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“Ashraya Homestay @ Cheyendane”
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Ashraya Homestay
Ranked #31 of 126 Madikeri B&B and Inns
Navi Mumbai, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Ashraya Homestay @ Cheyendane”
Reviewed 27 May 2012

a) The home is beautiful; a dream home for most city slickers.
b) The hosts are wonderful. Locals who can explain so many things about Coorg culture, about coffee, about various things that grow on the estate, about bees / making honey, etc.
c) The place & the experience is close to nature; quiet & peaceful / tranquil. Yes, it is quite a distance from Madikeri; but for those who have come for the peace & quiet, it is great. We wanted just that - a chillax experience with no hustle-bustle.
d) The home / rooms are extremely clean & neat. No insects inside the home (quite a few outside at a safe distance) even though this is in the middle of nature.
e) Food was simple local recipes (home-cooking style - not the typical hotel stuff); good variety over the 3 days that we stayed there; i think all of us over-ate & thoroughly enjoyed.
Would definitely go back for another stay here. Strongly recommend to those who are looking for chilled-out break from the madness of city life.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2012

This was our first experience of a homestay & it was indeed a very nice one...The bungalow is beautifully done & is surrounded by various plantations..Away from the city in the midst of nature..An ideal place to relax & unwind...the entire house is beautifully done..The homestay rooms were quite big & very neat...The bathrooms too were very well kept..The food was excellent!!!!Authentic Home made Coorg cuisine... The hosts were very helpful & friendly..The visit to the age old ancestral house,coffee plantations & the waterfalls with uncle & aunt was a lovely experience...It's a perfect place to relax & we will definately go there again..All in all a beautiful & a memorable experience...

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank Kalyani G
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2011

This is exactly what one looks for in a home stay.... I have lived in 3 other homestays in Coorg, however this one wins hands down.
Beautiful!!! It is one of the most well maintained properties I have seen, exactly as seen in the pictures. The house is so tastefully done, each and every piece in the house appears like it was meant to be ‘only’ in that place. Clean, neat and tidy.. the entire house including the homestay rooms. Fresh linen, laundered towels.. and very well maintained bathrooms.. come very very close to that of a 5-star property. The layout is so good that you get your own privacy and at the same have access to every facility.
Amazing!!! That’s what I can say about the food… Homemade to the core, be it the local delicacies or a preparation of your choice. I had a 15 mth baby with me and I did not even have to mention about her food separately.. it just got taken care of !!
Excellent hosts, very enthusiastic and friendly and at the same time non-intrusive.
A trip to a 350 yr old ancestral home and the coffee plantations were the highlights of the stay.
All in all an amazing experience, one that I will never forget.. highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2011

I don't recommend this homestay for any reason.. firstly it is very isolated. We had to spend most of the time in travelling from the home stay to the city center. And the hospitality was miserable. The food was pathetic. We had to eat upma for our breakfast.. i don't think at least any south Indians would be interested to have upma in a home stay. We dint enjoy our stay in this place at all. And i think the food charges were pretty expensive and the food was not at all worth it.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank UmeshBalikai_11
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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2011

We were on a family holiday and what a disappointment it was. First of all, the hotel is not in Madikeri as claimed in the website. Be prepared to travel a minimum of one hour from Madikeri. It is about 50km from Madikeri in a tiny hamlet called Cheyandane. When you do reach the place after a tiring journey, there are no signboards to lead you to the place. We had to go up and down and finally after several enquiries, we could locate the house on top of a hillock.

The rooms were neat, but we had paid for extra beds @ INR500 each. The so-called beds were too short for our kids that they had to share our own beds. There were no tubelights in the room, only incandescent lights which was quite a pain even for casual reading.

Power failures were so frequent. Whenever the power went off, the host came and asked us to switch off the fan and all other lights in the room except one. She was paranoid that the inverter she had would get discharged! On our first night's stay, we kept the lights in the rest room on as we were quite scared. There was no night lamp in the room nor was there any anti-mosquito repellant, a normal thing found in even 2=star hotels. The next morning, the host told us that the lights were on in the rest room the whole night. Oh boy, and I thought the rent was inclusive of electricity! Reading our annoyed faces, she tried to gloss over saying that insects would get attracted if the lights were on. All the more reason that the lights have to be on, lest you find a spider or a jungle beetle giving you company in bed!

The towels were not washed and we ended up using the same towels which we used on the first day. Some "luxury" homestay this!

To be fair, the food was quite good but she charged us INR225 per meal per person, a rate which is quite close to that of star hotels in metros in India! On the second day, the hot water was so tepid for a shower that I ended up having a severe headache. We were quite glad to get out of the place, but what a way to end our holiday!

Soon upon arrival, I asked the host whether they would serve food for our driver (I was ready to pay for that too). He insisted that the driver must sleep in the car (no problem with that) and that he had to go to the nearby village to eat. The problem was, as we later learnt, the only hotel in that village closes by 7 pm. The driver's pride was too hurt to ask the hosts for food and he ended up buying some rice and provisions from the vilage and cooking it himself in the worker's house. He had dinner at 11.30 pm. Some host!

Overall, our stay was not comfortable and we would never recommend this place. Please head for Orange County near Siddapur. You pay slightly more, but at least you get an enjoyable and relaxed holiday.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2011

We were a bit surprised how long it took to get there from Mysore, but it was worth it. We went to Ashraya for our anniversary, looking for a quiet and peaceful getaway. It was tranquil and beautiful. Swathy adjusted the menu to our American tastebuds (we had both Indian and Western food for breakfasts), and it was delicious. Mr. Aiaippa gave us a delightful tour of the plantation. Our morning walks along the road wound among coffee plantations dotted with teak and jungle oak trees.

It is a two-hour drive from Ashraya to Ravi Ghandi (Nagarahole) National Park, which we visited and loved. Other sights are closer, but we didn't make it to them. Be sure to try some local honey.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2011

I was a solo American female traveler who has been to India many times: I was looking for a relaxing vacation in Coorg. After much research, I decided to stay at Ashraya Homestay, and I'm delighted that I did. All of my email inquiries were answered promptly by Mrs. Swathy Aiyappa; she was so helpful and kind. Mr and Mrs. Aiyappa's home was lovely and comfortable. They offered excellent company and conversation, but also let me enjoy my time alone whenever I wished. Their coffee plantation is gorgeous; I enjoyed long walks along the local roads, looking at coffee bushes, banana and coconut trees, and so many interesting plants and flowers. And the food was AMAZING! The most delicious home-cooked food I had in India. So, if you are 1) traveling alone, 2) from a foreign country (not India), and 3) adventurous, the lovely people operating Ashraya Homestay can help you enjoy a unique experience in Coorg. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Ashraya Homestay
Address: Chudamanaicadu Estate ,Cheyandane Post, Madikeri 571212, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Kodagu (Coorg) > Madikeri
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Ranked #31 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Madikeri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
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Ashraya Homestay Hotel Madikeri
Ashraya Homestay Madikeri, India - Kodagu (Coorg)

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