Hambantota holiday chalet rental with beach/lake nearby, balcony/terrace and rural retreat

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  • Chalet
  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

From the owner

$40 per night and $15 per person after the first 2 people.

the chalet will be given to one family at a time, so even if you are only 2 people you will have it only to yourself.complete privacy.

This 1 acre hideaway is bounded on two sides by streams.the dry zone scrub that surrounds the house is not landscaped but we do plant native jungle trees that are a haven for birds.

It is called river island because it is very secluded and feels like an island due to the 2 waterways. yet it is in close proximity to the tissamaharama road [also called the colombo galle highway],10 minutes by tuk tuk

attractions nearby

Yala National Park 45 minutes

Bundala bird sanctuary 20 minutes

Udawalawe National Park 1hour

Kalametiya bird sanctuary 30 minutes

Lunugamvehera National Park 1 hour

Kataragama (holy site/temples) 1 hour

Usangoda beach. 45 minutes

Galle (world heritage listed fort) 2 hours

Safari jeeps could be organized.

The wattle and daube architecture is characteristic of a village house but it is lockable.

The house consists of an open plan sleeping and seating area, 2 modern bathrooms and a large verandah for relaxing by the stream.steps built into the bank takes you down for a quick bath/swim before lunch. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, cooker, pans crockery and cutlery

Crisp white linen sheets and large mosquito nets make up your five mattresses on the sleeping platform. Towels are provided.

You could ask our manager ananda to go down to the market to buy fresh local produce and cook you up a down south curry and rice for an extra charge. there is a menu in the house. hambantota also has a large supermarket and restaurants.

Basic and beautiful. no a/c and no hot water.

And if you are truly blessed, on a moonlit night you may see an elephant crossing the stream for a wander in your garden.

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Amenities

Bed & bathroom

  • 6 Single Beds
  • 2 Family bathrooms

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Essentials

  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Deck
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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Cancellation policy

Full refund

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

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50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

No refund

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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Things to know

Check in: 12:00 Check out: 11:00
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Smoking

Yes, smoking allowed

About the owner

Nelun H.
Calendar updated:
16 Sep 2020

Years listed:
9

Languages spoken: English
This Chalet has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 5. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Sep 2013. Located in Tangalle, it has 9 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £234.
The property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Sep 2020.
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Louisa Rose S
Bangkok, Thailand

Perfect Haven
Jan 2016

We booked 'River Island' ($35 per night) through Airbnb, and the isolated location right in the forest really appealed - but nothing could prepare us for the beauty and tranquillity of the s… More 

Reviewed 27 Jan 2016

Owner's reply:
thank you for such a super super review. you were lovely guests.
Per R
Copenhagen, Denmark

For nature lovers
Dec 2015

If you stay at River Island and want to make a Safari tour to Bundala or Yala, you should definitely go with a guide. Ask Nelun to call Pradeep Kumara (or do it your self at +94 772 261 530). He has g… More 

Reviewed 3 Jan 2016

Owner's reply:
thank you per. :)
Pamudi1234
Los Angeles, California

A gem of a place
Jun 2015

Me and my mom stayed here for 4 nights and I could not have chosen a better place to escape from my busy life. If you love being surrounded by nature, you will love this place. In the morning, you wak… More 

Reviewed 21 Jun 2015

Owner's reply:
i am so very very sorry about the disastrous trip to yala. i always use gayan as he is a ranger and very knowledgeable and responsible and so far his vehicles are good. this should never have happened and i have spoken to him. he is very keen on refunding you his fee. please tell me how i could do this. please also apologise to your mother, it must have been a terrible experience for her too. i am happy that you enjoyed our little chalet and thank you so much for a great review.
noplanes
Penang Island, Malaysia

Lovely back to basics place for nature lovers
Feb 2015

River island is a unique place which will appeal to nature-lovers and those who don't mind going back to basics. We absolutely loved having the river and nature close by, and were super-happy to … More 

Reviewed 5 Mar 2015

Owner's reply:
thank you sooooooooooo much for your super review. it was a pleasure to have you stay
Jonas T
Gothenburg, Sweden

Fantastic experience!
Jan 2014

We stayed 2 adults and 3 children (4-6 years old) at River Island for four days, and it was the highlight of our five weeks in Sri Lanka. Living with animals literally all over the place. There are ne… More 

Reviewed 5 Feb 2015

Owner's reply:
iam so glad you had a happy stay. please do come back again
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