£363 / night
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Sri Mathie Villa and Boutique Eco Hotel – Home 204645 Villa

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Sri Mathie Villa and Boutique Eco Hotel – Home 204645

  • Villa
  • 5 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min stay

Excellent Excellent – based on 14 reviews

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Villa / 5 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Great eco holiday. Restored 1910 plantation house with five bedrooms. Includes billiard room, games room with board games, library with over 1,000 reference texts and thrillers. WiFi and iPod docking station. Telescope for astronomy enthusiasts. Bicycles for touring local rice paddies and tea plantations. Close to beach (within 10 minutes, just over one kilometer) but inland, avoiding the commercialism and noise often associated with beach stays but close enough to come and go when you choose.

Within easy reach of whale and dolphin watching, tea plantations, and many historic sites. Fruit and spices grown (seasonally) on property.

Excellent guest reviews. Close to all amenities, including Ayurvedic massage, beaches, shopping, markets, day trips for whale watching and safaris, and major sites of interest. Maximum - 4 couples, with children.


  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
    Bedroom 5: Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms: 2 Single Beds
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

By our van and driver, with a/c, by bicycle, and by three-wheeler (tuk tuk)

Interaction with guest

Met by our cook and house staff upon arrival. House manager will ask about your requirements for meals, and buy fresh every day. No mark-up on food purchased but you will be requested to pay for food in advance for shopping purposes. All receipts will be verified.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: (£317.85) $400.00
Yes, smoking allowed


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

No refund If you cancel, any money you have paid cannot be refunded.

Check-in date

House rules

All food items must be kept in the fridge to avoid pesky critters. No smoking in the bedrooms. Strict “no drugs” policy.


About the owner

David C.
Calendar updated:
25 Feb 2018
Years listed:
Based in:
Hong Kong
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Villa has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 03 Feb 2012. Located in Galle District, it has 14 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £2536.

The property’s calendar was last updated on 25 Feb 2018.


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Guest reviews

14 reviews

Very Good

“Serenity in Sri Lanka”

Reviewed 4 Feb 2016

Our stay at Sri Mathie Villa could not have been more wonderful. The owner David was incredibly helpful with the booking and gave us all kinds of advise about travel in Sri Lanka. He helped us with our itinerary - a meander from Colombo, to Kandy, up to Sigirya and then down to the south coast. We had wanted to do a safari too but didn't have enough time- we will just have to return again one day! Suba and Gamini, the villa staff, were utterly charming and looked after us perfectly. Their cooking was so good that we suggested they write and publish a cook book! Every morning they served up an amazing breakfast and Suba made us all kinds of delicious treats too - banana bread, avocado smoothies and cakes ....everyday. We felt very pampered indeed! Dulmeth, their little boy was adorable and we had some fun times drawing together. His masterpieces hang in our home here in Rhode Island :) And the dogs and the puppy.....what cuties! The Villa is stunning - a beautifully renovated old Sri Lankan property, with gorgeous polished black concrete floors, high ceilings and intricate woodwork and a lovely feeling of openness, with large double doors that bring the tropical outside in. The breezeway between the bedrooms and the main house is wonderful - the long koi pond and beautiful plantings make for a very serene setting in the midst of a jungle. One of things we loved most was the outdoor bathroom and shower in our master bedroom, where the monkeys and peacocks played in the palm trees high above us. The villa is nestled in an organic farm, a short tuk-tuk ride from the coast, which grows black pepper, mango, coconut, lemon, cinnamon, and all kinds of other spices. Suba gave us a great tour one morning which we thoroughly enjoyed. Suba and Gamini kindly took us by tuk- tuk to the local fish and vegetable markets to buy ingredients for diner one day and explained the healing properties of the produce. It was an fascinating education. There was only one supermarket that we came across out side of Colombo and everyone buys their food locally from markets and farm stands so its incredibly fresh. Our Tuk- Tuk expeditions took us to beautiful beaches close to the villa and further afield along the south coast. The water was a blissful temperature and there were some very good beachfront restaurants. We went to Galle a few times and had a terrific meal at the "Printing Press" on New Years Eve. It wasn't cheap but it was worth it. Mimi Mango and at Barefoot are great shops to buy gifts, beautiful fabrics and clothes. What else? I had a fantastic massage at the Ananda Spice Garden and we all took a boat ride from there around Koggala Lake- there is a beautiful temple on an island which is worth visiting - the added and very unexpected bonus was sitting on the dock there with our feet dangling into a pool of hungry little fish who proceeded to nibble our feet clean!! Strange but fun! All in all it was a trip of a life time. Sri Mathie and Sri Lanka should be on everyone's bucket lists!! We shall treasure our memories of our time there. Thank you to David and the Sri Mathie Family!

