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Old Clove House, A Traditional Sri Lankan House With Pool Close To The Beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 278 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa in Unawatuna, Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka - Totally Private, With Lush Garden And Expansive Lawns 10 Minutes Walk To The Beach

Old Clove House is a traditional Sri Lankan house that has been fully renovated, restored and modernized. Old Clove House is located in a lush garden of more than half an acre with an expansive lawn, mature trees and shrubs. Its walled all around by an 8 feet high perimeter wall ensuring total privacy. A standalone dining pavilion which seats 8 adults comfortably overlooks the 32 feet long swimming pool. The house is designed to maximise outdoor living perfectly suited to the warm climate of Sri Lanka. There are three bedrooms - the upper level master suite with a king sized bed, the poolside room with a king sized bed, and the children's room with a queen sized bed and two single beds.

The house sleeps 8 adults comfortably but with converted daybeds and bunk-beds, up to 12 can be accommodated. All bedrooms can be cooled by air-conditioning or overhead ceiling fans. All bedrooms are en-suite with hot water showers. Two cots can be made available and the house is very children friendly. The smaller cot is suitable for an infant while the larger cot is suitable for a young child up to the age of 3. Massages can be arranged in house at our massage room, and private yoga classes can be taken on the lawn or in the house.

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Tai Lee Tan
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
8 March, 2018

About Tai Lee Tan

I am the manager of Old Clove House and I am local to this village. I manage the house and take care of all needs of guests during your stay here. You can depend on me to arrange for transportation to and from the house, purchase all your provisions for your meals, make reservations at restaurants, suggest places of interest for you to visit, arrange excursions and daytrips further afield and whatever else to make your stay at Old Clove House an amazing one.

I also manage the household staff who will ensure that the standards of housekeeping is perfect at all times.

I really enjoy meeting new people and love my job and am happiest whenever guests have a really wonderful stay at Old Clove House. I look forward to welcoming you to Old Clove House.

Tai Lee Tan purchased this villa in 2011

Why Tai Lee Tan chose Unawatuna

The house was a derelict mess when I first saw it but I loved the neighbourhood, being so green, peaceful, tranquil and quiet, and yet so close to the beautiful beaches of Thalpe and Unawatuna, and to Galle Fort.

After purchasing the property, the long process of renovations began and this really meant taking the roof down, stripping the entire house down to its bare bones - all wiring, plumbing, plastering and flooring had to be redone.

Walls had to be taken down to make the rooms and spaces larger and totally new en-suite bathrooms built as the old house only had an outhouse.

The kitchen also had to be built as the old kitchen was again, in an outhouse.

It was a challenging process renovating and modernizing it but I'm very proud to have given it a new lease of life.

What makes this villa unique

The house has great character, and is an extremely comfortable space to be in. The floors being polished terazzo, stays very cool even on the balmiest of days. The muted neutral deco blends in beautifully with the lovely lush and green garden.

There is a lot of natural light in the house, with the main central reception lit by an overhead skylight during the day. The spaces flow into each other seamlessly.

There are lots of very comfortable sitting areas, both communal and private and the spaces have been designed to maximise the potential of indoor-outdoor living that's perfectly suited to the warm climes of Sri Lanka. There is a lot of natural ventilation and added ventilation provided by overhead ceiling fans, and air-conditioning if required.


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

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 278 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are two double bedrooms with King sized beds and a children's room with a Queen sized bed and a single bed. Additionally, there's a single bedroom attached to the children's bedroom which shares the bathroon and this has a single bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: Guests are expected to treat the house as they would their own. The staff is highly valued and work very hard with integrity and honesty and we only expect that they are well tipped if guests are happy with their service. Previous guests have been extremely happy with the dedicated service of this hardworking team. All food and beverages prepared and consumed at Old Clove House are at cost with no mark-ups. Old Clove House is your home for the duration of the rental and you are not expected to pay any more for food and drinks consumed than when you're at your own home. Old Clove House is located in the village of Mihiripenna which is a very pleasant, green and quiet Sri Lankan village. There are increasingly more holiday villas and boutique hotels such as The WHY House in the immediate neighbourhood. Thalpe Beach is approximately 1km away, a very pleasant 10 minute stroll away. Unawatuna Beach is also very easily accessible by tuk tuk. Outside: Old Clove House is located in a lush garden of more than half an acre with an expansive lawn, mature trees and shrubs. Its walled all around by an 8 feet high perimeter wall ensuring total privacy. A standalone dining pavilion which seats 8 adults comfortably overlooks the 32 feet long swimming pool. The house is designed to maximise outdoor living perfectly suited to the warm climate of Sri Lanka. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The head houseboy and two additional younger houseboys attend to housekeeping duties, guests' welfare and will also assist with guests' laundry if required. Towels and linen are changed every 4 days or as required by the guests.


