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Walatta House - Max 6 pax

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3 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Villa
Walatta House is one of the most unique villas on the south coast. The house is partially ‘submerged’ into a hillside that overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers a seamless junction between architecture and nature. It is a superb example of contemporary design. The imperative was to maximise interaction between the indoors and out, to create a sense of openness and space. Thus the landscape is used as an integral design element with an open sided living room offering stunning views across the infinity pool to the ocean, the beaches and the sky. Indoors, too, the design blurs any distinction between house and garden. Courtyards and landscape penetrate the bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing maximum airflow and natural ventilation, and the heat absorbing grass roof also minimises the need fo...Walatta House is one of the most unique villas on the south coast. The house is partially ‘submerged’ into a hillside that overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers a seamless junction between architecture and nature. It is a superb example of contemporary design. The imperative was to maximise interaction between the indoors and out, to create a sense of openness and space. Thus the landscape is used as an integral design element with an open sided living room offering stunning views across the infinity pool to the ocean, the beaches and the sky. Indoors, too, the design blurs any distinction between house and garden. Courtyards and landscape penetrate the bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing maximum airflow and natural ventilation, and the heat absorbing grass roof also minimises the need for air conditioning - although all 3 bedrooms do have that option available. The rectangular infinity pools runs the length of the house, and the secluded beaches are just a few metres down the slope. There are 3 bedrooms - 2 doubles and 1 twin - all ensuite and with air con. The bathrooms are indoor / outdoor and have views onto the gardens. The kitchen and staff house is in a separate building adjacent to the main house.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Half bath, 3 Attached (ensuite)
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Meet the host
Eden Villas
Hosting since March 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 55%
Response Time: Within a day
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Reviews (44)
easternwesterner
easternwesterner
Zurich, Switzerland9 contributions
The most amazing place I've ever stayed at!
Walatta House is an incredible place, absolutely perfect getaway house for a couple in love. Once we arrived and saw the place, we decided to not leave the house and just indulge in everything it has to offer. And that's a lot: a beautiful private room with a huge window looking at the pool (+ two more rooms that we didn't use), garden and the ocean below, lush garden with a hammock, super comfortable chill area in the shade, amazing pool, private way to the beach, tasty food served the way you want it, and great staff that provided us with anything we could think of. Couldn't wish for more, really! All we can think about since we left is how to come back once again :D Simply a paradise! 10/10
Visited March 2019
Written 20 March 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted with your 10/10. Thank you. To come back all you need do is make the decision...we will do the rest. Hope to see you both back here soon. Regards Jack
Written 27 March 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nico
Nico
Zurich, Switzerland3 contributions
Paradise
This modern luxurious villa on top of a hill, overlooking the ocean, surrounded with palmtrees can only be described as paradise. With Madura daily cooking delicious meals and two other staff members serving you tea and taking care of everything, there is not really a reason for you to leave the house. Stroll down to the beautiful beach, cool down in the breathtaking infinity pool or just read a book in the open space lobby, Walatta House is a perfect place to take a break from the world and clear your mind. Needless to say, the upkeep was perfect and the rooms spaceous with walk-in wardrobes and plant filled open air bathrooms. The only downside of visiting this place is when you have to leave it behind. Thanks again to Madura and his staff for taking such great care of us. We had an unforgettable experience.
Visited March 2019
Written 16 March 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Thank you so much for your kind review. I am really pleased to see that Madura continues to delight with his cooking and that his team are attentive and take good care. Thank you for coming and please come back soon. Best regards Jack
Written 21 March 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

fergusson m
fergusson m
Edinburgh, United Kingdom2 contributions
Amazing house, beautiful spot, wonderful people.
Our stay at Walatta House exceeded all our expectations. The house and pool were perfect for our family of six and would surely be perfect for other groups. We loved the house and felt that our trip to Sri Lanka was greatly enhanced by both the house's location and Madhura and his team's accommodating nature. Madhura was an excellent chef and made us delicious meals of various curries and other local dishes, and was extremely efficient in the organisation of trips to temples, whale watching and to Uda Walawe national park. On the morning of our whale watching trip he even made us breakfast before we left at 5am, and he was more than happy to teach the whole family how to make some of our favourites of his dishes as well as to show us the local fruit, vegetable and fish markets. Siranga and his team kept the house and pool in perfect condition (which isn't easy with four kids around!) and were always charming, kind and friendly to us. There were fresh flowers in the bedrooms which were kept tidy and clean, much like the rest of the house and garden. We were doubtful, before we arrived, of whether we would be able to swim on the beach below the house, but the beach was safe and perfect on so may levels: it had a tyre swing, great snorkelling and hundreds of hermit crabs, as well the tracks of some extremely elusive turtles. Wally the dog was also lovely and was always there to greet us when we got out of the van from a day trip or from tuk-tuks on visits to the closer landmarks and attractions near Walatta House. I would definitely recommend staying at Walatta House to anyone visiting Sri Lanka and would love to visit again in the future.
