£463 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Old Clove House – Home 1110173 Villa

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Once the house of the village headman, located in an old small clove plantation which now has only two surviving trees, Old Clove House has been renovated, restored and modernised, and given a new lease of life as a holiday rental home. Located just minutes from the beaches of Thalpe and Unawatuna, the private leafy compounds of this house is a welcome respite and sanctuary from the beaches and town.The house consists of three large double bedrooms, all en-suite with hot water rain showers, and are cooled by overhead ceiling fans or air-conditioning. The main master suite has a large King-sized bed, a separate sitting/ lounging area, a large dressing area and a wonderful landscaped area with an open to sky shower. The second bedroom, the pool room, opens directly to the swimming pool, and has a King-sized bed, a walk-in dressing room and an attached bathroom with open to sky rain shower. The third bedroom, suitable for adults or a group of children, comprises a main bedroom with a Queen-sized bed, an attached smaller room with a single bed which could be used by more children or the nanny and has an attached bathroom with open to sky rain shower. Old Clove House is in a lush, verdant beautifully landscaped garden, and is very peaceful and tranquil, but just minutes from the beaches, making it a great base to explore the beaches of the South of Sri Lanka, and Galle Fort/ town. Old Clove House is perfect for a large group, be it family or a group of friends. Guests will have access to the entire house and are expected to treat the house as they would their own. There is high-speed WiFi connection, with satellite TV offering all premium channels and the latest Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III which guests can stream any music of their choice from any of their smart devices via Bluetooth and enjoy superlative sound quality. There is an in-house cook who will prepare all meals for guests as required. We take great pride in the high standard of the meals served at Old Clove House and endeavour to provide our guests with a very memorable dining experience whilst staying at Old Clove House. All food and beverages prepared and consumed at Old Clove House are at cost with no mark-ups. Old Clove House is your home for the duration of the rental and you are not expected to pay any more for food and drinks consumed than when you're at your own home.The head houseboy and two additional younger houseboys attend to housekeeping duties, guests' welfare and will also assist with guests' laundry if required. The staff is highly valued and work very hard with integrity and honesty and we only expect that they are well tipped if guests are happy with their service. Previous guests have been extremely happy with the dedicated service of this hardworking team. Pets are allowed and welcome and smokers are not discriminated against.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed 2 Single Beds
  • 3 Family bathrooms


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking


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

About the owner

Tai O.
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
22 Mar 2020
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Villa has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 08 Nov 2013. Located in Galle District, it has 9 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £3235.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 22 Mar 2020.


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Guest reviews

9 reviews

Very Good

“Divine end to our Sri Lanakan trip”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2016

My wife fell in love with the Old Clove House when she saw the photos. Communication with Tai and Sathish was then very easy and all our questions were met with quick replies. When we arrived at the property we were not disappointed and it is even better than the photos! We were given a tour of the home and the attention to detail is quite incredible. The owner, Tai, obviously takes great care and pride in the decoration of the home and works to keep the home maintained to an impeccable standard. We stayed with my parents and my 17 year old sister who all said that the beds were super comfortable and the best night's sleep we had in Sri Lanka. We were in the country for the hottest time of the year so the pool was a nice place to spend time in the afternoon. We asked for dinner and breakfast to be prepared for us and we were absolutely blown away. The food was the best we had in our week in the country. The grilled fish and prawn curry- actually everything- was incredible. The egg hoppers in the morning were a real treat. I could go on and on- but as you can tell we were very happy guests and would recommend this gem of a place to everyone.

“Wish it was nearer and could visit more often”

Reviewed 9 Jan 2015

Can not fault it. The house was beautiful light and specious .the renovation tastefully executed The staff, friendly and most helpful, nothing was too much for them. The location wonderful easy access to Galle and walking distance to beach. All in all superb

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your kind words and we all at Old Clove House are really really happy that you've had a really good and enjoyable stay here with your incredibly amazing family. It was such a pleasure and honour to have have you all here and a joy to meet you. Congratulations on your celebration and we were all very happy that you all could see in the new year at Old Clove House. All the very best wishes and hope to see you very soon. Sri Lanka is not too far from Dubai or Singapore, and a very convenient meeting point for all of you who are now spread out far and wide and I really hope to have the opportunity to host you and your wonderful family again at Old Clove House.

