Hidden amongst towering palms in the sleepy village of Cuelim, SaffronStays Nossa Bela Casa is one of 40 Baroque homes of Goa, a 350 year old mansion whose history is intricately woven with that of the tourist-favourite state. History reinvents itself in this home belonging to the Father of Goa Liberation – T B Cunha. Every section of the house tells a tale and has been expertly and beautifully restored by famed Goan architect Dean D’Cruze.
The six rooms are comfortably furnished with large beds, modern amenities and sitting areas. Each corner of the house is dripped in regal charm. The stately ballroom is perfect for pre-wedding functions and intimate celebrations given its vastness. While one chapel is dressed in shades of blue, the second chapel of the house, houses a Mother Mary imported from France, gold and marble work on the walls and cherubs on the altar.
Not part of the original house, the azure swimming pool was recently added when the old stately mansion was restored to its original grandeur. Accompanied by a badminton court, hammock on the laws and large green spaces, the pool makes a lovely addition to the house, allowing for plenty of activity or leisure time as one chooses. The nearby Velsao beach is a popular joint for locals and tourists alike. For those looking to explore the surroundings, a walk upto the Church of Three Kings – one that was built on land donated to the village of Cuelim by TB Cunha – is worth your while. The Annual Feast of 3 Kings, held in January starts from the home, upto the church, and must be witnessed in real life.
Joseph the cook has a specific style of making some local dishes. The Xacuti, fried fish and prawn biryani are lip smacking, and the seafood platter to die for.
Enjoy the serenity of the susegado life at Nossa Bela Casa, Cuelim, Goa.
SaffronStays is a boutique micro-hospitality brand that partners with owners of extraordinary second homes with a story, to exclusively manage the hospitality operations and curate experiences. The home, otherwise a dead asset, is thus monetized as a vacation rental for discerning travelers who can avail the experience of staying in a vacation home without the hassles of owning one.