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Chris Holloway

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, spanish

Stunning, tranquil lakeside villa 10 minutes from beach, Galle

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Koggala holiday villa

Architect designed villa, every bedroom with amazing views, five double bedrooms

Siyambala House is a luxury villa overlooking the serene 43-acre Koggala Lake on two sides, just 15 minutes' walk to one of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches, Koggala Beach, and 20 minutes' drive to Galle Fort. It can accommodate 10 adults in great comfort.

With its high-vaulted ceilings, traditional freezes over the windows and doors and inlaid floors, Siyambala House can best be described as a modern take on the Sri Lankan vernacular. It is light, airy and, at more than 4,000 sq ft, very spacious. The covered terrace benefits from a wonderfully calming breeze from the water, providing the perfect place to eat, take in the views, socialise, or doze. There are five large air-conditioned bedrooms: four doubles and one twin; two on the second floor and three downstairs. Three bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.

Add to this the spectacular 15-metre infinity pool and the comfort of the huge atrium, and you have all the ingredients in place for a tropical holiday to remember.

Tours: Why not visit Sri Lanka’s myriad delights (such as Colombo, the ancient capitals, religious sites, the tea country, Kandy, a Yala safari, etc) before or after you relax at Siyambala? Our manager, Nalaka, who is a government-registered tour guide, can provide you with the perfect tour, regardless of your time or budget.

Events: Please contact us if you would like Siyambala House to host a special event for you: a reunion, wedding, anniversary celebration, etc.. We'd be delighted to take care of all arrangements!

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  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Chris Holloway (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish


based on 12 traveller reviews

Stunning, tranquil lakeside villa 10 minutes from beach, Galle
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

A truly memorable Xmas

  • 5 of 5

There were two families in our group including 4 children aged between 1 - 5. We had a fantastic Christmas and New Year at Siyambala House. The location of the property set on the lake is stunning and very peaceful but still nearby to some great beaches and close by to Galle. The house was perfect for our group and was a great standard of finish with 5 good size bedrooms and plenty of lovely bathrooms and a great terrace to relax on with great views of the lake. The infinity pool was fantastic and with an extended shallow end great for the children.

The team at the villa were exceptional and went out of their way to ensure a great Christmas for us and our kids, the food was a really high standard and the chef was happy to accommodate our wishes and to go off menu (the Sri Lankan breakfast in particular was fantastic). The service from the team was attentive but not intrusive and it felt like nothing was too much trouble, including arranging transport and trips for us, and they were great with the children and very patient and really made our visit very special.

Sri Lanka and Siyambala was a perfect choice for our trip providing great beaches, food and interesting things to do along with a luxurious and unique place to stay. In summary it was a perfect break which all ages really enjoyed.

We will definitely be back when we can.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nuestra estancia en SIYAMBALA HOUSE

  • 5 of 5

Acabamos de volver de una maravillosa semana en Siyambala House. la casa ha sobrepasado todas las expectativas que teníamos de ella. lugar increíble donde el relax y la tranquilidad te hacen olvidar los problemas diarios. la casa reúne todas las condiciones para disfrutar de las vacaciones. todo el servicio de la casa incluyendo a Nalaka como guía-manager es de alta calidad. la contratación directa no ha supuesto ningún problema. muy recomendable para quien quiera conocer el sur de Sri Lanka. comer en la casa un placer.

familia española que por desgracia ha acabado sus vacaciones

juan carlos

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchisimas gracias!. Nuestros primeros huéspedes españoles; que vengan mas! Sort of translation: Thank you for your kind words; you were delightful guests.
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Perfect location and staff

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five (including 3 kids, 7, 11 and 13 years old) who have spent three weeks in Siyambala House during July 2012, where we had a wonderful time. First of all, before getting there, we really appreciated the contacts we had with the owners, especially with Alison who has been very patient providing us with all the details we needed about the location. Once in Siyambala house, you will still be in touch with friendly and helpful people. Indeed, all the staff, and especially Nalaka, the manager, is very thoughtful, always willing to do the best to offer you a memorable stay and make you feel at home. For instance, they set up a wonderful birthday party for our youngest daughter with everything you would expect when you are a little girl celebrating your 7th birthday : a big birthday cake, with your name on it and of course seven candles, a birthday card, a bunch of flowers and things you would not expect such as…a wonderful fireworks, which I believe she will always remember !It was a real pleasure to start the day with a copious breakfast, served on the large terrace with exotic fresh fruits (exotic for french people !) such as papaya, mangoustan, passion fruits…and to savour here the meals of the cook, who according to our girls, did the best french fries they have ever tasted (and, about french fries, I believe we can trust them!), but who would also prepare curries and other Sri Lankan specialties and sea fruits that all of us appreciated.The house is very large, well maintained with comfortable furniture, with a nice and also large garden well kept by the gardener, and pleasantly illuminated in the evening.From the house, and from all the rooms, we could enjoy everyday the fantastic view on the lake, especially sunsets in the evening from the large infinite pool and the terrace, where we could relax with the gentle breeze of the trade winds.The surroundings are very quiet, without anything that could trouble this peaceful location.Whenever you want, the driver will get you to very nice and close beaches, as well as other locations such as Galle. Our favourite beach was Mirissa.We aslo had the opportunity to have a journey around Sri Lanka, many thank’s to Nalaka who organized it perfectly well, and we came back home with wonderful memories of a safari, of the perahera of Kandy, of the elephant orphanage, of a train trip in the mountains, surrounded by tea plantations…

