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Graham Tomlins

Member since: 2006
Speaks English

Superb Villa with pool, close to the beach in Sri Lanka

17 Reviews
People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Southern Province - Gin Ganga House

5 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Large Villa for 10 people - 5 Bedrooms and 5 bathrooms: Beach is just 3 minutes walk; Barbecue Hut by the Lake; 15 metre Swimming Pool; Spectacular Wildlife; Diving just 10 minutes away; Day tours available; 12 Seater van and tuk-tuk with driver; Staff to cook and serve; Tours available to the Elephant Orphanage, Kandy, Dambula, Widlife Safari and more. Turn off the main Colombo Road one kilometre before Galle and just 400 metres from the beach is Gin Ganga House, standing on two acres of lush land surrounded by the Gin Ganga River and Mahamodera Lake on three sides. There are spectacular views from Mahamodera Watte. Gaze across the lake and watch the Kingfisher zoom past with his latest catch on the Sea Eagle soar to meet its prey. Stroll around the garden full of exotica fruits like Mango, Paw Paw, Banana, Avocado and more.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Graham Tomlins (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks English

About Graham Tomlins

Born in Shropshire in 1948, I worked for a major bank for 25 years before starting my own business -Infomedia Services Limited. I am married to Tina who comes from Trinidad. We have three sons and five grandchildren who all love to visit Gin Ganga.

Graham Tomlins purchased this villa in 2003

Why Graham Tomlins chose Southern Province

In 2003 I decided to buy the property as we drove up the long drive. That speaks for itself and the photos do the rest. Ajith drove us to see the house and he and his family are still looking after it after so many years.

What makes this villa unique

Two acres of lush garden surrounded by water to three sides and so much wildlife that you can have a nature tour in you own garden. Eleven years later and we still love it. Top moment is to have a gin and tonic in the 40 foot pool and watch the monkeys - in the trees. You need never leave the house - but do because Sri Lanka has so much beauty and culture to offer.

Reviews

5
based on 17 holidaymaker reviews

Superb Villa with pool, close to the beach in Sri Lanka
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

A Tropical Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 10 adults and 2 children ages 4 & 2. The warmth of the welcome the staff gave us could not have been more genuine and they were fantastic throughout. The house and pool were spotless and the catering simply superb. I would unreservedly recommend Gin Ganga for its facilities, location and outstanding service. The location particularly merits mention for its river front location and super wildlife: birds especially but also monitor lizards, Langur monkeys and charming little chipmunks.

Trips to Bentota Turtle sanctuary, Mirissa whale watching, Unawatuna beach and Galle fort/town were all great.

A wonderful holiday facilitated by a very efficient manager and wonderfully friendly staff.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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A special place

  • 5 of 5

The photos give a very accurate impression of the house and gardens - it really is beautiful. A wonderful secluded location but close to beach, town and other activities in the area. Ajith, Mali and the team at the house are warm, generous and unstintingly helpful - we wanted for nothing. Ajith is also a fantastic guide to the rest of the island - you can safely put any travel arrangements in his hands. I can't recommend Gin Ganga highly enough - it's a truly special place.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

5 adults seeking a little rest after touring the hill country.

GinGanga was exactly as " described on the tin" and exceeded expectations on every level.

Pre - arrival the correspondence with both Julie from GT villas and Graham the owner, was both prompt and professional with all queries answered.

We intend to return to Sri-Lanka for the third time this year very shortly, and would consider spending part of our trip back in Gin Ganga.

It satisfied us all on every level, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the house and the staff.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Dream Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday at Gin Ginga was a holiday that dreams are made of. 10 of us spent 10 days in this superb setting which can only be compared to having our own private nature reserve. The Children ranged from 2 years to 7 years and every morning the children loved a pre breakfast walk round the gardens and over the bridge to say good morning to the monkeys and water monitors and every night were out catching fire flies. Days were busy but relaxing with many wonderful hours spent by the pool. We were very well looked after by Ajith, his wife and the rest of the staff. Nothing was ever too much trouble and I could not rate them high enough. Every day we chose our menus, Ajith shopped for the freshest food and it was cooked to perfection. The curries were more than delicious and the BBQ's were like banquets. We were very very well looked after and appreciated all that they did for us. The local beach is beautiful and very quiet, there are also some fun rock pools. We had a few days out to different Beaches including Unawatuna (for snorkeling), Hikkaduwa (where we saw turtles by the beach) and Weligama (which is fun for surfing). Galle and the Fort are close by and the sunsets are superb and should not be missed.

My main concern for the villa before arrival was the safety of my 2 year old running near the pool and river but she soon learnt the boundaries and kept at a safe distance at all times. There were no negatives about the villa at all, but our luggage was delayed from Dubai so I would always advise packing your swimsuit in your hand luggage just in case.

