The house itself is a restored Portuguese manor, with a high plinth, imposing columns and high ceilings which have retained its original structure to a large extent without compromising modern day requirements of luxury and comfort. It offers excellent year-round natural ventilation and a chance to experience the seasons at close quarters.
During the renovation process which took all of 3 years, efforts were made to preserve the materials which had originally gone into the construction of the house, sometimes using them for alternate purposes. The end result is a house which reflects a judicious and tasteful blend of modern comfort and traditional splendour.
With a built up area of around 7000 sq feet, Arco Iris envelopes a traditional entrada [foyer], a spacious formal drawing room and a high ceilinged dining room dominated by a hard wood dining table which can comfortably seat 8 and an outdoor patio along with five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a kitchen that’s open to guests, a utility area and private servant’s quarters. Three of the five spacious bedrooms open out into private balconies that either over look the azure lake or blossoming expanses of flora. Arco Iris also houses a Balcao [balcony] – which is the most social part of the house where any daily activity, be it catching up with neighbours or reading the local newspaper or just plain lazing around can be indulged in and a courtyard in the rear with a renovated working well that is used as an alternate source of water.