The Trafford Hall at cheshire village beach side resort in kannur is named after Trafford region: a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester and part of Cheshire County. We lived in Hale, a small beautiful village in Trafford which boasts a long heritage, with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Roman activity. It is the home of Manchester United FC (Old Trafford) and Lancashire county cricket club.
Trafford hall consists of a large common hall with dining and sitting area and a stage that can be converted as a bedroom. The Hall can easily accommodate 150 guests. The Hall is interconnected to the kitchen dining area in the Cheshire Cottage on one side and the fort house on the other side. The hall opens to the Tennis court, which will be used as an outdoor seating and dining area during a large group gathering.
The wooden flooring in the Trafford hall is recycled flooring reclaimed from the famous Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
The antique church pews which are long benched seats used historically in churches to seat a congregation or choir, have been converted into beautiful seating arrangements in the Trafford Hall and the patio.
There is an antique snooker dining table in the Trafford hall which was purchased from an antique store in the UK. This traditional style of furniture can be used as a dining table but easily converted into a snooker table when required. We also have an antique piano in the Trafford Hall which was also shipped from the UK and renovated to its original beauty.
This cottage is built in the traditional Kerala architecture with a wooden ceiling, wooden floor and a tiled roof. The cottage roof and floor is built with recycled pitch pine wood which was obtained from Whitworth Art Gallery in Greater Manchester. Only recycled wood has been used to build this cottage. The Cottage is in 2 floors – The ground floor has a kitchen, dining area and two washrooms. There is also a large covered porch attached to the Cheshire cottage, which can be used as an outdoor dining area. Upstairs there is one large bedroom covered with upvc double glazed glass windows all around providing a panoramic view of the Arabian sea.
The well in the front garden of the cottage is inspired from the traditional Arabian style well in the Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi. Even though it is only 200m from the sea, the well provides clean fresh water throughout the year.
This is the part of the old building that has been renovated into a fort style villa with an open courtyard. There are three bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. One common wash room with a toilet facility is in the courtyard. The stairs outside lead to an open terrace with an exceptional view of the sea. The outside front door in the fort house courtyard is an antique church door reclaimed from the UK. It is about 200 years old and has been restored to its original beauty.
The wooden carved window shutters used in the courtyard are made from a single piece of wood, which we gathered from a reclaimed yard in the UK.
There are 3 bedrooms in the Fort House which are fully air conditioned. Two are en-suite with shower facilities. The natural well is accessible from the wash room in one of the rooms. Water can be collected directly from the well to enjoy a natural bath. All the rooms have built in wardrobe and storage space. Guests can enjoy the sea view from some of the rooms.
We have a collection of animals and birds including goats, cows, chickens, swans, and pigeons. All the pet animals and birds are in the farm area away from the main buildings. There is a separate gate to access this area. A small natural pond is made in the farm area for animals and birds to enjoy the water. All these pets are caged only in the night for their protection. They are free to roam in the farm during the day.
We have an organic vegetable garden within the property to enjoy pest free produce. Depending on the season, we grow different organic vegetables including tomatoes, chillies, okra and other vegetables. If available, our guests can use these organic vegetables.
We have well-constructed barbeque facilities surrounded by roofed patio for sitting and dining and a vast lawn with the sea view to enjoy barbeque parties.
The play area is near the front entrance of the property. This provides plenty of opportunities for kids of different ages to enjoy the time there. There is a swing, climbing frame, 8 shaped path to ride tricycle, sand pits, climbing rocks, a slide and plenty of areas to play around.
There is a fresh water natural pond about 20 meters long within the beachside haven in kannur. Plenty of large edible and fancy fish grow in the pond. Fish feeding is an activity we encourage here. Two kayaks and a small boat are available for use under supervision. Life jackets will be provided to ensure personal safety.
An artificially made huge rocky area with waterfall is at the quiet part of Cheshire Village beachside villa in kannur. Our guests can climb up to the top of the rock. There is a quiet sitting area at the top with full view of the Sea. This small and calm sitting place is ideal to relax and chat.
Historically, coconut tree leaves were used for building construction in Mattul for roofs and walls. We have a Gazebo constructed with bamboo and coconut tree palm leaves to remind us of our past. All these palm leaves are from our own coconut trees in Cheshire Village.
An approximately 400 meters long walking path, paved by natural red stones and green grass in between the stones, is situated around the village. There are large number of fruit trees planted at the border of the path including banana trees, mango trees, jackfruit trees, lemon, suppota, badam, muringa and rambutan.