Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
With its high-vaulted ceilings, traditional freezes over the windows and doors and inlaid floors, Siyambala House can best be described as a modern take on the Sri Lankan vernacular. It is light, airy and, at more than 4,000 sq ft, very spacious. The covered terrace benefits from a wonderfully calming breeze from the water, providing the perfect place to eat, take in the views, socialise, or doze. There are five large air-conditioned bedrooms: four doubles and one twin; two on the second floor and three downstairs. Three bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.
Add to this the spectacular 15-metre infinity pool, the comfort of the huge atrium as well as five full-time staff, and you have all the ingredients in place for a tropical holiday to remember. For those who want a tranquil getaway with the choice to be active or not and who do not want to do any catering or other chores! Perfect for intergenerational groups or reunions.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Koggala Beach 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Colombo 120 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, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
The Sri Lanka Southern Coast region
Southern Sri Lanka boasts some of the most idyllic stretches of coastline in Sri Lanka, offering the ideal holiday destination for families, adventure travellers, or culture-vultures, alike. The region not only has exceptional diving, surfing, windsurfing, and parasailing, but also whale and dolphin watching, turtle farms, birdwatching and a rich supply of spas, yoga centres and ayurvedic treatments.
It is also rich in culture. The southern coastal city of Galle boasts a huge fort whose entire area is an UNESCO World heritage site. Built by the Portuguese, enlarged by the Dutch, and finally taken over by British invaders the fort is a preserved honeycomb of living history. Some of the professionals and merchants that reside here have family histories spanning 300 years. Galle was trading centre for the lucrative spice trade of the East Indies and the huge warehouses for storing cinnamon are just as they were. So are the spectacular fort ramparts where families and lovers take their evening walk to enjoy the sea breezes. Cricket lovers can enjoy test matches and an array of first-class matches at Galle International Stadium, just outside the ramparts. Every house and civic building has a story to tell in Galle and we offer our guests a free historic tour of the town to introduce them.
Tranquillity is guaranteed at the 43-acre Koggala Lake, which is a protected site, for its bird life in particular. You will see fishermen rowing out to catch fresh prawns and other delights, including kestrels, kites and fruit bats which festoon the sky at sunset. From the house you can take a boat or swim out to some of its small islands such as Cinnamon Island, where a family still harvests the bark of this plant and is happy to demonstrate and brew up a refreshing cup of cinnamon tea, the Buddhist temple on another of the islands, or Ananda Spice Garden.
If you can tear yourself away from the house, the local area offers a wealth of excursions. Just speak to our manager Nalaka, who will arrange everything.
Koggala Beach – one of the World's Most Beautiful beaches (a 15-minute walk away)
The Koggala stick fisherman
Martin Wickramsinghe Folk Museum
Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharayatemple
Ananda Spice Garden
Surfing (including board hire and lessons, if needed)
Whale and dolphin watching
Gem and antique shopping
Museums and history tours
Tickets to cultural and sporting events