An elegant Art Deco mansion which has been carefully converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of this fascinating region. It is an ancient family house with typical CGH Earth charm, fantastic staff and understated yet authentic design - carved ceilings, original tiled floors and old framed photographs of the ansestral owners. There are beautifully tended gardens, a pool house and a games terrace which is perfect for afternoon drinks and backgammon. All the rooms are generously sized and furnished in period antiques. In the evenings, the courtyard at the heart of hotel comes to life with a charming performance of music and dance by the hotel staff. Breakfast is served by the swimming pool, probably the finest in Tamil Nadu and perfect for a refreshing dip after a day's sightseeing. At other mealtimes, guests are welcome in the open kitchen which has lovely old crockery and home grown spices, and they may participate in preparing some of the famous Chettinad cuisine.
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To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson