Beautiful Relaxing Seaside House in Village Near Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Negombo house description
West Winds is a brightly coloured house sitting in an acre of tropical garden within the peaceful fishing village, Dungalpitiya (near Negombo). It is situated directly on the beach and has the most amazing sunsets every night. You cannot swim at the beach directly outside the house but there are rock pools nearby perfect for paddling, and we have arranged access to a nearby hotel’s swimming pool. Alternatively, you could do a trip into Negombo (7 km away), a town full of tourist activities such as wind surfing, kite sailing, sailing etc. plus bars and restaurants.
The garden is lovely for children and has a trampoline, climbing frames, hammocks, chickens, two friendly dogs,two friendly cats and a small but perfectly formed Kade (local pretend shop). There is also a volleyball net, cricket equipment and lots of toys and books.
The house is fully staffed with delicious local meals prepared by our wonderful cook. All washing, cleaning and cooking is included in the price. Car and driver available for trips but only to Negombo, Colombo and other nearby places. W have contact numbers for vehicles that can be hired for long journeys.
Sri Lanka is blessed with many different types of wetland, such as estuaries, lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves and marshes. These areas are of immense environmental, economic and social importance, yet they are increasingly under threat. Part of the marsh known as Muthurajawela near Negombo is a protected area open to the public.
Kelaniya Buddhist Temple
It is believed that the Buddha visited this temple, which is located just over 10 miles to the south of Negombo. Today it’s a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees and a site of interest for many visitors. You’ll see a series of wall paintings in the interior that date from the mid-20th century. of Kelaniya in the month of November/December and January every year. It has a spectacular Duruthu Maha Perahera in the month of November/December and January and a good place to go for Vesak.
Gangarama Buddist Temple
This is one of the most frequently visited Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, second only in popularity to the Temple of the Tooth, located in Kandy. The temple dates from the early 14th century and it is thought that the Buddha preached at this spot approximately 2,000 years ago. Highlights include a well-known reclining Buddha image and statues of numerous Hindu deities. An important national festival is held here annually in January - Duruthu Perah
Toward Negombo and beyond: Visit the town to wander around the Fort, the roads with crumbling houses, the Hindu Kovils at pooja time, the grand churches, clothes and gift shop, experience the fruit and veg market, wholesale fish market and the beach fish market.
Dutch Fort Gate
Originally, built in 1672, not far from the coastline, the fort was part of a colonial prison complex. Today the fort itself is largely in ruin, but the gate with its date of construction inscribed on it is still visible. In addition to the fort ruins, there’s a lovely Dutch church nearby and other buildings around Negombo dating from this period. A bicycle ride on the path along the canal is a good way to see many of these colonial constructions.
The canal was at one time an important link in the transportation route which supplied the Dutch colonial administration. It runs for more than 60 miles, with part of the route running through Negombo. Today it’s an attraction for tourists.
- 260 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Housekeeper Included
- Daily Maid Service
- Car Included
- Car Available
- Children Welcome
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Events Allowed
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Bathrooms are cleaned daily.
