Front Cover of The New Sri Lankan House bookGuava House pool and deck
Sri Lankan Tropical Retreat
Hosted by Shaunagh
Shaunagh is the host.
9 guests
5 bedrooms
5 beds
5.5 baths
9 guests
5 bedrooms
5 beds
5.5 baths
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Guava House is a unique and remote jungle hideaway situated on a rubber tree plantation surrounded by mountains, paddy fields and the quiet sounds of the near by village away from mainstream tourist locations.

The space

Guava House, has 5 bedrooms. Rates vary depending on how many rooms will be used. It is always let out on exclusive use, full villa basis.

1 room occupied $300/night
2 rooms occupied $425/night
3 rooms occupied $550/night
4 rooms occupied $675/night
5 rooms occupied $750/night

This rate includes housekeeping and service from Jeyanthy, the housekeeper/cook. The whole retreat can accommodate 9 comfortably. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house, 2 double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all with attached bathrooms. Then a further two bedroom villas built into the side of the sloping terrain which add an extra dimension of privacy and peaceful relaxation and can accommodate 2 guests in each. An open mezzanine area can be used for yoga, and table tennis.

Guest access

The house comes with all the luxuries, hot water showers, huge comfortable 4 poster beds, freshly laundered towels, and an infinity swimming pool for refreshing swims. For the more active there are 4 mountain bikes on which you can explore the village area, or simply stroll through the paddy fields and along the river or climb up through a wooded glen for more spectacular views. Bible rock is around 5kms away and a challenge to climb for the more adventurous.

Interaction with guests

During your stay you will be looked after by Jeyanthi and Sudharma who live in a small house next to Guava House, they will be there to do all the cleaning and washing-up daily. Either buy and cook your own food in a modern well-equipped kitchen, with stunning views or ask Jeyanthi to prepare Sri Lankan rice and curry.

Other things to note

Guava House is family home which has been designed and built by the owner architect, to blend in and compliment the surrounding nature outside, the roof is thatched in “iluk” (a Sri Lankan reed) and the floors and walls are mango wood and teak.

We have a Wi Fi connection, however it is not unlimited. It is sufficient for sending emails and limited internet use. The Wi Fi connection throughout the country can be intermittent.

In this tropical rural area there are an array of wild insects, including mosquitoes, butterflies, beetles etc. Remember to bring mosquito repellent. However we provide mosquito nets on all the beds.
During rainy periods, it is likely that you will encounter leeches in the land around the house and chalets. They are harmless, but if bitten by one you may feel a slight itch for a few days. In the house we have a list of tips for avoiding them!

Free parking on premise

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed
Bedroom 4
1 king bed
Bedroom 5
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 11AM

Guava House is situated on top of a hill surrounded by rubber trees, paddy fields and mountains. The beauty of the place is the secluded and remote location, however along with this comes with the occasional area power cuts which usually last for a couple of hours. We have plenty of torches to hand and gas hobs and oven to cook on. Unfortunately we do not have a generator, so the fans will not operate while the power is off.

Sometimes fully packed vans have difficulty going up the hill all the way to the house, (especially if has been raining) however they can park at the bottom of the hill and you can walk up to the house, our staff will be on hand to bring all the luggage up.

The pool is an architectural reflective plunge pool. It is about 5 foot deep (small children cannot stand in it) and does not have steps, so can be a little difficult to get out of the for the less able or elderly.

During rainy periods, it is likely that you will encounter leeches in the land around the house and chalets. They are harmless, but if bitten by one you may feel a slight itch for a few days. In the house we have a list of tips for avoiding them!

Please handle the bi-folding glass doors with care as they are fragile and there is certain technique to opening and closing them (Ask Jeyanthi for assistance)

This house is not suitable for very young children for various reasons (If you would like further information about this, contact Shaunagh.)

This is our precious family home which we are sharing with you, we hope you will respect it as you would your own.

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Dog(s) live in the house


34 Reviews

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Ellie User Profile
July 2017
The house is absolutely beautiful in a very secluded part of Sri Lanka, perfect for relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life! As it's remote I would recommend eating at the house and the housekeepers will cook for you if you ask them to, the food is really delicious! Try not to swallow any pool water and make sure you bring your bug spray! Overall a great experience.

Rosa User Profile
March 2017
Stunningly beautiful house in incredible countryside. Very helpful and attentive service. Would love to go back.

Gillian User Profile
February 2017
Hidden away in the rubber trees, this is the most wonderful location with stunning architecture. A very good starting point for climbing Bathalagala Rock with an excellent guide. Jayanthi magiced up some delicious curries and was wreathed in smiles for our whole stay. Suggest you arrive in daylight as it is certainly off the beaten track but that is also Guava House's attraction.

Graeme User Profile
January 2017
Guava is truly awesome. Even better than the photos, which is quite a high bar. The views from the back over the rainforest as the sun sets is out of this world. With expert guidance from the staff we hiked, mountain biked, and white watered in stunning scenery. The villa is completely hidden away; you are entirely with nature. The cooking is great and both of the staff were personally delightful and couldn't do enough to help us. I'd definitely return. Graeme

Sarah User Profile
August 2016
Amazing location & beautiful house. Staff couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. Beautiful meals cooked for us every night. I really can't fault this tranquil, tropical paradise.
Shaunagh User Profile
Response from Shaunagh:
Thank you for coming to stay Sarah, so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Please come again.
August 2016

Catherine User Profile
May 2016
I was greeted by the entrance of the drive and made my way up quite a steep hill to the house which I welcomed after a long journey sitting in a van. All luggage was taken care of. The housekeeper and her husband had beaming smiles even though the rain was a continuous deluges. Turning right off the path there is a little climb up some steps to the main house. So far so good!

Smita User Profile
March 2016
We had an amazing time at Guava House. It was a very relaxing and peaceful place to stay, with lots of birds and butterflies in the surroundings. Jeyanthi and her husband were lovely and very helpful. Her cooking was wonderful and we were well-nourished for our stay.
Shaunagh User Profile
Response from Shaunagh:
So happy to hear you enjoyed staying at our home Guava House.
March 2016

Colombo, Sri LankaJoined in October 2012
Shaunagh User Profile
I am a Kundalini Yoga teacher. I like going to beautiful locations in the world and I was lucky enough to live in Sri Lanka for 15 years, one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Family is important to me and working with inspiring people around me. I am currently living …
Languages: English
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