SKYFALL Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu | 4-8 Guests | 2 or 3 Bedrooms | 2 or 3 Baths | 2-night minimum stay

Skyfall is one of the most spectacularly located homes in the Palani Hills, set on the edge of a mountain, hidden away from the bustle of downtown Kodaikanal. Enjoy wrap-around views of lush green mountains and the spellbinding Perumal Peak, with none of the speckled Kodaikanal development to hinder the picture. If you can pull yourself away from the scenery, then within, you will find an utterly charming holiday villa fully loaded with everything that makes for a perfect vacation in the hills. Make time for gazing at a star-filled sky or at the twinkling lights of the plains below.

 
 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Grounds

  • Skyfall is located within a private gated mountain-side estate, about 20 minutes from the Kodaikanal lake. A common use road leads past two other houses, set well-apart, to Skyfall which is at the end. A concrete sloped driveway leads you to the single-car covered garage and front of the house with open parking for 1 more car, and clear parking for 2-3 cars on the common-use road above.
     

  • There is a two level lawn for gatherings. One is on the lowest level of the building and is accessible from the driveway via steps or through the lower level sit-out. A larger upper lawn area is adjacent to the lower sit-out for larger groups. Outdoor furni-ture, a large garden umbrella, and external outdoor speakers are available. The lawn is perfect for bonfires (a bonfire pit is in place) available. A Weber BBQ grill (BYO charcoal) is available in the Storage Room. Firewood available at an extra charge.
     

  • Behind the kitchen is an open backyard with a long granite-topped table. This is suitable for sun-drying linen, clothes, or kitchen utensils.
     

  • The villa’s 3rd bedroom with ensuite bathroom is adjacent to the lower lawn and accessed from the garden,
     

  • A common use toilet is accessible at the top of the driveway for visiting staff.

Upper Level

  • Two entrances to the mud room at the upper level—one conveniently via the garage (for those rainy days) and one regular externally. The mud room has hooks for umbrellas, coats and keys, a shoe cupboard, and a little bench to take off and put on your footwear. The foyer leads off to the open plan kitchen and dining area, a staircase leading down to the lower level, and a passageway to the upper bedroom.
     

  • The upper bedroom with ensuite bathroom comprises a Queen Bed, plenty of wardrobe space (so unpack), portable room heater, and a loft that sleeps an additional two young children or one adult. Beautiful views of Perumal Peak are framed by the large vertical windows that face the bed. What better way to wake up than to a wow view!
     

  • Leading from the foyer, are a large open plan kitchen, dining area and a bar which leads to the upper balcony. The main kitchen is a home cook’s dream - large with wraparound counters, a high counter, and an island in the centre. Its fully equipped with a microwave, three-gas burner, hob, toaster, oven-grill, UV water purifier, two-bowl washbasin, piped hot water, dishwasher, and large refrigerator. There are oodles of storage and cookware, glassware, and flatware to cook up almost any meal. A smaller wet kitchen with its own counters, wash basin, 4-burner gas stove and storage racks are designed for the heavier Indian cooking. The villa cook uses this.
     

  • The dining area and bar separate the main kitchen from the covered balcony, A rectangular dining table with bench-style seating for six makes for casual, communal dining. Behind the dining table, the flue pipe of the living room Franklin woodstove brings radiating warmth to the dining room when its lit-up. Next to it is a cosy bar cabinet set up to welcome your BYOB and two single seaters that invite you to an intimate drink.
     

  • Large foldable French doors open to the upper balcony and the skyscapes outside. The covered balcony has a 4-seater round table with extra chairs for larger groups. On the open-air extension, there are two low-slung cane chairs for that cup of coffee & book to take in some warm sunshine. A beautiful old Franklin cook stove can heat up your food, bake bread or mini pizzas.
     

  • The study nook leading to the upper bedroom has art collected from the homeowner’s travel and life in the Orient. An antique wooden bookcase is filled with books on a variety of subjects. In the corner by a large set of glass-paned windows is a flat-topped writing desk and chair, for you to catch up on work.
     

  • Next to the dining area is the powder washbasin and laundry room. The laundry room has a front-loading washing machine and dryer. An ironing station and steam iron are provided.

