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Superb villa in beautiful gardens close to beach.

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, poolside shower, sleeps 8

Spacious private villa with exclusive use of house and swimming pool for your family and friends. Sleeps 8 people with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Large lounge/dining area with ample seating, LCD TV and DVD. Air Conditioning and ceiling fans in lounge and all bedrooms. Set in 1/2 acre garden with masses of tropical flowers and fruit trees. Lovely new pool finished to very high standard with poolside shower. Garden visited by numerous species of exotic bird life (kingfishers, sun birds, paradise flycatchers etc.).

Located just 6-7 minutes walk from fabulous surfing beach of Hikkaduwa (used for international surfing competitions). Just a 10 minute walk along the beach takes you to a place where it is possible to feed giant 120 year old sea turtles by hand as they practically come in to the shore. Numerous restaurants along beach front to choose from. Maintenance manager close by to sort out any concerns and arrange excursions to any destination. Historic and shopping centre of Galle less than 1/2 hour away.

Serendib villa is a splendid modern villa built on a plot of land we fell in love with when we visited Sri Lanka 13 years ago because the setting was so tranquil and peaceful. Despite this it is only 6-7 minutes walk from the famous surfing beach of Hikkaduwa with a multitude of restaurants to choose from. Our maintenance manager, Sarath, at the nearby Golden Sand Beach Hotel, will take care of any concerns you may have and arrange excursions to anywhere on the island. He can also arrange your collection from the airport and transport to the villa if required.

The garden is a haven for bird life and you can see numerous exotic tropical species just sitting on the Veranda or stroll through the garden filled with Hibiscus, Frangipani and Bougainvillea flowers with papayas, bananas and mangoes ripening on the trees. The pool is of the same luxury standard as those at the 5 star Saman Villas Hotel and it is surrounded by coconut palms.

Serendib is a great place to do as much or as little as you want. Just chill out by the pool and watch the bird life, go for great surfing at the beach, or use it as a base to explore all the delights that Sri Lanka has to offer. A welcoming bowl of tropical fruit will be waiting for you on your arrival. Please note that although the pool is delightful for swimming at any time of year the sea currents on the coast in the European summer (July - August) can be strong and make swimming inadvisable.

More Details

John Goodchild
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, Korean
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Galle, Sri Lanka

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet , ceiling fan
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet , ceiling fan
  • Two bathrooms: Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower enclosure, bath, bidet and sink; Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower enclosure, bath, bidet and sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , air condition & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , air condition & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , air condition & ceiling fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , air condition & ceiling fan
  • Master bedroom has ensuite bathroom and all bedrooms have air conditioning, ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Solar panels giving hot water in bathrooms.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • deck chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
There are several summer houses with stone table and chairs in the various parts of garden where you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea.


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Superb villa in beautiful gardens close to beach.
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews

Great relaxing spot for a family or group holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a great relaxing family holiday, staying at Serendip. The place was very clean, well maintained and has all amenities we needed and was a large and comfortable space. We didn't want to come back...

The location is a 5 minute walk from Hikkaduwa beach which has a number of good restaurants and bars. Rickshaws and taxi's are available when you want to travel further and are really reasonable.

The bedrooms are all off off of the main living area which has a large dining table, internet access and TV, DVD and CD player. Air con throughout the villa is good and not overpowering. The kitchen is a good size, has a washing machine and all you would expect in a kitchen is here. Helpfully, towels are supplied and are plentiful making packing easier.

The pool is a lovely respite from the heat, and coconut trees provide some shade in this area, dappled sunlight comes through but fierce sun is avoided. A bird of Paradise visits at about 4pm every day!

John had provided us with all the information we would need and was friendly and helpful throughout the booking process. He was patient with us when we tried to organise things from both India and the UK. We were greeted at the airport warmly by manager Sarath, who was very capable, relaxed and helpful throughout our stay. He left us his BBQ when we bought fish from the harbour, delivered food from the hotel for us in a rickshaw (which is really helpful when you have a 1 year old baby)! and sent us in the right direction for everything we needed. For anyone who chooses to stay in the villa, I would say you could trust that you are getting the best service and best deal from Sarath. And he does great rice curry! Even the night watchman was helpful..

I would reccomend this holiday for anyone who wants peace with access to bars and restauarants and a relaxed beach holiday. We travelled with a 1 year old who had a great time and made good use of the shady verandah and pool. There is very little I could add about the villa in terms of improvement...the efforts made to help us were great. The inclusion of a travel cot and highchair would have topped it all off well, but this is a totally personal requirement!

Well done to John, Yin and Sarath for providing a great spot with the personal attention you would expect from a resort style set up without being intrusive. Thanks for letting us stay.

  • Review Submitted: 13/03/2010
  • Date of Stay: March 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chilled out locations with LOT'S of wildlife and near to everything

  • 5 of 5

I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived at 10pm but I was really pleasantly surprised. Between John (the owner) and Sarath (the property manager) they helped answer every question I had and helped make it a relaxing holiday.

The apartment is about a maximum 10 minute walk from the main road (I was with young kids so it is shorter) and is set back so it's truly quite! The result is that we spent most afternoons in the pool watching the wildlife (monkey, chipmunks, king fishers (in the pool), monitors, wood peckers, foam nest frogs) - excellent :)

The beach was nice (maybe a bit rough for little kids) and the choice of food places plentiful so we never used the kitchen beyond toast for breakfast - I looked well stocked though.