Visited February 2019
Written 21 February 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Thank you very much for your thorough and kind review. I know all that you say will be really helpful to future guests and I am very grateful to you for it. Thank you. I really hope that you can come back one day and please please stay with us again. Regards Jack
Written 6 March 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Someoneinsydney
Someoneinsydney
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
Impossible to describe in one sentence how lovely this place is!
Everything about this place is perfect. The architectural design is breathtaking - blending seamlessly into the tropical landscape. The house (if that's what you can call it) is so comfortable - we loved lounging on next to the pool and on the day bed overlooking the ocean. The bedrooms and bathrooms were gorgeously appointed, spacious and comfortable. As you can tell from all the previous reviews, the absolute highlight was the service we received from Madhura, Suranga and team. Attentive, kind, discrete, and the most delicious food ever, it was like dining in a michelin star restaurant every night! I am counting down the days until we can go back and visit again.
Visited January 2019
Written 10 February 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Thank you so much for your kind review. I am really delighted that the team at Walatta House continue to provide an excellent service. Madura will be really thrilled that you enjoyed his cooking so much. Please do come back soon...it will be a pleasure to host you again. Thank you Regards Jack
Written 6 March 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

dominic j
dominic j
Greater London, United Kingdom4 contributions
Fanatastic location, great family stay, great food.
We stayed at the Walatta House with my three children for eight nights from the 26th December to the 4th January. We've been to Sri Lanka before so we were less interested in sightseeing and more in relaxing and enjoying the setting as well as the weather. Walatta did not disappoint. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel at home by Madura and his team who had made the most fantastic Sri Lankan curry for our arrival. The accommodation is just wonderful as is the setting. The morning bird song, with the sound of the sea in the background, was just so relaxing and exactly what we were looking for. Madura's cooking was something we looked forward to every evening and it was just lovely to relax after diner with the family together. I can't recommend it too highly. I'd also like to thank all the guys at Walatta for the fantastic new years eve celebration that they put on for us. It was great to have you there with us and we look forward to coming back one day.
Visited December 2018
Written 9 January 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Laila
Laila
2 contributions
Amazing...
We stayed at the Walatta House towards the end of our Sri Lankan trip. The house exceeded our expectations - we loved the architecture. We were taken great care off by the team who organised the best Yoga, surfing and massages. But the real star was Madura, the chef and manager, by far the best food we’ve had on the trip. Be sure to ask for a cooking lesson!
Visited December 2018
Written 21 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

mangostickyriced
mangostickyriced
Birmingham, United Kingdom4 contributions
Beautiful house with wonderful hospitality team
Our family stayed for 5 nights and had a wonderfully relaxing time in this beautiful house. The architecture is amazing, the open plan living area is airy and spacious. The owner clearly had good attention to detail when they designed the building. The pool is great. Deep on one end and long enough for laps. The beach nearby is accessible via a steep-ish roughly paved path. This was fine even for my (able bodied) grandparents who were both in their 80s, although we didn't let them attempt going down when the grass was wet with rain. At low tide you can explore the rock pools and watch the sunset on the beach. There is a beach bar on the left side. The house is securely guarded with a gate and a guard on duty so we felt safe. The team are available to meet all your needs - madhura's cooking is spectacular and diverse, and you can tell everyone else felt the same way from the guest book. He is a highly trained chef who has worked in Dubai, maldives...Don't bother with eating out. Unfortunately we only discover on the last night that he is a trained sushi chef! Otherwise we would have requested sashimi. We went to the market with him to buy ingredients and had a cooking lesson on the last night. The rest of the team are lovely and very professional and discreet, making sure you are comfortable and having fun. They will do your laundry and bring you snacks/drinks back from the supermarket if you ask. Wally is the villa dog. She is very cuddly and will walk on the beach with you. We did meet a few other dogs on the beach - very friendly, but they tend to follow you back and refuse to leave. Not a problem for us as we love dogs, but might not be good to encourage this behaviour with the local dogs as other guests might not like it. We wish we booked longer here and are already planning our next trip back. Thank you for a wonderful stay!!
