Lakeview Villa, Koggala Lake, Galle
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Villa / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 256995
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Villa / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8
Approved by the Sri Lankan Tourist Board. Ideal for family reunions, groups of friends or anyone wanting a relaxing getaway. The villa is situated in a stunningly beautiful location on a hillside overlooking Koggala lake, just over a mile from the beach and 20mins from Galle, but in total tranquillity, far away from the noise and crowds. Set in a 1.5 acre tropical garden, at the end of a finger of land extending into the lake, it is accessed via a 200m single track through the cinnamon plantations which are the only neighbours. A comprehensive set of photos taken by the owners is also available on request or via our facebook page "Lakeview villa, Sri Lanka".
The villa is fully staffed and our villa manageress, Sonali, speaks excellent English and will ensure you have a wonderful time. She is also an exceptional cook and will prepare all your meals and shop for you, if you wish. All dietary requirements and preferences can be catered for. Meals are not included in the rental price, but the only additional cost is for the ingredients and transport, so you can eat and drink what and when you like at a fraction of restaurant prices.
Completed in mid 2012 gaining a National Construction Association award, using antique flooring, doors and windows, the villa is a mix of traditional charm and modern comforts, laid out to maximise the glorious views across the lake. The villa was designed to be naturally ventilated, benefiting from a 35-50ft elevation over the lake and its cooling breeze.
Entering the property you have fantastic views across the 50ft infinity swimming pool to the lake and the extensive garden which surrounds the villa. The main living room (40ft x 20ft) has a comfortable sitting area with 3 large daybeds, cool polished cement flooring and a grand staircase going up to the first floor. The fully equipped kitchen with a large 5 ring oven and 2 large fridges is accessed through an archway while the other end of the sitting room leads you to an air-conditioned cinema room with an LED HD projector which provides a 120inch screen, extensive hard drive film (1000+) library and surround sound system with a DVD player. There is also a range of games and plenty of reading material. 4G WiFi is also included.
Panel doors open out from the kitchen and sitting room onto the 65ft veranda which forms the main outdoor dining room and living area. The dining table comfortably seats 10 and the seating area has plenty of loungers, chairs and a large coffee table, all overlooking the 50ft x 22ft infinity pool. All outdoor floor surfaces (including the inviting pale green slate of the pool) have been chosen for comfort and are non-slip under your bare feet.
All four bedrooms have views of the lake and large ensuite walk in shower rooms. Two are located upstairs, offering a panorama of the whole lake. The master bedroom (25ft x 20ft) has wooden flooring re-laid from two antique houses, while bedroom two (16ft x 13ft) has a polished cement floor. Both rooms have 4 poster superking size (6ft wide) beds and overhead fans. They share a vast balcony with built in seating to either end and a wooden balconied central area with wooden loungers which forms the perfect spot to relax and take in your beautiful surroundings.
The third bedroom (16ft x 13ft) has its own veranda and sits alongside the pool. It has 2 single (3ft wide) four poster beds that can be joined to form a superking size bed if required and ceiling fan.
The fourth bedroom (16ft x 13ft) is situated garden side, offering a particularly private location closer to the lake and has a private veranda and seating, superking size four poster bed and ceiling fan.
All bedrooms have lockable wardrobes and there is a wall safe in the main bedroom.
Wheelchair access is possible to the ground floor. Bed 3, Lounge, Kitchen, Cinema room, Dining area and Veranda are on a single level. All doors are doubles and the carport is linked to main house by a flat path.
The garden attracts a variety of colourful birds from kingfishers to a pair of peacocks which roost in one of the many trees. Monkeys and monitor lizards are regular visitors and a special attraction is the dusk fly-past of hundreds of fruit bats, as they circle the lake on their nightly flight to the inland jungle to feed. On a clear night the lack of light pollution makes stargazing a must.
Chill by the lake and call out to the local fishermen for their catch of prawns, fish and crab and have Sonali prepare them for you. Walk down the cinnamon track and along the road to the long, sandy beach (around 20-25 minutes), stopping to chat with the local schoolchildren. If you can tear yourself away from the villa, the World Heritage site Galle fort is about a 20 minute drive away and makes an enjoyable day out. Whale watching, diving & snorkelling, temples, wildlife safaris, beaches, shopping and restaurants are all easily accessible and transport will be arranged on request.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Nearest beach||2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Koggala Sea Plane Taxi 2 km, 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|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||TV, Video player, CD player, Games room, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
50 x 22ft infinity slate lined swimming pool
40 x 18ft grass sunterrace with 4 teak sunloungers and 8 sunbed cushions/mats
40 x 15ft main veranda with a range of seating.
