“A stylish beachside retreat for 2-4 near Galle, with secluded pool and gardens - perfect for honeymooners”
The master bedroom occupies most of the upper floor, with 5 sets of French windows opening onto a shaded wraparound veranda with wicker recliners. Inside it's simple, bright and airy, with white walls, polished concrete floors and high sloping beams, and furnished with a kingsize four-poster, antique rattan luggage tables, side tables and storage cupboards. One corner is set aside as a cosy sitting area for reading, watching DVDs or listening to CDs. There are 2 comfy sofas and a couple of leather pouffes.
The ensuite bathroom has brass basins and a deep corner tub with overhead rain shower set into the concrete-screed floor.
The small second bedroom has short twin beds and is perfect for young children (up to 10) who don't mind going downstairs or next door for their ablutions. It's the only room in the house with air conditioning; the others have ceiling fans.
Downstairs is the open-plan living space, with 3 broad daybeds for indoor lounging, groovy artwork, display cabinets, a CD/stereo/iPod dock, and wide French windows looking out to the pool area. There's also a dining table which seats up to 8, but you might prefer to eat al fresco on the veranda or in the garden, where a table can be laid out for you with candles to light your dinner.
The steward and housekeeper team up to prepare whatever meals you require, from breakfast (choose from English and Continental spreads or try the Sri Lankan option, with egg hoppers, sambol and curd) to a range of lunches and dinners. You choose from the menu and the staff do the shopping. Either way, it's very reasonable: you just pay the cost of transport, ingredients and the housekeeper's late return.
Meals are basic but tasty. Think aubergine or prawn curry, seared tuna steak or chicken pie, served with dahl, popadoms and rice (or chips for the kids). Dessert might be banana fritters, bread and butter pudding or watalappam ( a delicious Sri lankan egg custard). If you plan a celebratory meal, the owners can arrange a professional chef to whip up the feast of your dreams.
Alternatively take a short walk along the beach to Wijaya Beach Café for simple snacks and drinks, or a similar distance along the road to Sun'n'Sea for classier fare with a view of Unawatuna Temple. You can also grab a tuk-tuk into Galle for more choice; The Beach Hut has a list of recommended restaurants.
Children are welcome and the twin bedroom is ideal for 1 or 2 kids up to the age of 16 (the beds are quite small). Babysitting can be arranged on request and cots and high chairs are available free of charge. You can use the washing machine and kitchen as much as you want (note there is no microwave) and the housekeeper often helps out.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The staff will tailor meals for children and high chairs are available on request.
The seas can be quite rough from February to October, so keep an eye on any young children when on the beach and near the pool.