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“Restored villa with a central courtyard in its own elegant estate filled with flora and fauna. A retreat for nature lovers, families, or romantics. Contemporary rooms with colonial influences, beautiful verandahs, and surrounding paddy fields. Excellent home cooked food. A lovely relaxing retreat. ”

“Restored villa with a central courtyard in its own elegant estate filled with flora and fauna. A retreat for nature lovers, families, or romantics. Contemporary rooms with colonial influences, beautiful verandahs, and surrounding paddy fields. Excellent home cooked food. A lovely relaxing retreat. ”

Hotel Review

Set in a manicured two-acre estate amidst paddy fields and jungle, the Old House is a restored 110 year old, five room villa in Dutch British style, with a new wing. The large guest rooms, with 25ft high ceilings, are set around the courtyard pool, in a happy combination of sensitive architecture and subtle interior design, comfortable and jungle chic, yet still welcoming. Many rooms have private courtyards. There are fans in the bedrooms, but no air-conditioning. The absence of a fan in the dining room is a total mystery. There is a huge, ultramarine blue pool.
Recommended for
  • Families
  • Babysitting on request, kids activities on site.
  • Total relaxation
  • A small hotel set in beautiful exotic gardens.
 

Written by Lincoln Seligman

Recommended For

  • Cycling
  • Take a hotel cycle and set out to explore the local area. The hotel will also pack you a picnic on request.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit the Buddhist Temple and Mulgirigala Rock Temple both just 15 minutes from the hotel.
  • Cooking classes
  • Learn to cook Sri Lankan style with the hotel chef.
  • Families
  • Babysitting on request, kids activities on site.
  • Total relaxation
  • A small hotel set in beautiful exotic gardens.
  • Other Activities
  • Cricket, tai chi and petanque all on offer.
  • Sailing
  • Yoga
  • Local markets
  • Trekking
  • Croquet
  • Great walks
  • Birdwatching
  • No restaurant
  • Breakfast included, lunch and dinner by arrangement
  • Exclusive use
  • Available for exclusive use.
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Quiet
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Organic food
  • Child friendly
  • Village
  • Pet friendly
  • Chic
  • Boutique
  • Spa
  • Beach nearby
  • Free wifi
  • Romantic
  • Intimate
  • Luxury
  • Charming
  • Wellbeing

Facilities

  • No restaurant
  • Breakfast included, lunch and dinner by arrangement
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Cots available
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Airport transfer
  • In room DVD
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Massage
  • Bicycle hire
  • Towelling robes
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Sitting Room
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Garden
  • Spa
  • Room service
  • Suites
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • In room music system
  • Satellite / Cable TV

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Take a hotel cycle and set out to explore the local area. The hotel will also pack you a picnic on request.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit the Buddhist Temple and Mulgirigala Rock Temple both just 15 minutes from the hotel.
  • Cooking classes
  • Learn to cook Sri Lankan style with the hotel chef.
  • Other Activities
  • Cricket, tai chi and petanque all on offer.
  • Sailing
  • Yoga
  • Local markets
  • Trekking
  • Croquet
  • Great walks
  • Birdwatching

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Maya is a one hundred and ten year old property situated in the small village of Aranwella close to the southern town of Tangalle. The old house has been completely restored retaining all the original features and a new wing added. Both properties fit seamlessly together blending the old with the new with a 20m pool in the courtyard between the two. Set amid 2 acres of lush gardens with huge trees as old as the house and teeming with bird life - the property is unique. At Maya you feel as though you are surrounded by a sea of paddy fields that have been there since the beginning of time. The villa has 5 suites with 25 ft ceilings and large bathrooms. There are 2 suites in the Old House and 3 suites in the New Wing with their own private courtyards.There is a charming verandah and dining area in the Old House and a stunning pavilion in the New Wing for lounging and dining. You can rent rooms in either villa, or rent the whole property. We have an excellent chef, and 4 staff headed by an experienced Manager who will look after you. Maya sits next to an old Buddhist temple and is an incredibly private place.

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