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Guest House / B&B in Beruwala, Western Province, Sri Lanka - Peaceful Location Nestled Among Paddy Fields - Yet 10 Minutes From The Beach By Tuk Tuk
Boutique 4 bedroom guest house/ B&B (Can sleep up to 11 guests) with two infinity pools, set in lush countryside overlooking paddy fields yet close to the beautiful beaches of Bentota & Beruwala.
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- English, Sinhala
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About chris whetter
I moved to Sri Lanka from Cornwall,England after spending some time here as a volunteer in 2004 and falling in love with the island. I now live here with my Sri Lankan wife, who is a nurse, and our son. I also teach English in the local area.
chris whetter purchased this Villa in 2011
Why chris whetter chose Beruwala
I designed and built the villa (not with my own hands) in 2011. I love this area of Sri Lanka and enjoy running in the early morning on the beautiful beach of nearby Bentota or seeing the early morning heat haze rising from the paddy fields below the villa We are right in the countryside surrounded by paddy fields and jungle yet close to several small bustling towns and also within easy reach of Colombo to the North and Hikkaduwa, Galle and other beach resorts to the South.The new Express-way now makes us very accessible from Bandaranaike Airport.
What makes this Villa unique
Nisalavila is ideal as a centre where you can enjoy short trips -to the waterfall, Brief gardens, a boat trip on the Madu Ganga river ,a visit to the turtle sanctuary to release baby turtles into the Indian Ocean to name a few. We can also offer trips further afield with our own transport. Then you can return to beautiful tranquil grounds, great homemade food from our internationally trained chef, lovely views from the upstairs dining area and relax in either swimming pool at the end of the day.The local wildlife that visit the garden is a real treat with over 50 varieties of birds spotted by former guests. With just four rooms we offer you a personalised service and are there to enable you to get the most from your holiday.We have recently added a traditional massage hut where you can relax and enjoy Ayurvedic massage from a trained masseur and the views from here are beautiful.
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Fabulous weekend - stunning Sri Lankan breakfast, magical ponies and a gorgeous peaceful setting. Thanks to all for a lovely stay.
Thank you for taking the time to review us .We are delighted with the 5 star review and really appreciate your comments.The ponies do add a certain something to the natural beauty of Nisalavila and we are glad you found the place so relaxing.
Tharindu does take a pride in his cooking and the traditional Sri Lankan cuisine along with the western options, and I will pass on your comments.
We really enjoyed having you at the villa,and look forward to you coming back.Maybe even for a bit longer next time.!
Very best wishes..Chris and the team.
The perfect place to relax
It was a good place to relax, the staff were very friendly & available.
Tranquil surroundings. Excellent service. Relaxing stay.
Stayed with family & children. Rural setting. Easy access to nearby attractions. Grandchildren loved the swimming pools. Chef very good. Excellent food. Efficient service from staff. Owner on hand if needed. [Called in to say 'Hello.']
Would return if visiting the area again.
The Norcliffe family. UK
Beautiful, peaceful and excellent service all round
We were a family of 4 adults and 2 young children (3 and 9 months) having a rendez-vous between the UK and Australia. Planning the logistics was challenging, but it was made so much easier with the help of the villa owners, John and Chris Whetter, who responded immediately to all the questions we posed, organising transport, car seats for the children, cots etc. When we arrived, late at night, we were welcomed by Shan the manager who was discreet but always attentive for the whole week and especially taken with the children. (Loved the towel folding!) The villa was spacious, clean and comfortable and the lovely grounds and pools very well maintained. We booked 2 rooms but had the villa to ourselves as it was off season - a substantial and delicious breakfast was included, but lunch and dinner menus were also available - which we took full advantage of - it was all excellent.The location is off the beaten track, so very quiet and peaceful - but tuk tuks or a car were available on request to take us sight seeing or to the beach. Although it was monsoon season, we enjoyed good weather most of the time.
Thank you John, Chris and Shan for making our family reunion such a success! We had a wonderful time.
Lovely, quiet retreat with great staff
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Nisalavila. After arriving in a thunderstorm a few hours late we were greeted by the driver at the airport and taken the hour or so to Beruwala.
Throughout our 10 day stay nothing was too much trouble for Shan and Tharindu. Chris (owner) was also on site frequently and was invaluable for arranging trips, restaurant bookings and tuk tuk trips around town. The staff were great with the kids and during a thunderstorm that the kids were very scared during Shan even brought the table to the room so we could eat the meal we had ordered down there!
