A simply styled, single storey home constructed entirely of teak, one of Sri Lanka's sustainable hardwoods. Set in 11/2 acres of coconut plantation on a hill above the beach, the house has been designed to capture the breezes coming off the ocean. The whole building is raised above the ground, which means negotiating a few steps up to the verandah entrance.
Around the house some palm trees have been cleared, and the garden is in the early stages of planting, though paths through dappled shade have been created and lined with flowering shrubs, in particular some 40 ginger plants in the front garden.
The central living area, fronted by the open verandah, is furnished with comfortable chairs and sofa. Colourful cushions liven up the interior of teak walls, floor and ceiling. A small round dining table is ideal for alfresco dining.
Roshan, the chef, will prepare breakfast for you and any other meal by request. His brother, Ruane Chandana, will be happy to run errands for you in a tuk-tuk, or drive you in the evening, just give him notice before he leaves in the afternoon
Two very reliable watch dogs, Tissa and Seeni, give advance warning of any approach and have a complete bill of health regarding vaccines etc..
Tangalle, nearby, covers most day to day shopping and a 'farmers' market' operates on Wednesday and Sunday. Even better, source your supper straight from the fishermen at the harbour. If early mornings are not your 'thing', hand the money to Roshan with instructions. You will receive receipts and change.
Whilst a 'no shoes' policy is encouraged inside the house, it is advisable always to wear at least flip flops outside in the gardens or on the beach. The beach here is quite narrow with rocky outcrops, but interesting with lively breakers rolling in from the ocean.
There is a useful list of contact numbers provided including a local G.P. and restaurants and Roshan can arrange a Tuk Tuk at moment's notice. When you have no further need of Roshan's services he will be happy to return to his nearby family home and leave you in peace. It is customary to tip the houseboy, at your discretion.
There are twovery large bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms and very hot showers. Each four poster bed is super-king sized (7 ft) and draped with fine white mosquito nets. The west bedroom has crisp white bed linen and accents of blue in cushions and lampshades.
The east bed has a very pretty blue and lemon bed cover and stands beneath an intriguing lattice effect in the sloping ceiling. No excuse to miss the sunrise from the long windows, I suspect.
Single, additional beds have been placed in each bedroom for extra guests if required and mosquito nets are available for these.
Electricity is not 100% reliable in Tangalle, particularly between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. It is also expensive and it would be appreciated if the geysers in the bathrooms are switched on for half an hour before you shower and switched off afterwards. There may well be the odd power cut but you will be well stocked with candles, so think intrepid- or even romantic!
There is a small but very well equipped kitchen area to the side of the living 'room' which houses a large fridge, gas oven and washing machine, liquidiser and filter coffee machine and adequate storage cupboards.
The Teak House is let on a self-catering basis but Roshan, the house manager, will prepare breakfast for you. He will happily cook any other meals by request and is happy to go to market to buy fresh fruit and bread or bring fresh fish from the local fishermen. Lunch and dinner are at your discretion - eat in or at a nearby Italian restaurant. Roshan is an accomplished cook and would delight in learning new dishes from you if you wish to instruct him. You may dine out on the verandah and a small table comfortably seats 4. If you have a larger party , you might struggle a little for space, but the garden would be a an ideal alternative venue.
Most day to day necessities can be purchased in Tangalle. There is a new, daily indoor market and an early morning visit to the harbour for the catch of the day is colourful and rewarding. For other groceries there is Muthumalas, known locally as 'Fortnums' or the new Food City.
We do advise you to bring any favourite beverages from Colombo, if that is important to you, and any special choices of wine should be pre-ordered two weeks in advance of arrival. However, the new Dikwella supermarket, gets better by the day.
Water is a precious commodity in Sri Lanka, so please take care not to be wasteful. We recommend bottled water to drink. Please be economical when showering as there is no public water supply, it is delivered by bowser. Should the tank run dry ask Roshan to replenish it, also please ask Roshan before using the washing machine as a small charge is made for personal laundry.
For our recommendations on places of interest, restaurants and local transport in Tangalle and the South Coast, click here.