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Beautiful Staffed 4 Bedroom Villa, Very Personal Touch Overlooking Paddy Fields

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Last updated: 02/03/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:14
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

This Paddy Field Villa Sits On An Acre Of Land Just 5 Minutes From The Beach

The Rice House is tucked away in a 1 acre plot of land next to a small village with a very authentic Sri Lankan Bakery. It overlooks the paddy fields and the only noises that you hear are the sounds of the birds (blue kingfishers, peacocks, etc), the water buffaloes, cows, the black monkeys that occasionally pay a visit to our jack fruit trees and the chanting of monks of the temple a kilometre away.
The house has 4 separate bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. Each bedroom has an antique king size bed and a daybed, that can be changed into an extra bed. All beds have mosquito nets. All rooms have overhead fans and air-conditioning and high wooden ceilings with king trusses. The floor consists of hand made terra cotta tiles that have been sealed by natural wax. Three of the four bed rooms are entered via the front court yard with frangipani trees and a covered verandah with a big dining table overlooking the garden.
The fourth bed room is entered via the paddy field verandah (80 sqm big).

The house is furnished with a mix of antique and design pieces. It oozes charm and personality. Each guest should feel at home. Young and old should therefore choose their spot where they feel the most comfortable, sink onto the big bean bag pillows in front of the television, sit on the two 3 meter design couches in the living room, cocoon in one of the 3 rattan hanging chairs or hanging wooden benches on the verandahs or just plunge onto the butterfly chairs; once you are seated in these, you do not want to get up.

The 6 meter high-ceilinged (45 sqm) living room has a television and a lounge area with design couches, chairs and poufs. Children and adults can watch television as well as play some WII games.

In the garden you will find an infinity pool alongside the paddy field with a terrace with sun beds. Soccer or cricket can be played on the lawn in the garden.

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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, italian, dutch
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 02/03/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 400 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 14
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are very welcome! ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We have a house dog called Mocha. It is a dog we got from the Dog Clinic. He is not allowed to stay in the rooms. He usually sleeps on the red tiles on one of the verandahs. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House
  • Guest House


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

  • Mint: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Mint has a private sitting area on the garden verandah...moreless

  • Teal: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Teal has a private sitting area at the garden verandah...moreless

  • Jade: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Jade is closest to the swimming pool....moreless

  • Emerald: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Emerald has two doors opening onto the Paddy Field Verandah...moreless

  • Each room sleeps 3 people comfortably. If you would like a second child (preferably younger than 13 years old) to sleep in your room as well, just ask for an extra mattress without extra costs. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Teal: toilet, shower


  • Jade: toilet, shower


  • Mint: toilet, shower


  • Emerald: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower


  • Guest toilet: toilet


  • All the bedrooms have each their private bathroom. Each bathroom has an antique basin cabinet, a rain shower and hand shower. The Emerald bathroom is slightly bigger and therefore contains also a bathtub. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Spread ...moreless

  • Games:

    Ask Gayan to show you all the board games you can find in our old antique safe in the living room....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    We have a jam box that you can use. Any iPod, i phone, i-pad or other tablet can be attached wireless via bluetooth in order for you to play your favorite music....moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Please ask Gayan for the badminton sets, the jeu de boules game and the cricket bad and ball you can use during your stay....moreless

  • Video Games


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Bay/Sound
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    There are two dining areas. One dining table is located at the Paddy Field Verandah and sits 12 people. The other dining table is located on the Garden Court Yard Verandah and sits 8 to 10....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    All 4 bedrooms have an air-conditioning. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Free Wifi available....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linen, duvets and at least two pillows a person are provided. Please let our staff know if you need more pillows for your convenience....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is 42 sq. m big. There is a television and a WII console with games. Two large couches sit easily 6 people besides the design chairs, poufs and 3 large bean bags....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels, including beach towels, are provided....moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    A dryer is located in the staff house....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The washing machine is located in the staff house. Laundry service available....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season
Dec 3 - Apr 28, 2017
2 night min stay
Low season
Apr 29 - Dec 1, 2017
2 night min stay
High season
Dec 2 - Apr 28, 2018
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • No additional mandatory fees


The above rates are reflecting the rental fee per night for the whole villa.

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Last updated: 02/03/2017
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160 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Colombo Bandaranaike Airport
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Along Matara Road (coastal road)
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Unawatuna train station or Talpe train station
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Southern Expressway (Colombo-Matara)
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
On Habaraduwa road towards Matara road
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Talpe beach

Car: Not Necessary

The Rice house, as we named our house, is located not even 5 minutes from the beach. You can choose to go either in the direction of Matara to Weligama for surfing lessons and whale/dolphin watching tours during the months December till April (25 minutes by tuc tuc) and Mirissa bay for the lovely big stretch of beach, or in the direction of Galle, where you will find a lot of nice beach clubs along the Galle Matara road, such as Talpe beach club (5 to 10 minutes by tuk tuk), Era beach ( 10 minutes) and Vijaya beach club (15 minutes).

