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Negombo -West Winds is a brightly coloured house sitting in an acre of tropical garden within the peaceful fishing village, Dungalpitiya (near Negombo). It is situated directly on the beach and has the most amazing sunsets every night. You cannot swim at the beach directly outside the house but there are rock pools nearby perfect for paddling, and we have arranged a discount at a nearby hotel’s swimming pool. Alternatively, you could do a trip into Negombo (7 km away), a town full of tourist activities such as wind surfing, kite sailing, sailing etc. plus bars and restaurants.
The garden is lovely for children and has a trampoline, climbing frame, hammocks, chickens, two friendly dogs,two friendly cats and a small but perfectly formed Kade (local pretend shop). There is also a volleyball net, cricket equipment and lots of toys and books.
The house is fully staffed with delicious local meals prepared by our wonderful cook. All washing, cleaning and cooking is included in the price. Car and driver may be for trips but only to Negombo, Colombo and other nearby places. We have contact numbers for vehicles that can be hired for long journeys.
Sri Lanka is blessed with many different types of wetland, such as estuaries, lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves and marshes. These areas are of immense environmental, economic and social importance, yet they are increasingly under threat. Part of the marsh known as Muthurajawela near Negombo is a protected area open to the public.
Kelaniya Buddhist Temple
It is believed that the Buddha visited this temple, which is located just over 10 miles to the south of Negombo. Today it’s a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees and a site of interest for many visitors. You’ll see a series of wall paintings in the interior that date from the mid-20th century. of Kelaniya in the month of November/December and January every year. It has a spectacular Duruthu Maha Perahera in the month of November/December and January and a good place to go for Vesak.
Gangarama Buddist Temple
This is one of the most frequently visited Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, second only in popularity to the Temple of the Tooth, located in Kandy. The temple dates from the early 14th century and it is thought that the Buddha preached at this spot approximately 2,000 years ago. Highlights include a well-known reclining Buddha image and statues of numerous Hindu deities. An important national festival is held here annually in January - Duruthu Perah
Toward Negombo and beyond: Visit the town to wander around the Fort, the roads with crumbling houses, the Hindu Kovils at pooja time, the grand churches, clothes and gift shop, experience the fruit and veg market, wholesale fish market and the beach fish market.
Dutch Fort Gate
Originally, built in 1672, not far from the coastline, the fort was part of a colonial prison complex. Today the fort itself is largely in ruin, but the gate with its date of construction inscribed on it is still visible. In addition to the fort ruins, there’s a lovely Dutch church nearby and other buildings around Negombo dating from this period. A bicycle ride on the path along the canal is a good way to see many of these colonial constructions.
The canal was at one time an important link in the transportation route which supplied the Dutch colonial administration. It runs for more than 60 miles, with part of the route running through Negombo. Today it’s an attraction for tourists.
This is my home and I only rent it when away.
Mary Ridgeon purchased this house in 2002
Always loved it because of the view, the closeness to
the sea and above all the peace.
I think my staff are very kind, excellent and are really
interested in their job. I hope this makes your stay more eventful.
Fab place, kids had a ball, ate curry for breakfast lunch and dinner. Padma is a wonderful cook. Best bit was taking the children tot he rock pools to get swim every sunset.
I have been visiting West Winds frequently for the past few years. It has always been the perfect place to relax with children, family and friends. It has been the best place to host the annual seasonal family gatherings and the perfect backdrop for celebrate important milestones. West Wind provides you a space in Sri Lanka to experience village life, enjoy great Sri Lankan food, experience the local cultural and environment surroundings while having time to reconnect with oneself.
What an amazing place. We had such a great time relaxing here that it was hard to leave. We are traveling as a family for a year and arrived here travel weary and in need of a rest. The location is away from any busy tourist centre so we were able to find the peace we were looking for (yet it is still so conveniently close to the airport). Mary's staff looked after us so well. We felt so pampered during our one week stay. The food was amazing too! Thanks so much for opening your home to us!
West Winds is a beautiful house lived in and rented out by the owner, Mary. It is a 2nd home for her 11 grandchildren and as a result is a brilliant place for kids on holiday. Aside from the list of things above, there is a hammock that is big enough to seat four people and hundreds of books/games for kids. The housekeeper, Nimanthi has three wonderful children, who in August 2012 were 7, 5 and 1 year old. There are also two friendly dogs, two beautiful cats that like being stroked and lots of chickens. Our children liked this place so much it was hard to drag them to the Olympic sized swimming pool just 1.7km away at Jetwing Lagoon Hotel. Mary arranged for us to use this pool for 1500 rupees for the family per day ~£7.50. The pool is lovely, our 7 year old could touch the bottom, and plenty of wide steps make it safe for smaller kids as well.
It's Sri Lanka and situated right on the beach, so the electricity is slightly temperamental, but armed with torches, the kids loved playing hide and seek in the dark a couple of times and lanterns are lit so the adults can still see to drink a chilled beer or coconut milk out of the shell. Being right on the beach also means that kids can play in the waves, catch crabs and look for shells for hours on end.
Padma's cooking is better than anything you will get in a restaurant in town, expect to eat mountains of food, extremely well prepared, with excellent variety as well as attention to what the kids want. Nimanthi looked after us so well, and with her experience of working with Mary's family for over a decade, her English is excellent.
Mahinda keeps the house looking immaculate, however, that does not mean that the house is like a collection of sanitised hotel rooms. It is a home filled with pictures, paintings, photos and Barefoot linens that make it very welcoming.
Anil is on hand to drive you anywhere, any time, so it is very easy to go into Negombo 20 mins away (fish-market, souvenirs, gem shops (Rings & Things seems trustworthy), or further afield to Colombo just less than an hour away. Nimanthi and Anil can also arrange for you to go out on a fishing boat to the lagoon. If you're lucky you may spot a crocodile, if you're not lucky you'll still get to see lots of flying fish.
In summary, this is a lovely home that it is a heaven for children to enjoy themselves in. This means that parents can spend their time relaxing, looked after by an excellent and welcoming team of people in a beautiful country.
We stayed at West Winds for one week and had a wonderful time. The house is beautifully designed and tastefully furnished with views straight out over the beach and sea.
But what really made our stay special was the care and attention of the small team of people looking after us - Nimanthi, Padma and Mahinda. The meals were outstanding and Nimanthi went out of her way to produced dishes she knew we liked. The village location was also quiet and friendly - with not another tourist in sight (which was great).
All in all, an experience to remember for all the right reasons. Highly recommended.
Dungalpitiya is a small fishing village situated on a narrow strip of land between a Lagoon and the Ocean. We are 7 km from Negombo Town, 36 km from Colombo and less than half an hour from the Airport. Its is a lovely area with coconut trees and a sandy beach with nearby rock pools. In the fishing season (December - April ), local fisherman haul in catches from the sea and guests are welcome to join in and help. Fresh seafood is served to guests including prawns and crabs from the lagoon and tuna and sprats from the sea . Nearby there are swimming pools and beach areas for swimming.
Guests may easily reach nearby attractions in Sri Lanka including, sailing on the Negombo lagoon, boat trips to watch Spinner Dolphins, trips to climb Sigiriya Rock and visit the Cultural Triangle, trips to the Elephant Orphanage and Bird Sanctuary.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest|
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Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. The £100 a day includes all meals, bottled water, one bottle of arrack a week, 12 litre bottles of our local beer a week, car for local drives but not long distance. Full tank of fuel which has to be refilled by guests if not sufficient for their needs.
When booking you have to pay a deposit of half the rent into my account. The remaining half can be paid just before arriving.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.