Sergeant House is situated just three minute stroll from the glistening waters and palm-fringed beach of Unawatuna, one of the best and safest beaches on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. Its tranquil gardens, ponds and swimming pool offers an ideal oasis to enjoy the richness of the south west coast of Sri Lanka and surrounding countryside. It is a unique villa complex composed of individual pavilions and the historic, Sergeant House Bungalow. These structures are focussed around a meandering swimming pool that cascades towards our lotus/water lily pond and gardens. The Sergeant House was built to reflect the best qualities of southwest Sri Lanka by capturing its colonial past whilst reflecting the contemporary needs of our guests. It is the perfect size for individuals, couples or a small group of friends as it offers the special, personalised service and attention to detail found in a boutique villa.
A massage room and steam room have been built to allow the guests to enjoy a relaxing massage soothing their aches and tensions away or, a cleansing, invigorating steam. Sri Lanka is renowned for its Ayuverdic approach to health and well being. Book a therapist and experience an Ayuverdic massage using oils infused from the bouquet of plants that has made Sri Lanka renown since the 16th century or a more traditional massage tailored to suit your particular needs.
On the beach opposite the villa, the gentle waves lap against its golden-white sands whilst simple cafes and restaurants adjoining the beach offer cool refreshments and delicious snacks and meals.
Less than a 15 minute drive away from the villa lies the historic 16th – 17th century Galle Fort. This is an outstanding UNESCO World Heritage example of an hexagonal stone fort built on the edge of the Indian Ocean by the Dutch to protect this historic trading port and harbour. Today the Fort functions as a thriving local community sprinkled with European residents. Within a few minutes of leaving the villa you can be there exploring its ramparts, shops, cafes, museums and many historic Dutch and British colonial buildings.
This lovely place also makes an excellent central base if you are interested in the Galle Literary Festival, Galle Cricket Series, visits to Geoffrey Bawa Gardens and other famous gardens, a Sri Lankan cooking experience, touring ancient temples, kayaking from the beach or Koggala Lagoon, enjoying the multitude of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming or surfing or, trips to the southern National Parks and Sinharaja Rainforest (also a UNESCO world heritage site).
Book the whole Villa or some of its rooms and suites with your friends or extended family. The Villa staff can assist you with all your requirements: transport; recreational activities; meals and accommodation.
This villa rooms are categorised as follows,
The Poolside Pavilion
This room flanks one side of the swimming pool terrace and sits on podium (four steps) above it. It has two verandahs: one facing the pool and a larger one oriented towards the water lily pond and main lawn below but also affording good glimpses of the sea. Both verandahs are furnished with large, comfortable, cushioned chairs and coffee tables for relaxation.
Inside, the room has a king-size four-poster bed with mosquito net, a built-in wardrobe, comfortable reading chair and ottoman, writing desk, overhead fans, a safe, air conditioner, WI FI and cable television. The room is also fully screened and shuttered with mahogany louvred doors and windows and finished with polished brass hardware. These screens and louvres allow perfect ventilation and privacy. The bathroom has a separate shower, toilet and vanity basin and is luxuriously appointed with contemporary fittings and an alabaster hand basin.
The Sea View Pavilion
The Sea View Pavilion is located on the first floor of the main pavilion with its own small vestibule. It has encompassing views of the surrounding tropical palm filled landscape and sea from its generous verandah balcony that encircles the pavilion. Its elevated location also allows it to capture the cool prevailing sea breezes.
The suite is large and has an integrated bedroom and sitting area. It has high ceilings with deep detailed arched timber beams and long shuttered bifold doors and windows folding open onto the verandah. Its circular fanlight and clerestory windows ensure a high level of filtered light prevails within the room complementing its character and style.
The suite is furnished with hand carved timber screens & bedside tables, a built-in writing desk, antiques and original art, a large wardrobe, super king-size hand carved Indian four-poster bed with turned posts and mosquito net, a three piece comfortable lounge, ample lamps and a coffee table. It also has a safe, air conditioner, WIFI, cable television and DVD player.
Additionally, there is a small kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, a microwave oven, small fridge and kitchenware. The bathroom has a separate toilet, large shower and a free standing bath. The fittings are contemporary, high quality polished stainless steel and a mix of natural materials including quartzite stone cladding on the walls and hand hammered granite stone paved floors.
Sergeant House Bungalow features its own private fountain garden and entry onto a deeply shaded verandah roofed with original handmade clay tiles and supported by Tuscan Style columns. The verandah is furnished with casual cushioned chairs, coffee tables and a bookcase for avid readers. Paired doors open directly on the opposite side of the bungalow entry to another internal courtyard with a fountain and small garden. This creates a breezeway effect and good cross ventilation throughout the house.
Sergeant House Bungalow has been extensively renovated but retains many of the original colonial details including hand carved panelled mahogany doors, window shutters and delicate timber friezes set in deep arched reveals above the windows and doors. This has the effect of allowing a soft light to penetrate the bungalow.
On the ground floor, the main bedroom has a king-size four-poster bed with mosquito net, a small writing desk, overhead fan and an air conditioner. There is an ensuite bath/shower room and separate vanity /toilet room. The bathroom ensuite has a large bath and separate shower whilst the vanity room has a hand beaten polished brass vanity basin and built-in wardrobe.
The ground floor also has a sitting room with a large, comfortable built-in seating nook, cable television, WI FI, DVD player and large movie collection.
Upstairs there is an open loft which looks down into the central area of the ground floor. On each side of the loft is a four-poster queen-size bed with mosquito net and additionally on one side there is also a large super-single four poster bed with mosquito net. The beds are screened from each other with handmade timber carved folding screens. Both areas have ceiling fans, individual air conditioners, small wardrobes and one side has a large writing desk. The second bathroom is located downstairs with a large shower, toilet and polished brass vanity basin.