One day we hope to return to Gin Ganga and relive what can only be described as the most relaxing holiday I have ever had!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
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FABULOUS HOLIDAY AND EXPERIENCE

  • 5 of 5

The house, gardens and overall experience is already very well described in earlier reviews - spotlessly clean and inviting pool set in well maintained beautiful gardens with an incredible variety of flora and wildlife all around. A stunning assault on the senses! Monkeys provide frequent entertainment and no threat and I am missing the lovely birdsong. The first time we saw a water monitor was a little disconcerting but we soon realised they posed little threat too. The river and lake snaking around the gardens provide a stunning backdrop, at once there is constant amusement for the children, they would have been happy to spend every day at the house, and it is a place of stunning serenity at the same time. That said even a wander into Galle and to local shops, beaches and the Fort is entertaining, colourful and vibrant. Ajith caters for the longer trips perfectly as he knows everyone and everything about the island, so you don't need to arrange anything for yourself! Ajith, his wife Marli and son Banda live in the grounds of the property and they and the other staff are so kind and generous with their every attention to your needs - it truly is a perfect holiday - and gives one a new persepctive on the kindness of people. We (Mr, Mrs and 4 children: 14, 12, 10 and 6) have been holidaying in the med in the Summer for many years, and while there are obvious pleasures and the beaches can be calm like a pond, coming to Sri Lanka for the first time offered so much more of a rewarding experience. I was slightly concerned that we would find the heat difficult to deal with but actually after a day or two we found it more comfortable and pleasant than the scorching dry heat of the Med in high Summer. The ground is not burning hot and meither is the top of your head! The island is so lush and beautiful, clouds pass, the occasional shower - it all adds to the variey of the experience - it is quite a comfortable climate, The beaches are naturally beautiful and maybe not as much to do there as on European beaches but good fun for big waves and surf for a quick trip out, maybe join in a game of cricket. But as mentioned it was hard to get the kids away from Gin Ganga's pool and gardens - circket on the lawn there too and so much entertainment - intrepid expeditions across the bridge onto "monkey island", obstacle races around the gardens and the lovely property is beautiful and comfortable. Couldn't recommend Gin Ganga more unreservedly!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Fantastic family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days at Gin Ganga House in February 2014. We were a family group of six adults, two four-year-olds and a two-year-old and every one of us had a superb time.

Gin Ganga House is in a really good location within walking distance of a local beach and a short tuk-tuk ride from the interesting city of Galle. The extensive grounds, swimming pool and house are all extremely well kept by the staff and provide an oasis of peace and tranquiliity away from the hustle and bustle of Sri Lankan cities.

Ajith, Marli and the rest of the team could not have been more helpful or friendly. They treated us all incredibly well providing great breakfasts, lunches and dinners when required and even attempted to teach us how to make rice and curry. The Sri Lankan breakfast was memorable and the barbecue we all had in the barbecue hut will also stay long in the memory.

Ajith was great at supplying local knowledge and taking us out on trips, We visited Bentota, watched whales at Marissa and spent time on Weligama and Unawatuna beaches.

We highly recommend a stay at Gin Ganga House and hope that we can return in the future.

Thank you Ajith and the team for such a great and memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Colombo
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Galle
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Southern Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Mahamodera Beach
Car: not necessary

The property is 1 km from Galle, a fishing town famous from its Dutch Fort. Colombo and the airport are four hours away. The nearest beach is 400 metres from the house AND diving can be found 10 minutes away at Unawatuna Bay. Day trips to Bentota, the Turtle Sanctuary and to Yala National Park for safari drives. Overnight trips to Pinawalla Elephant orphanage, Kandy, Sigiriya and the Tea Plantations.

Other Activities: Seven World Heritage sites, Wildlife Safari and swimming with turtles

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Galle, Southern Province

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Christmas 2016
12 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 7 nights
£3,800
 
 
Christmas 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 7 nights
£3,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
£2,100
£8,400
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

SPECIAL RATES FOR SMALLER PARTIES are available on application and start from £30 per person per night. Conditions apply. Rates include towels, linen, cooking, shopping, electricity, staff and security guard. The cost of food and drink is NOT included. Plan your meals in advance so that the shopping can be done! Staff can cook local or European dishes.

25% Payable on booking with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. No security deposit. Paypal and Credit Card accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on the Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 800 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All have showers and are supplied with soap, towel and toilet paper.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with balcony
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with veranda
  • All Bedrooms have en suite bathroom, ceiling fan and air conditioning. Three have balconies - one has veranda.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Staff are available to prepare and serve meals. The cost of food and drink is NOT included but staff will also carry out the grocery shopping for you. You may choose to self cater in the European kitchen A 12 seater air conditioned minibus is available for airport transfers, local trips to restaurants and beaches and tours by arrangement and payment locally with the driver. The large TV is a full HD 3D and a Blue Ray Player.

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