Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Habaraduwa - The Rice House Habaraduwa
This Paddy Field Villa Sits On An Acre Of Land Just 5 Minutes From The Beach
The Rice House is tucked away in a 1 acre plot of land next to a small village with a very authentic Sri Lankan Bakery. It overlooks the paddy fields and the only noises that you hear are the sounds of the birds (blue kingfishers, peacocks, etc), the water buffaloes, cows, the black monkeys that occasionally pay a visit to our jack fruit trees and the chanting of monks of the temple a kilometre away.
The house has 4 separate bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. Each bedroom has an antique king size bed and a daybed, that can be changed into an extra bed. All beds have mosquito nets. All rooms have overhead fans and air-conditioning and high wooden ceilings with king trusses. The floor consists of hand made terra cotta tiles that have been sealed by natural wax. Three of the four bed rooms are entered via the front court yard with frangipani trees and a covered verandah with a big dining table overlooking the garden.
The fourth bed room is entered via the paddy field verandah (80 sqm big).
The house is furnished with a mix of antique and design pieces. It oozes charm and personality. Each guest should feel at home. Young and old should therefore choose their spot where they feel the most comfortable, sink onto the big bean bag pillows in front of the television, sit on the two 3 meter design couches in the living room, cocoon in one of the 3 rattan hanging chairs or hanging wooden benches on the verandahs or just plunge onto the butterfly chairs; once you are seated in these, you do not want to get up.
The 6 meter high-ceilinged (45 sqm) living room has a television and a lounge area with design couches, chairs and poufs. Children and adults can watch television as well as play some WII games.
In the garden you will find an infinity pool alongside the paddy field with a terrace with sun beds. Soccer or cricket can be played on the lawn in the garden.
- children welcome
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
About Marijke Schaap
We, Oscar and Marijke, grew up in the Netherlands. Although we still love to go back to Amsterdam now and then, we have not lived in Holland since 1996. For 10 years we lived in Italy, where our three children were born. After a few years in Stockholm, we moved to Singapore in 2008, a 3 hour flight away from Sri Lanka.
Marijke Schaap purchased this villa in 2011
Why Marijke Schaap chose Habaraduwa
More than 15 years ago we travelled to Sri Lanka for a holiday without any preparation. We even did not bring a lonely planet, at that time our travel bible, because it was a very last minute decision.
Without any expectations we started our trip and found out that it became one of our best holidays ever. People were very, very friendly, the food was very tasty, the variety of the country really appealed to us (cultural triangle, tea plantations, beautiful beaches, etc.) and we loved the Dutch heritage buildings we saw during our trip. Years later we decided to bring our children to Sri Lanka and we again enjoyed it so much that we decided to contact some real estate agents during our trip. We spend a few days looking at heritage buildings in the province of Galle, because that was originally the idea, to renovate a heritage building. All the houses that we saw unfortunately were not well plotted on their piece of land or were very dark, difficult to enlarge, etc. So we decided to look for plots of land to build our own 'heritage building'. We immediately fell in love with a plot of land, overlooking paddy fields. That was 3 years ago and in the mean time we have built our house, integrating old building materials.
We can see ourselves as retirees seated on the veranda and spending our time watching the many beautiful birds passing by. Until that time we would like the house to be used by people all over the world.
What makes this villa unique
It is a nice combination of being in the middle of the nature, away from it all, but close enough to the lively surroundings of Galle and Unawatuna. The house is fully staffed who will do their utmost to make your stay relaxed and unforgettable. Enjoy!!