This fabulous beach pad glorifies relaxation and subtly envelopes you in a warm, private and timeless embrace the minute you walk through the door. Life here is dominated by the sounds and sights of the glittering Indian Ocean; the tropical, palm-shaded garden appearing to drop effortlessly off into the sea. As you wallow in the inviting swimming pool at the heart of the verdant green lawn it’s a delight to gaze back at the multi-hued stripes of horizon and sky that are punctuated only occasionally by misty silhouettes of ships passing far out at sea. Spidery palms sway gently overhead and rustle in the breeze as the sun’s rays filter through the comb-like leaves and scatter shapely shadows on the ground.
Victoria was built over fifteen years ago as a contemporary reflection of a traditional Sri Lankan house. Thick walls, high timber ceilings and pillared verandas provide a touch of Dutch colonial inspiration whilst cool tiled floors are a treat on the feet. The property is homely and very restful, with five bedrooms located on either side of an open-plan, relaxing living area where you can kick back on vivid blue cushions and gaze out over the garden and pool to the mesmerising swell of the sea. Victoria’s traditional character comes across in the many reclaimed fretwork-enhanced window and door frames, stone thresholds and antique furnishings whilst the beachfront pavilion, wonderful swimming pool, movie room and the many concrete-based cushioned sofas bring the property more firmly up to date.
The villa has an excellent seaside location and as you drive the eight kilometres to Galle you pass a variety of beaches, restaurants and shops. Victoria also benefits highly from a very amenable staff team. The chef is very experienced and will treat you to a range of cuisines (provisions on guest account), whilst the waiters serve you discreetly, quietly and with a smile; the well-equipped kitchen is available for guests to use too. Since the lounging, dining and relaxing areas are almost hidden from the entrance and staff areas by the striking back wall of the open-sided living room it’s possible to enjoy the house almost exclusively to yourselves.
September 28th, 2012 - September 30th, 2012
“Fantastic location. Fantastic design great for both families and groups of friends. You cant swim outside but great beaches only 5 minutes away. Would recommend this villa to anyone.”