Imagine is a charming two-storey, Goan-Portuguese bungalow that is 250 years old, nestled in a property dotted with coconut palms, fruit trees and spice plants. Tucked away in Ucassaim, a village that is not even shown on the local map, Imagine is majestic in its rustic solitude and comfortable with its modern interiors.
It takes 45 minutes to reach from Goa’s Dabholim airport; the capital Panjim is just a 20-minute drive and the bustling Mapusa town famed for its Friday market is just ten minutes away.
There are two bedrooms on the ground floor - one furnished with an antique full sized canopy bed and the other with two beautiful brass framed twin beds. The day bed in the living room is great for extra guests and is arguably the best spot on the house.
A high ceilinged dining room, the heart of our home, leads out to the patio, a sunny spot for breakfast. All bedrooms are air conditioned and the bathroom is equipped with a hot water heater.
Our housekeepers are happy to serve tea in the morning along with some local Goan bread delivered freshly to our doorstep by the bread man each morning.
We also have available for hire an air-conditioned car with a local English-speaking chauffeur, who can guide you to the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars and shopping. Please let us know and we can put you in touch.
The local bus stop is a 5 min walk from our doorstep down towards St. Elizabeth's church. From there you can take a bus to Mapusa's larger bus terminal with connections all over Goa. Alternatively, Mapusa is a good place to hire cars, get a taxi or a scooter for the day.
Grocery store - Ajay Supermarket is a quick 10 minute drive to Mapusa, where you can find everything from household goods and toiletries to snacks and fresh produce.
For a much larger selection of fresh fruits and veg there is always the main market in Mapusa. If you do visit the market on your trip and should you need a break from Goa's restaurant scene, our cook is available to you for a good home cooked meal. She will need a days notice, supplies and a small fee.
For any immediate supplies there are also two small general stores in Uccasaim. When you leave the house, just walk left down towards St. Elizabeth's Church.
- No smoking allowed inside the house
- If do you choose to smoke outside the house please use ash trays.
- Our housekeeper will need to make copies of your ID cards and/or passports upon arrival.
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