BBQ- try cooking, fuelled by coconut shells and cinnamon sticks.
Extensive garden, staff house, double car port and boat inlet with decking
A maximum of two children using a cot bed or sharing a bed with parents may stay free of charge. A child using a separate bed is classed as a guest.
Smokers are welcome, but please don't smoke in the enclosed cinema room or in the bedrooms.
Airport transfers and local transport can be arranged
A full set of owners photosare available on request or via our facebook page "Lakeview villa, Sri Lanka"
Southern Province region
Ideal for those wanting a relaxing getaway. The villas tranquil setting can be enjoyed by itself or as a balance to the nearby beaches, sites of Galle and other local activates.
Set in a 1.5 acre plot, at the end of a finger of land extending into Koggala lake and accessed via a 200m track through cinnamon plantations, it offers the chance to escape the noise of traffic, surf and crowds and simply unwind by one of the best lake views on the Island.
The world heritage ancient Galle fort about a 20 minute drive away is a major attraction and is well worth a visit. Whale watching, diving & snorkeling, temples, beaches, wildlife safaris are all easily accessable
Arrive by sea plane from Colombo airport and land on Koggala lake in minutes or its currently a 2.5 to 3 hours road transfer, until the cross Colombo express way opens (due Nov 2013) which should reduce it to 2 hours.
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24 Nov 2015
"A VERY SPECIAL PLACE"
It was our second stay at the “Lakeview Villa” on Koggala Lake within this year – and this visit was as wonderful as the first one (if not better). The owners of the villa, Ken and Lesley, are great people, very smart, pleasant to communicate with – and very attentive to every detail, so booking their villa is always easy and staying there is always very relaxing, ‘cause all of your wishes are predicted and all your needs are taken care of. The villa itself is charming and extremely comfortable, with lots of rooms and corners to unwind and enjoy your vacation. It’s located by one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Sri Lanka – by Koggala Lake, where you can sail (it’s really big!), or fish, or just enjoy its amazing sunrises and sunsets from the villa’s balcony or veranda. The garden there is large and lush, yet very well-maintained, with numerous species of flowers and trees, dozens of colorful birds, dragonflies, butterflies, cute monitor lizards and even with a family of big black monkeys, that comes there twice a day to taste if mangos and papayas are ripe (they don’t come close to the house though). The infinity pool is clean, warm and big enough to do your morning swim or even to play pool volleyball. There is a variety of table games, books and movies to keep you occupied in a free evening or in a rainy day, if you are not a nature lover and prefer some particular entertainments to a peaceful hour in a hammock or on a sunbed outside. There is a kitchen equipped with everything you need if you’ll feel like cooking – however, I can bet none of the villa’s visitors really cooked for themselves there, ‘cause the dishes of the local chef Sonali (a bright young lady who speaks perfect English and manages to keep the huge house clean and well-organized together with inventing more and more delicacies for the owners and guests of the villa) will make you an addict, no matter which cuisine do you prefer. The food at the “Lakeview Villa” will become a special and very important part of your vacation, and I seriously doubt that you can try anything better anywhere else in Sri Lanka (talking from the experience of 10 trips to this island). All the staff of the villa (Sonali with her husband Lasantha, the gardener and the night watchman) will do their best to make your stay as easy and careless as possible, while the breathtaking views, sounds and colors of the “Lakeview” will become a part of your most precious Sri Lankan memories. We visited the “Lakeview Villa” twice – and we are counting days to come back there again.
6 May 2015
"A piece of paradise"
We stayed at Lake View Villa with our young daughter at the end of a 10 day sight seeing tour of Sri Lanka. After our rather hectic itinerary it was the perfect place to relax. The setting is beautiful with views of the lake and surrounding garden. The property is finished to a high specification. We only used two of the four bedrooms but the layout is such that it would suit an extended family as two bedrooms are accessed from the pool area/garden and two are in the main house. The booking process was smooth and Lesley/Ken responded very promptly to all our queries and provided information sheets about the property and surrounding areas as well as detailed driving instructions. We appreciated Lesley meeting us at the beginning and the end of our stay. The staff at the house really made our holiday special and were easily available but never intrusive. Sonali and Lasantha looked after us so well and we loved Sonali's Sri Lanka cooking as well as her chocolate brownies! The cost of the meals was very reasonable compared with restaurant prices. Our daughter was also well catered for with a less spicy version of the food we ate. Raja, the gardener, showed us lots of wildlife and provided us with coconuts. The sunsets over the lake and watching the bats at dusk were highlights. We only ventured out a few times - to Galle, a turtle hatchery and to see the temple during the poya festival but there is plenty to see in the area if you wished to be more active. The house is designed to be cooled by the lake side breezes and this coupled with ceiling fans is effective. However there is AC in the cinema room if needed. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lake View Villa and feel it excels on the personalised service available. We hope to return.
