This heritage homestay is a birdwatchers’ paradise

Casa Menezes is a centuries-old heritage home, located close to Batim lake, which is a haven for many species of migratory birds
This heritage homestay is a birdwatchers’ paradise
Casa Menezes is a 300-year-old heritage home in Batim, TiswadiGomantak Times

When it comes to holidaying in a homestay in Goa, a cozy, heritage home, surrounded by greenery in a quite village is the stuff of dreams! And, if that’s what you’re looking for, then you might want to check out Casa Menezes, which has a gorgeous view of paddy fields, lined with tall coconut palms, to boot.

Nestled in the lush environs of Batim, a tranquil village in the valley between Pilar and Santa Ana hillocks, Casa Menezes is a heritage homestay located just 13 km from Panjim, and is maintained by David and Nicole.

This is the 300-year-old ancestral home of the ‘de Menezes’ family, and is replete with teak, oak and rosewood carved antique furniture, original art and elegant interiors, all of which take the visitor back in time to the Portuguese era. Old world charm along with modern amenities help to make the stay an even more comfortable one.

The homestay has elegant interiors with antique, carved furniture
The homestay has elegant interiors with antique, carved furniturePIC COURTESY: casamenezesgoa.com

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE

Santa Ana church, one of the oldest churches in Asia; Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and Siridao beach, which are in the neighbourbood are well worth visiting.

Guests can also go cycling, check out salt harvesting at the local salt pans, visit the famous church of Sts Simon and Jude, and go birdwatching at Batim hill and Batim lake – a bird watchers’ paradise, attracting a variety of migratory birds, including the Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Shoveler, Garganey, Pintail, Kingfisher, Purple Swamphen, Comb Duck, Spot-billed Duck etc.

AMENITIES & MORE

Breakfast is complimentary, and meals are delicious, authentic home-cooked Goan and Indian cuisine. Veg and non-veg options are available. (Don’t forget to try the Serradura , Choriz Pulao and Chocolate Choriz).Modern amenties include a well-stocked mini-fridge, AC, ceiling fans, cable TV, wi-fi, a modern bathroom with hot water, bottled drinking water, chocolates, laundry facility, ambient music in the balcao, coffee table books on Goa, on call doctor, airport transfers, gym, and kennelling facilities.

LOCATION: Casa Menezes, Batim, Tiswadi

RATES: Start at ₹ 6,800 (includes breakfast)

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Yes

CONTACT: +91 9049766766

Casa Menezes is a 300-year-old heritage home in Batim, Tiswadi
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