Aravenu, nr Kotagiri, Nilgiris
Maximum occupancy 8 guests
Bedrooms 3 - Bathrooms 3.5
Full Kitchen & Cook Available
BYO Staff Accommodation
Breakfast & laundry included
High speed Wi-Fi
Dedicated concierge service
Minimum 2 night stay
From Rs 40,000 - 60,000 per night
THE OBSERVATORY Nilgiris
6-8 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | Breakfast included | Cook Available | Full Kitchen
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL
With sweeping views of lush green tea estates and surrounded by high peaks of the Eastern Nilgiris, the beautiful 3-bedroom Observatory is an inspiring example of sustainable luxury. Upcycled antique decor combines uniquely with a raw finish, and a soaring glass conservatory fill-up open-plan communal spaces with the warmth of mountain sunshine. Come and experience this one-of-a-kind private luxury home with family and friends - its everything you deserve.
Location & Design
The Observatory is located in the hamlet of Aravenu, off the Catherine Falls Road, about 15 minutes from the hill town of Kotagiri, about 45 & 60 minutes from Coonoor and Ootacamund respectively. Coimbatore Airport is just 2 hours away. Conceptualised by designer Preetha Chandrasekaran of Dhakshini Antiques, the villa is made from over 80% of up-cycled content - say hello to 150-year old metal structural elements, equally old hardwood floors and ceiling panels, and vintage woodwork and furniture. This contrasts beautifully with unplastered brickwork (still carrying the makers stamp) and exposed concrete beams and slabs. Specially commissioned art work, gorgeous carpets, white linen curtains, and premium linen lend a luxurious softness to the space. The entire house is bathed in sunshine and daylight with large doors and windows in almost every room.
Shared & Sleeping Spaces
On its lower level is the expansive open plan living and dining space with a conservatory, fireplace, one bedroom and a compact kitchen. The expansive floor to ceiling glass panes in the dining area opens up the landscape into the home and fills up the interiors with the warmth of natural light. A beautiful wrought-iron staircase leads to the mezzanine with a daybed and book nook. Two bedrooms lead off from here, each with its own outdoor balcony. Vintage aside, expect all the trappings from a luxury mountain home, wrapped in hardwood floors & timber roof beams.
Who Will Enjoy This Villa
This is a house that not just warms the heart, but nourishes the soul. A place that opens-up the mind and is ideal for artists, writers and creators. Take a moment for yourself and observe your own sensory responses to this beautiful luxury home and your surroundings. Happiness as they say is a DIY project.
Location & Design The Observatory is located in the hamlet of Aravenu, off the Catherine Falls Road, about 15 minutes from the hill town of Kotagiri, about 45 & 60 minutes from Coonoor and Ootacamund respectively. Coimbatore Airport is just 2 hours away.
Conceptualised by designer Preetha Chandrasekaran of Dhakshini Antiques, the villa is made from over 80% of up-cycled content - say hello to 150-year old metal structural elements, equally old hardwood floors and ceiling panels, and vintage woodwork and furniture. This contrasts beautifully with unplastered brickwork (still carrying the makers stamp) and exposed concrete beams and slabs. Specially commissioned art work, gorgeous carpets, white linen curtains, and premium linen lend a luxurious softness to the space. The entire house is bathed in sunshine and daylight with large doors and windows in almost every room.
This is a house that not just warms the heart, but nourishes the soul. This is a villa that opens-up the mind and is ideal for artists, writers and creators.
The main entrance leads to a single large communal space. On your left is the living area set around a working fireplace. Large French doors lead onto a small deck and the front lawns. Further inwards lies a pantry station with appliances and a door leading to a compact kitchen. More double glass doors lead onto a long running outdoor deck with a day bed. The highlight of the lower level is the glass walled and ceilinged conservatory that frames the mountainscape and tea estates. Set against this is the beautiful antique dining table that is the hub of daytime activity. On the opposing side is a chaise lounge and a plant-filled indoor garden. A powder room sits adjacent to the entrance.
