CASINHA RAIBANDAR A true wooden Chalet situated on the Banks of the River Mandovi
CASINHA RAIBANDAR is one of the two beautiful riverside properties (please check out LAZY RIVER COTTAGE) true Wooden Chalets situated on the banks of Goa's largest River "Mandovi" in the Heritage Zone of Ribandar town. Built in 1730 it underwent major restoration works completed in 2012. It is located on the outskirt of the City of Panjim, and within the Corporation of the city of Panjim. It is history that centuries ago the first Capital City of Old Goa was first shifted to Ribandar due to the Plague. It was later shifted to the present main city of Panjim. The Ribandar Church nearby was the first resting place of the body of St. Francis Xavier when brought to Goa from the Far East. His body was then shifted to Old Goa where it is preserved till today.
Casinha Raibandar is centrally located, just 10 minutes to the Panjim Central Bus Stand which is equidistant from North and South Goa. Just a 5 minutes’ walk from the house to the Ribandar Center (or Patto as it is known in Goa), you will find available dry provisions, fresh vegetables, meats and fish besides a chemist and a fast food shop. The bus stand is also situated here. The road going Eastwards will take you to the ancient Portuguese Capital city of Goa known as Old Goa which is just 6 Km away. Goa was the only overseas State of Portugal known as "Estado da India" and most of the history lies in this city of Old Goa. This is a location having world famous historical sites and numerous Cathedrals including the Cathedral of Bom Jesu where the body of St. Francis Xavier is preserved and visible to date.
Car and bike rental facilities are also available for which information will be provided.
The Chalet is fitted with all amenities one can think of and what you would normally like to have in your home. Some of the amenities are two fully equipped kitchens, dishwasher, microwave ovens, baking oven, garbage erator, U.V. filter, hot and cold water fountain, clothes washing machine and dryer etc. etc. Besides, the house is fitted with a hydro pneumatic water pressure system giving full pressure on all the water outlets and showers.
Housekeeping service is available on a daily basis. The house keeper is a good cook and additional cooking services can be requested for if needed. The aforesaid services are available for a minimal fee depending on your requirement.
There is an in-house convenience store where we provide mostly everything you would need from cooking ingredients to variety of beverages, pre-prepared foods, milk etc. etc. It is really convenient and thus the name “CONVENIENCE STORE”.
The house is divided into three levels and has four large bedrooms, each with toilets attached. The main Hall, Kitchen, dining and sitting areas is on the road level. There is a large garage which can accommodate a large vehicle plus 2 or 3 two wheelers. Two bedrooms are located on the first floor above the road level and two bedrooms are located 3 meters below the road level right on the river edge.
The house is designed so that the view of the river, the Salem Ali Bird Sanctuary and adjacent islands are prominent from every location in the house. The upper bedrooms have a spacious wooden deck with deck chairs to relax on with full view of the river. The lower bedrooms open onto a paved patio which is on the river edge. It has docking facilities for a reasonably sized yacht.
The upper bedrooms have its own kitchenette fully equipped including a fridge. There is also an ironing board on this deck. The lower bedrooms have fridges in each bedroom. Barbecue equipment including coal is provided so you can enjoy a barbecue on the stone patio. Fishing equipment is also available for the ardent fisherman.
We provide the best quality bed linen and bath towels. Cleanliness is our motto.
In the hall there is a fully fledged computer station including printer and scanner. There is free unlimited Broad Band Internet and Wi-Fi is accessible from all the bedrooms and at all locations in the house. A music station attached to the computer system allows you to play music from the internet, pen drive or memory card or just connect to your mobile or other portable equipment. Dish T V is installed with all available channels on Tata Sky. There is also Telephone (incoming only) with cordless stations at each floor level.
We have taken great pains to ensure that our guest have the best of comforts and feel at home.
All I ask is to treat the home just like you would your own home.
Capt. Leo was extremely friendly and welcoming. He makes you feel as if it is your home. The property is best enjoyed by being present there. The pictures will never do justice. Its that amazing. Everything is perfectly in place and well maintained. There is also a private convenience store inside the property which is well stocked by Capt. Leo. Our stay was so amazing that we won't think of staying anywhere else whenever we come to Goa.
Our stay at Casinha Raibandar was absolutely pleasant. Capt. Leo has been very thoughtful and paid attention to the smallest of details... right down to a pair of scissors in bathroom to cut a shampoo sachet. or a bottle opener in the backside verandah. The convenience store was so well stocked, we hardly needed to step out. The chalet is so beautiful that my wife and daughter were hardly interested in any tourism.
My 4 year old daughter just wanted to hang out in the verandah observing crabs and fish and eels during lo tide.
The stay was a very pleasant experience and hats off to Capt Leo for being such a wonderful host.
This place is unbelievable. Its a beautiful place with extremely tasteful interior. Every bit of it is classy! The photos hardly do any justice to this place. .
Its right on Mandovi river which gives you amazing view throughout the day. House has an amazing mix of historical touch and all the modern accessories.
We could have easily spent all our vacation time in this place and still had an amazing time..
Captain Leo is a great host. he was very welcoming and ensured our comfort while we were there.
Pretty, elegant, tasteful, spacious, welcoming, tranquil, verdant are few words that can be used to describe this villa. We reached post sundown and the first look of this villa in the warm glow of yellow lights was magnificent. The villa looked resplendent against the backdrop of the placid Mandovi River. It truly was 'Heaven on Earth'. What made the experience even more special was our meeting with the architect/owner of this property, Captain Leo. He was such a warm, charming gentleman who greeted us with a smile and shared tips on the places to visit in goa with as much excitement as if we were his first guests! To top it all, the amenities provided (especially the in house convenience store) were so good that you'd feel at home the very instant you step in to the house. 3 days seemed too less to devour it's beauty, therefore I'd love to come back to this villa sometime really soon!!!
We had a great time in Goa and Casina Raibandar was one of the highlights of our trip.
1) Inviting common spaces where all of us meet and mingle. Unlike hotels were we are holed up individual rooms.
2) Convenience Store - Which has everything you would ever need. Trust and being open with tracking of the items.
3) No mosquitoes :-) what a relief to be away from them for couple of days!
Head's Up - This place is that on a very narrow road - hence too much traffic noise through the night/early morning for top floor rooms.
it was an amazing and beautiful place , my family members enjoyed the stay at casinha . everything was neat and clean and up to date . every smallest thing was taken care of. best hospitality .. and above all Capt , Mr .leo lobo , a thorough gentleman, left us with all the beautiful memories of casinha . hoping to get there soon ..... AGAIN!!!!
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I am a retired Merchant Navy Master . I presently am restoring heritage houses belonging to me. I also love sailing and working with my boat. I love traveling and have been traveling to to Europe with my family every year and have many great friends all over Europe. Lisbon is my home base in Europe and I love Portugal. My idea of traveling is to stay with families and friends I know at the place of destination. For me it is important to live within the local community so I can experience and know the customs and way of life. I do not believe in organized tours. My properties are open to like minded people who will treat them like home.