The rooms were clean and spacious, the bedding changed every 2 days and towels provided for the pool and room. The wifi worked well (apart from after the storms but that was a wider problem) and the villa had some portable insect nets for the kids. We had the 2 downstairs rooms.
The food was made to order with a small charge (around £6 per meal), the portions were large and the quality was good, Tharindu the chef deserves special mention. I'd particularly recommend the Sri Lankan curry for 2 with the various veg based curry dishes and your choice of meat as well.
The gardens and pool were lovely and we had good fun looking at the birds, lizards and the house animals (pony, cow, guinea pigs, dogs, guinea fowl, chickens).
We had a great time on the activities we did, nearby temple complete with big buddha and elephant, whale watching (2 hours drive to the south) where we saw blue whales, train to Hikkiduwa was hot and busy but a good experience nontheless, had a couple of days in the Cinnamon Bey hotel nearby (very good value for pool use and lunch buffet at 3k rupees for adults and free for kids under 6) the highlight for the kids was the turtle sanctuary (around 15 mins in a tuk tuk) where they let us release hatchling sea turtles into the sea at dusk.
The only slight downside (hence the 4 stars and not 5) was the grout in the pool that I know Chris was addressing after we left and he had some free time. It lead to a few cuts on the kids feet and meant we didn't use the pools as much as we would have liked.
A huge thanks to Chris, Shan and Tharindu for an enjoyable 10 days and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others. It was great also to meet Chris's family who were also visiting at the same time.
Thank you ever so much for taking the time to give us such a super review. We are delighted that you had such a good holiday and enjoyed your stay with us. Your comments are really appreciated and will certainly be passed on to Shan and Tharindu. We have now regrouted the pool as we are committed to addressing any issues that arise at the villa as quickly as possible, to maintain our high standards and ensure our guests have the best possible holiday.
We would love to see you back again at Nisalavila. Many thanks. Chris and the team.
Beautiful peaceful garden setting
We enjoyed the fabulous gardens of the villa which were a lovely haven to return to after being out and about in the crazy SriLankan traffic. The owner, Chris was very friendly and helpful, arranging trips for a river cruise, a visit to a tea plantation , a turtle sanctuary and ( the highlight of the holiday) a ride on the local temple elephant which we would have missed if Chris had not been on the case. The staff were attentive and the breakfasts were particularly good. Man versus Sri Lankan breakfast was a regular sight ( my husband ) though the rest of our party settled for fabulous platters of exotic fruit. All the staff were friendly, but Shan in particular was very attentive, bringing pots of tea before we even asked for them ! The chef took great care to accommodate my food allergies. We did not want to leave !
Special interest holidays: The villa is ideal for bird watching with over fifty different species of bird having been recognised by our visitors. The large natural pond is a particular draw for kingfishers, waders etc. Coast/Beach: Within three miles of several beaches including the beautiful beach of Bentota which has several miles of golden sand and is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. It takes about ten/ fifteen minutes to get here by tuk tuk. Travel: Nisalavila is within easy reach of the new highway and about 40 miles from the airport. It takes about an hour on the new highway to reach the airport and less to Colombo or to go to Hikkaduwa or Galle to the South. We have our own A/C minibus available for pick ups from the airport or for other trips. Distances: Nisalavila is an ideal base for local trips and those further afield. Bentota beach 3 miles, Aluthgama two miles, Beruwala two miles. Local visits include turtle hatchery, a trip on the Madu Ganga, a trip to a tea plantation and waterfall. The Kanda Vihara Temple is within a mile. Further Details: In Aluthgama which is the local town there is a very good supermarket, banks, ATM's, railway station etc and an excellent local market on a Monday. There are several temples close to the villa with the famous Kandavihara temple which has one of the largest sitting Buddha statues in Asia just five minutes tuk tuk ride away. The Bentota River is very well known for its water sports.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
PLEASE NOTE: The quote shown is based on one double room per night for the number of nights required for your booking. As Nisalavila is a Guest House / Boutique Villa we charge per room (from £49 per room for two people bed & breakfast; £45 for a single person). We now have an apartment/family room with lounge area & SMART T.V. (from £60 per night). Daily housekeeping is included in the room rate and there is daily onsite management. (Prices vary according to season). Make a booking through Owners Direct or contact Chris Whetter for more information or to make a booking on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the owner regarding availability. Changeover Day: We have no specific changeover day and can arrange airport transfers at any time, day or night.