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Luxury home from home villa, in peaceful tropical surroundings

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxury retreat with 3 double en suite rooms, open plan living in lush tropics

The property was designed by a local architect and the simplicity of the design with lofty, light filled interiors, enhanced by contemporary furniture and the bold use of colour creates an environment which is a joy to encounter. High ceilings and natural airflow keep the villa cool sustained by the natural cement floors.

The owners will not be present during the stay. They are represented by the managers, Prem and Sunitha, the on site husband and wife team who also provide services to all guests, including housekeeping and cooking, security, cleaning and pool cleaning. There is also a team of 3 drivers with tuk tuks for local trips and air conditioned mini buses and a car for airport transfers and longer distance trips

Sunitha is happy to cook breakfast, lunch and/ or dinner for you, for a small extra charge (we suggest 1,200 LKR per day). All you need do is decide what you wish to eat, pay for (or buy) the ingredients.

There are 3 bedrooms each with a super kingsize bed, additionally there are two single inflatable airbeds and a crib. The minimum stay is 3 nights, except between 11th December and 6th January when the minimum stay is 1 week. There is a supplement for weekend (only) stays, please enquire before booking. There is a supplement of £25 per additional person per night for more than 6 guests.

There are no pets allowed. Smoking permitted outside only.

The glassy lagoon - literally on the doorstep –hosts abundant and extraordinary wildlife with parakeets, kingfishers, cormorants ,sea eagles and mynah birds that roost in the jungle bordering the lagoon and monitors, iguanas, chipmonks and leaf monkeys that visit the garden by day; while fruit bats fill the skies at dusk,

Locals say that the water never looks the same and changes constantly depending on the weather, time of day and activities of the fishermen. Fish off the house paddle boat or simply sit on the jetty to marvel at the brilliance of the location. While Hikkaduwa beach (with excellent surf, diving and a variety of restaurants and nightlife) is a mere 10 minutes away (400 to 500 LKR single fare to Hikkaduwa, depending upon the time of day/night).

Nearest airport: Colombo (2 hours)

Nearest train station: Hikkaduwa ( 3 miles)

Car is not necessary. We have a team of drivers with tuk tuks (rickshaws) and air conditioned buses and car

Please note, should you wish to use your own driver, we do not offer driver (overnight) accomodation

More Details

Property Manager
Philippa and Paul Shepherd
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Philippa and Paul Shepherd

We are Paul and Philippa Shepherd from Lincolnshire in the UK. We are married with 4 kids between us between the ages of 18 and 30.

We built The Retreat on land sourced by our agent.

Originally, it was to be our holiday home and we had no intention of renting it out, but had such wonderful comments from friends and family, together with an inability to get there more than twice a year, decided to take the jump. We are glad we did!

Philippa and Paul Shepherd purchased this villa in 2012

Why Philippa and Paul Shepherd chose Galle

We wished to build a "home from home", in a quiet and beautiful location and offering complete privacy, but close enough to facilities to have the best of both worlds. We think we achieved this!

What makes this villa unique

We wanted a modern and open plan living space, with all "mod cons" and in beautiful surroundings. The Retreat was our dream property, conceived from a sketch plan and interpreted by a local architect


Galle Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • en suite to bedroom 2 - toilet , shower , wet room
    En suite to master - toilet , shower , wet room
    en suite to bedroom 3 - toilet , shower , wet room
  • downstairs toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • In addition, there are also two single inflatable air beds and a baby crib
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Luxury home from home villa, in peaceful tropical surroundings
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Plotos don't do the property justice. We had a fabulous 3 weeks being thoroughly spoilt by Sunitha and Prem. They kept the house, gardens and pool spotless. We went in low season so the nearest town of Hikaduwa was pretty quiet but there were still bars and restaurants open along the beach. Trips to Yala and also Galle and a boat safari were all great. We would definitely go back to the house and can't thank Sunitha and Prem enough for all their hard work and fabulous food.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Lissie for this great review. I will ensure Prem and Sunitha read it. We welcome a return visit anytime
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Malvern, Worcestershire

Five days in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We picked The Retreat as a place to stay for some rest and relaxation after a fairly hectic 12 day tour of Sri Lanka and what an excellent choice we made.

The villa is wonderful and has everything that you need for a great stay. The pool and gardens are beautiful and very well kept - an ideal place to relax and unwind and inside the villa is well decorated and has great amenities. We spent our days swimming in the pool, relaxing on the sun loungers, playing table tennis, reading books on the first floor balcony, taking a boat trip around the lagoon and in the evening watching DVD’s and listening to music.

