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Siolim House, the Perfect Village Getaway in North Goa

Tucked away in the village of Siolim is a quite famous old mansion called Siolim House. It dates back to the 17th century and is one of the last surviving houses in Goa from that time. The landmark Siolim church everyone in Goa knows was built by the family of this home as a testament of their power and importance. Now, it’s a cute heritage hotel and you can come stay the night here!

It’s not a secret… this hotel has been mentioned in literally every important magazine and travel website. It’s kind of a North Goa staple. As I run around North Goa with season coming to a close, I’m reviewing hotels so that finally I can answer the question I get asked most, “where should I stay in North Goa?” I’ve got you covered. So, here’s a look at Siolim House.

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siolim house

siolim house

siolim house

siolim house

siolim houseThe house has 7 rooms, 2 of which are suites upstairs. It has an open floor plan with rooms on the outside, facing an open air courtyard, which I’ve grown to love. I am determined to build a house like it one day. When restoring the Siolim House, they kept everything authentic from the limestone to the tiles.

My favorite bit about the house is looking at all the décor. I loved the giant table books they have lying around (I have a collection of my own travel ones back in Ohio). The copper cups and pitcher next to the bed was a cute touch- they say drinking out of them is incredible for you, and I see these very often at homestays in India. Every unique table, lamp, artwork, and pillowcase has been thought out to bring the place together as a whole without looking overdone.

siolim house

siolim house

siolim house

siolim house

siolim houseRooms are all huge which is why there aren’t that many of them. The bathroom is really cool with stairs, something I have never seen but love! The windows of the home have the oyster shells still in place rather than glass, which is a very Portuguese-Goan style. You can’t do it to new homes as it’s become illegal to take shells.

siolim house

siolim house

siolim houseThe hotel has a restaurant, pool, A/C in rooms, WiFi, chill out area up top with couches, TV, and massive bookshelves. Siolim House can also hook you up with adventure activities or you can stay in for a cooking class, morning yoga, or massage set up outside by the pool. You can order whole cakes from their partner and popular dessert restaurant, Delicieux.

siolim house

siolim house

siolim houseI spend my day by the pool drinking pineapple juice and cold coffee and reading Last Man in Tower, by the author of one of my favorite books The White Tiger. I got quite a nice tan! My friend Tia came later, probably to avoid my poolside music of great hits by the likes of Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, and even Rihanna. I never have quite fit into that Goa music scene!

Tia had me prance around in some of her clothes from her fashion label I’ve told you about before and we spent our time doing our nails, drinking wine, doing exactly 25 squats, late night swims, and watching our downloaded TV shows. It was quite the girly day at Siolim House! And did I mention lots of wine?

siolim houseWith all hotels, there are always a few areas to improve. For me, the WiFi wasn’t strong enough although they use G Wave, a great company even I use at home. I got service near the reception office and later they switched out the router, but it won’t reach into the rooms. Also, lunch isn’t served (only breakfast, dinner, and snacks) so if you plan on being a hermit, you’ll at least have to leave the hotel for lunch.

siolim house

siolim house

siolim houseFor dinner you get an option of fish, chicken, or veg. I went for fish, and Tia went for the veg! It was delicious, but the photos just don’t do it justice (flash photos at night of food are NEVER any good, are they?) There was rice with fried onions, okra coconut curry, fish curry, fried fish, tamarind vegetables, and cream caramel for dessert. It was so tasty! The chef is really famous in the village and is the woman who will teach you at the cooking classes. I need to go back for that.

siolim house

siolim house

siolim houseThere was much more on offer for breakfast, but I wasn’t that hungry. You could get fruit, curd, tea, toast, and more. They have really tasty ham, so I got a ham and cheese omelet. That’s not something that is usually on offer in Indian hotels, as cold cuts are really pricey. It made my morning!

siolim houseI live only 10 minutes from the hotel, so didn’t go exploring but you easily can. It’s in the middle of Ashwem and Anjuna, which are the two popular areas in Goa. It’s great to stay in places like Siolim to avoid crowds and experience the beauty of village life. Most expats choose to stay in the villages. Siolim House does stay open in monsoon and will soon have a bakery inside to stop in, so perhaps they’ll serve lunch soon as well.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

5 Comments

  1. Marissa April 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    That looks amazing! I would love to go there. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. veena April 23, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    perfect timing! i’m trying to plot a getaway for next weekend, and this place looks fantastic. i want to get out of the city and chill for a few days, but i also want to beat the heat — would you say this would be a good option? that pool looks like it would fit the bill, and you said the magic word: massage!

    thanks!
    xx

  3. Nimmi May 1, 2015 at 12:49 am - Reply

    It looks just lovely! Enjoyed the pictures very much ( just found your blog) but it also looks expensive. What are the rates (didn’t see it on their website).
    On a more general note:
    How does one maintain an income to afford a comfortable life when moving to live in India as an expat. I’m thinking of making the move.
    Not planning on fancy hotels, how many dollars a month would buy a gal a comfortable life there, with an occasional housekeeper.
    Additionally-How much is it to have and maintain a car there.
    (Lots of questions. Instead of waisting my money here in California, I’m wondering about moving.)

    • Nimmi May 1, 2015 at 12:53 am - Reply

      p.s. I stayed in the Leela in Goa in the nineties – they had an unbeatable 3day special. I would have loved something like this hotel! (altho the private beach at the Leela was nice).

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