“A perfect place to stay”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2015

We stayed with a large family consisting of young kids, teenagers, parents and a grandmother. When we arrived the owner, Tai, helped move all the beds around so the kids could all sleep together and really helped get us settled. Tai, was always willing to help and advise and his staff were fantastic. Food was excellent and the chef was able to produce a range of food to satisfy the most fussy of eaters! The house is beautifully renovated and has wifi, Bluetooth speakers, tv and DVD player. The beds were very comfortable and the aircon strong and cold though the ceiling fan alone was adequate. Great showers too. The garden is lovely and we played many games of football and frisbee (joined by the puppy) Nearby is a lovely beach with a fabulous beach bar serving yummy pizzas and Galle is a short tuk tuk ride away. Great location, beautiful house and lovely people.

Owner's reply: Thanks for your lovely, honest review and assessment of your experience at Old Clove House. We're really happy and delighted that you had a great time, and that you found the food and accommodation to be good as we really do try our best in that department as that's what makes the experience of staying at a private villa. I do apologise for the situation with the mosquitoes but there had been very heavy rains during the weeks preceding your arrival and this has exacerbated the situation of the mosquitoes. We have since remedied that with various plug-in repellents all around the house and we're delighted to say that this has worked very well, and that the current set of guests with young children are finding that there are minimal issues with mosquitoes in and around the house. I do look forward to seeing all of you again, particularly your mum, who's such a wonderfully special and lovely individual and really glad that you all had the occasion to celebrate her 80th birthday, and to see in the New Year at Old Clove House.


Reviewed 29 Nov 2014

Old Clove is just stunning ! It is located very close to Unawatuna or Talpe beaches, in a quiet residential area, very esay to move around in Tuk-tuks or scooters. Galle is just 6km away, and perfect … More

Owner's reply: It was really wonderful having you and your siblings stay at Old Clove House. It was so unfortunate that your bag got stolen at the beach but of course we had to do all we could with our contacts at the police to act quickly to trace and recover your bag and belongings. I am truly regretful that this hapened but truly delighted at the happy ending of recovering all your belongings and cash, and I really hope this didn't mar your experience of Sri Lanka. We look forward to welcoming you and all of your friends and family to Old Clove House again.


Reviewed 2 Sep 2014

Il n'y a que des superlatifs pour décrire cette maison! le service "sur-mesure" inclus dans la formule amplifie le confort des lieux avec la présence de "Kumard"… More

Owner's reply: Thank you very much for your review and it was a pleasure having you and your family stay. The team at Old Clove House looks forward to welcoming you and your family and friends back to Old Clove House.

“Beautiful House in a Tranquil Setting”

Reviewed 8 Aug 2014

I visited with some friends from China and Hong Kong in April and found Old Clove House on the internet after we were not happy with where we had already booked. We went to check it out and found that… More

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your very kind words and I'm really happy that you and your friends had a wonderful experience at Old Clove House. Thanks so much for the very generous gratuity left for the team but their job was undoubtedly made much easier by the friendliness of you and your friends. I do hope that you'll return to Old Clove House with your friends again and the team will be welcoming you back with the warmest of welcomes.

“Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday with young children”

Reviewed 21 Feb 2014

The Old Clove House is set in a big lawned garden with a swimming pool. The house has all the space and bathrooms we needed and is beautifully decorated. It feels clean, light and airy. The house mana… More

“Beautiful House and Wonderful Staff - perfect family villa”

Reviewed 16 Feb 2014

We had booked to stay at the Old Clove House over the Christmas and New Year period, but we were so happy there we extended our stay. It was the perfect place for us to base ourselves with our young c… More

“Marvellous Holiday”

Reviewed 20 Jan 2014

My Husband, children, and grandchildren have just spent a fabulous holiday at Clove House, Sri Lanka, where everything from beginning to end was top quality. The service provided at the house was fir… More

Owner's reply: Thank you very much for your very kind words and we're very happy that you've had an enjoyable stay at Old Clove House. We're extremely pleased that you've found the food and service to be good and the staff are very appreciative of the very generous gratuity that you have given them. A big thank you once again and look forward to welcoming you back to Old Clove House.

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Tai the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send Tai (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Tai (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Tai (the owner) a message.

If Tai (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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