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect tamarind hideaway

  • 5 of 5

The journey to Siyambala House does little to prepare you for what awaits. Driving down from Galle, with the lapping Indian Ocean by your side, it is clear you're in a special part of the world. But turn off the main road, over the railway track, down winding lanes and onto gravel tracks, and it’s not a matter of being far from the madding crowd anymore, but after a while you wonder if it still exists at all. Soon after that, you realise that you really don’t care either way…

Entering the house is, literally, an eye-opening experience. To the right, the dining area and veranda, ahead of you, the living room atrium; all around you, the lake. That we arrived just in time for sundowners and a magical sunset (they’re all magical) was just icing. The water at dusk is enchanting, the way it catches the fading light. Someone else mentioned the squadrons of bats (is that a better collective noun than “flock”?) and they truly are a sight to behold; don't be alarmed though, they fly their missions at high altitude…

None of the rooms would really be out of place in a high-end resort, while you’ll find the twin upstairs is great for kids. If there are any tiny quibbles – such as the water pressure being a little low on (rare) occasion, or the presence of lightning-fast geckos in your room, these simply reflect where you are and are hardly the fault of the house or the staff. Because the staff were great too. Always happy to help, unobtrusive yet always easily to hand, friendly and happy to talk (cricket being the cross-cultural ice-breaker), and happy to meet your every need. The manager of the property is a man who has more connections than the London Underground and can get things done far more effectively than Boris Johnson.

As for the food, well we ate like kings. The curries (the fish!), the vegetables (the eggplants, the beans, the onions and greens!), the salads, the chilies, the coconut sambal… Be sure to savour the local specialties; life has not been the same without my morning string hoppers since…

If you're new to Sri Lanka, I recommend you take a copy of Ondaatje’s Running in the Family… it will transport you back to a time and place, and the cinnamon oil factory at the end of Siyambala’s driveway will take on an even more pleasurable significance… Embrace Sri Lanka, embrace its beauty, embrace the people – and I promise it will all embrace you back, with interest.

And what an exquisite house to do it all from…

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect idyllic Sri Lanka getaway

  • 5 of 5

There's a moment you realise that this is the perfect place. Imagine a lake shaped like a vase. You're in a beautiful - and I mean beautiful - new house near the base of the vase. The sun sets down the lake, from top to bottom. And this is the moment. At 6pm every evening, the sun sets and the orange light plays out over the water, filling up the vase shape from top to bottom. Just at that moment, a flock (not sure if flock is the right word) of bats fly across the lake from the other side to above where you are, flying through the air, across the by-now red golden lake. It is the most magical sight and it's entirely befitting this gorgeous place. If you're looking here you'll already know Sri Lanka is lovely - but if you don't know that, take my word: it's lovely. The people are as warm as the air, it's picturesque and still reasonably cheap. This part of Sri Lanka is beautiful too - but you can look all that up. The house is completely gorgeous - lovely, calm and peaceful. If any of those last three words tick your box, then you're in for a treat. And I haven't even mentioned the infinity pool...

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Siyambala house

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from holiday in Sri Lanka and we had a fantastic time at

Siyambala House, it was absolutely perfect. .The setting of the villa was amazing The pool and view were just stunning The housekeeper and the boys were brilliant they couldn't have been more helpful. Everyone was charming and helpful. . We will certainly recommend the villa to our friends.

Family Erckert July 2011

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Koggala Beach
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
E01 Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Koggala Beach
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Tranquillity is guaranteed on the 43-acre Koggala Lake, which is a protected site, for its bird life in particular. Attractions include Cinnamon Island, the Buddhist temple and seminary, or Ananda Spice Garden, which can all be reached by boat from the house.

The UNESCO World Heratige Site of Galle Fort is just 20 minutes away by car or tuk-tuk, offering a wealth of restaurants, museums, and historic sites.

Beautiful, unspoilt Koggala Beach is just a 10 minute walk away, while a 15-minute drive will take you to Unawatuna Beach, a charming, low-key beach resort.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Koggala, Sri Lanka

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season again
1 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2016
18 Dec 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season continued
3 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
Pre Easter special
1 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low season continued
22 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low season again
27 Aug 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment by PayPal welcome or Bank Transfer

1 night as deposit for damages; 50% on booking and 50% (plus damages deposit) two weeks before the holidays begins.

Prices include full breakfasts for up to 10 guests

Minimum of one week bookings over holiday periods: Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter,July-August

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs cloakroom - toilet
    Master bedroom en suite - toilet , bath with shower , with rainshower
    Twin room en suite - toilet , bath with shower , with rainshower
    Shared bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , with rainshower
    Guest bedroom en suite - toilet , shower enclosure , with rainshower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Twin room - 2 child bed , en suite; upstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed , en suite bathroom
    Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 cot , en suite; upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed , four-poster bed, shared bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed , four-poster bed, shared bath
  • Cots are available .
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house includes: - A staff of five, including a hotel-trained chef, two house-boys, a night watchman and manager - Full laundry service, including ironing - Airport pick-up now only 1.5 hours - Daily cleaning and bed-making - A comprehensive menu of Asian, Sri Lankan and Western food, plus children's menu - Daily breakfast (included in the price) - A free tour of Galle Fort - Excursions and tours (LKR6,000 per day) - Free Wifi - Sun loungers - Money changing - Local transport (tuk-tuks) arranged - And much more

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