Nice place and I would recommend it :)

  • Review Submitted: 08/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Villa in nature close to the beach

  • 3 of 5

We stayed in villa for more than a week - 4 adults and 4 children (age 1-4). Overall, the villa is acceptable, but not perfect. John is really helpful with everything, but Sarath could do more for us. There were some problems at the beginning (no travel baby cots as agreed, no wifi, broken air con, etc), but John did really his best to help us. The surroundings and the pool is nice, but maintained poorly. We enjoyed animals in the garden: squirrels, parrots, monkeys, lot of birds, etc. It is also a nice village in the opposite direction to the beach. I would recomend the place to not so demanding travelers.

  • Review Submitted: 25/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We regret that our last guests at the villa found things about it that they were not happy with and are going to ensure that the issues raised are promptly dealt with so that everything is exactly as it should be and in full working order for future guests. The issue of the cots is something of a misunderstanding as I have reviewed our email correspondence and while I said we would attempt to provide the cots that were requested I never actually guaranteed that we would be able to do so. If one of the Air-con units and the Wi-Fi were not functioning when our guests arrived it is something that our on-site manager should have checked beforehand and we are going to make sure that all such equipment is fully functioning before guests arrive from now on. I am not sure what is being referred to when the review comments about the pool and gardens not being maintained properly as all previous guests have loved the pool and gardens. I will have to investigate this and ensure that if there are any current deficiencies they are returned to being as beautiful as they always have been and as they appear in the photos that appear on our web-site.
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Great place to unwind and relax

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned home after spending 10 wonderful days relaxing in a fantastic villa in a great location! The villa was clean and comfortable allowing our party of 5 (2 adults 3 kids 14,11 and 2) plenty of space. The pool was cleaned daily by the night watchman and used every day by all of us...the beach only 5-10 mins walk down the road was fine, although the sea a little rough for the youngest one to get into. We found the location to be tranquil and the town very relaxed (even with the buses) after a couple of days the local shop keepers came to recognise us as we wandered down to the supermarket for our daily supplies (about 15min walk). The food was a little hit and miss in the restaurants, we were a little out of season, but JLH and Time and Tide were both good, the pizzas at Time and Tide a hit with the family. Sarath was available to organise anything you need in terms of trips around the island, buses and TukTuk's if you don't fancy the walk into town, he had also arranged for wireless internet in the villa which was a welcome bonus. All in all we really enjoyed our short stay at the villa and will be returning sometime soon. Thank you John for a memorable holiday...

  • Review Submitted: 28/10/2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 7 and found Serendib Villa very comfortable and spacious. The gardens and pool are wonderful, peaceful and relaxing. Sarath, the manager, is always on hand to help with any queries and to organise any tours. We went on the River Safari tour and we would definately recommend it. My husband and sons also went on a fishing trip and caught 32 fish! Our favourite restaurant was JLH, again recommended by Sarath, the staff were lovely and the food delicious. Our 5 children, aged between 10 and 16, had a great holiday and would love to go back next year as would my husband and I. We stayed for a week this year but would like to go for a longer holiday next year.

  • Review Submitted: 22/07/2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Villa Serendib

  • 5 of 5

My family spent a wonderful Christmas in this villa - our ages ranged from 28 to 83 and it suited everyone! From the moment Sarath met us at the airport we knew we were going to love Sri Lanka and its people and especially Hikkadua and Villa Serendib.

The villa is spacious and well equipped and the garden and swimming pool were perfect. The plus side was being able to stroll down to Saraths guesthouse and sit next to the beach when we were fed up with the pool! Our family have many different interests so with one son surfing, another diving, my daughter sunbathing and even doing a cookery course in Unawatuna everyone was happy.

We would definately return here again and perhaps next time do a few tours of the island, we were all so happy and lazy in Villa Serendib we didn't get round to touring this time!

Many thanks to John for having such a lovely villa and to Sarath for all his help and wonderful cooking!

  • Review Submitted: 15/02/2013
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Kilometres
Many bars at beach
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Hikkaduwa Railway station
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Galle Road
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Kilometres
Many restaurants at beach
Nearest Beach
0.6 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The property is on the southern edge of Hikkaduwa about 10 km north of Galle. It is set about 600 meters back from the internationally renowned surfing beach of Hikkaduwa, in a quiet and peaceful area surrounded by coconut palms. Colombo and the airport are 2-3 hours away. The Dutch Fort at Galle and the excellent diving at Unawatuna are about half an hour away. Overnight and longer excursions can easily be arranged to Yala National park, Pinawala elephant orphanage and the ancient historical sites of Sigiriya and Anuradhapura.

Other Activities: Bird watching


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa on the Galle, Sri Lanka

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
JUL 2018 - AUG 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
SEP 2018 - NOV 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
DEC 2018 - MAR 2019
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% deposit is required to secure booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to occupancy.

To book the villa please look on our availability calendar to see if the dates you want are available and if they are just email us or contact by phone.

Rental price includes, house cleaning, swimming pool cleaning, night watchman, laundry service.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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