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A true wooden Chalet situated on the Banks of the River Mandovi
WOODEN CHALET ON THE RIVER BANKS is one of the two true Wooden Chalets situated on the banks of Goa's largest River "Mandovi". (Please check out LAZY COTTAGE ON THE RIVER BANKS for information on the other property). This is a true Wooden Chalet 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.
The house 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.
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”.
There is a restaurant that delivers food to order to the house as on date. The menu is kept in the house and you have to order on the phone.
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.
This is a home given out to our guests. All I ask is to treat the home like you would do your own.
Photographs don't do justice to Casinha Raibandar. Normally when you read about a listing with such excellent reviews - your expectations are so high that it leaves you slightly disappointed sometimes - but not with Capt Leo's place.
It was a pleasure to have spent 3 days in this house. Apart from the exquisite layout and comfort of the house- what really was amazing was the thought given to absolute minute details - from a very well stocked convenience store to mosquito repellent to a first aid box to anything you may require in the kitchen.
Capt Leo was the perfect host -he made sure we were comfortable enough to call him for any help we need during our stay.
Would love to come back and stay here again.
It was a wonderful experience staying at the casinha raibander. The chalet is as nice as described by many people who have stayed there in the past. Captain Leo has ensured that every single need is addressed. Be it the convenience store, good quality durables for use, fully stocked kitchen and even fun things like having a barbecue set in case you felt the need. I wouldn't hesitate recommending the chalet to anyone wishing to experience the old world charm of Goa in a contemporary setting.
This is a great place to stay. Very tasteful done and thoughtfully furnished. I stayed with my family. We all enjoyed our time. I personally loved the river view and the upper deck. I would surely recommend it to my friends and family.
This wooden chalet was a perfect rental for our family of 10. The place is absolutely beautiful and right on water. We had a lovely time getting to explore Goa and coming back to this place when it was done. The whole unit is extremely impressive and furnished well. The kitchen has a nice big dining area and also a dish washer. There was waterviews from practically every room and all the bed rooms were neatly appointed. As nice as the inside was, the backyard was another stunning place to just sit and relax.
What took the experience above a notch though is Capt. Leo's thoughtfulness with amenities. There's a nice pantry area with lot of supplies that can be used to make a quick snack/meal.
The location is a bit away from North Goa and it's beaches but we had cabs so we didn't mind the distance and after all that sigh seeing to come back to this lovely cottage was wonderful.
it was the best experience we ever had staying away from the home. The Chalet is such beautifully crafted and maintained by Capt. Leo. Every room whether its living area, kitchen, hall, rooms are just perfect. Its just on the river banks of huge river Mandovi whose views makes you feel so relaxed and refreshed. There is each & everything in the house, we didn't felt we were out somewhere and we need to get amenities. I recommend this place to every family who is planning for vacation to goa. It gonna make you vacation complete. We were 9 members, 3 families and we had a pleasant stay. On the last day while we were packing our bags it was like why don't time stops by and we stay here long. Capt. Leo himself is such a caring and helpful man. Hats off to you for maintaining this vintage property.
Cashinha Raibandar has become our favorite place to stay whenever we are in Goa. This was our second time in less than six months. We were five senior citizens and thoroughly enjoyed the stay here which was for 3 days. like last time Capt.Lobo we very very helpful. Even the taxi driver recommended by him was very good. The fridge was well stocked & house was very clean. We are sure to go there again.
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About the Host, Capt. Leo
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.