The SpaceWelcome to real Sri Lankan life: close to nature, close to amazing surf breaks and soon to be close to your heart!
Nestled down a winding country road in sunny Uruvitiya village, this lovely farmhouse is within 10 minutes of excellent surf breaks and great restaurants at nearby Marissa and Weligama beaches. Look out your windows past your coconut, mango, papaya, ambarella and avocado trees, over your own rice paddy-- all organic and available for your use-- to the hills of the adjoining cinnamon-tree plantation. Take a deep breath of tropical air and relax.
The house itself was recently built on the family plot and was designed to be cooled by the natural breezes of the tranquil, verdant valley it rests in. Each of the upstairs bedrooms has a small private balcony that affords views of the beautiful tropical surroundings, and off the upstairs sitting room is a larger balcony that looks out over the rice paddies-- a great place for bird watching, beers or both. Old and new are here together: the rustic country kitchen retains a traditional Sri Lankan wood-fired cooking hearth, while you'll enjoy these modern conveniences:
- DSL wifi
- desktop pc
- large flatscreen TV with 45 English-language satellite channels
- washing machine
- hot-water shower
- hair dryer
- clothes iron
- freshly washed towels and locally hand-loomed linens
Perhaps the best part of the stay is the personal guidance the owner/caretaker provides-- Hetti, a multilingual retired international sailor, will discretely stay at night in one of the extra downstairs bedrooms, available to help you with whatever you might need. Should you need guidance to the many nearby attractions, just ask-- his help in this regard is included in your booking fee!
OPTIONAL AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS AND FOOD
Dr. Malika draws upon a lifetime of work to offer a full range of Ayurvedic treatments, from illness diagnosis and treatment to traditional massage.
Sri Lankan cuisine is an incredible fusion of Indian complexity with tropical ingredients and Asian influences. One of the pleasures of a stay at the villa is the option of enjoying organic farm-to-table meals using homegrown rice, fresh ingredients grown by nearby farmers in the village, and seafood sourced from local fishermen. Dr. Malika is available for personal chef services including from one to three meals per day and is happy to accommodate any dietary preferences you might have. Much of this is traditionally cooked over a fire. Choose from Sri Lankan, Indian, and Western fare-- and as an Ayurvedic doctor, she can provide healing meals from that tradition as well.
Services are offered for a very modest additional charge, price upon request. Please book in advance of your arrival.
MEET YOUR HOSTS
Tim- Yoga teacher, surfer, and experienced Airbnb host (please see the great reviews for his other listing). Always available online; seasonally available first-person in Uruvitiya/Weligama, in which case you'll definitely see him on the waves!
Hetti - Retired Sri Lankan shipboard radio-operator and world traveler, gentleman farmer and co-owner of the house. An immeasurably friendly and excellent resource, he speaks English, Greek and Sinhala (the local language). He's spent about a decade in virtually every country in the world, so he has some amazing stories and most of all he knows what travelers need-- he'll take great care of you.
Malika- A knowledgeable, patient and sweet retired Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Doctor, and an excellent cook. Speaks Sinhala and limited English. Hetti can assist with translations if desired.
We look forward to helping you have an incredible vacation! Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you or otherwise help in any way.
Enjoy the security of our villa, inspected and trusted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority:
Certificate of Registration #SLTDA/SQA/HSU/0362
License #HSU(phone number hidden) Guest AccessAs guests, you have the entire house, including the organic mango, papaya, ambarella, avocado, coconut and king coconut trees around the house.
Hetti and/or Malika will discreetly stay in the extra downstairs bedrooms in order to help you with anything you might need while assuring your privacy. Interaction with GuestsI live nearby and I'm available via Internet or phone every day. Your local contact, Hetti, will also assist you. The NeighborhoodShop for fresh produce, fish, meat, etc. at the large farmer's market down the lane. Much of it is organic and pretty much everything is local.
Surf the nearby breaks-- all levels will enjoy the forgiving sandy-bottomed beachbreak in Weligama Bay, while intermediate/advanced surfers (and intrepid beginners) will be stoked on the many nearby point- and reef-breaks. All are usually uncrowded for maximum shreddage. Rentals and lessons available.
Check out the neighborhood farms where your organic produce is grown; take a walk through the cinnamon plantation behind the house.
Experience world-class blue whale and sperm whale watching in nearby Marissa.
Go on a safari and see wild elephants, leopards, monkeys, foxes, crocodiles, deer, water buffalo, and peacocks. Yala National Park is nearby.
See batik artisans at work just down the lane, or visit a tea plantation.
Visit Buddhist temples (a scenic 10 minute walk away), Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and Christian churches.
Visit the stilt fishermen in nearby Kogalla-- and try it yourself if you'd like.
Visit the fort and take in a cricket match in Galle.
Go sport fishing and expect great results-- Weligama is an active fishing village. Getting AroundGetting around is easy and the country lanes around the villa are worth wandering in their own right.
Tuk-tuks are extremely inexpensive-- about $3 to Weligama or Mirissa.
By car, cab, scooter or tuk-tuk: about 10 minutes to Mirissa or Weligama.
By bus: about 15 minutes to Mirissa or Weligama. Free loud dance music on board. The bus stops right outside the garden gate.