Siolim House – Goa
350 years of history. At one time the house belonged to a governor of Macau from an aristocratic family, and still has the porcelain china grills that were brought from the east. Later on other members of the family were administrators in Portuguese Mozambique, which is where its other name ‘Mosmimcar’, ‘The Mozambican’, comes from. The house was bought by its present owners in 1996 and the first renovation was completed in 1999. At the time the house was in very poor condition, and we began restoration with a view to restore to a home. After a sensitive restoration over three years, without sparing any detail, from its lime plaster to its patterned floor tiles, the house was lovingly brought back. We realised that in order to the house to continue for the next 300 years it would have to be lived in and so decided to put her to use first as a villa for rent during the time we were not there and then due to the size as very few groups were able to rent it, it grew into a ‘non-hotel’ boutique hotel.
As the restoration was done to retain its structure as private home, we were therefore very generous in our use of space. In a building that had twenty four rooms there are today only seven suites and seven bathrooms. No necessity was felt to cram rooms in, and so we have spacious public areas and rooms, very unlike a Goa hotel!
Superior suites on the first floor of the main house – fourposter bed and antique furniture huge proportions, wooden floors epic bathroom. The superior suites include the three rooms in the front house – Macau, Macassar (large romantic suites on the first floor) and Malabar (2 bedrooms). Superior Suites, are not air-conditioned, in keeping with the wishes to maintain the integrity of the architecture. The high ceilings and thick wall are adequate, Air-conditioning is not required, except in late April and May.
Standard Room are set around courtyard, fourposter bed and antique furniture, unique terracotta tiled bathroom with shower, in-room amenities and safe. They have four Standard rooms which include twin or double bedded suites. Three of these rooms are air-conditioned for those visiting in the around Easter and in the summers.
Little Siolim Suites : This rooms are situated in our Annex house ‘Little Siolim’ that you can see on this site, 5 minutes from Siolim House.