With his study in the prow, kitchen in the stern, windows along the port side and staircases hugging its starboard wall, Naulakha (pronounced now-LAH-kuh) has been fully restored and contains nearly all original furnishings, including traces of Kipling’s Bombay birthplace and British parentage.
Unlike many former residences of cultural heroes, this is not a museum with audio tours or roped-off doorways. Naulakha is a vacation rental, and every aged book, period chair and elegant bed is available for guests to use, with a tacit expectation of consideration for the home’s historical significance.
As Guyon happily reports, Naulakha is not a stuffy museum where guests are prohibited from touching Kipling’s books or furnishings; a sense of conservation is all that’s required of guests. Naulakha is also unique in that most of the home and furnishings are original. David Tansey, president of Landmark Trust USA that owns the home, reports that he is only aware of one non-original window pane.
Naulakha is available for stays of three days to two months. Prices begin at $275 per night.