Ideal for a family stay, the villa is facing the ocean in Dikwella, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, private swimming pool, fully staffed
Villa Clare was designed and built by a Singapore based family. It is a perfect getaway for friends and families, away from the hustle of the towns. The ocean facing house is located on the crest of Mahawella headland, facing due South towards the famous Hoo Manyia blowhole.
The villa has 3 bedrooms, each overlooking the garden and ocean. Each having a double, four-poster bed and garden terrace. The walls of the main lounge open on both sides allowing views and sea breeze to spill into the house. Long deep sofas fill the lounge – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views.
The villa is approximately 3 hours drive South of Colombo. Alternatively you can take the Sea Plane (landing on Dikwella Lagoon behind the house) or fly into Hambantota International Airport 40 minutes drive away.
Living and Lounging: The house is designed to encourage outdoor living. The two 3m wide entry doors open up the North wall of the house and the ocean view doors slide and stack open offering the living spaces to the breeze and ocean. The sunken lounge and galley kitchen are the soul of the house. Living, dining, cooking (if you want to), chilling and relaxing are all in open space.
Located a split level above the lounge, the suite has a private ocean view terrace with large pivoting doors opening the bedroom to the ocean views. Sliding timber wall panels can open up the bedroom to the lounge and a walk-in dressing room and bathroom complete the suite. The room is provided with a king size bed.
A large double bedroom with ocean facing terrace overlooks the large pandanus in the centre of the garden. Large pivoting doors also open onto a garden/ocean facing deck. Built-in wardrobes and connection to the adjoining bathroom suite complete the room. The room is provided with a king size bed + 1 single bed.
Located at the end of the main house, the room also has a large terrace and pivoting doors and large timber shutters opening to the garden. Built-in wardrobes and connection to the adjoining bathroom suite complete the room. The room is provided with a king size bed + 1 single bed.
The swimming pool nestles in the sloping garden, the infinity edge matching with the ocean horizon. The 15m length is enough to give you a gentle workout and is plenty of space for the family to relax. The pool is not fenced so the safety of all is down to the responsibility of the adults and each other. A timber cabana provides a shaded pool lounge at the end of the pool.
A beach is accessible from the house, through the cinnamon gate at the bottom of the garden. Take the steps down to the rocks for a wonderful isolated spot to sit and absorb the ocean song. The beach is accessible either across the rocks (be careful!) or via a pathway at the top of the headland – please ask the staff to show you.
There is a wide variety of bird and animal life in the garden, from the resident peacocks, monitor lizards to the Grey Langur with the jet black face and the cheeky Macaques who enjoy eating our garden fruit. You may be lucky to see porcupine, Giant Squirrels or Jungle Hares scampering across the garden.
The bird life is prolific with peacocks, seagulls, the Ceylon Grey Hornbill, barbets and the noisy Green Billed Coucal. Books and binoculars are available in the house to check anything interesting you may see. Breakfast on the lounge terrace is a great place to watch the birds grab a fruit breakfast from the tree right outside.
Badminton or a kick around on the lawn.
Board games (Monopoly, Scrabble and cards are available for use)
Food is important to us and our menu reflects the best seasonal produce locally available. Sri Lankan dishes form the basis of our menu along with great salads, pasta and seafood.
Our seafood is bought fresh daily (as needed) and includes: tuna, snapper, Spanish mackerel, squid along with mussels and lobster which are collected and caught directly infront of the house (they are seasonally available, so please check with the staff).
Meals can be served in a variety of locations – just ask the staff – the courtyard – quiet, shady and peaceful – the terrace – beautiful ocean and pool views and lots of bird and wildlife in the early morning – the garden – a picnic under the shade of the trees overlooking the ocean or a loungey lunch by the poolside under the shelter of the cinnamon cabana.
A menu can be provided in advance if required.
THINGS TO SEE
The Hoo Manyia Blowhole Kudawella – Across the bay from the house is one of the world’s tallest blowholes. If you are there during the right season, you can see it from the house or take a tuk-tuk to climb the path to the site to get closer the spectacle.
Mahawella beach is a short walk down the driveway, along the canal. It is the best beach in Southern Sri Lanka (we are a little biased!) – 2km of soft sandy bay.
The Rock Temple – For the energetic, the rock monastery of Mulkirigala is built around a large granite outcrop and has great historical significance dating back to the 2nd Century BC. Its 515 steps make the view from the top even more rewarding. Take some water with you!
The Spice Country – Within a short drive you can enter the Spice Gardens. An area famed for its production of Cinnamon, Cloves, Pepper, Nutmeg and Chillis. You can visit the plantations to learn how the spices are grown, harvested and used.
The Turtle Conservation Project – Southern Sri Lanka is fortunate to have several species of turtles visiting its shores. The Turtle Conservation Project in Rekawa is half an hours drive from the house. If you are visiting in the right season you can also witness the turtles laying eggs and the young turtles hatching and making it back to sea – if you’re lucky!
Whale and dolphin watching – there are whale and dolphin watching trips available in Mirissa, 40 minutes drive from the house
Markets – We have a choice of local markets and fishing harbours to visit. Our staff will gladly take you along to explain the exotic produce on offer
Galle – Galle Fort is a World Heritage Site. The Dutch/Portugese walled town is located 1.5 hrs drive away and is an easy day trip
Navajeevana – an NGO based in Tangalle. They provide terrific support rehabilitating people with disabilities in the South. They have a wonderful school, shop and coffee shop where you can see the work they do first hand and enjoy a good cup of Sri Lankan tea. Small donations go a long way to helping the cause!
Safari – Yala or Udawallawe National Parks are less than an hour away. You can find leopards, elephant, buffalo, crocodiles, jungle cats, jackals and countless birdlife.
- We love to have children stay at the house but care must be taken as it is a country house with the usual dangers and obstacles of country living
- There are 2 additional single beds with mosquito nets and we do have 2 baby cots available
- The house has WiFi.
- The house is not air conditioned. All rooms have ceiling fans
- We have 2 housekeepers/cooks, a gardener and a manager who can arrange your transport needs
- As the house is located on a sloping headland, it is not accessible. However, our staff are there to assist and accommodate as much as we possibly can.
- To get there, we can arrange a vehicle to collect you from Colombo Airport OR you can book the Sea Plane service which lands on Dikwella Lagoon (from Colombo), 2 minutes drive from our house. Our staff can meet you at the quayside OR we can arrange a vehicle to collect you from Hambantota International Airport which is 40 minutes drive away, though flights in and out of this new airport are limited at the moment.
- We offer a variety of seasonal Sri Lankan breakfasts with a Western option. Please contact us if specific dietry requirements are needed and we shall do our best to accommodate.
Lunch and dinner menus are available. Please contact us and we can send the menu to you. Costs of lunch and dinner are additional to the room rate
- We do not have accommodation for drivers but we can recommend places for them to stay upon request
- 10% service charge will be added to the final bill.
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Rental conditions- Children must be supervised by an adult at all times when using hot tub, pool, sauna or hammam
Reservation conditions- Guarantee deposit charged by Villanovo upon reservation : 50 %
Cancellation policy and cancellation fees- Any booking modification or cancellation must be sent to us by email