1 of 98 in Varkala
393 reviews
0.7 mi away
Keratheeram Beach Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Gumnut Beach House Homestay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gumnut Beach House Homestay

Property: Gumnut Beach House Homestay
Address: South Cliff Temple Road West | Janardhanapuram, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 98 Speciality Lodging in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful new homestay: 5 spacious rooms with fans and hot water, all attached bathrooms. 2 Minutes walk from main beach and restaurants. Guest kitchen has complimentary tea, coffee and filtered water. Close to Janardhana Swami temple. Budget accommodation. Lovely quiet area on South Cliff With free WiFi ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Agoda and Priceline so you can book your Gumnut Beach House Homestay reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Gumnut Beach House Homestay Varkala, Kerala

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing