About the property
- Villa180 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
10 Minute Walk to Beaches.,shops, & restaurants ,tut tut & taxis available
The property is surrounded by trees and tropical flora. it is very private,,set in its own grounds, with garden furniture,,the Villa has a patio ,with 2 small gardens,also & self contained , in an excellent condition, the lounge & dining area are very comfortable ,also we have an extended library ,
hot water in the bathrooms, that have been newly tiled and decorated, its home from home ,but with a twist of India in a quiet location. Close to all amenities. with-in easy walking to local shops, ATM, post office, bank, super market, gift shops, bars, restaurants and beaches.to many things to mention '
We also have CCTV.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 12, 2018
About Angie Harrison
Hello we are an English couple-Angie & Den that live on the coast in Kent when we are in England, We have been round the globe a few times, but it was only when we came to Kovalam on holiday that we knew we had found our niche ,that was 23 years ago, then this property came up by chance 14 years ago,it needed a lot of things cosmetically done at the time, which over the years has been rectified ,we are now proud to offer the villa to our guests.who have returned many times,& become our friends Between us we have 5 children & 9 grandchildren, the children are all grown up now, and have flown the nest. Den before he retired was an electrical engineer ,and I worked in catering & a stewardess with P&O, so it has taught me great insite into what people want,and their needs. We also enjoy meeting new people, and helping them with what ever they might expect out of their holiday, including get them checked in for their return flight.
Angie Harrison purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Angie Harrison chose Kovalam
We bought this property mainly by chance,we loved the way it was set out, and the location, the cottage was a temporary building ,so we got building plans and turned it into a permanent building ,but still kept all the charms of India, it has 7 coconut trees in the grounds, a beautiful roof which we have converted into a garden & a covered area for all our guests to enjoy.so they can relax,sun bath,read a book,practice yoga , have massage etc etc
What makes this Villa unique
The benefits of staying with us are plenty, you can bird watch without moving anywhere, both properties have their own gardens with tropical potted flowers, gardens to sit out, read a book or just relax, its nice and quite ,and yet within 10 minutes you can reach all the shops, restaurants ,& beaches by walking, The terraced roof is also a bonus , available for all the guests, to have many treatments, or just chill with a drink. You can join in yoga, have head massage, to many to mention ,you will have your own safe,flat screen T.V,- WI FI.-dvd player, very comfortable surroundings , just to make your holiday that bit special.
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our stay in alarek villa
our stay at the villa was fantastic. quinny was a treasure. he drove us anywhere we wanted to go. angie and her partner were so nice. when we go back to india we would love to stay there again.
overall, it was a fantastic stay.
i give it full marks. 100/100
perfect holiday hideaway
It was lovely, from being met at the airport by a helpful smiling Kuinny and being swiftly transferred to the Cottage and a warm welcome from Angie.
The cottage is secluded set in its own small, shady garden full of exotic plants which keeps it cool at all times. The house is immaculately clean and was serviced by a maid three times a week. Kuinny delivered fresh water by request. We wanted for nothing. I have been thinking about what could improve on the house but for my taste it is perfect, simple, clean and well equipped with helpful service from Angie and her staff.
Stayed for a month in December and enjoyed the villa very much, immaculate clean and all you will need for a home from home holiday.
The linen for the beds were crisp, clean and smelt divine, the towel too were excellent and both change 3 times a week the english owners are just great, friendly, informative and good fun
The villa is situated on a quiet back road but still has good access to restaurants and shops the view from the roof garden is stunning a good place to chill
all in all a most enjoyable stay many thanks to Angie & Den and all the gang who made our stay a pleasure
Thank you for such a nice review,we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday,that's all that really matters to us,you were with us quite a while ,which was superb,as we all became friends,all the staff send their regards,we would love to see you back here one day,you would be most welcome with open arms,wishing you all the very best in the New Year.
kindeest of wishes, Angie & Den, (managment) & all the staff.
Second successful visit to the Alarek villa.
Albeit having visited the Kovalam area at least a dozen times over the years, and having stayed in various hotels and guest houses in the area, this is the only one I have ever returned to for a second visit, and it certainly will not be my last.
It is a very nice place to stay, which is as described, comfortable, clean and well-maintained,.
A really major asset is that the English owners, Angie and Den, apart from being a nice couple, are extremely helpful and informative and always on hand to advise on places to visit and to arrange trips during the time of ones stay. Service was excellent, as it was on my first stay with them.
Must mention Kummi who looks after your daily needs as well as being an excellent safe driver who knows all the right places for visitors to see during ones stay.
I would certainly recommend any one visiting the Kovalam area to stay at Angie and Dens Villa or Cottage, they would not regret it.
