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Maison Twenty Six

Pondicherry | Conde Nast Traveller’s Top 50 Villas in India

Maximum occupancy 10 guests
Bedrooms 4 - Bathrooms 4.5

  • High speed Wi-Fi

  • Pets welcome

  • Luxurious amenities

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Villa supervisor

  • Dedicated concierge service

  • Chefs-on-call

  • Curated experiences

  • Utilities included

  • 100% back-up power

  • 24 x 7 manned security

From Rs 35,000 – 50,000 per night

MAISON TWENTY SIX

Pondicherry | 8-10 Guests | 4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths

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WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL

Maison Twenty-Six is a 120-year-old fully restored private garden villa in the heart of the French Quarter of Pondicherry. This one-of-a-kind home was built by a prosperous Franco-Tamil family who made their name in Indo-China. You too can enjoy the same exclusive experience in this beautiful home for a celebration with friends, a large family reunion, or to just get away for a long weekend. Chill-out in one of the many lounging spaces with music, refreshments and lunch or have a chef whip up a meal served right in your villa. Maison Twenty-Six is the first private villa rental in Pondicherry, and a long time coming. Pondicherry’s French Quarter with its tree-lined rues, pastel shaded colonial homes, and cafes and shops is the ideal setting to have a private space like this to stay, a place to getaway to, when you want to retreat from the tourists, in the privacy of your own French villa. Use our expertise to plan a myriad of exclusively curated experiences in Pondicherry & Auroville.

Overview

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DETAILS

Location & Design

Hidden away on a quiet street in the French Quarter of Pondicherry, Maison Twenty-Six is a gorgeous 120-year-old historic garden house that was lovingly restored by its current owner to win the prestigious Vieilles Maisons Francaises (VMF) award for preservation of French architectural heritage, a rare honour for houses outside of France. Originally constructed in the early 20th century by a rich Franco-Tamil merchant named Xavier Condappa, who made his fortune in Vietnam (there is a road in Saigon named after him!), the house was bequeathed to his sons, and subsequently found its way to the current owner who with the help of restoration architects, lovingly transformed this once neglected home into a beautiful expression of decadence, romance and rustic luxury set in a magical garden of greenery.

Exteriors & Shared Spaces

Built on two levels, Maison Twenty-Six is set around a lush foliage filled courtyard with a central pillar of green trees, climbing tendrils, and tropical plants symbolising the Tree of Life, a theme that recurs in all the house’s four bedrooms. Winding slate pathways lead to, arguably, the central gathering point of the villa – the Courtyard Verandah.

Covered by a Madras Terrace roof and bolstered by two enormous Franco-Tamil columns and a series of teak pillars, a large carved pink mirror surrounded by five exquisite giant carved Kerala bull heads greets you. Tropical summer furniture makes for a lovely setting for drinks and meals, and you will find yourself inevitably spending most of your time here.

Behind the verandah is the grand old Indo-Chine Hall, with an 18-feet high raftered ceiling, elegant period furniture and décor and original Belgian floor tiles. A small Air-Conditioned Indoor Lounge is located adjacent to the courtyard and doubles-up as a cool respite from warm summers for drinks. The fully equipped Laundry & Kitchen are on the south side of the courtyard. In the southeast a gazebo houses a Powder Room.

​The Upper Verandah located between the Bombay & Madras Suites has two comfortable seating clusters with lovely views over the railing into the courtyard. Ideal for morning get-togethers for everyone!

Sleeping Spaces

Leading off from the courtyard are two inviting bedrooms—the red themed Indo-Chine Room and the indigo-themed Bengal Room. A small, air-conditioned lounge gives respite from humid days. The kitchen, laundry and staff accommodation are in a separate block. And a powder room is conveniently tucked away close by.

Spiral stairs lead to the upper floor housing the Bombay and Madras Suites, each with its own private air-conditioned lounges and small balconies. Both connect to each other at the Upper Verandah, a large, covered sit-out for lazy days spent with a book or a coffee.

Detailed Description

Location & Exterior Maison Twenty-Six is in the heart of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, less than a 5-minute walk from the promenade, popular shops, and restaurants. An innocuous set of unmarked brown doors lined with greenery leads you into a magical garden courtyard. Plenty of parking space available in the municipal car park located right opposite the house.

Ground Floor

​Entrance takes you into a small foliage-filled Garden Courtyard enveloped on three sides by a bedroom, air-conditioned lounge, kitchen and the covered verandah. The center of the courtyard is a pillar of foliage symbolizing the tree-of-life.

On the east side of the courtyard, flanked by giant white plastered columns on one side and the formal living room on the other side is a Covered Verandah that is the alfresco dining space. A striking black and white cement tiled floor complements a seven-seater cane and metal dining table, that can be extended to seat more people.

