Our home is 200 years old and was bought by my grand father some ninety years ago. Since then, five generations have crossed its doorsteps. Few changes have been carried out in the structure in its history of two centuries. It has the sloping roof and open space in its middle (for letting in fresh air, sunlight and to drain rainwater) that characterize Kerala architecture.
The ground floor-sitting area and kitchen-has an area of 3,550 sq.ft. plus a spacious upstairs for bedrooms and WC. It is made in the traditional way, with brick, mortar and wood, making it always pleasantly cool inside, pulsating with the sweet memories of generations.
There is a 3/4 acre backyard with a spacious bathroom/washroom and a big well, enough to fulfill all domestic needs as well as watering the garden and the vegetation around. Nowadays you don’t have to draw your own water in order to wash and there is running cold and hot water in the kitchen and bathroom. Furthermore, another WC was made on the groundfloor, the kitchen was completely refurbished (including the floor), the whole house was painted in 2012 and the roof renovated. These are the main innovations made, to make life easier, but taking particular care to respect the look and the “feel” of the house, without altering its personality - an exception made only for the kitchen, which was taken over by the ladies of the house and modernized a bit more, in view of their comfort in preparing the succulent dishes that you will sample.
If you like, you can quietly sit outside in the garden to read or practice yoga or meditation under the cool rich shade of the mango tree.