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This place consistently receives glowing feedback on i-escape’s site. It’s an unpretentious Keralan homestay and popular with families. You stay on a small farm island in the Kerala backwaters, in one of five cottages with lakeside views and breakfast verandas. Each is an antique-filled open-plan affair. You get a real feel for Keralan life and culture served by the Mathew family. All meals are included in the price. These feasts, cooked by Mrs Mathew Senior, are invariably the high point of the day."
The Sunday Times - India's 12 best hotels, 12 August 2007
“....Today families will open a few rooms to guests, making it possible
to enjoy the atmosphere and hospitality of a real Indian home- as well as
tasting their original dishes.... Two of the private homes we stayed in
were on the ‘islands’ of the backwaters- areas of reclaimed
land surrounded by canals..... The Kutty family were waiting for us on the
jetty at ‘Philipkutty’s farm’...... Here we stayed in
spotless comfort. Vinod’s mother and wife, Anu, cooked us excellent
meals, and demonstrated some favourite dishes. Their succulent duck curry
Joseline Dimbleby’s Tour of the Backwaters.
‘The Mail on Sunday’, UK, August 4th, 2002.
“God’s and Sundry - and meals by ‘mummy’.... At
the edge of a broad backwater canal, in the midst of coconut and frangipani,
you will find three gorgeous traditional Kerala Cottages. There is no road
to the little slice of Paradise, no village to interrupt the splendid isolation.....”
‘Business Today’, India, August 4th, 2002.
Great home style food from Philipkutty’s farm (toddy & scampi)
- as one of the Five Cool things to do in Kerala.- Cosmo weekend travel.
‘Cosmopolitian’, India, August, 2002.
“How can we say thank you for 5 days of the most extraordinary hospitality?....
The constant kindness, the attention to detail, the myriad comforts - we’ve
travelled extensively in India and never experienced the like! The cottage
is an aesthetic delight..... the cooking was quite simply the best we’ve
had in India..... Many many thanks to Vinod, Anu, Mummy and Philip for their
company and their willingness to share their beautiful home”
Mike Marqusee & Liz Davies, London - December
“We have had the most beautiful time at Philipkutty’s farm.
It has been the highpoint of our trip to India.... Their care of us as guests
has made us feel more like we were long time friends..... Aniamma’s
cooking is the very best we tasted in Kerala..... This gorgeous cottage
is the perfect home from home...... Congratulations.... on creating a paradise
for us. The very highest in quality and service. Completely delightful!
Jan 2001 - Sara Sugarman. Michael Byne.- London.
“We had an exquisite visit. There is no better way to experience
the backwater lifestyle of Kerala. Or its delightful food! Thank you for
making our family’s stay so pleasant. I wish we would have stayed
longer. You are providing your guests not only a unique vacation, but also,
importantly, a taste of Kerala rural life, that we hope will continue for
a long, long time....”
Jan 2001 - Jim stein & family. US consulate. New
“I felt we were kindred spirits with our shared interest in good
building, painting, organic production and the environment.”
Jan 2001. James Bruges - Bristol UK.
“Thank you so much. It has been an extraordinary stay..... generous
hospitality, excellent food and the nice and comfortable house...... I already
look forward to a stay here next year.”
Jan 2001 - Anne Marie Berg. Sweden.
“These brief days have been a beautifully orchestrated symphony of
delights.... My own sweetest memories are of food, served by women of exquisite
sensitivity, conversation, early morning silence, the mad croaking of frogs,
and of the long ‘vallam’ ride into the lagoon.... Magical ....
This has been such a special place for us... we have felt very much at home
with you all.......”
March 2001 - Alister Sawday & Emily - Bristol
“Well, this is my 7th ‘hotel’ in India and though I probably
shouldn’t admit it, its my favourite so far - and I knew that the
minute I walked in the door. A combination of you guys, the setting, the
architecture, the atmosphere and of course, the food! Thank you for sharing
Philipkutty’s farm with me.”
April 2001 - Yasmin Boland - NSW - Australia
“Thank you for having us at this very special place - where else
in the world could you go and the rain make no difference. It was magical.
The food was just amazing - 5 star plus. I can’t imagine not coming
here again.” July 2001 - Lynne & Adrain Boot & family. Jamaica.
Being allowed to see a Kerala family function in Kerala backwaters is a
delight but feeling as if you are part of that family is a joy. Being a
chef it has been an experience into backwater cooking - of a quality and
depth I had never imagined. Mummy’s cooking is as good as it gets
- she is a great cook and I would love to cook with her again someday”
February 2001 - David Ziff & Alan Bell New York
“Your family have made Ann and myself feel very welcome. Thank you
for taking so much of your time showing us around the island and village
- a wonderful place for artists and writers....”
Jan 2002 - Andrew & Ann Macara. Derby. England.