All rooms are accessed via the main courtyard; each has its own entrance to the gardens. White walls and black oxide floors provide a striking contrast to the hotel’s historic wooden structure, which dates back to the 18th century. Beds are dressed with brushed cotton sheets, luxurious quilts and soft pillows. The bathroom walls are finished in pearly tadelakt; dry off with large cotton towels, made in South India. There are four Standard rooms to pick from, each with a queen- or king-size bed and sliding doors that open onto the garden. Room 1 (Kokkupara) has a queen-size bed and surveys the garden and the terraces below; Room 3 (Athukkadu) is a cosy, colourful option, with a queen-size bed, white lacquered wood furniture, a garden-view bathroom and stone steps that lead down to the garden; Room 6 (Kattaikadu) spies on the rose garden and has a luxurious king-size bed with plump pillows and a pillow-top mattress; Room 7 (Pullaveli) has a snowy white bathroom, a king-size bed (or twins on request) and golden bamboos outside, which act as a pretty screen.