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Walton's Home Stay - ‘The house by the side of the Road’ - Sam Walter Foss at Walton Hall is situated in the heritage zone of this historic village famed for its Chinese fishing nets, the Jew Synagogue and the Dutch Palace and home to the art and culture of Kerala. This relaxing and serene home stay is run by a Catholic family in a Centuries old Dutch building. It is centrally located on Princes street - one of the earliest streets laid out in Fort Cochin, beside the many shops, the Cozy streets, cafe’s and restaurant’s which are convinctly located near by. In this family run home stay, we pride ourselves on a high standard of friendly cheerful service which cafers to the needs of the whole family.

"The philosophy behind - our secret Mantra" - A place away from home - a place like home. "Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man". These words are taken from the poem. ‘The House by the Side of the Road” written by the American poet Sam Walter Foss, Christopher Walton had studied this poem at college and since then the word’s of the poet have inspired him to acts of kindness.

These acts of kindness are passed on to his family members, the society he is with and to guests visiting - making the world a better place to live in. From the hazel and recat of every day life, one walks into Walton’s - a refreshing casis, of peace and Kanquility with a garden full of birds. A plentiful supply of second land books at “Every man’s the Second Hand Bookshop run on the ground floor. The innkeepers believing that good books, like good friends always keep you good company “Every man I will go with thee and be my guide. In my most need to go by my side”.

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The House By The Side Of The Road
- Poem by Sam Walter Foss

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the place of their self-content;
There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze the paths
Where highways never ran-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat
Nor hurl the cynic's ban-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead,
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long afternoon
And stretches away to the night.
And still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish - so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Live Amidst nature

Feel and experience nature
in its fullest glory to
refresh yourself.

Heritage Home Stay

Experience the charm of Kerala heritage that have been preserved throughout the ages.

Family Friendly

The calm and comfortable environment will make your family feel at home.

Good Books

The reception area doubles up as a library It's sharing their common love for books; a second-hand bookstore functions in the homestay from where you can pick up rare books on the state's history and culture.

The Double Rooms

All double rooms are bath attached with solar powered hot water showers 24 hours a day. We have 6 double rooms - 3 on the ground floor and 3 on the 1st floor all with windows opening to the garden where birds sing.

The garden cottage

A relaxing place for one’s mind, heart and spirit, birds keep you company in the day.

The Breakfast Table

We take care of your day break with a samptions breakfast of endless toast, fresh fruits, tea or coffee. Experience the communal breakfast at the family breakfast table.