Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Khomba House was designed by a leading young Sri Lankan architect and completed in 2009. With it's wide open spaces and high ceilings it combines the feeling of a cool beach house with a classic Sri Lankan colonial villa. Established in partnership with the neighbouring Bar Reef resort, the villa offers perfect seclusion with access to the facilities of a larger destination offering infinity pools, restaurants, bars and plenty of massage. It was recently nominated as Harpers Bazaar Top 10 Beach destination.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Your own!|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Colombo 140 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (7), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
The house is laid out in a classic Sri Lankan style. In addition to the two double bedrooms, which have a further daybed in each there is an en suite living room which has three day beds. The vast main living area is completely open to the sea affording panoramic views of the Indian ocean. The dining room lies just off the main living area, adjoining the kitchen. This too is open to the beach front. The Villa is set in six acres of what was formerly a coconut plantation. Now planted with a variety of fruits, clients are free to wander through the leafy palms to their own covered beach hut situated right at the waters edge.
|Further details outdoors||
From October to April guests are able to go out whale and dolphin watching, a truly spectacular phenomenon as literally hundreds gather in the feeding grounds just off the reef. The villa has four bicycles which allow guests the opportunity to travel the wider resort, or if they're feeling very energetic, make the 5km trip into the local town. Boat trips are also available to go snorkelling on the reef or fishing. New to the area is the nearby kite surfing school which operates off the inland lagoon.
During the low season the area is becoming renowned for kite surfing with numerous schools starting up and taking advantage of the flat water and consistent afternoon breeze.
We try and be as completely flexible with bookings as possible. If you plan to stay a couple of days and then go off to Wilpattu, Sri Lanka's largest national park, for a couple of nights, we'll do our best to keep the house for you on your return, but not charge you while you are away.
The North-Western Province region
Khomba House is situated in an area known as the Wilderness Coast. A clutch of boutique developments have established a complementary web of facilities which you drop in or out of at your will. Khomba House is the only private villa within this setting sharing the beach and the clear waters which don't have the legendary currents of the South.
It has now become established as one of the most unique destinations within Sri Lanka, largely driven by the discovery of 1,000's of dolphins about a mile offshore coinciding with the diving continental shelf. Another mile or so offshore there are daily sightings of numerous different species of whale.
Historically just a coconut grove the new occupant have turned this strip of beach into a verdant garden and with it attracted all manner of birds and other wildlife.
For exploration a little further afield, visits by tuk tuk, boat or van can be made to a nearby fishing village or to the town of Kalpitiya. The latter is a vibrant and unspoiled fishing town with an interesting mix of historical buildings from its eventful colonial past.
For those who wish to explore the island's ancient history, the many attractions of the Cultural Triangle, with its ruined cities, temples and statues, are within comfortable reach. About two to three hours away, it contains no less than four of the island's seven World Heritage Sites.
Wilpattu National Park, the island's largest wildlife sanctuary, where you can find one of the highest concentrations of leopard in the world along with myriad other wildlife, is a little over an hour's drive away.
The beach and area around Bar Reef are an absolute twitcher's delight. The salterns just to the North of us as well as the Bird Sanctuary about an hour away are other spots worth visiting if you are passionate about birds.
The 17th century St. Anne's Church in Talawila, a mere five miles away, is the island's most renowned Catholic shrine. Legend has it that a Portuguese trader had a vision of St Anne while resting under a banyan tree and returned to build the church that now sprawls over the site. In March and August each year, St. Anne's hosts the largest catholic festivals in the country, when up to 700,000 pilgrims come to pray.
Munnesweram Kovil is a much-storied Hindu temple whose origins date back to great antiquity. A highly revered temple dedicated to Shiva and associated with Kali, its deity's name can be translated as the 'Lord of Antiquity' and its goddess as the 'Goddess of Beautiful Form'. About an hour and a half away, it is well worth a visit.
The Puttlam salt pans are a half hour drive away for those interested in learning what one of our most basic condiments goes through before it ends up on our tables and in our food.