Visited November 2018
Written 22 November 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Thank you for your kind, thoughtful and informative review. I am certain it will be enormously helpful to anyone who is thinking of staying with us. Thank you also for mentioning Madura's ability with sushi....I'll be sure to put that on the menu. Please do come back soon. Best regards Jack
Written 26 November 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shruti R
Shruti R
Hyderabad, India3 contributions
Paradise in the pearl of the orient
We had a fantastic time at the Walatta House. I would start with saying that the house has 3 gems that stand out 1) The views and the house in itself 2) Mathura 3) Suranga We are a family of five and the house was perfect for us to spend time together. We had elaborate plans of sight seeing and eating out until the first morning. After spending an hour in the house we decided not to move out the 3 days we were there. Mathura cooked everything so beautifully. Everything was sprinkled with a lot of love and labour. No request of ours was difficult for him. He even taught us how to make symbol and how to cook lobsters. Suranga also made sure that we were very well taken care of The stretch of beach in front of the house is beautiful. There are different shades of sand and the stretch of water is also good to swim in unlike the rest of the Galle region. The family of course fell in love with Wally and couldn't get enough of her. We definitely cannot wait to visit again.
Visited November 2018
Written 6 November 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
What a lovely review - thank you. I'd like to suggest a 4th gem - having lovely guests like you who appreciate the efforts and the kind gentle service offered by our staff. Please please come back soon. Regards Jack
Written 18 November 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ATA186338
ATA186338
London, United Kingdom18 contributions
Amazing stay
The setting above the beach is idyllic and the architecture of the house is distinctive. The house is comfortable (even better than the photos) and the pool is lovely. Everyone at the villa is very kind - we experienced Sri Lankan hospitality at its best. Madura the chef is amazing. The variety of his curries is endless. We also had the freshest of seafood - squid, whole jack fish, mahi mahi, lobsters etc Madura takes great pride in his vegetable garden and we learn how to make bread with him. His western cooking is also delicious (try seafood pasta). With the lovely service at the villa, we just relaxed and didn't go our at all during our 4 night stay. The beach is pristine and it is accessible from the garden. You can see monkeys playing in the trees. Though we cannot swim during this season, the walks are most enjoyable. Sri Lanka takes good care of its environment; we do not find plastic everywhere as one might in Bali or Phuket. Hope it stays that way. What makes our stay so memorable is Wally the dog - we miss her already! She is such good company and so well behaved (never begs for food). We love the way she plays like a puppy and then walk off purposefully to do her rounds. Do not hesitate to book this villa and remember to take Wally for beach walks. She loves it! We would definitely want to be back. The booking process with Eden Villas is very smooth and everyone there is very helpful.
Visited August 2018
Written 31 August 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Thank you so much for your review....I think it will be really helpful to any potential guest to show the full possibilities and service offered at Walatta House. Thank you. Wally is lovely isn't she...so kind, gentle and fun. It is really pleasing also to see your comments re Bali and Phuket. For sure we are a much younger destination and I share with you the hopes that all of us can learn from these places; what went right and what hasn't. Please do come back soon..... Best regards Jack
Written 2 September 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GeorgeJelinek
GeorgeJelinek
3 contributions
Quite simply stunning and unmissable!
From the moment you walk down the steps into the hillside home, you are enchanted by the architecture and surrounds, with three stunning bedrooms surrounding an open area for lounging by the ample pool. And then the food starts.... Madura, the chef, previously worked as a chef at Nobu in Dubai and in the Maldives. His cooking is exquisite, but more importantly, nothing is too much trouble, even catering for this westerner's tricky dietary requirements. The other staff need no lessons in hospitality either, including Wally the loveable ex-Police dog, who enjoys nothing more than snuggling up to you are playing on the lush lawns. Our group of four had the house to ourselves, as is the usual deal, and while we only stayed three days, we agreed that it was the best part of our trip to Sri Lanka. It is a must!
Visited July 2018
Written 16 July 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Edenvillas123
Edenvillas123
Dear George Thank you for your kind review. I am so glad that Madura and his team looked after you all so well. We are incredibly lucky to have him on board and his cooking gets 5 stars from all guests so I am delighted to see that he continues along this path. Isn't Wally lovely...so affectionate and gentle. Please come back soon. Regards Jack
Written 6 August 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Deck
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Private Garden
  • Safe
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Secure Parking
  • Stereo System
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
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