Calangute’s Hidden Nook

Summertime, sheltered within verdant gardens and with views of paddy fields, is Sucheta Potnis and Hans Tuinman’s love child. The two, for years, have run Odyssey Tours and Travels that offers tailor-made experiences in India. Summertime, says Potnis, has been a dream and “my retirement plan” whose time had come. “We were seeing rampant development in the area. We have a house here and also owned another patch of land. So we decided to build a villa on that land to protect Calangute’s last green lung. I had always thought of building a Balinese-style villa. Most of the stuff you see in here has been brought on our travels in Indonesia. Some have been handcrafted by traditional Goan masons. And some of the furniture is by a Frenchman living in Pondicherry, who restores and reworks discarded heritage pieces”.

Last updated: Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020