Ever seen a picturesque holiday home or an exclusive villa belonging to the rich and famous and wanted it for yourself? Well, luxury is now available in a catalogue and if you have that kind of moolah, you too could be the proud owner of these coveted homes. Saffronart has launched a catalogue that features prime properties in the country and this year have showcased beachside villas. Nish Bhutani, chief operating officer of Saffronart says,
“The catalogue features a wide selection beautiful and tastefully designed homes in some of India’s favourite holiday destinations. The catalogue is an anthology of the choicest holiday homes; some highlighting the heritage and local flavour of the cities where they are located.”
We list some of the places we think are worth lusting over.Beach Estate
Location: Nagaon, Alibaug
Asking Price: On request The desirability of this property is enhanced by its proximity to the clean, soft sandy beach, which lies to its rear. A small wicket gate close to the pool area opens onto a thicket of Casuarinas trees which overlook a wide and long beach that easily entices visitors in to relaxing by the shore or going on long walks or runs. The main house is a charming, highly original Colonial-style home built on two levels. Small touches throughout the house such as the old-style floor tiles, exposed stone masonry on the walls and wooden ceilings add warmth and evoke the nostalgia of being in an old colonial home.
Location: Thivim, Goa
Asking Price: On request Set in approximately three quarters of an acre of landscaped gardens in Thivim, North Goa, this colonial country house, said to have been built in the late 19th century, has been meticulously restored to its former glory by its current owners and continues to retain many of its original features including mother-of-pearl windows in every room, wooden shutters, retractable candle stands built into the walls, and high cathedral ceiling. It has also been carefully furnished with hand-selected period furniture and fittings, all of which are included for sale with the property. From the moment one drives through the main gates of Quinta Portugesa (which means “Portugese Country Villa”), one takes a step back in time to the Goa of old, while at the same time enjoying the modern comforts of today.
Private Beachside Getaway
Location: Madh Island
Asking Price: Rs 9 to 11 crore Its year-round accessibility makes this bungalow perfect for city dwellers. The exterior is clad with local stone, now rare and very expensive. All woodwork is of seasoned Burma Teak, making the house easy on maintenance. The 4,100-sq-ft house is divided into two wings that include five bedrooms with bathrooms en-suite, of which the principal four look out onto the sea.
Location: Salvador do Mundo, Goa
Asking Price: On request This historic renaissance bungalow enclave, located in the quiet village of Salvador do Mundo in North Goa was built a century ago. The elegant bungalows, designed and furnished by Tarun Tahiliani and Veena Advani afford occupants a perch on an elevated plot screened by thick greenery, and offer the warmth and character of a Portuguese colonial home.
This selection of homes is available at www.saffronart.com .
-Compiled by Sneha Mahale