SARATHA VILAS HOTEL - CHETTINAD

A Heritage Mansion converted into a
Luxury Boutique Hotel in South India

The property offers a series of open spaces such as verandas, courtyards, gardens equipped with outdoor sitting areas in the shade or in the sun, a rear courtyard, which is used as dining area, and the garden for relaxing in a hammock under the shade of the coconut trees.
Five rooms open on the main courtyard, one room on the main hall. In the side courtyard, we can accommodate a family group with its two rooms and their private veranda. At the first floor, one can find two interconnected rooms, with their private terrace.
Total ten air-conditioned rooms for travelers equipped to offer optimal comfort. These rooms have been furnished by dividing two reception halls. One, the banquet hall, located along the entire length of the house, the other, a rest hall, located on the first floor. There are two room categories, Standard rooms are “Heritage rooms” and the larger ones are called “Master’s Chambers”. All the rooms are different and furnished with collections of art and antiques as well as with the furniture the owners have designed.

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Masters’ Chambers

The Victorian and the “Ethnic” Master’s chamber are the two larger en-suite guests’ rooms of the Saratha Vilas. The rooms benefit from the original space’s majestic proportions and noble finishes like, Chettinad egg plasters, the ornate friezes painted in vegetable colors. Original floors were resurfaced with decorative cement tiles produced in the neighboring village of Ahangudi.

Victorian Master’s Chamber

The spacious Victorian Master’s Chamber is furnished with an outstanding carved wooden 19th century king size Mahogany bed, side and pedestal tables topped with Italian marble and Chippendale chairs collected from Calcutta.

Chinese antiques adorn the space, including a beautiful Ming jar decorated with a dragon. On the wall you can admire an old Thanjavur painting.

Ethnic Master’s Chamber

In the Ethnic Master’s Chamber, the required modern conveniences, such as bathrooms, and the furniture are differentiated by their lines, colors and the contemporary materials. The teak wood furniture and large sofas, are designed by Bernard Dragon.

Sarkara Pati, palm sugar containers carved in a single tree trunk from Kerala, 19th century – Madhubani paintings – Terra cotta elephant figure, from Chettinad.

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Heritage Rooms

All the guests’ rooms are spacious and furnished with collections of art and antiques. The owners have also designed many of the furniture which was made of teak wood and realized by the local craft people, this contributing to the uniqueness of the place.

Art Deco Heritage Room

The Art Deco heritage room is mainly furnished with original rosewood 1930’ furniture such as the twin beds and side tables as well as the writing desk and chairs. A same-period pair of armchairs is French imported. The walls are decorated with original 1930’s colorized photographs.

Madhubani Heritage Room

Beds, side tables, sofa-bed, arm-chairs, coffee tables and writing desks are the creations of the architects-hotel owners who combined the simple lines of their own design with their collection of art; here the Madhubani tribal paintings of Bathi Dayal, Bihar, combine with the local terracotta jars of the Vellars community specific to Chettinad.

 

Bommai Heritage Room

Bommai means doll in Tamil.

The Bommais are terracotta offerings made by the priests and potters of the Vellar community. They are part of the rituals dedicated to the powerful village god Ayyanar, such as the Madu also displayed in the room, a full-scale terracotta cow.

Sri Murugan Heritage Room

Sri Murugan is one of the favorite subjects among the various and popular Ravi Varma prints. It is quite popular amongst the Chettiar community.

Lord Murugan is the son of Siva and Parvati, Ganesh’s brother. The prints are quite colorful as his mount is the peacock. The room is furnished with an original Mahogany King size bed and side tables.

Puppets Heritage Room

A series of leather puppets from Hyderabad is embellishing the walls of the room, as well as the very beautiful wooden carved cow head collected from Kerala

The puppets, made of colored leather, are used in Shadow Theater in the capital of the state of Andra Pradesh.

Ramayana Heritage Room

The Ramayana is one of the favorite subjects among the various and famous Ravi Varma prints. Sri Ravi Varma was a famous Indian artist born in Kerala who has made popular and has disseminated his art by introducing German printing process to India from 1880 to 1940. The Ramayana is the famous epic of the hero Rama, avatar of Vishnu. Rama is a virtuous prince fighting a powerful demon to set free his beloved wife Sita.

Nandi Heritage Room

A statue of Nandi, made by tribes in Chhattisgarh, is welcoming you at the entrance of the 2 Nandi Heritage Rooms.

Beds, side tables, arm-chairs, coffee tables and writing desks are the creations of the architects-hotel owners who combined the simple lines of their own design with their collection of art; here the Madhubani tribal paintings of Bathi Dayal, Bihar, combine with the local terracotta jars of the Vellars community specific to Chettinad.

The Nandi heritage rooms are located at the first floor, opening on a roof terrace.

A Place to Stay in South India

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