The Living Room is an enormous 18-feet high room with raftered ceilings and flooring set-in early 20th century Belgian tiles imported from Vietnam. Careful restoration of the walls has revealed the original lime green and red plaster. Sit at a quaint 3-seater marble topped table under a magnificent chandelier or relax in any of the multitude of corner sofa arrangements. A beautiful and original Pondicherry buffet sideboard doubling up as a bar counter, is topped by an exquisite artwork by UK-born, Indian contemporary artist, Desmond Lazaro.

The Indo-Chine Bedroom themed in shades of Shanghai Red and decorated in all things oriental, leads off from the northern side of the Living Room. A romantic high four poster King Bed is accessed by step-stools. Flanked on both sides are Chinese side consoles topped with oriental lamps and the walls are decorated with fragments of original headboards from a daybed of an opium parlor. There is a decadent, maroon-themed bathroom with a decorative chandelier hovering over a cement smoothened bathtub.

The Bengal Bedroom accessed from the north of the garden courtyard is themed in Indigo Blue and is filled with art and textiles of East India. A small Queen four poster bed is framed by a blue tree-of-life themed Chintz tapestry. Bedside tables have Kalighat paintings above them and art deco mirrors expand the visual space. A large reprint of a Bourne and Shepherd photo of colonial Calcutta adorns one wall. The room has its own ensuite bathroom with contemporary fittings.

A small Air-Conditioned Indoor Lounge is located adjacent to the courtyard. It has comfortable seating and doubles-up as a cool respite from warm summers for drinks or even a meal.

The Laundry, Kitchen and Staff Accommodation are on the south side of the courtyard. The contiguous laundry room cum kitchen is equipped with a washing machine and ironing facilities, A large refrigerator is perfect for chilling your favorite beverages and storing perishables. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas burners, an oven and microwave and plenty of space to cook-up a meal of your own.

In the southeast a gazebo houses a Powder Room.

First Floor

External spiral stairs lead to the first floor with 2 suites and a covered verandah.​

The Bombay Suite comprises a bedroom, bathroom, and an air-conditioned lounge. Themed with hints of Bombay and Gujarat, the bedroom has a Queen bed with a large pichwai painting as backdrop. An Anglo-Indian carved sofa from Gujarat sits in one corner. Tall French doors lead onto a wraparound balcony overlooking the courtyard and road. A set of metal chairs and small table make it ideal for a morning cup of coffee.

The Bombay Suite’s air-conditioned lounge has a flat television with cable TV. A beautiful Bourne and Shepherd photo of colonial Bombay with Flora Fountain harks back to an earlier era. A sofa-cub-double bed accommodates one adult or two small children.

A covered passageway leads to the Madras Suite. This suite comprises a large bedroom, a spacious lounge, balcony, ensuite bathroom and a small pantry. The bedroom of the Madras Suite is luxurious with two sets of double French slatted doors that open into the lounge. A beautiful tree-of-life tapestry adorns the eastern wall. Sitting beside it is an exquisite period Rosewood dresser. A romantic canopy bed forms the centrepiece of the room. A charming Dutch-East Indian study desk with a restored lithograph of Fort St George looks down upon it.

The AC lounge of the Madras Suite has a sitting area with flat television and cable TV. An old photo print of the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai fills one wall. A painting by Rekha Rodwittiya adds mirth to the room.

The Upper Verandah has two comfortable seating clusters with lovely views over the railing into the courtyard. Ideal for morning get-togethers!

Floor Plans

Upper Level - Skyfall
Lower Level - Skyfall
Garden Level - Skyfall
Services

SERVICES

INCLUDED IN THE VILLA

  • Airconditioning all 4 bedrooms, 03 lounges

  • Electricity 24x7 from government supply. Full genset back-up power available

  • Cooking Gas in the kitchen

  • Water main water supply and drinking water from RO supply

  • IInternet complimentary Wi-Fi broadband access in all spaces

  • Daily  Cleaning daily room cleaning, bathroom cleaning, bed making light cleaning of house

  • Final Cleaning, Linen Change weekly bed and bath linen changing

  • Basic Supplies  are available free such as drinking water, toilet paper, luxury shampoo, shower gel and hand wash from Inara

  • Starter Food Supplies such as sugar, salt, basic Indian spices, tea, coffee, cooking oil, washing machine detergent, kitchen cleaning consumables

  • Luxunlock Concierge Service for welcome & farewell, villa orientation and 24x7 phone assistance

  • Pets Welcomed

AVAILABLE AT THE VILLA

  • DAILY CLEANING Additional housekeeping service available at Rs 300 per part or full day

  • Breakfast, Lunch Or Dinner, Meals South Indian breakfast available at Rs 250-450 per guest 24 hours’ notice needed other meals and chef on call also available at extra charge 

  • Professional Waiter Available for Rs 800 per 4-hour session

  • Professional Bartender Available for Rs 1,800 per 4-hour session

  • Laundry assisted laundry Rs 500 per load for washing, drying. Self-service ironing board and steam iron available

