3 bedroom house, sleeps 8 people, delicious local food
About Mary Ridgeon
This is my home and I only rent it when away.
Mary Ridgeon purchased this House in 2002
Why Mary Ridgeon chose Negombo
Always loved it because of the view, the closeness to the sea and above all the peace.
What makes this House unique
I think my staff are very kind, excellent and are really interested in their job. I hope this makes your stay more eventful.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
I would recommend this place for fun, peace and fantastic food.
West Winds is the perfect retreat!
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.
Great place with great people!
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!
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Heaven for kids, relaxing for parents
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.
A wonderful experience...
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.
West wind is such a gem!
We were lucky to stay in Marys house West wind for two weeks in january 2017. It was the best experience ever! Mary made everything to make us feel comfortable. The house is uniqe with all the colors, personal details and air. Nimanti and her family is the best hosts one can wish for and the location is by far the best we have stayed at on our journeys. Nimantis mother, Padma, is a five star cook. We had three meals per day that the the whole family enjoyed so much. We are travelling with three small kids and Padma made all she could to make them eat everything lankese food can offer, and succeeded! They loved it! Nimantis service level is something one should export to any service center. She made our stay so comfortable and easy. She helped us to arrange all excursions, suggested exciting day trips and introduced us to life in Sri Lanka. Her three children are our childrens friends for life. The are the best hosts, smart, well educated and fun! The house is located directly on the beach. You can not swim, unless you are a very experienced swimmer, but jump in the waves and Nimantis oldes son walked us to a rock pool where we coluld take a dip and play. We hope to be back soon. Very soon!
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.