Ten-second takeaway

If you thought Goa couldn’t get better think again. And then make your dream of living in a Portuguese mansion, lounging in an infinity pool surrounded by nature come true here.

Home away from home

We all know that the world flocks to Goa for the beaches. But what happens when you’ve had enough of that? Well, try checking into The Brook, and you’ll discover Goa from a different perspective. A mansion, complete with sloped wooden roofs, charming old-school patios and a swimming pool, The Brook will lure you in before swanky bedrooms and an open verandah (to lounge and read, of course) take over. If you’re a poetry fan, you’ll have obviously thought of Lord Tennyson’s poem The Brook while lounging around in your Goan Brook.

Plenty of room

But they take it a bit further here with rooms named Driftwood, Pebbles, Sunbeam and Waterbreak, all from the poem and taking on exactly those kinds of avatars. We love Driftwood and Pebbles for the cosy set-up and patio that overlooks the greenery around and the Kerala-style bathroom, Sunbeam too has its charm. But our all-time favourite is Waterbreak. Leading straight into the infinity-pool and the paddy fields beyond, it’s great for the adventurists in the group. Or for the couple looking to up their poolside romance! They also have a little extra room called Stonyway, but that is more of a study-cum-sleep area.

Further inland

Since there are no beaches nearby, this is your chance at discovering the other Goa. Nature walks are a fine option here as in old tropical style, Mango, Jackfruit, Chikoo, Guava, Teak, Jagomas and other old trees, loom around for historic company. There is also an in-house organic vegetable garden which you can get to know intimately if you are green-thumbed. Or, skip across to a tributary of the great Mandovi river and amble along the canyons, away from the madding crowd.

So we’re thinking…

We love that there’s a place which allows you to experience the lesser talked about aspects of Goa, and it’s not all about the beaches. Who knew that the nature walks, lovely paddy fields and backwaters could be so satisfying?

Where: 1173/1, Near Socorro Church, Bardez District, Succour, near Porvorim, North Goa, Goa – 403521

Contact: +91 9868989488

Price: INR 25,000 upwards for the whole villa which can house 8-10 people.

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