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Luxury Holiday Farmhouse with Pool in Alibaug

Entire villa hosted by Martin & Sagarika
10 guests5 bedrooms5 beds4 bathrooms
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We built Firefly over many years. Taking a deforested, barren hill, planting over 300 trees and making it green. It is a bit rough and ready, but it's been the scene of much fun, laughter and love over the years. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Martin & Sagarika

The space
Firefly is our holiday farmhouse set on a 4 acre hill overlooking the Revdanda River & Estuary a few hours south of Mumbai.

The Farmhouse is in rural Maharashtra, just under 30 minutes inland from Alibaug Town, except immediately post Monsoon when the road from Alibaugh basically dissolves and adds an extra 15 minutes. There are two ways of getting to the property :

1. A one hour drive from the Mandwa Jetty which is across the Bay - by the RORO Ferry, the 50 minute PnP / Maldar Ferry or a 20 minute speedboat - from opposite the Taj Hotel in Colaba.

2. A four hour drive South of Mumbai.

We are within 30 minute drive of Kashid Beach, 20 minutes from the Revdanda 16th Century Jesuit Monastery ruins and the remains of Shivaji's Temples. We're 25 minutes inland from Alibaug.

Firefly includes three air conditioned cottages with a total of 5 air conditioned rooms - the Poolside Cottage with two rooms, the Glass Cottage with views over the Revdanda Valley, and the Gatekeeper Cottage with 2 rooms.

Firefly has a 12.5 metre infinity pool with a view over the valley and Creek to the Revdanda bridge and the sea beyond it. There are 300 + books, along with games and an open kitchen & barbecue beside the pool for guests to use. We're making do with Jio 4G wifi and there's half decent 4G on most networks. The Poolside terrace includes an open wood fireplace for December / January nights.

We do all our own cooking on site, and would encourage our guests to bring their food and drink from Mumbai & Alibaug and cook it in the fully operational Poolside Kitchen and barbecue. The Firefly staff will be able to source some limited, but not particularly brilliant, ingredients locally (basic vegetables, mutton, fish, seafood), as well as food from the Malvani restaurants in Alibaug.

If you would like us to arrange for meals to be cooked on site, we will need a minimum 1 week's notice to organise cooks from the local village to be present during your stay. A word of warning - the food will be fairly basic : rice, dal, local vegetable, fish & chicken curries, chapattis. The cost will be Rs 2,500 per day for the two cooks and whatever the local cost of ingredients is for your party. Dalip will keep a count and present a bill at the end of each day, or at the end of your stay, whichever works best for you.

Dalip and his team will be happy to source other locally available things for you given adequate notice - although fresh coffee, decent wine and spirits just aren't available locally, best to bring them from Mumbai.

The kitchen is stocked with varying amounts of the usual basics - oil, olive oil, garlic, herbs, spices, condiments, salt / pepper, tea - and please feel free to use whatever you see in the cupboards and fridge. If there are specific ingredients you want - fresh coffee, good olive oil etc it's best to being them from Mumbai. There is a washing machine on site and fresh towels and sheets are also provided.

We'll mail through a Manual with more details, directions and phone numbers once you book

There are dogs at Firefly - Skylar the young Alsatian / Cocker Spaniel / Great Dane half breed (she's small, black and very good natured in case you're wondering) and 3 other assorted waifs. Don't hesitate to ask Dalip to keep them at the bottom of the property if you're nervous with dogs. Otherwise, they're both great with kids and other dogs. Try to keep them out of the pool.

There are a couple of lovely blogs online by guests that have stayed that will give you more info and loads of photos from their perspective. If you search for 'Chuzai living Firefly' and 'the trippy mom firefly' you should find them.

Finally, do please have a read of the 'House Rules' here on the Firefly Airbnb page before you book.

Enjoy it.
We built Firefly over many years. Taking a deforested, barren hill, planting over 300 trees and making it green. It is a bit rough and ready, but it's been the scene of much fun, laughter and love over the years. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Martin & Sagarika

The space
Firefly is our holiday farmhouse set on a 4 acre hill overlooking the Revdanda River & Estuary a few hou…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
1 double bed
Bedroom 5
1 double bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Dryer
Free parking on premises
Pool
Washing machine
Air conditioning
Essentials
Building staff
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Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Alibag, Maharashtra, India

Hosted by Martin & Sagarika

Joined in May 2012
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We live between Mumbai & Rome with our two kids - aged 13 & 9. Martin owns and works at 70 EMG, an Event / Festival management agency based out of Mumbai & New Delhi. Sagarika is a professional singer and artist, & designed and built Firefly.
We live between Mumbai & Rome with our two kids - aged 13 & 9. Martin owns and works at 70 EMG, an Event / Festival management agency based out of Mumbai & New Delhi. Sagarika is a…
  • Languages: English, हिन्दी, Português
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House rules
Check-in: After 2:00 pm
Check out: 12:00 pm
Self check-in with building staff
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
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