A beautiful wrought iron spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine floor overlooking the dining area. Here is a large day bed and low seating for games and reading. Outside is the laundry room and a staff bathroom.
Three beautiful and luxurious bedrooms sleep 6 guests. One bedroom, ideal for seniors, is on the ground floor with a four-poster king bed, ensuite bathroom, and a private sit-out overlooking tea & mountains.
A spiral staircase leads up to the first floor with two bedrooms. One is a twin-bedded room with a large bathroom and the other is the master bedroom with its own four poster queen bed, writing desk and the best views in the house.The mezzanine has a day bed and an extra roll-away to accommodate 2 more guests. If needed, they have access to the powder room on the ground floor.
INCLUDED IN THE VILLA
Breakfast included - 1 South Indian + eggs to order
Cook available, South Indian cuisine
Byo Staff permitted
Heating 03 bedrooms, 01 fireplace in living space
Electricity and UPS Inverter back-up
Cooking Gas, Water & UV Drinking Water
Internet complimentary Wi-Fi broadband access throughout the house
Daily Housekeeping 0930-1200 hrs, daily room cleaning, bathroom cleaning, bed making, light house cleaning
Final Cleaning, Linen Change weekly bed & bath linen changing
Basic Supplies basic supplies are available free such as RO drinking water, toilet paper, toiletries
Kitchen full access for self-use
Starter Supplies such as liquid soap, shampoo, and shower gel, sugar, salt, basic Indian spices, tea, coffee, cooking oil, washing machine detergent, kitchen cleaning consumables
Complimentary assisted laundry, wash & fold only
Dedicated Luxunlock Location Host & Team
AVAILABLE AT THE VILLA
Advance Provisioning Service at an extra fee
Daily Grocery Provisioning Service at an additional fee
Lunch Or Dinner, Meals on actuals, cooking charges per meal apply (24 hours advance notice)
Food Delivery Service at an extra fee
Firewood for bonfire or fireplace at an extra fee
Extra Beds two available on the first floor
Nespresso Machine BYO pods
Curated Experiences Guided visits to the Nilgiris offering incredible opportunities to for wildlife and nature walks, heritage and anthropological experiences with experts in their field. A 45 minute drive will lead you to the more material delights of Coonoor and Ooty
Airport Transfers & Local Transport including acting drivers available
- Gratuities (Tips) Recommended by us
Villa staff are available only during the day at specified timings. No staff permanently on-site.Breakfast is included in the villa rental. Cooking services are offered - homestyle Tamil cuisine only.
A daybed and an extra rollaway bed is available for 2 additional guests.
Power back-up is for all lights, fans, WiFi using UPS and battery. Geysers, refrigerators and high power utilities are not connected to the back-up power.
The spiral staircase may pose a safety hazard for elderly guests and very young children. They should be accommodated in the ground floor room.
Complimentary laundry services available on-site for washing and drying only. Ironing will be on self-service.
Staff accommodation available at the villa, on the mezzanine level. Separate staff bathroom onsite.
Watch out for wild animals while walking or driving, especially bison, and monkeys. Don’t leave food out-doors. Keep external doors shut when not in use.
There are no televisions in the villa.
This is a footwear-free house indoors.
Two houses are being constructed adjacent to the villa . There may be some noise during the day.
The Kotagiri region offers incredible opportunities to for wildlife and nature walks, and anthropological experiences with experts in their field. A 45 minute drive will lead you to the more material delights of Coonoor and Ooty. Its really all about soaking it in and enjoying the elements of nature around the villa.Kotagiri (nearest town, local cuisine, natural and cultural heritage, walks and hikes, birdwatching. shopping essentials), 15 mins
Coonoor (tea tasting, cheese making, army muse-ums, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway) 45 mins
Ootacamund (heritage walks, e-bike tours, colo-nial-era clubs and golf, fine dining) 50 mins
Closest Major Railhead: Mettupalayam 50 mins
Closest Airport : Coimbatore 2 hrs Mysore 4 hrs
Bangalore 8 hours by road Chennai 10 hours by road
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