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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


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

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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.





Location & History

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.




  • 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.

  • INTERNET 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 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


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

  • BREAKFAST; LUNCH; 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



  • The house is over 120-years old. Careful restoration combined with constraints on what can and cannot be done, means that there is a certain amount of unevenness to walls and floors, doors, and windows.

  • 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. Tea and coffee served complimentary throughout the day.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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



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 minutes

  • Chidambaram and Pichavaram (ancient Shiva Temple and mangrove forests of the Cauvery Delta) 2 hours

  • Gingee (magnificent hilltop forts and palaces that rival Hampi) 2.5 hours.

  • Mamallapuram (UNESCO rock sculpture, street food, and beaches) 1.5 hours

  • Closest Railhead: Pondicherry Station 2o mins

  • Closest Airport: Pondicherry 30 mins; Chennai 3 hrs


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.