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Old Clove House, A Traditional Sri Lankan House With Pool Close To The Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

A beautiful house in a stunning setting.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful two weeks at the Old Clove House. The photographs do not do justice to this beautifully renovated house and gardens. The décor is stunning and the house and lovely garden provide a luxurious oasis of calm. Tai and his team catered brilliantly for our whole family's needs - from anticipating refreshments, to providing sensational food, to organising trips and even purchasing novels! It is worth emphasising the quality of the food cooked by new chef Buddikka which was far better than any restaurants locally - absolutely fantastic! Nothing was too much trouble and hence we felt totally relaxed. Can't wait to return to the Old Clove House and chill again.

  • Review Submitted: 11/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Old Clove House is one of those places that tempts you - to keep it to yourself because it's so beautiful. Set in lush, green grounds, it's a gorgeous villa that has you saying "wow" from the moment you enter. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. I stayed in the bright and airy top floor room/suite which I loved, with its wooden floors, four poster bed, and fantastic indoor/outdoor ensuite shower. In fact, the whole house has an effortless indoor/outdoor feeling.

Tai and his staff are discreet and work hard to make sure that your stay is everything that you wish.

The meals were delicious and all prepared (to order, if you want) with ingredients bought fresh from that day's market. There is a tuk tuk and driver available for use by guests should you wish to go to the beach or visit nearby Galle or Unawatuna, although you could just as easily spend the day at Old Clove House, lounging by the side of swimming pool.

Make no mistake, Old Clove House has it all. This is truly a gem of a place.

  • Review Submitted: 17/06/2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your lovely review of Old Clove House. It was really lovely meeting you, and welcoming you to Old Clove House and I'm really glad and pleased that you had a lovely stay. I really hope to be able to meet and welcome you, your family and friends back to Old Clove House. All the very best wishes and regards.
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Thalpe Beach is approximately 1km away, a very pleasant 15 minute stroll or an easy 2 minute tuk tuk ride away.

Unawatuna Beach is also very easily accessible by tuk tuk.

Dewata Beach, a calm sandy protected bay is just 10 minutes away and is a great place to take surfing lessons.

There are good restaurants and bars, and nightlife at Thalpe and Unawatuna Beach.

The surfing beaches of Weligama, Mirissa and Ahangama are approximately 30 - 45 minutes away by tuk tuk.


The international airport in Colombo is approximately 2.5 hours away and airport transfers can be easily arranged by Old Clove House for our guests.

Most of our guests have been very happy to be based at Old Clove House and to use this as a base to explore the attractions in and around Galle.

An excursion to the Yala, Uda Walawe or Bundala National Park for safari rides and birdwatching can be easily arranged as a daytrip from Old Clove House.


Galle Town and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort is approximately 7km away, or an easy 15 minute tuk tuk ride away.

The beautiful beaches of Unawatuna and Thalpe are just a 2 - 5 minute tuk tuk ride away.

The beautiful Lunuganga Estate is about an hour away.

Further Details:

There is are banks in Galle town that dispense cash at their ATMs on international networks and there are a few good supermarkets in Galle town.

Our cook will normally do the purchasing for all of our guests and it is an interesting experience for our guests to accompany our cook on these purchasing trips to get a flavour of the local activities at the local markets.


Rates & Availability

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

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Any booking is to be confirmed by a payment of a 50% deposit into the owner's account and the balance of the payment is to be made one month prior to the arrival date.

Changeover Day:
We do not have any set arrival or departure times and try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate our guests requirements.

In the event of back to back arrivals and departures, we require guests to check out at 10am and to check in at 2pm.

To confirm any bookings, 50% of the total rental to be paid and the balance 50% to be paid one month prior to the arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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