Red Residency - Great value homestay with traditional values

Over an hours drive from the airport and thirty minutes from the busting city of Cochin, it is a respite to head towards Mattancherry. A towering gate across the bridge ushers you into the town of Fort Kochi, a popular tourist destination famous for its Chinese fishing nets and the only surviving Jew synagogue along with the many other churches and streets which lend themselves to the quaintness of this small town. Snaking 6 kilometers from the bridge past many residential streets a charming post invites you to this hometsays, home to Mr. Philip D’Souza and his wife Maryann. Having now retired from a busy life of parenthood they have recently opened up their comfortable house to guests.

Conveniently located just 500 meters from the beach the home is away from the touristy commotion yet close enough to walk to the popular destinations.

Newly constructed rooms on the first and second floor of the fifteen years old property are immaculately clean and comfortable, equipped with a TV, AC and Wi-Fi Internet. The five rooms including one suite have an earthy sense with dark brown furniture, numerous books and interesting artifacts. The common living area on the first floor has a bougainvillea clad balcony overlooking the rather peaceful street below. The couple often joins in for breakfast in this area to suggest tweaks in itinerary to have a wholesome experience of Fort Kochi. The cottage like suite on the second floor has a pleasant sunny white terrace apt for barbeques. The hosts have poured their creativity in this space with the traditional Kerala doorway and a door framework which inventively doubles up as a table. This room also houses an ancient bed belonging to their ancestral home.

Enthusiastic travelers themselves, Maryann and Philip are sensitive to various kinds of needs and display a fine balance between inclusion and intrusion in their hospitality. Maryann is known to painstakingly learn various recipes at a short notice, to present dishes which are conducive to the guests’ palettes, though her ‘dosa’ and ‘sambhar’ are highly recommended for a sumptuous breakfast. She is always eager to share and learn recipes if visitors are in the mood for some exchange of culinary skills. Even the household staff is extremely warm and helpful and emulates the hospitality extended by Philip and Maryann.

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Room Amenities

  • Double Bed
  • Twin Bed
  • Extra Bed
  • Ensuite Toilet
  • Towel & Toileteries
  • Hot Water
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Heater
  • Television
  • Baby Cot
  • Telephone
  • Mini Fridge
  • Tea & Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Clothes Rack
  • Universal Adaptor

Property Facilities

  • Travel Desk
  • Laundry
  • Internet Access
  • Doctor on call
  • TV in property
  • Pet Friendly
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone in property
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Cooking Facility
  • Power Backup
  • Other Meals Served
  • Car Parking
  • Driver Accommodation
Name Review Rating
Ms Julie Highfield
Mar 2014

We had a lovely stay. We were in the cottage at the top of the property which offered us both space and privacy as well as the homely feel. Our hosts were very warm and welcoming and helped us make the most of our short stay here.

Detail Ratings
Location10
Ease of Access10
Cleanliness of Vicinity10
Scenic Location10
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Facilities10
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities10
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets10
Hospitality10
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay10
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food10
Food Variety10
Food Quality10
Value for Money10.00
Value for Money10
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
10.00
Detail Rating
Ms Nadja Mora
Dec 2013

Great stay in Fort Kochi I enjoyed my stay to the fullest and was more than satisfied. The hosts are wonderful. Will definitely recommend to others.

Detail Ratings
Location7.5
Ease of Access8
Cleanliness of Vicinity8
Scenic Location6
Safe and Secure Surrounding8
Facilities8.5
Cleanliness of Home8
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities8
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets8
Hospitality10
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay10
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food8
Food Variety8
Food Quality8
Value for Money10.00
Value for Money10
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
8.67
Detail Rating
Anirudha Chakrabarty
Bangalore, India
Apr 2014

The homestays location is good - within walking distance of all major tourist destinations. No lunch and dinner provided (off season). This made the stay a bit difficult as we had to hunt for food every night and also pay more (as eating outside is an expensive proposition) No laundry either.

Detail Ratings
Location6
Ease of Access4
Cleanliness of Vicinity6
Scenic Location6
Safe and Secure Surrounding8
Facilities6
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort6
Availability of Amenities2
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets6
Hospitality5.33
Quality of Interaction with the Host6
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay2
Host's Knowledge of Local Area8
Food2
Food Variety2
Food Quality2
Value for Money6.00
Value for Money6
Over All Satisfaction4.00
Over All Satisfaction4
5.00
Detail Rating
Robert Anderson
Perth, Australia
Jul 2014

Philip and Maryann were very good hosts, and were a pleasure to stay with. a minor point-it would have been good to have tea making facilities available in the dining room at any time.

Detail Ratings
Location8
Ease of Access10
Cleanliness of Vicinity6
Scenic Location6
Safe and Secure Surrounding10
Facilities9
Cleanliness of Home10
General Comfort10
Availability of Amenities10
Working Condition of Appliances and Gadgets6
Hospitality9.33
Quality of Interaction with the Host10
Quality of Activities provided by the Homestay8
Host's Knowledge of Local Area10
Food8
Food Variety8
Food Quality8
Value for Money8.00
Value for Money8
Over All Satisfaction10.00
Over All Satisfaction10
8.00
Detail Rating
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