Svatma, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
About"Part home, part museum" is how the architect, designer, and owner duo, behind Svatma, Krithika and Sumanth Subrahmanian, describe their newly renovated property. Beginning life as the colonial style home of a British trader, it has been left derelict for the last 75 years. Found in a dilapidated condition the pair have lovingly restored the property to its former grandeur. Filled with original pieces (the ceiling vaults still bear the imprint of the Lanarkshire steelworks where they were forged), as well as refurbished antique ceiling fans and working telephones. Failing that, they have introduced equally ornate curio pieces, such as at the bar, which is located under a porch salvaged from a 220-year-old house in the neighboring region of Chettinad. The old house is home to Svatma's seven-period suites, whilst a newer wing houses 27 additional rooms, with a more contemporary style. It is safe to say, that Tamil Nadu's heritage is at the very heart of Svatma's ethos. From the cuisine to the spa, both draw from local influences. Aharam, serves a pure vegetarian Tamil inspired menu, using as much organic and local produce as possible. Whilst the spa offers a range of Ayurvedic massages, as well as a gym and yoga studio. The perfect heritage stay in ancient Thanjavur.