3 Apr 2015
"Relax in style surrounded by nature"
My family and I (four adults and three kids ages 9,7,3.5) stayed at the beautiful Lakeview Villa along with my in-laws over our spring break holiday. This was our first trip to Sri Lanaka and having heard many glowing reviews of the country, the people, and the food we really looking forward to our trip. The travel from the airport was easy and comfortable. The owners of the villa had arranged for our transportation and Prageeth Yasantha was very professional and personable. He met us upon arrival and introduced us to our driver who then took us to the villa, which ended up being about a 2 hour trip. (It can take longer if the traffic is bad but with the newly built highway - we had no problems). The first big adventure was finding the villa which was tucked back amongst the trees and cinnamon plantation. The description was exactly how it was - hardly any neighbors, lots of nature surrounding the villa and away from the hustle and bustle of Galle. At the villa we were greeted by Sonali and Lasantha, two of the nicest people you will ever have the honor of meeting. My children immediately took to them - they were great with the kids and also with us. Sonali cooked amazing dinners and breakfasts allowing us to try various local dishes but not forgetting that the kids and the grandparents might not want things overly spicy. My daughter had fun learning how to cook a few of the dishes and even got to pick out a desert one night and took the lead in making it with Sonali. (We did bring along food for snacks and the a few things we new the kids would eat for lunches)The kitchen is well designed, a good size, easy to use and has everything you need in it - they kids enjoyed hanging out there and the stools at the island were a perfect early breakfast spot. We liked to kick around the small football we brought along in the large yard and swinging on the swings and exploring the large, perfectly landscaped but natural surroundings. The Gardener was very helpful and informative. He showed us many plants and animals that live on the property - monitor lizards, monkeys, peacocks, fresh water jelly fish, prawns, large insects and of course the bats that we saw every night. It was from Raja, the gardener, that we learned most of our Sinhalese. The house was very well kept with a spacious bathroom in every room. We all loved the openness of the villa and the many areas to sit back and enjoy the beautiful view from the upstairs or chill out in the hammock by the pool. My in-laws loved having their own space below the pool and even though they were closer to the garden they did not have any issues with too many insects or other critters. We were in the pool every day - the pool was perfect for all the kids - with a shallow end my 3 year old could stand in and the deeper ends for the big kids to jump into. The air conditioned media room was great for afternoon cool down and movie watching and with all the movies they had the only issue was choosing what to watch. There were a few games and even some badminton rackets that we enjoyed using. At first my husband was concerned about the no air conditioning but there were nights where it was actually cool .. (we live in Singapore and are use to the heat though we use air con while at home). The fans above the beds helped immensely and we always left our windows and doors open for the breeze. We had no real issues with mosquitoes - partly because we wore repellant, partly because we were eating local foods, but I think mainly because of all the wildlife - by the lake there are so many natural predators that there were never too many mosquitoes. Our driver from the airport, Prageeth, came by the villa to help us plan a few outings. With the short amount of time we decided on Whale Watching. Prageeth arranged for the whole trip and transportation to Mirissa. Even with the early wake up and the choppy seas, we all enjoyed seeing the dolphins, huge sea turtle and blue whales! The other trip we took was to Galle. Although it was fun taking the tuk tuks into town and stopping at the small but interesting turtle hatchery, Galle was busy and hot. We were able to see and walk around a bit of the fort but after two hours they kids were ready to go home. Luckily our Tuck Tuck driver new a place to go for a bit of souvenir shopping - as we really could not stay in Galle for long to look around. The two days we did outings away from the villa all the kids could do was wish they were back at the villa in the pool or hanging out in the house. Thanks to all the people we have mentioned and to the owners of the villa who were very easy to work with and provided us with tons of information on the area and the villa, we had a perfect vacation. We were all sad to leave and hope to return again someday soon. My only concern in reviewing this place is that it will become too popular and perhaps more difficult to book in the future.
