This Goan villa designed by Studio Wodehouse oozes an old-world charm that you can’t help but fall in love with
SEP 25, 2020 | By Krisha Godani
Studio Wodehouse’s founder Shonali Mahajan has created a Mediterranean dream in the middle of Goa! Nestled in the gated gated community of Fonteira Vaddo by Isprava, this 3,000 sq ft abode is quaint yet luxurious and features a neutral palette and subdued colours in keeping with the client’s wishes. “It’s always a pleasure to work when a client knows what they want because it gives us a good framework with which to get started,” adds Mahajan.
Following a path through a vast green garden, one enters the villa into a small hallway with the kitchen and utility room to the right, the staircase and powder bathroom to the left, and a minimalist living and dining area upfront. Vaulted ceiling and double-stepped arched windows characterise the space allowing natural light to brighten up the room.
The abode is done up in soft, neutral tones, accentuated by objects and upholstery in complementing shades of blue. We love that the living room is positioned such that on its right, it opens out to the pool and backyard with a gazebo, while it connects to a bedroom with ensuite facilities on the left.
Upstairs, on the landing, is a small alcove study with a distressed table. The corridor leads to the left, where a master suite, guest bedroom and terrace are accessed. In the master boudoir is a four-poster bed, a walk-in wardrobe as well as an expansive marble bathroom with double sink vanity and a free-standing bathtub against a Juliet balcony.
The guest bedroom houses a wonderful reading corner with an armchair with dragonfly motifs. Pops of ochre in the headboard offsets the neutral palette of the space. While the ensuite bathroom receives ample daylight, the terrace is the best place for it. In fact, this section features an open bar counter for up to eight people, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing evening with family and friends.
Blue, white, grey and cream hues are layered with natural textures such as jute, rope, and glints of antique gold to give the space a natural elegance. “This villa paints a perfect picture for a second home, where the voice drops to a whisper and stress levels disappear. Where one can take an afternoon nap with filtered natural light effusing the air with a lazy, dreamy quality, and where the outside blends with the inside, giving a sense of airy lightness,” concludes Mahajan.