Alarek Villa was the perfect place to stay at the beginning of our two month trip out to Kerala. My teenage children and I had never been to India before and had a wonderful time. We spent both Christmas and New Year at the Villa and felt very at home. Angie, Kunni and staff couldn't have been more helpful and set up a number of memorable trips for us, which enriched the whole experience. A favourite with the kids was being able to wash the Elephants at the sanctuary. Kunni and Mun are excellent drivers and we felt very safe with them.
The Villa itself is beautiful. Spacious, clean and decorated with a fantastic mural of Ganesh in the living room..very auspicious. We had the additional pleasure of having access to a lovely roof terrace, the perfect place to relax or practise yoga under the guidance of Sunil..highly recommended.
We found everything easily accessible, with many great places a walk or crazy tuk-tuk drive away!
I would love to stay again, and would probably make this an initial base before travelling further.
Thank-you for your lovely feed back,we are thrilled you enjoyed your holiday,
and it left you all with wonderful memories of Kerala.
We miss you all,and hope one day you will return.
Angie Den Kuinny and staff send their warmest wishes to you all
A Relaxing Family Holiday
The whole trip from start to finish was amazing. The house manager and driver immediately put us at ease on arrival with a warm and hospitable manner. What a wonderful person to greet tourists into India.
We took three excursions with him to the elephant sanctuary, Poovar and Trivandum and he was available if we needed him. Two very beautiful, but very different beaches are within a ten minute walk of the villa, or even shorter in a rickshaw. The local shops and a well stocked supermarket are ten minutes in the other direction. Several independent 7/11 style provision shops are even closer.
At the villa, the roof terrace was enjoyed by all of us. We spent the middle of most days chilling out up there, playing chess and reading....unusually for all of us we all managed to have a day nap up there too!
Kovalam's beaches are fabulous. My husband surfed most days and we felt very safe swimming. We met many people and were overwhelmed with friendliness and smiles. We found a local tailor and had a few items made. We ate the most delicious food in kingfisher, Suprabatham and lonely planet. There was so much choice for food, and all were very keen to accommodate for my son who isn't used to chilli. He has come home loving spicy food.
The cleaning lady kept the house and garden really clean, and was always a smiling face. The washing we had done was also great.
The villa is spacious, and the kitchen well equipped. We loved the wet room bathrooms.
I think we will be back again, and I am having coffee with a friend next week who wants to know all about kovalam as a place for a family holiday. She back packed in India years ago, in remote parts and was unsure about a beach holiday with children. I can most definitely put her mind at rest, as paradise it was x
Special interest holidays: Young & old can enjoy Bond Submarine Safari ,self propelled underwater Scooter. Botanical Gardens. Planetarium. Yoga on our property. Ayurveda Massage . Beauty Treatments Paragliding . A Visiting Physiotherapist Those interested in nature, bird watching, plants , walking , painting ,photography touring, culture, sightseeing , executive check-ups, shopping , sunbathing or just chilling out, reading a book, people watching,--gold & silver jewellery. You can have an array of beauty treatment on our secluded roof. Money changing on your door step. We can organise any tours,flights, etc.[back waters,on a house boat] Elephant washing/feeding/rides. Dental care/opticians--executive check-ups-massage- we know the best ! Coast/Beach: Lighthouse beach is beautifully set with palm trees dotted on the headlands, with lots of other beaches around (these are much quieter), an array of restaurants, gift and antiques shops, and tailors where your order is put in the morning and you are sure to have it made up and ready-to-wear by the next day, everything is approximately 10 minutes walk from both properties. Travel: Trivandrum international airport is only 20 minutes away from Kovalam by taxi, and we can arrange a pick up for you at the airport! Local taxis and rickshaws are very cheap and in abundance. There is a very good bus service to Trivandrum where there is a mainline railway station. Distances: Every thing you could possibly want is on your door step, the main city (Trivandrum) is about 30 minutes away by local transport,bus,rickshaw,or taxi. Lots to see on your door step,beaches, temples, shops, museums ,parks,lakes. Further Details: There are all the facilities you require within 5/10 minutes walk, including a supermarket and 3 banks with ATM. post office, chemist, local restaurants. (& vegetarian)
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: We recommend that flight availability be ascertained first, before you book. When this is done, we will require a deposit of 50% of the cost. The balance of the full amount is to be paid 2 months before your departure. If your booking is made 2 months or less before departure, you will need to pay the total cost. At the time of booking please note; your deposit is non refundable. Please ensure you take out insurance for your stay with us as we cannot be held responsible for any accidents. Notes on prices: Pleased to give discount for long stays over a month.