At first glance, Hideaway looks like many of the island’s beautiful old properties. With an elegant exterior fringed by carved fretwork, triangular tiled roofs, shuttered windows and stuccoed white columns it echoes the island’s colonial past. Step over the threshold however, and you’ll notice that whilst Hideaway’s owner’s extensive renovations have retained key architectural features and preserved its classical style, their choice of furnishings, decor and facilities have also given the property a contemporary vibe. Designed as a retreat from hectic city life, Hideaway emphasizes life’s simple pleasures; releasing you from everyday stresses and strains and providing the luxurious means to relax and unwind.

This three-bedroomed, 120-year-old, village walauwe (manor house) is a serene home from home. Guests are showered with everyday comforts such as beautifully dressed beds, hearty cuisine and a cabinet packed full of movies, whilst also being treated to subtle luxuries; dreamy bathrooms with open-air jacuzzi bathtubs, a large blue-tiled swimming pool, an intimate bar and the services of an all-pampering seven-strong staff team. Hideaway’s layout makes it as great for groups and families as it does for couples and honeymooners who will adore the exclusivity and privacy of the house’s blessed rural location. Enchanting candlelit dinners under the stars, moonlit midnight swims, mouth-watering meals (restaurant-style pricing) and timeless walks into the stunning rural countryside are sure to restore and relieve even the most stressed-out, run-down and uninspired of us.

Although the house completely lives up to its name, hidden away as it is deep within the golden triangle of palm and pineapple plantations inland from Negombo, it is not so remote that there isn’t anything to do close by. Take off on a bullock cart for a unique perspective of this rural area, or cycle through villages and plantations to visit ancient temples. Trawl the local markets at Kirindiwella, go shopping in Colombo, visit the beach (both barely an hour’s drive away) or, quite simply, do nothing but read, relax and recuperate in this restful place that feels so much further away from it all.

Location


Located on the fringe of the village of Waturegama, Hideaway is exactly as its name suggests. Securely ‘hidden’ amongst coconut and pineapple plantations in a glorious rural setting way off the main highway, it is a refreshing distance from the nearest towns. Gampaha (16km) is the best town to visit for banks, pharmacies and supermarkets; however, if you are thinking of heading to the beach for the day in Negombo (42km), you could also find all of these facilities there.


Kirindiwella 4 km
Gampaha 16 km
Airport 35 km
Colombo 37 km
Negombo 42 km
Pinnewala 43 km
Kurunegala 65 km
Kandy 74 km
Galle 128 km

About Gampaha


Gampaha town lies to the north of Colombo in a district of the same name that stretches from the golden, tourist-friendly beaches of Negombo to the lower reaches of the island’s rugged Hill Country. Separated from Colombo by the Kelaniya River, the region is famed for its almost ageless rural scene; plantations brimming with swaying coconut palms, prickly pineapples, aromatic spices and vast stretches of tranquil paddy land in between. Primarily forest land until 1826, Gampaha was discovered during the British colonial period when the Main Line railway between Colombo and Kandy was being constructed. It was the site of Asia’s first successful rubber tree plantation, and some of these trees can still be found in the city’s tranquil Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens today. Just as villages are sheathed in quiet simplicity, urban town centres are oppositely abuzz with activity as market traders come and go. Local eateries are numerous but most are basic and cater mainly to the local crowds. Conveniently located around an hour’s drive from the airport, this rural region is a favourite with travellers looking for peace and quiet that’s not too far off the beaten track.


About North West Coast


This spectacular region to the north of Colombo is a magical destination largely untouched by tourism. Highlighted by wildlife-filled wetlands, a sweeping stretch of largely undeveloped coastline, a friendly, multi-cultural people and stunning rural landscapes punctuated by huge boulders, lotus-topped lakes and jungle, it is historic, wild and raw.

Stretching from Negombo, a popular beach resort that’s close to the airport, the coastline continues all the way north via Waikkal and Marawila past lagoons and wetlands to the elbow-like peninsular of palm-fringed Kalpitiya and the stunning, recently-opened Wilpattu National Park, home to elephants, bears and leopards.

