As you enter this exotic little beach town is the old ‘Gate’, and on its right is the property aptly called ‘The Gate House” – an authentic and meticulously restored 100-year-old-building.
From doors to pillars, chairs and tables to cots and almirahs, every item is an authentic period piece. The courtyard, corridor, stairway and rooms lend a feeling of space, privacy and pampered luxury. The gentle breeze of the sea – barely a 10 minute walk away – and the intoxicating smell and sight of vintage teak wood furniture, sepia-toned photographs, paintings and artefacts, make the ‘Gate House’ a perfect example of conservation. You feel like a house guest in a stately home here, what with the personalised round-the-clock service.
Amongst the many styles of architecture of the various Neemrana ‘non-hotel’ Hotels is the Gate House – a 17th century Tamil home that has been lovingly restored.
It is a fine example of indigenous Tamil architecture where re-tiled roofs surround courtyards of domestic proportions. The rooms are traditional but refurbished with fine pieces of collector’s art and furniture in a contemporary, uncluttered feel.
Art treasures, ancient chests, intricate study tables, and antique furniture revive an authentic scent of the old Tamil lifestyle in India, making it the ideal choice for discerning directors that endeavour to portray a history. The premises offer ample opportunities for outdoor shots without any external disturbances and vast opportunities for creative directors who can adapt their locales with an inventive imagination. There is a choice of two pools – one by the sea, and the other in a Tamil courtyard.