This Holiday Home in Coonoor Is A True Paradise Dotted With Sprawling Tea Gardens and Breathtaking Views | Phylosophy Design Studio


When Vasundhara Sampath of Phylosophy Design Studio was approached by Priyanka Reddy to design her holiday home in the enchanting hill station of Coonoor, amidst the sprawling tea gardens, it was easy to understand her requirements since the studio had previously worked on a couple of projects with her. The weekend retreat perfectly blends into the surrounding lush greenery with its bamboo matting, wood textures, rustic finishes, stunning chandeliers, and organic palettes. The designer shared more about this beautiful project in detail with SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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“This was one project where I wouldn’t complain about making site visits. One look at the site and I knew my job as an interior designer just got easier as the site was enveloped with the most amazing views!,” said Vasundhara.


An Oasis of Warmth In The Drawing Room

Most of the rooms have high ceilings so we used bamboo matting and stunning chandeliers to highlight it.

coonoor-retreat-in-the-NilgrisThe studio also used hardwood floors to add warmth to the rooms. Classic chesterfield sofas were teamed with a dramatic wicker daybed and coffee tables to create a welcoming drawing-room. 


Relax and Unwind to this Cozy Fireplace

A cozy fireplace with accent chairs on either side is the perfect space to unwind at the end of the day with your favourite book.

coonoor-retreat-in-the-NilgrisThe printed chairs of the dining table complemented the tile insets of the locally sourced dinner wagon and mirror.

coonoor-retreat-in-the-NilgrisThe pinewood-clad family area has the perfect couch to sink into and binge-watch your favourite show.


Colours, Materials and Fabrics Punctuate the Design Scheme

The master bedroom has a gorgeous tall solid wood headboard and a cozy reading chair.


The guest room has a four-poster bed in a pretty shade of aqua. A comfortable chaise lounge and botanical prints on the wall make a picture-perfect corner. 

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The boys’ room features furniture in shades of grey. Cheery prints and ceramic lamps add a pop of colour to this room. Carefully handpicked accessories and rugs added the finishing touches.


All the rooms have an attached sit-out with picturesque views of the tea estate, apt for a wonderful morning cup of tea. 


Relaxing in the gazebo, soaking in the sweeping views, comforted by the crackling fire- definitely makes it a perfect holiday home.

Project Details

Project Name: Retreat in the Nilgiris 
Design firm: Phylosophy Design Studio 
Location: Coonoor
Principal architect/s: Vasundhara Sampath
Client: Priyanka Reddy
Year of Completion: 2021

Supporting Vendors:

Furniture: Nivasa, Inhabit, Mohan’s furniture
Accessories & prints: Calcuttan gallery, Vriksh, Mulberry Lights & lamps: Prakash Lights, The White Teak Company Curtains: Studio Orion
Rug: Jaipur Rugs, D décor
Photography: Rithika Jain 

About the Firm

Phylosophy Design Studio is based in Hyderabad with projects spread all over the country as well as the UK & USA. Their work is contemporary and has global references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario. Drawing inspiration from various cultures, colours and tastes, each of Phylosophy’s projects represents a diversity of design, textures and colours to craft spaces that are uniquely yours.

About the Architect

Vasundhara fused her explorer’s spirit and passion for travel with her love and natural ability for Interior Design starting her journey in 2009. She soon developed a reputation for a keen eye for aesthetics, space and colour; a personal guide, of sorts, in the creation of a warm and inviting home. Her dedication to her clients and the achievement of their design needs evolved into her venturing into Commercial Design Spaces in 2011. She believes that everyone deserves a beautiful space and is also sensitive to budget constraints and will work to achieve the desired result without sacrificing the small details or quality. 

Vasundhara Sampath, Founder and Principal Designer,  Phylosophy Design Studio

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