MAISON TWENTY SIX

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

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.

 
 

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 PLAN

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DETAILED 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.
     

 

DETAILED CURATED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided architecture and historical walks with restoration architects and urban planners; food and slice of life walks with local insiders

  • Cycling, 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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