- The house has wonderful caring staff who keep the house and grounds clean and tidy. Three meals of delicious local food are prepared daily and are included in the price. There is bottled water on tap. This is all included included in the price If you want to know a little bit of the real Sri Lanka, you will enjoy staying in this house. It is in a village and the staff are from the village. If there is anything going on like a church festival, you will be included. Maybe even a wedding if lucky. Play cricket or volleyball with local villagers, enjoy trampoline, games and cards, read, DVD and DVD’s to borrow, watch a spectacular sunset, experience a tropical storm straight of the sea, ask the cook to teach you to cook some traditional Sri Lankan dishes. During the calm season (December – March) brave the sea when the fishermen have finished their catch, help to pull in the net, watch a way of fishing that has existed for centuries....moreless
- DVD Player
- Games For Kids
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- Books For Kids
- Away From It All
sports and adventure activities
- Water Skiing
- Bay Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Catering Available
- Dining Room
- Child's Highchair
- Parking Off Street
- Air Conditioning
- Bottled Water
- Water Cooler
- Washing Machine
- Paper Towels
- Dialup Access
- Basic Soaps
- Linens Provided
- Toilet Paper
- Filtered Water
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Sofa Bed
- Mosquito Magnet
- Housekeeper Included
- Pantry Items
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Walkway To Water
- Small Cooler
- Sand Pit
- Large Cooler
- Child's Swing
- Beach Towels
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
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Heaven for kids, relaxing for parents
Heaven for kids, relaxing for parents
West Winds is a beautiful house lived in and rented out by the owner, Mary. It is a 2nd home for her 11 grandchildren and as a result is a brilliant place for kids on holiday. Aside from the list of things above, there is a hammock that is big enough to seat four people and hundreds of books/games for kids. The housekeeper, Nimanthi has three wonderful children, who in August 2012 were 7, 5 and 1 year old. There are also two friendly dogs, two beautiful cats that like being stroked and lots of chickens. Our children liked this place so much it was hard to drag them to the Olympic sized swimming pool just 1.7km away at Jetwing Lagoon Hotel. Mary arranged for us to use this pool for 1500 rupees for the family per day ~£7.50. The pool is lovely, our 7 year old could touch the bottom, and plenty of wide steps make it safe for smaller kids as well. It's Sri Lanka and situated right on the beach, so the electricity is slightly temperamental, but armed with torches, the kids loved playing hide and seek in the dark a couple of times and lanterns are lit so the adults can still see to drink a chilled beer or coconut milk out of the shell. Being right on the beach also means that kids can play in the waves, catch crabs and look for shells for hours on end. Padma's cooking is better than anything you will get in a restaurant in town, expect to eat mountains of food, extremely well prepared, with excellent variety as well as attention to what the kids want. Nimanthi looked after us so well, and with her experience of working with Mary's family for over a decade, her English is excellent. Mahinda keeps the house looking immaculate, however, that does not mean that the house is like a collection of sanitised hotel rooms. It is a home filled with pictures, paintings, photos and Barefoot linens that make it very welcoming. Anil is on hand to drive you anywhere, any time, so it is very easy to go into Negombo 20 mins away (fish-market, souvenirs, gem shops (Rings & Things seems trustworthy), or further afield to Colombo just less than an hour away. Nimanthi and Anil can also arrange for you to go out on a fishing boat to the lagoon. If you're lucky you may spot a crocodile, if you're not lucky you'll still get to see lots of flying fish. In summary, this is a lovely home that it is a heaven for children to enjoy themselves in. This means that parents can spend their time relaxing, looked after by an excellent and welcoming team of people in a beautiful country.
- Guest Janet F. (Bath, UK)
- Date of stay 08/02/12
- Review Submitted 08/21/12
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Fab place, kids had a ball, ate curry for breakfast lunch and dinner. Padma is a wonderful cook. Best bit was taking the children tot he rock pools to get swim every sunset.
- Guest Henrietta Ridgeon
- Date of stay 08/26/11
- Review Submitted 03/25/12
A wonderful experience...
A wonderful experience...
We stayed at West Winds for one week and had a wonderful time. The house is beautifully designed and tastefully furnished with views straight out over the beach and sea. But what really made our stay special was the care and attention of the small team of people looking after us - Nimanthi, Padma and Mahinda. The meals were outstanding and Nimanthi went out of her way to produced dishes she knew we liked. The village location was also quiet and friendly - with not another tourist in sight (which was great). All in all, an experience to remember for all the right reasons. Highly recommended.
- Guest Shaun (Lewes, United Kingdom)
- Date of stay 08/16/09
- Review Submitted 08/11/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Rental rate of £600/week includes all meals and bottled water for up to 8 people. This price is fixed for the house regardless of the number of people, be it 1 to 8. The meals consist of delicious local food. A driver and car is included in the price but petrol will be extra. We can pick up and drop you off at the airport for no extra charge as well. There are two bicycles available at no charge for your use.
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- Nearest Airport: Katunayake at 16 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Negombo Station at 7 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Hotel Lagoon paradise at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Hotel Lagoon Paradise at 2 Kilometres
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Front of house and Oliver (the dog)
Main entrance at side of house
Ground floor bathroom
Front garden leading directly onto the beach
Part of living area