(TARIFF ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DIFFER. PL ASK.)
(23 Dec 16 to 05 Jan 17 are let out only as a whole villa and min no of nights is 6.)
The olive bed room in this charming riverside Portuguese villa restored to perfection has its cot made from olive wood along with antique furniture.
The property is lovingly taken care of by caretaker who resides on its premises.
The Only Olive gets its name from the olive tree in the garden rumored to be a hundred years old - like the house itself - and is said to be the only Olive tree of the particular kind in the whole of Goa!
The property has been lovingly refurbished by the owner and his family and the villa was painstakingly restored to reflect its former colonial glory to perfection all the while retaining its inherent Portuguese influences … shell windows and a shared well included.
Its airy, high-ceilinged living room is tastefully furnished and the large, formal dining table can accommodate a group of 10.
The cool whitewashed interiors give off an aura of peace and serenity – an ideal setting for romance, bonding with friends and family, or a restful holiday.
Some of the photo credits go to Dew who blogs at crystaldewdrops.
The villa is set in canvassed gardens filled with an abundance of sweet scented frangipani and Indian jasmine, interspersed with bamboo, mango, jack fruit, breadfruit, drumstick, cashew trees and of course - the olive tree.
The three bedrooms can be booked independently with the common hall, dining and the kitchen. Feel free to rustle up a meal inspired by the lovely repertoire of birds chirping around you or Santhosh the caretaker would treat you to his superlative culinary skills, be it veg or non veg.
The soft and luscious lawns make it a perfect place for your family to lounge and kids to play around.
The shared well is the only one that gives out sweet water in that area and there have been records of guests indulging in the joy of it like unlimited feni.
For those who love life and nature - it is the perfect place to relax in hammocks and rejuvenate – making the home stay seem like a slice of Portuguese life in Goa.
Adrian is driven by his passion in opening out his favourite abode to others. Though he doesn't stay there he visits it every second month. If he's around when you visit you can be rest assured of the company of his endearing personality. Even when he's away he makes sure you're comfortable.
His man Friday Santhosh is an asset on the property and has taken after his master over a period of time. The well being of the guests is his utmost priority and he leaves no stone unturned to meet their reasonable demands.
By and large Adrian leaves a bit of him there every time he crosses the vintage threshold and as you step in there as guests, you leave the place as Adrian's friends.
The Only Olive is situated on a hillock with lovely views of the surrounding village.
Why is this Aldona's premium property?
This could be one of Aldona's premium properties by the very virtue of fact that it offers a ringside view of the best local culture and fare it can provide you with. We just got lucky with the property and its location, on a personal note :)
This is the only village caromed by rivers on all three sides and that too in the shape of a horse shoe. It offers spectacular view of cable stayed Corjeum bridge.
The St Thomas Church
The 16th century St Thomas Church here yields to relentless glory and its graveyard has this pithy writing, "aaj makka",which is "Today it's me, tomorrow it's you!
Ideal for families with kids
It's an ideal place to holiday with kids helping them connect with Nature.
The nearby legendary school run by the Fransalian fathers there is a huge area cordoned off for kids to play.
Right across a ten-min walk is the Internet cafe, the local market and a pharmacy.
The famous BAO, Steve and Andron are by far some of the best eat outs in the vicinity for authentic, lip-smacking Goan rustic food.
It's a cluster of one the best local savouries around.
Tinto the local market place has a bar providing you with some best tasting feni.
Famous Indian snack and Goan sweets
Gokuldas Naik's family makes and sells some Indian snacks and savouries (chakries and chudas) that are a legend now and which are a huge hit with The Olive guests.
And the juicy, blubbery bebinca, the premium kind, finds its way on the shelves of the local bakery Sebros here.
And Adrian says right behind The Olive there's an Aunty who sells some "unbelievably" delicious sweets!
The vicinity has the densest variety of birds and butterflies. It's a sheer delight for bird watchers.
Experience how you could bottle up time as you sit by the river side angling with the breeze pecking you all over. So be it angling or crab spotting or trailing the golden green path of fireflies in the night The Olive is the perfect choice for the romantic, explorer, traveler in you.
No wonder the area has drawn the literati in an unending love story. Many writers and artists have taken this place as their home!
The villa is just a couple of minutes walk from the local bus stop.
Also hired bikes and cars are readily available.
There's ample parking space within the secure walled premises of The Olive.
I love environment friendly living spaces and The Only Olive is my closest realisation to that. I believe in protecting Nature to protect our progeny.
Green Paper Works is my latest entrepreneurial enterprise. We produce tree-free, chemical-free paper from organic waste.
I was in the wine industry for close to two decades before GPW. Like the sparkling wines, I love people, laughter, conversations.
When I found the used up walls and the battered pillars and smoked out roof of an ancient Portuguese villa in the ravishing green of Aldona with the majestic Olive tree for its company, I could go no further but buy it, rebuild it with delicate strokes and give my dreams a body and some blood!
The Only Olive is both serendipitous and premeditated destiny - it's the inner being wending my way back to where I came from and sharing that joy with deserving travellers.