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Beach Hut

Unawatuna

Overview

This newly built beach villa - the word 'hut' doesn't even come close - sits within a sand and grass garden which leads seamlessly through a private gate onto the beach and ocean. A truly idyllic spot for a stress free holiday for a couple or small family. The generous swimming pool and plentiful sun beds are just for you - no threatening towels placed proprietorially at dawn.

Enter the house over a bridge of railway sleepers, above a trickling water feature.  The house is designed for comfort, so be a 'barefoot contessa' and enjoy the cool polished floors.

The sitting room is spacious and airy and decorated with great style in black, white and sharp citrus colours. The white walls and black floor show off  dark, but not oppressive furniture, large windows overlooking the sea and gardens and luxurious hand made sofas set with colourful cushions. A scattering of foliage plants enliven the corners.

The dining area sits well in the open plan arrangement and the table can be moved to wherever suits.

Only 10mins. from historic Galle, there is plenty of interest when you tire of reading or idling in the garden, but consider strolling down to the beach gate and watching the sunset from the delightful and unusual seating under the shady palms. 

Only the steward lives in - he has his own self contained quarters - but you will also be cared for by a daily help and a night watchman

 

Highs  Lows
  
  • Great location for beach, Galle's restaurants, Unawatuna's snorkelling
     
  • A uniquely sized villa, comfortable for 2 although it will accommodate 2 young children 
  • The children's bedroom is small with child beds. Not really suitable for children over 7/8 years.
     
  • The sea is rough in summer months : April - Oct.

   Child Friendly
   Swimming Pool
   Beach Access
   Bird Watching

Rooms

The master bedroom occupies most of the upper floor.  Several sets of French doors lead out onto the wrap- around verandah set with comfortable loungers, perfect for that evening glass of champagne or g and t.

Simple rugs add colour to the floor and the king size bed is generously draped with white mosquito nets.  Storage furniture, tables, lamps and comfortable sofas complete a welcoming suite.

The modern en suite bathroom is well designed to be both elegant and functional.  A second, smaller, twin bedroom - with beds suitable for children - is located nextdoor.

Dining

The emphasis here is on informality.  The nearness of Galle with its many and differing restaurants allows you a different flavour every day. However, if you choose to eat in-house, either every night or occasionally, you need to book ahead for a cook.  There is a modern, well equipped kitchen for the use of guests and the cook. The steward, who lives in his own self-contained quarters, will prepare breakfast for you. 

The cook will discuss meal preferences with you, the time you like to eat and will shop and order produce for you.  You may accompany him/her to market to get a feel for costs and variety, or merely hand over the anticipated amount of money.  The rest will be done for you, ensuring that you get quality ingredients at genuine market prices.

Breakfast is included in your room rate and will be a typical Sri Lankan spread of eggs, juices, jams, fresh fruit, tea and coffee. 

Things to do & local tips

  • Galle is a mere 10mins away and home to a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
     
  • Galle Fort   - World Heritage Site  300yrs old.  Here you will find a Buddhist Temple, a Mosque in a converted church and a Dutch Reform Church all co-habiting a small area in perfect harmony, reflecting the peace and tolerance felt by the vast majority of this island. The community is predominently Muslim, so please be respectful in your dress.
     
  • Galle's International Cricket Club, now fully restored post tsunami, is world famous and a draw for cricket lovers everywhere.
     
  • Amidst the surrounding paddy fields there are fabulous temples to visit.
     
  • Elephant Polo   The 2006 Tournament will be staged from 24th-28th January. This is a unique and immensely enjoyable event . 
     
  • Scuba diving can be arranged nearby, and experienced divers can visit wrecks and reefs.
     

Further afield but within a days excursion are:
 

  • Safari at Uda walawe or Yala National Parks
     
  • The blow hole in the summer months is quite spectacular near Dikwella
     
  • A 'white tea' plantation will demonsrate the growing, grading and filtering process as well as an insight into rubber and cinnamon processing.