“An amazing Sri Lankan Sri mathie experience that we will remember for a long time to come”

Reviewed 4 Jan 2014

I wanted to have a Christmas holiday with my grown up globe trotting family and to do so we came together from three different continents at Sri Mathie villa . The villa is serenely beautiful and has been lovingly restored with style and imagination whilst preserving the traditional essence of a Sri Lankan villa. To say we had a wonderful time is an understatement. It has been the holiday experience of a lifetime, made all the more special by the wonderful warm hospitality of Suba and Gamine. Their kindness and willingness to do anything possible to make your stay a happy one knows no bounds, every special holiday needs a Suba and gamine. They are both amazing cooks...if you like good food this is the place for you. It has been a culinary extravaganza, sublime cuisine, wonderful curries, seafood and pizzas in an adobe garden oven, I think we have now tried every fruit and vegetable grown in Sri Lanka. And then there is the verandah ... From there you can watch monkeys , beautiful birds ,chipmunks ,bats and the occasional lizard and enjoy an evening gin and doesn't get much better ! suman is seemingly always on hand to drive you where you want to go. My family really enjoyed the surf at welligama, the diving and snorkelling at Unawatuna and our safari trip. Outstanding,amazing and just plain awesome sums up our thoughts on Sri Mathie.

Owner's reply: Wonderful guests to have. Thank you. See you again.

“A little piece of heaven where you can just relax”

Reviewed 30 Aug 2013

Sri Mathie is a wonderful old house that has been lovingly restored by the owners. My room was in the 'new wing' but you'd never know it was an addition. It melded into the original house perfectly. I intended to go to the beach daily, exercise, and get some work done, but the minute I sat down in the planter's chair on the front porch, all those thoughts disappeared and I enjoyed just gazing out at the garden, catching glimpses of monkeys, parrots, chipmunks and of course the geckos! We were greeted with a sweet lassi drink flavored with cardamon and it was delicious. The rest of the meals did not disappoint either. The housekeeper, Suba was very attentive but never intrusive. Her banana bread was delicious and it was the first place I'd stayed in Sri Lanka with really good coffee. For dinner we enjoyed wonderful curries, and pizza from a real pizza oven. There was also a French curd for desert that was out of this world. If you can pull yourself away from the porch, the beach is only a few minutes away and Galle (25 minutes away by tuk tuk) is definitely worth a visit. You can also wander around the property where they grow pepper, avocado (I was given 5 to bring home) coconuts, and cinnamon. If you are looking for a place to relax and just get away from it all, Sri Mathie is wonderful. And if you can't get away completely, there is internet access.

“A truly magical and tranquil fun place to stay....Loved it!”

Reviewed 5 Mar 2012

We stayed at David's place for 11 days. Everything was sublime, the receptions was welcoming, the rooms were all beautifully decorated and the verandas were a real treat in the evening with a glass of wine of good stories to tell. The staff we’re charming and always aspired to meet your every wish. We cooked together in the kitchen and shared recipes and tips on each other’s cuisine; it was like being at home but on holiday, if that makes sense. You can easily get about as David’s has pretty much a private Rickshaw waiting at your disposal who can take you into town, down to the beaches etc. Everything you really need is no more than 15 mins away. The gardens are a delight and teeming with wildlife, including monkeys, lizards, snakes, and birds. You can also play snooker/pool and there is also the possibility for alfresco dining and BBQ's. Not to forget the interesting tour of the gardens which includes, rubber trees and the products, pepper plants, coconut trees, cows, mushroom cultivation etc.


Reviewed 4 Mar 2012

Could not rave about the Sri Mathie villa enough. The location was brilliant and the surroundings of the villa were suburb. The villa itself was extremely clean and decked with all the mod cons you would expect. The real highlight for us was the staff. Suba and her family took such good care of us. The food was a real standout for us. Highly recommended.

“Lovely colonial villa with beautiful grounds and excellent service”

Reviewed 16 Feb 2012

I stayed with a friend for one week at the Sri Mathie Villa. The villa, which is set in an old peaceful plantation, is beautifully restored. We were warmly looked after by the staff, the bedrooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and comfortable, and the cook is excellent. Their homemade organic yoghurt and curd made the breakfast one of the highlights of the day. There was nothing better than returning from the day’s excursion to have a long drink on the quiet veranda before savouring the cook’s delicious curries.The villa is conveniently located for interesting day trips to Galle, Yala National Park (where we so lucky as to see leopards), Buduruwagala Park with its amazing Buddha rock carvings, and local tea plantations. I will definitely return to Sri Mathie.

Review 1-10 of 14


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