Nestling in the foothills of the Western Ghats, surrounded by forest and jungle, lies an imaginatively restored Indo-Portuguese heritage mansion house dating back more than a hundred and fifty years – Casa Susegad. It is a world, if not miles, away from the normal tourist accommodation of Goa – set in over an acre of grounds and with three huge reception rooms, artistically decorated, for guests, the property offers only five bedrooms.
There are dedicated terraces, or private gardens, for each bedroom, with granite tables and comfortable chairs for dining al fresco. With twelve extra-wide sun beds (made from old Rajasthani ox-cart beds) around the beautiful pool, and extensive gardens in which to wander, your comfort and peace is assured. The Casa’s tree shaded yoga floor is available all day to guests, with private classes by arrangement, and professional massage and spa treatments are readily provided.
The front balcao (the most important feature of a Goan house, resembling a raised open porch and functioning as an outdoor living space with stone benches to sit down and catch the breeze while watching the world to go by) is a wonderful place for all Goans, and is where much social interaction takes place.
Perhaps take your morning coffee here, watching piglets (known locally as piglings), chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, children and other neighbours all going about their day, possibly with a troop of long tailed langurs stealing from the fig trees as you watch. Or sip a sunset cocktail here later in the day as the sun sets in front of you.
Maybe you’ll find a quiet spot in the extensive gardens to enjoy the abundant bird life or take a walk into the village to mix among the genuinely traditional atmosphere of rural Goa. Later, join friends, old and new, in the bar for pre-dinner drinks and story telling and then dine under the stars with candlelight outside your room or contribute to a memorable dinner party atmosphere in the formal dining room.
However you choose to unwind from the demands of life in the modern world, you can be assured of the warmest of welcomes as the Casa Susegad team invites you to enjoy The Art Of Elegant Idleness.
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