The beaches along the coastal stretch north of Negombo are beautifully unspoilt; the sea off Kalpitiya is famed for its dolphins and whales (between November and April) and is also a popular spot for kite surfers as well as anyone looking to escape the crowds. Each town along this coastal stretch – Chilaw, Puttalam, Kalpitiya – are important trading centres and are still home to remnants of the island’s colonial past - Dutch forts, Portuguese churches and British administrative buildings.

Inland the scene is very rural with the numerous coconut plantations of the golden triangle north of Gampaha soon giving way to small-scale farmlands that stretch between huge boulders and pretty lakes as the climate gets drier and the people much less used to visitors. Fascinating archaeological sites at Kurunegala, Tonigala, Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya and Panduwasnuwara are also located in the North West of the country and are beautiful, if seldom-visited illustrations of the island’s rich historical past.

Our review   Overall Rating: 7.90


We simply adored Hideaway, which does exactly what it says on the tin. If you want to hide away and really escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, then this is the place for you. An hour from the airport, it’s the perfect place to recuperate from a long-haul flight and a much better option than staying in Colombo. Not only was the environment blissfully relaxing, but the staff had a similar effect on us as they were clearly well-versed in pampering. Continually reminding us to treat the property as our own, they prepared the most excellent meals, and our dinner under the stars was made even more incredible by the fact that it was completely illuminated by candles. Being wined and dined so well (five unpretentious courses), yet miles from anywhere, was a real highlight for us. Whilst the property would be excellent for groups of friends or for families (big garden and shallow area in the pool for paddlers), the private open-air jacuzzis, the isolation and the staff’s discreet service urge us to highly recommend this modest house as a romantic hideaway as well.  Although the F&B arrangements are restaurant-style – with the choice of either reasonably priced set meals or à la carte options – and we were discouraged from using the kitchen, there is little that we didn’t like about Hideaway. However this villa is not the place for those looking for nightlife, or who want to be close to beaches and a good selection of restaurants or shops.


Rooms

Bedroom:  3
Sleeping Capacity: 6
Location:  North West Coast


Bedroom 1 (Moon) Double
Bedroom 2 (Sun) Double
Bedroom 3 (Star) Double

Staff

  • Babysitter (Extra)
  • Chef/Cook (All meals)
  • Housekeeping (Full time)
  • Manager
  • Security
  • Service Staff
  • Shopper

Key Amenities

  •   Swimming Pool (Private)
  •   TV (Satellite/Cable)

Other Amenities

  • Baby Cot
  • BBQ
  • Bed Linen
  • Bicycles
  • Board Games/Toys
  • Book Selection
  • Car Parking
  • CD Library
  • CD Player/Stereo System
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Equipped Kitchen
  • Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress)
  • Food Menu
  • Hairdryers
  • Iron/Board
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry Service
  • Main Dining (8 persons)
  • Massage Beds
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  • Towels
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An enchanting private island escape set just 150m off the coast of Weligama, 30 minutes from Galle. Hopelessly romantic and wonderfully private, this five bedroom 1920s mansion is set amidst two and a half acres of lush tropical gardens with infinity pool and breathtaking spots to appreciate the panoramic views.


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The Beach House

Beautiful Bawa-enhanced former artist-owned beach house set in a tropical garden near to Tangalle, ideal for families, couples or groups. With 5 intimate rooms, a large swimming pool and direct ocean views this chic beach retreat is pleasantly secluded although conveniently enough located to visit Tangalle’s main attractions.


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The Dutch House

A striking eighteenth century Dutch colonial mansion that stands in glorious landscaped gardens overlooking, but hidden from, the town of Galle. Offering quiet seclusion close to all major attractions including Galle Fort and the beaches, it features 4 luxurious suites, exquisite art and antiques and a wonderful ‘treetop’ swimming pool.


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The Lavender House

Glorious nineteenth century tea planter’s bungalow in the Hill Country, exquisitely restored to combine yesteryear’s charms with today’s comforts. Fully staffed and featuring five luxurious bedrooms, inviting living areas, a stone-pillared verandah and a beautiful garden with stunningly situated infinity pool, this superb holiday home has enormous appeal.


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The Old Lady at the Sea

The Old Lady at the Sea is a great value, fully staffed property set in lawned gardens, and is ideal for extended families and big groups. Nine ensuite bedrooms, equipped with TVs and DVD players, sit either side of the sea-view swimming pool at this renovated 300-year-old Dutch house.


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The Petals

An elevated 2-bedroom house overlooking a lush tropical garden boasting uninterrupted views across tranquil paddy fields. Only five minutes from the beach, The Petalsis a perfectly peaceful base for couples or a small family looking to explore the Galle region; best of all, it comes with an excellent cook.


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The Teak House

A charming 2-bedroom wooden house set on a hillside overlooking the ocean, only two minutes’ walk from the beach.  With a 12m swimming pool and a large palm grove garden full of tropical flowers and birds, Teak House is an enchanting retreat for families, couples, artists and nature lovers.


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The Weir House

The blissful natural setting of this hillside holiday home is the leading ingredient in its authentic recipe for rest and relaxation. Generously blended with comfortable rooms, home-cooked meals, a mountainside plunge pool and six-acres of nature-filled garden to explore, the eco-friendly Weir House is a beautiful retreat from the world.


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Victoria

Gorgeous 5-bedroom private beach villa with spacious palm-shaded garden, inviting swimming pool and sweeping sea views that’s only eight kilometres from Galle. Victoria’s restful character, experienced staff team and useful location close to many attractions and facilities make it an excellent holiday home for families, groups and couples alike.


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Villa Kumara

Close to Weligama’s famed surf breaks and Mirissa’s pretty bay, Kumara Villa is home to 3 luxurious bedroom suites with private walled gardens, a spacious living/dining pavilion and a sun-dappled terrace and infinity pool set in acres of tropical landscaping. The villa’s friendly staff team includes a manager and a cook.


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Villa Pooja Kanda

This 5-bedroomed colonial-style hilltop villa near Koggala is enveloped by an expansive tropical garden and is a paradise for exotic wildlife and birds. The villa, which has a blissful 8m swimming pool, is fully staffed and incredibly private, and beaches are only a ten-minute drive away.


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Villa Republic Bentota

This 5-bedroom riverside villa in the west coast water sports resort of Bentota celebrates cultural revolutionaries in both name and décor. Furnished with striking oriental pieces set within elegant open-plan living areas, this staffed family friendly villa with swimming pool, garden and private jetty is five minutes from the beach.


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Villa Saldana

Set on the fringe of Habaraduwa facing a sultry stretch of sand, Saldana is a tropical, 3-bedroomed, staffed villa with swimming pool that’s perfect for a family or a small group of friends. There’s a spacious central living room with TV lounge and a great kitchen that’s well-equipped for cooks.


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Villa Suriyawatta

Set on a pretty stretch of coastline near Weligama, Villa Suriyawatta is a convivial 5-bedroom oasis with graceful living areas, sweeping sea views and a gorgeous garden and pool.   It’s well equipped for kids, has a Sonos sound system wired to the pool area and an excellent staff team. 


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Villa Tusk

Just south of Galle, Villa Tusk is a private getaway offering simple beachside living. Blending serenity with the convenience of having lots to see and do nearby, Villa Tusk is fully staffed and features four bedrooms and a palm-shaded ocean-facing lawn, plus plenty of relaxing spots both inside and out.


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Walatta House

The 3-bedroomed Walatta House is a fabulous choice for groups.  Perched on a palm-studded hillside with 180-degree sea views, this engaging eco-chic property has an air-con TV snug, an open-plan living/dining area, an inviting 20-metre lap pool and extensive gardens that tumble down the hillside to a secluded beach.


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Wetakeiya House

From the long front veranda of this charming 3-bedroom hillside house near Dickwella, views unfold across a tumbling garden, home to a swimming pool and sunset pavilion, towards the Indian Ocean beyond. Ideal for groups, Wetakeiya is staffed and well-endowed with lounges, including a TV snug.


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White House at Bird Lake No. 2

A modern, 3-bedroom holiday home in a picturesque lakeside setting yet close to lively Hikkaduwa. With a simple – though striking – design, The White House at Bird Lake has cosy living and dining areas, a large swimming pool, modern conveniences and a fully equipped kitchen ideal for self-catering families, groups and couples.


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Why House

If you’re looking for a big house for an extended family getaway or group occasion then eight-bedroom Why House is perfect. Set in two acres of tropical gardens with a stunning swimming pool, Why boasts a full staff team and a beautifully tranquil inland location just five minutes from Galle’s beaches.


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