  • Gratuities (Tips) to be paid at rate of per day of stay

  • Lul Concierge Service such as Advance Provisioning of the kitchen or bar for a small fee shopping for basic provisions during your stay arranging trips and experiences available at an extra charge

  • Staff Accommodation external staff accommodation available near property at your own cost

  • Pets Charged at Rs 500 per pet per night

Insights

VILLA INSIGHTS

Electricity supply by the government is both reliable and of good quality throughout the year in Pondicherry and in the French Quarter. Do expect the occasional precautionary power cut in stormy weather. The house has a full genset power back up.Water is a scarce commodity in Pondicherry and the house does have a municipal water connection. A pressure pump system is in place. The caretaker will ensure that water is always available. Please use water prudently.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the house. Videocon DTH Satellite TV is available in both the upper lounges.

Air-conditioning is available in all bedrooms, the lower indoor lounge and the two upper lounges of the suites. All bathrooms have hot water from individual hot water geysers. Switches are marked.

Guests have access to the washing machine and ironing facility for self-use.

The road outside the villa does not allow stopping of any vehicles as per traffic law. You need to stop or park your vehicles at the large secure open-air municipal parking yard right opposite the villa gates.

There is some noise that comes in from road traffic, the adjoining hotel’s pool, and the neighbour’s rooster. Please ask for ear plugs. The Madras Suite window blinds are not completely blacked-out. Some light will filter-in.

Pondicherry like elsewhere in tropical South India does have mosquitoes. Please use the repellent placed in your room during the day and especially in the evenings. Try and keep your room windows and doors closed from 4 pm onwards.

The house is over 120-years old. Careful restoration combined with constraints on what can and cannot be done, means that walls and floors are uneven in places. Original doors and windows may squeak or not shut smoothly or evenly. Damp patches on walls are par for the course for an old house like this.

Most ceiling lights and chandeliers have switches and rotary dimmers. Please adjust the dimmer to your convenience. Power strips are available in all rooms to use for charging your devices.

Meals are not included in your villa. We have a chef on call and breakfast and other meals can be prepared on demand at an extra fee. You can also use delivery apps to receive food. Kitchen staff can heat and serve it to you within their set work timings. The villa can be provisioned with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in advance for a small fee. A bartender on call is available. Tea and coffee served complimentary throughout the day.

Staff comprise a villa supervisor, two daytime housekeepers, a night-time assistant, and day and night security.

Experiences

CURATED EXPERIENCES

With so many services available to you like a bartender on call, gourmet meals delivered or served in your villa, and expert concierge service from LuxUnlock, we bring all of Pondicherry and Auroville to your doorstep with a myriad choice of exclusively curated experiences. We recommend a minimum two-night stay to enjoy the house and indulge in all of the pleasures of Pondicherry and Auroville.

Auroville (commune for universal living, visitors centre, artisans, restaurants, surfing) 20-30 minutes Marakkanam (salt pans, birdwatching, beach forts) 45-60 minutesChidambaram and Pichavaram (ancient Shiva Temple and mangrove forests of the Cauvery Delta) 2 hoursGingee (magnificent hilltop forts and palaces that rival Hampi) 2.5 hours.Mamallapuram (UNESCO rock sculpture, street food, and beaches) 1.5 hoursClosest Railhead Pondicherry Station 20 minsClosest Airport Pondicherry 30 mins Chennai 3 hrsGuided architecture and historical walks with restoration architects and urban planners; food and slice of life walks with local insidersCycling, e-biking, and motorcycling tours of Pondicherry’s French Quarter, Auroville and beyond

Nature walks, and birdwatching tours with research scientists and conservation experts in Auroville and surrounding wetlands and scrub forest

Auroville tours and immersions with local experts and insiders, to understand the commune, their artisanal units, and exciting organic food culture.

Explore ancient Chola Temples like Indiana Jones and climb a boulder strewn hillock for a beautiful sunset experience.

Creole cooking workshops, visits to embroidery centres, pottery workshops, paper making.

Day trips to Gingee, Chidambaram, Mamallapuram

Walk the streets of Pondicherry’s French, Tamil and Muslim Quarters and uncover hidden restaurants, shops, and little bars.

Learn to surf in Auroville and enjoy the latest catch of the day at one of the many beach restaurants

Enjoy a morning or evening walk along the Beach Promenade.

Meditate and reflect in the Aurobindo Ashram and make your own perfume in their laboratory

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Each LuxUnlock Villa Experience includes the professional Travel Planning of of our 25-year luxury parent company, Milesworth Journeys , and supported by our LUL Concierge. We work closely with you to develop a Trip Itinerary that reflects your personal interests. From the moment you book a LUL Villa until you return home, you have continuous access to our curated circle of tour guides and domain experts and a host of wonderful, authentic, and unique experiences.

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