About the property
- Cottage400 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:
- May 5, 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 Cottage 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 Cottage 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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Wonderful place on the coast to chill out
In March this year my brother and I stayed in the villa for the last week of our trip round India. I have stayed in the villa on several occasions now, and have again booked myself in for the end of January 2018. Apart from being a great place to stay, the real bonus is that the villa is owned by an English couple, Angie and Den, who couldn't be more helpful if they tried. In the past Angie has helped me sort out travel difficulties, which has been greatly appreciated.
The Villa, on all my visits, has been clean and well maintained. A lady comes in most days to clean, tidy, empty bins and generally look after things on the premises. It has good toilet/bathroom facilities, and hot water is always available.
The fridge and cooking facilities are adequate, and Angie always includes a welcome pack of essentials on arrival.
The Villa itself is located among the trees in a quiet area, with 5 mins walk to wonderful beaches. There are numerous restaurants running along the nearest Lighthouse beach, serving a variety of meals.
I would most certainly recommend Alarek Villa for a relaxing, wind-down holiday, but also, with the help of Angie's driver Kunni it is possible to visit some wonderful places of interest.
The fact that I am once again going to stay next year says it all!
Lovely apartment wonderful hosts
The Villa is a lovely colourful place to stay. Perfectly maintained and located in a quiet road only a short walk from the beach. Angie goes more than the extra mile to make the visit memorable and the driver/manager Kuinny provides a reliable, and safe, tour service. We will definitely be coming again.
This is a tiny delightful cottage, snuggled away below the larger villa, magic for two people possibly too tiny for any more, but access to the roof terrace, created for relaxing, means that space and the sensory loveliness of India is moments away. While there are very many properties available in Kovalm the cottage and villa have a unique advantage..... warm, attentive and accommodating owners who from the very moment you make contact with them make you feel truly and genuinely welcome. Both properties have been made into comfortable well equipped places by Angie and Den who have managed to create a retreat that allows you to relax and quieten down from busy work life and yet close enough to the two main beaches so walking down the hill is a short easy stroll. This is a good place to base yourself and see Kerala and help is just an ask away.
Thanks for your lovely reply, and kind words, shame you missed the last star though !!
maybe see you next season,was nice to have meet you both.
All I hoped for & more
It was my first trip to India and also as a solo traveler, Kuinny, Angie & Dens' manager, & Angie were waiting for me at the airport & we were quickly on our way to Kovlam. The cottage was charming just as it was described, spotlessly clean well equipped & roomy with no shortage of hot water & in a peaceful setting. There is T.V. & wi fi & I was invited to take yoga, massage & beauty treatment on Angies' fabulous roof. The beach is a short stroll away past the Curry Leaf restaurant where an enjoyable evening was spent eating & listening to a local group. there is a very good selection of restaurants on the beachfront all very inexpensive & I didn't have one bad mea,l to name a few Santana for cocktails & music, Sangavini excellent service & food & the beautiful Villa Maya superb. The Taj in Trivandrum serves an excellent lunch in cool relaxed surroundings. Angie & Den are perfect hosts & an absolute mine of information about the area & India itself there is so much to see & do. The Elephant Sanctury is a must & the wood carvers behind the Temple in Trivandrum are amazing the market there is something else! you can buy gorgeous garden umbrellas which they pack for you to bring home for about £12. Cochin is well worth a visit there's the chinese fishing nets , jew town, the museum & antique shops, mens short sleeved pure cotton shirts in an array of colours £2. A trip through the backwaters was so peaceful the fauna lovely & the glorious colours of a woodpecker so close. Kerala has something for everyone culture, beautiful beaches, after a day sightseeing or shopping what could be better than a long cool drink by the beach watching the sun go down. Would I go there again most definately, would I stay at Alarek Cottage again most definately it couldn't have been better trip.
Thank you so much for your review, so pleased you enjoyed the cottage, & Kerala of course ,
you will always be welcome back ,you were the perfect guest .
Angie & Den
This was our second visit to the cottage and Kovalam. The cottage was once more as we like... clean, basic and comfortable. The "supermarket" is only a short walk away and the kitchen is simple, for basic cooking. The beaches are only a short walk away with plenty of good restaurants. The beach at Lighthouse has the most restaurants, the Malabar and Kingfisher stand out. Around the corner at Samuda beach, the Third Rock is worth visiting and having a meal on the sea wall.
The manager, Kuinny is a godsend, the cottage is cleaned regularly and make use of Sanjay and his tuk-tuk.
Kuinny has details of all places to visit and he will take you there and back.
The elephant sanctuary is worth a visit, and the backwater two hour trip is a must. A full body massage at the nearby Ayurveda clinic was brilliant.
We recommend this for a relaxing and interesting holiday
Special interest holidays:
Young & old can enjoy Bond Submarine Safari ,self propelled underwater Scooter.
Yoga on our property.
Ayurveda Massage .
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]
Dental care/opticians--executive check-ups-massage- we know the best !
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.
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.
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.
We will require 25% of the full amount as a secure deposit , & balance to be paid 2 months prior to arrival .