Siolim House is situated south of the Chapora river, in the district of Bardez. The house is located at the entrance of the local and unspoiled Siolim village. Formerly home to the Governor of Macau, this old mansion was beautifully restored in 1996. Its distinctive features are antique furniture, large olive windows, huge rooms and beautiful gardens filled with bougainvillea and frangipani.
Built around the courtyard, each room offers a wide space and is impeccably furnished with antiques, brightly colored linens and has plenty of comfortable common areas. At Siolim House, the rooms are named after 17th-century trading ports and have elegant and individual decorative detail.
There are seven large suites, each of which is spacious, cool and elegant. All rooms are the tiled floors and gilt and bronze-edged beds with silken fabric, and draped with mosquito nets. Frescoes outline the walls, with some rooms having 18th-century Bidri work. The bathrooms have marble and wooden flooring and are fitted with a colonial style bathing.
Superior suites are on the first floor of the main house. Each is furnished with a four poster bed and antique furniture, has wooden floors and a grand en-suite bathroom. These suites include the three rooms in the front house - Macau, Macassar (the large romantic suites) and Malabar (two bedrooms). In keeping with the hotel’s wishes to maintain the integrity of the architecture, this particular accommodation is not air-conditioned. With this in mind, the high ceilings and large space of the suites provide for a cool temperature.
The four Standard rooms, which include twin or double bedded suites, offer four poster beds and antique furniture, a unique terracotta tiled bathroom with shower, in-room amenities and a safe. Three of the rooms are air-conditioned for those visiting in the Easter and summer.
Siolim House is a 350 year old Heritage Hotel in Goa, built in 1675. It is a site that dates from the earliest times of the Portuguese occupation of Goa and was beautifully restored as a home in 1995 by owner Varun Sood, which now doubles as a private seven room heritage boutique hotel.
Surprisingly hidden from view behind a tall row of Ashoka trees, the house understates its stature as one of Goa's most unique and oldest manor houses. There are very few examples of the aristocratic late 16th century 'Casa do Sobrado' style of Goa-Portuguese architecture remaining in North Goa.
The manor once housed the governor to Macau, and a family of administrators that included a governor to Mozambique.
The hotel is classified as a 'Heritage' Boutique Hotel in Goa by the Department of Tourism.
In 2001, Siolim House was a finalist for the UNESCO Heritage Prize, which considered its exceptional history and the work they did to restore this building.
In 2009, the owners completed a second renovation to bring back more detail and more features.