Strikingly different from the other Portuguese inspired style of houses in Goa, Kim and Thelma’s home is an inimitable blend of interesting materials all from all over India, assembled together to form a contemporary & comfortable haven. The Roman brick house is hard to miss as you climb the little hill in Socorro of North Goa. An effusive welcome awaits one in the form of Pebble and Musu, the couple’s dogs, who are eager to start a game of fetch even before one puts down the bags.
The house emits the family’s varied interest in art, music and adventure sports in every nook and corner. Tastefully placed in the corner of the living room are wide granite stone steps, procured especially from Hampi (An ancient town in Northern Karnataka). The creative intent comes alive in various facets of the house; the unpolished teak doors and windows characteristic ofGujarat, organic materials like a bamboo stick curtain rods, old furniture and innumerable collectables from all over the world accompanied with an engaging story of their acquisition. Kim’s long term association with sailing has given him an acute sense of reading the winds. This has been keenly applied in the construction of the house to achieve the best results for cross ventilation and abundant natural light. The fins like grooves in the exposed bricks allow the breeze to travel along the walls, keeping the house naturally cool in the hot summers ofGoa.
Sailing vestiges collected by their children, in the form of photographs, trophies, medals and paintings adorn the guests’ room along with a charming reading table in the corner. The room overlooks rich foliage outside the house, making it an ideal place to read or just submerge in the silence. With its partially coloured deep green walls, the bathroom isn’t bereft of an artistic tint either. The open sit-out on the first floor makes a perfect base camp to catch the evening breeze and a view of the lush green tropical Goan topography. Climbing onto the roof of the house is a mean feat but definitely a victorious moment if one manages to heave oneself up the strenuous iron steps. The adventurous climb is completely worth it for the view of theBagaRiverand the surrounding luscious green area. Not recommended for children, this little escapade if best to end with claiming a perch on top of the roof, precariously balancing yourself and preferably your favourite drink at the same time.
Kim and Thelma will be happy to join you for a hearty breakfast on the dining table in the verandah and fill you in with amusing stories if of their adorable pack of 2 dogs and 2 cats. Extremely confident owners can discuss the option of bringing along an obedient pet. One can savour the characteristic Goan spirit of fun and adventure with Kim and family and be ensured of a delightful stay with them.
A trained fitness instructor and the owner of an adventure company, Kim can ensure that one can add lots to the itinerary:
1. Adventure sports – Trekking, sailing, rock climbing, kayaking and rope climbing. Custom built packages according to time and inclination can be arranged for accordingly.
2. One can also join him for a work out session and Pilates for a healthy holiday.
3. Not having to be swamped in the streets with other tourists in the holidaying season, the location of the house is comfortably away from the packed guest houses in the market areas. Yet, it’s only a twenty minutes drive to the Baga beach and about forty minutes from the airport. The other close beaches are Anjuna, Candolim and Calangute.
4. The house is also a short drive away from the ‘must-visit’ Ingo’s flea market.
- Pick up and drops can be arranged at a separate cost.