However what made our stay extra special were the wonderful Preme and Sunitha. Preme looks after the grounds and the swimming pool and will take you out in the boat if you want, whilst Sunitha is available to cook for you if you wish. When we arrived we were not sure what to do about meals, but after the first nights chicken curry we quickly made plans to enjoy Sunitha’s fantastic cooking for the whole five days. My husband has even taken a note of some of her recipes to try at home. They are a wonderful couple and we really enjoyed meeting them.

The Retreat is about a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from Hikkaduwa and the villas drivers are available to take you out if you wish. We took a ride into Galle to explore for half a day which was very enjoyable.

In a nutshell we felt that we were in a little piece of paradise for five days - it was wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda, what a great review! So pleased it met expectation. I will pass on your kind comments to Prem and Sunitha and we would love to welcome you back some day Best wishes Philippa
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A beautiful villa with superb pool and delightful gardens.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday to beautiful Sri Lanka. We are a family of 5 - our children are twins of 13 and our youngest is 5. We spent the first week of our holiday at the The Retreat and what a glorious week we had. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the wonderful Prem and Sunitha we began to relax. The children explored the fantastic gardens and within the first couple of hours had been introduced by Prem to water monitors, coconut squirrels and a vast array of exotic birds. Sunitha had prepared the most delicious evening meal - plates were scraped clean and we all agreed it was some of the most delicious food we had ever eaten!

The week continued in much the same way. The pool was so inviting and the children spent many hours playing in it - our youngest managed his first few strokes unaided. Having sampled Sunithas food we decided to take full advantage and asked her to prepare all our evening meals - we gave her money to buy the ingredients and she encouraged me to take a trip to the local fruit and veg market which was a real treat! Breakfast was also wonderful - so much fresh, beautiful fruit and some we had never tried before such as dragon fruit! When we managed to tear ourselves away from the villa we ventured out locally to the beach (around 10 mins away in a tuk tuk), a local turtle conservation project, the Tsunami museum, Hikkaduwa and Galle among others - all great excursions organised by the staff. One evening Prem took the boys out onto the lagoon in his boat where they were treated to a tour of the fantastic wildlife. We were sorry to leave and vowed to return some time!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Julia, it is truly wonderful to see such an excellent review of not only the house and grounds, our pride and joy, but also of our staff who we prefer to call our extended family. We shall certainly pass on your comments and we would to host you and your family again in the future
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Peaceful, tropical lakeside retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained holiday home. Very clean and comfortable. Lovely, peaceful location. The photos on the website do not do this villa justice! Pool was cleaned every morning by Prem who co managed the property with his wife Sunita who cooked delicious meals at your request (guests pay for the ingredients and it is at the guests' discretion what to pay Sunita for her cooking time at the end of your stay) . The water temperature of the pool was perfect even though it was not heated. Prem took us on the lake in the rowing boat one evening which was very relaxing. Lots of wildlife to see, including birds, chipmunks etc. Although Prem and Sunita live in separate accommodation a few yards from the Retreat they do not impose and respect your privacy but are always on hand to help if needed. Galle Forte, Turtle Sanctuary and River Boat Cruise are a must and all within a tuk tuk ride. There are 3 brothers assigned to the villa operating tuk tuk and mini van service which was very good value, very friendly and polite. We used them to visit nearby attractions and our return trip to Colombo airport. We would highly recommend The Retreat for both couples and families. Our only regret was we didn't stay longer! Would definitely stay here again! Thank you to Sunita and Prem for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review, we will of course pass on your comments to all the staff all of whom are very proud at the role they each play in making The Retreat a wonderful holiday expedience. We welcome your return visit
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  • 5 of 5

The four of us have had wonderful time at the villa where we spent nearly two weeks.

The organization was efficient with Philippa.

The villa and its surroundings are truly beautiful. We have been taken in charge from day one by the amazing staff.

Suneetha and Prem were very discrete but always available to cook fabulous dishes and care about us.

Channa and Sanjee have set up outstanding trips across Sri Lanka for us and made us discover such amazing places.

We definitely recommend this place as well as the very nice, kind, dedicated and remarquable staff.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That you for this wonderful review, and we are so pleased your enjoyed your stay in magical Sri Lanka. We hope to welcome you again sometime
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Nearest Airport
112 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5.7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5.7 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

the house in on the lagoon, an area of outstanding natural beauty and borders the jungle to one side


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Airport transfers optional. Team of drivers with tuk tuks (rickshaws) and two air conditioned mini buses for tours further afield.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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