Unawatuna bay (15 minutes) is flocked with a lot of restaurants and sun beds. It is a very vibrant beach, nice and very safe for younger children.

Just 25 minutes away is the 17th-century Galle Fort, a must see!! Galle is a beautiful old colonial town where the mix of trendy restaurants and shops on one side and local life on the other side is still well balanced.

Sri Lanka is renowned for its cultivation of high quality teas. It is the second biggest tea exporter of the world. Therefore you should visit a tea factory. Only 30 minutes from our house you will find Handunugoda Tea Estate. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the tea factory and learn how the white tea is plucked and made into one of the best teas in the world. You will also be able to taste the famous tea on the veranda of the main planters house while the plantation history is briefly explained.

The climate of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka is very suitable for the growth of cinnamon. Enjoying a cinnamon infused lunch at a cinnamon plantation just 30 minutes from our house is another activity well worthwhile.

Enjoy a bike ride tour with Idle Bikes that will bring you to paddy valleys with a half away coconut stop in a shaded ambalamba set in a beautiful garden.

Most of all you should take the time to relax at our house. Watch the water buffaloes and the hundreds of birds passing by while taking a dip in the pool or just sipping your tea at the veranda. Ask Gayan, our chef, to prepare you lunch and/or dinner. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the house and the surroundings as much as we always do!!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: We, Oscar and Marijke, grew up in the Netherlands. Although we still love to go back to Amsterdam now and then, we have not lived in Holland since 1996. For 10 years we lived in Italy, where our three children were born. After a few years in Stockholm, we moved to Singapore in 2008, a 3 hour flight away from Sri Lanka.

Why the Owner Chose Galle, Sri Lanka:
More than 15 years ago we travelled to Sri Lanka for a holiday without any preparation. We even did not bring a lonely planet, at that time our travel bible, because it was a very last minute decision. Without any expectations we started our trip and found out that it became one of our best holidays ever. People were very, very friendly, the food was very tasty, the variety of the country really appealed to us (cultural triangle, tea plantations, beautiful beaches, etc.) and we loved the Dutch heritage buildings we saw during our trip. Years later we decided to bring our children to Sri Lanka and we again enjoyed it so much that we decided to contact some real estate agents during our trip. We spend a few days looking at heritage buildings in the province of Galle, because that was originally the idea, to renovate a heritage building. All the houses that we saw unfortunately were not well plotted on their piece of land or were very dark, difficult to enlarge, etc. So we decided to look for plots of land to build our own 'heritage building'. We immediately fell in love with a plot of land, overlooking paddy fields. That was 3 years ago and in the mean time we have built our house, integrating old building materials. We can see ourselves as retirees seated on the veranda and spending our time watching the many beautiful birds passing by. Until that time we would like the house to be used by people all over the world.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
It is a nice combination of being in the middle of the nature, away from it all, but close enough to the lively surroundings of Galle and Unawatuna. The house is fully staffed who will do their utmost to make your stay relaxed and unforgettable. Enjoy!!

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Speaks: english, italian, dutch
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 02/03/2017

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  • The Rice House Front View

    The Rice House Front View

  • Paddy field view

    Paddy field view

  • Paddy field verandah seating area

    Paddy field verandah seating area

  • Detail of dining area

    Detail of dining area

  • Living room

    Living room

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • One of the bedrooms

    One of the bedrooms

  • Peak into one of the 4 bathrooms

    Peak into one of the 4 bathrooms

  • One of the antique beds

    One of the antique beds

  • A peak in one of the bedrooms

    A peak in one of the bedrooms

  • Another bedroom

    Another bedroom

  • One of the bathrooms

    One of the bathrooms

  • Distance of paddy field verandah from the rice paddy

    Distance of paddy field verandah from the rice paddy

  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • The dining area on the paddy field veranda

    The dining area on the paddy field veranda

  • Garden view from front court yard

    Garden view from front court yard

  • A peak into one of the 4 bathrooms

    A peak into one of the 4 bathrooms

  • One of the many daybeds

    One of the many daybeds

  • One of the 4 antique basins

    One of the 4 antique basins

  • Terrace with garden view in front of a bedroom

    Terrace with garden view in front of a bedroom

  • Another daybed

    Another daybed

  • One of the daybeds

    One of the daybeds

  • Sri Lankan artifact

    Sri Lankan artifact

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