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Philipkutty’s farm is an independent, homely, waterfront villas run by a family,on a beautiful farm island, in the backwaters of Kerala. The farm stay is set on a beautiful farm island, which was reclaimed from the backwaters of Lake Vembanad in the early 1950’s. The working farm, which practices sustainable/organic methods of farming, is accessible by road up to the bank opposite the farm and villas and a small stretch is covered by a scenic 5-minute boat ride across the lake.
The host family resides on the property full time, and are fully involved in caring for the guests. The family takes a lot of interest in personalising your stay, depending upon your interests.
Phillipkutty’s farm has 6 independent cottages facing the peaceful backwaters. The villas are named after popular local flowering plants, trees and birds.
One of the villa designed by Swiss architect Karl Damscen, is open plan. The other villas, designed by Thomas Dominic from Kochi, have a separate living room, bedroom and ‘sit-out’. The villas are air conditioned and well furnished with two large single beds, wardrobe, cupboard, writing table, and chair, settees, and chairs in the ‘sit-out’
the villas are furnished with antiques, including some beautifully carved and crafted doors and windows, TV, a land-line telephone, wi-fi, refrigerator and an electric kettle with tea and coffee making provisions.
Food is an important part of experience at Philipkutty’s farm. The cuisine is mostly local and predominantly Syrian Christian with a strong backwater influence. Most of the dishes served are centred around fish, farm vegetables and fruits, duck, chicken and occasionally other meats, supplemented with rice and rice based local breads like appam, string hoppers etc.
Meals are served communally, either in the family dining room or outdoors in the thatched pavilion. The hotel caters for any special diets if needed and also provide vegetarian options. Occasionally the host family also join the guests around the communal table.
The Phillipkutty’s farm offers many experiences to the guests including: