A scenic setting on the edge of a valley of rice fields injects this four-bedroom family friendly house with an authentic rural vibe, while the gorgeous 20m lap pool and gardens brimming with wildlife only add to its outdoor appeal. Scattered almost invisibly within the palm-pricked fringes of this ocean of rice are village homes, their occupants often to be seen traversing the muddy paddy bunds on foot or precariously by bicycle. At dawn, when mist creeps above the marshy fields and tangles itself in the fringing vegetation, the distant crow of cockerels and temple chants linger in the air. Depending upon the time of year, farmers may be tending to their crops or herding buffalo through the harvested plots.
Ivory House is a part-old, part-new sunset-facing country villa. The main portion of the house, home to the expansive living room and two small ensuite bedrooms, has stood for over 70 years, whilst the newer extension – its differentiation almost invisible to the eye – tags onto the side, and hosts a kitchen/dining galley area and two big ensuite master bedrooms. Although many of the original timber windows have been retained in the old wing of the house and complemented by artefacts such as antique typewriters and fans, the wide folding doors, minimal decor and soft furnishings provide contemporary relevance too. The stylish living room, furnished with squashy sofas and floor lamps verges on a retro aesthetic.
An able staff team care of everything at the house, and the experienced cook can prepare a variety of western and Sri Lankan dishes (all groceries on guest account) to be enjoyed either indoors or on the front veranda overlooking the theatre of rural village life. Although the nearest beaches and restaurants are a ten-minute drive away, Kahanda Kanda hotel, 2.5km distant, is an attractive local dining venue.
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.
This idyllic 2-bedroom beach pad on Sri Lanka’s tourist-scarce north-west coast is perfect for couples, families and even groups as daybeds increase capacity to ten. Khomba House is staffed and comes with a huge beachside garden and access to two swimming pools, a water sports centre, restaurants and a spa.
This fabulous 1-bedroom beach house bursts with colour, energy and soul. It’s perfect for couples who will love its privacy, intimacy and blissful comfort. Enhanced by the services of a housekeeper who’s also an excellent cook, Kikili Beach has a great location within sight of Unawatuna and close to Galle.
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.
Comprising just two bedrooms, a living–dining area and kitchen (complete with great cook); this idyllic beach pad near Tangalle is without pretensions. Revelling in its sensational seaside situation, contemporary Kurumba’s emerald lawn is scattered with comfortable recliners, a hammock and a deeply cushioned ambalama just footsteps from the beach.
Nisala shares a big pool and beachfront garden plus spectacular sunset views with its sister Sri Villa properties. Fully-staffed, it has expansive living and dining space plus two serene sea-view suites. A great family holiday home or, if all three villas are booked together, an excellent choice for extended groups.
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.