1 Apr 2015
Great house with stunning views. Very relaxing. Lovely couple living in who prepared fabulous food and were so helpful. We had a wonderful time.
24 Mar 2015
"Beautiful villa in a beautiful location"
This has to be the best place to relax and repair wear and tear. Perfectly situated overlooking the lake surrounded by a cinnamon plantation, spacious and comfortable - this is a great spot to unwind watching wildlife and drifting round the pool. If you want to do more we recommend the beach at Unawatuna with bars and seafood curries. The fish market is spectacular - we found lobster secreted away which was perfectly prepared for us. This place has to one of the best in the area.
26 Jan 2015
"Magical place. Flawless service. A joy from minute one."
The only reason I hesitated to write this review was because we do not want too many people knowing about Lakeview Villa! The more people that know the harder it will be to book because once you have been once you are going to want to return. The house is amazing with unbeatable views. The people who work their could not be more helpful. I cannot emphasise enough how good the food was. It is an incredibly peaceful place to stay - unaffected (so far) by lots of development so you feel the privilege and luxury of privacy but close enough (25 mins) to Galle or good beaches (some much closer than that) if you want to get out. We loved it and hope you do too.
16 Aug 2014
"A Lovely Retreat"
Lakeview is a secluded and quiet getaway from everything. With a lovely pool and stunning view, it affords guest a private location whilst being a 20 minute drive from beaches and restaurants. The villa chef is excellent and cooks wonderful Sri Lankan dishes and was as baking various treats. The garden is regularly visited by monkeys, monitor lizards and mongeese as well as a variety of birds. The villa is comfortable without being pretentious and fussy. Housekeeping is basic, rooms are only cleaned every few days but the kitchen (along with shopping and cooking) is fully taken care of by the staff. We loved our stay and relished the quiet privacy.
1 Apr 2014
"Garden of Eden!"
We had a wonderful fortnight at Lakeview Villa and it was everything we hoped it would be and more. We were a party of 8 which included 3 small children who were constantly entertained by the pool, the wildlife and the cinema room! The house is amazingly spacious and comfortable and we had a very relaxing and harmonious time. Sonali and Lasantha are excellent hosts and the food that Sonali made for us each day was exceptional. The house is surrounded by nature, set in a landscaped tropical gardens with stunning views especially at sunset. It is slightly remote though this I think, is part of it's charm. It is still only a few k from some great surfing beaches and not too far from Galle! Truly a peaceful place! We'll be back!
4 Aug 2013
"A wonderful location with a fantastic housekeeper"
As a family of 7 we stayed for two weeks in what can only be described as a beautiful house, making the most of the lake views, the forests and animal life. It delivers on everything it advertises. However, what 'made' the holiday? The housekeeper Sonali. What a fantastic cook, she managed to cater for my 5 difficult-eating kids; as well as my wife and I's appetite for fresh seafood, curry and fruit-filled breakfasts. The taste of the fresh lake crab delivered by the fisherman and cooked by Sonali still lingers. I have also treated my wife to two home-made Sri Lankan curries since we got back (thanks to Sonali's recipes). She made our stay relaxing, kitchen-free, cared for; and my children all miss her. They would all like to take a 'Sonali' home! The gardens are beautifully tended by Rajah; he is always ready to take the kids and show them the wildlife (monitor lizards, monkeys, etc.) or help them climb the palms to gather palm nuts. Sonali's relationships with the tuk-tuks and knowledge of the area was helpful and we always felt reassured that we could rely on her. She delivered on making our holiday as comfortable and restful as we wanted. Whils tthe house was stunning in every way. It is great as a family retreat which gets you away from the busy hotels on the beaches; or a group of couples that want to party in private; or just a couple that want to be looked after and treated to fantastic food in a quiet luxurious setting.
3 Jan 2013
My son booked this as a treat for us all for Christmas week. We hoped it would be comfortable...... it surpassed all expectations. Location was secluded, the views breathtaking, there was great comfort beautifully designed. Rooms all had mozzie nets and ceiling fans, en suites and spectacular views out over the large infinity pool and beyond over Koggala Lake. The villa was fully staffed. We planned delicious meals, both Sri Lankan and European, with the charming housekeeper/cook and her husband and which we then ate in style out on the covered Verandah. The staff arranged boat trips out on the lake for crocodile viewing, ordered tuk tusk when we wanted to go to the beach or sightseeing. Nothing was too much trouble. We felt 100% safe and pampered. We could have arranged massages at the villa but ran out of time!
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