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30.11.2017

It must be a lovely thing to wake up to: ham sandwiches in a heritage home.
 
47 G in Khotachiwadi, Girgaon’s heritage village is now a bed & breakfast, allowing visitors to live in a 200 year-old home whose front porch was once, many years ago, “kissed by the sea.”
 
The bungalow belongs to designer James Ferreira, who has recently been using the ground floor of the two-storey home for select art and culinary events. Could this be South Bombay’s Vintage Garden? Perhaps even better.
 
Why? For one thing, you won’t be restricted to the outside courtyard. While James and his design workshop live upstairs, the ground floor, including four rooms and a living room, are open to weary travellers.
 
From the outside, 47G is the colour of a fading Marie biscuit, and looks like the crafty work of a grandma stitching strips of crochet and lace together. Inside is also nani-chic, every room chockfull with antiques, including “a crochet curtain patched together with photographs in the living room, that I purchased about 20 years ago,” says James, who has restored the home with modern amenities while keeping its vintage feel intact. The walls are the colour of Merlot, the tiled floor mustard, and constellations of vibrant lamps and chipped plates gather on walls and ceilings.
 
Guests who rent here will get a stay plus breakfast of eggs and bacon or “whatever they want, really”, the best about-town tips from James and maybe even a sartorial make-over? But the best part about living here is that you will be privy to all the cool goings-on chez James. “Last month, I hosted an exhibit by the Baroda School of Art students; and last week, the house was the setting for one of my secret suppers that I plan to host more often, eventually turning the upstairs space into a café by early next year.” On December 16 and 17, Kanika Karvinkop, freelance stylist for Refinery29 & Nylon Magazine, will host a vintage shop here, selling ombre lace dresses from the 20s and 90s Dior jackets. “These little events are my way of keeping Khotachiwadi relevant,” says James.
 
In this little hamlet of 26 homes, reduced from 65, neighbours include a jolly set of folks – you’ll see at Christmas! – including James’ maternal family that lives across from him. And just 10 seconds away at the village’s Ideal Wafers shop, you can get the best cheese and tomato chips you’ve ever eaten.
 
Right now, the master of the manor has a lot of sweet gigs (he’s launching a new high street label called Black Velvet and an organic clothing one called Jaivik), but this house - its chambers and the transitory faces that will pass through it – is definitely James’ Giant Peach.
 
Getting there: Email info@jamesferreira.co.in for date availability and rates. At 47G, Trail 1 Lane, Khotachiwadi, Ambewadi, Girgaon.

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