Lower Level

  • Stairs lead from the foyer lead down to the lower level which contains one bedroom, the living room and sit-out, and the media room. The lower bedroom to the left of the staircase has a Queen Bed, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the lawn, trees, and Perumal Peak. Bedside tables and heating included. There is a plenty of wardrobe storage, and an ensuite bathroom.
     

  • The Media Room has comfortable seating with Wi-Fi, flatscreen 4K Android TV with Netflix and other OTT channels built in. All you must do is login and catch up on your favourite shows. There is Tata Sky too. For music, there is an audio system with external Bluetooth, and an acoustic guitar for bonfire nights. A Franklin woodstove in the corner will warm up the room instantly, when lit up.
     

  • The Living Room has a comfortable 3-seater sofa, two single-seaters, and a rocking chair. Coffee table books on Kodaikanal, antique chests and soft lamps make this a lovely space. There is a nook with a cabinet full of rare old books. A Franklin woodstove really makes the room toasty!
     

  • French doors lead to a lower sit-out with a picnic table and two benches. Superb views!

Lower Garden

  • The lower garden leads to the Third Bedroom or the Gardenside Bedroom. This bedroom is part of the villa and located below the upper two bedrooms, except that it is accessed from the garden.
     

  • The room has beautiful twin antique beds joined together to form a double, A large thick carpet warms up the room, in addition to the portable room heater.
     

  • There is a small pantry with a tea/coffee station, and its own small LED TV with Tata Sky. A wireless router gives you internet access.
     

  • The ensuite contemporary-styled bathroom has its own hot water supply.
     

  • There is a little private sit-out with chairs and a table - your own exclusive space for a morning coffee while you bring in the day.

FLOOR PLANS

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

DETAILED VILLA INSIGHTS

  • Skyfall is ideal as a self-catering luxury villa, but there is a full-time housekeeper cum cook available from 0830-1630 hrs, except on holidays and Sundays. Should you need extra hours, laundry assistance, or cooking services, charges will apply, subject to availability of the housekeeper. In addition, your dedicated LuxUnlock Location Manager is available on-call or WA for any assistance.
     

  • Electricity supply by the government is both erratic and of poor quality throughout the year in Kodaikanal. Do expect frequent power cuts through-out the day. The house comes with an automatic partial-back up inverter and batteries that runs most lights and electrical points throughout the house, except for the heavy loads. Wi-Fi is uninterrupted.
     

  • Water is highly scarce in Kodaikanal and the house does not have a municipal water connection. It depends upon rainwater storage and a rarely used borewell. Water is pumped to the overhead tanks automatically and nothing needs to be done. Please use water prudently.
     

  • Heating is available in all rooms with portable heaters in all three rooms. There are three Franklin woodstoves - in the Upper Balcony, Living Room and Media Room. Please ask your LUX Concierge to show you how to light them or refer to the Villa App. Two bedrooms share a large capacity (80L) hot water geyser, and the Gardenside Bedroom has its own geyser. There is a hot water geyser for the powder wash basin and main kitchen and one for the wet kitchen.
     

  • Access to the washing machine & dryer is restricted to the housekeeper. Please handover your laundry and she will have it done. Charges apply for washing and folding only. Ironing facility is for self-use. Clothes are sun-dried in the back yard.
     

  • There are two kitchens - a main western-style kitchen for light cooking and western food, and one adjacent wet kitchen for heavy Indian cooking. Please do comply with this to avoid Indian cooking vapours from spreading through the house.
     

  • Staff accommodation is not available on the premises unless staff are part of the guest list and staying in one of the three rooms. In addition, there is a common use toilet at the top of the driveway for external staff. Should your staff need own accommodation, it is available close-by.
     

  • Kodaikanal has a major human animal conflict problem with Indian bison. Due to habitat destruction and lack of predators, bison numbers have increased and they often are found in residential and public areas, and occasionally in our estate. Please be careful when walking. Increasingly, monkeys have also become a menace and be careful as they do raid indoor spaces looking for food.
     

  • The location of the house makes it feel like its hours away from civilization during your first few trips in and out of town. Once you are familiar with the route, you will realise you are only 20 minutes from the Lake!

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