Spacious Garden

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

Entire home/flat

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

This space is built in the backyard of the ratnayakes' childhood home. Converted from an office & storage space, it hosts a twin sharing bedroom, 1 bathroom & studio type kitchen and living room. It is a quaint and quiet space with a big shady yard.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Room type: Entire home/flat


Weekly Discount: 10%


The space

The living room and Kitchen are in an open, studio type setup. Bedroom is a twin sharing with air conditioning. Bathroom has hot water and there is an extra washing/ironing area. The front yard is very breezy and shady. Very quiet with a wide view. An ideal place to sit and read. A fridge and microwave is available in the kitchen with basic utensils. Plus a tea/coffee corner is available in the living room.

Guest access

Guests have access to the spaces within the house and yard.

Interaction with guests

We are always open to inquiries and food/entertainment recommendations. Depending on the times, we are available to show the guests around town and hang out.

The neighbourhood

The neighborhood is highly residential but within 5 minutes walking distance to the main road where there is access to central colombo by tuk or bus or cabs. There is a supermarket, local market with plenty of supplies, clothing stores, ATMs, several small restaurants that is 10- 15 minutes' walking distance.

Getting around

We have found the new app - Pick Me ( android and iOS), to be very useful even for our travel needs. You can choose between tuk, mini cars and full size sedans that are available in the area. On location pick up with their own trip meter. Very reasonable prices.

House Rules

Since the property is in a residential area, we would prefer guests to keep noise to a decent level with no loud music and rowdy behavior. We expect the guests to lock up the gates and house in the night. Smoking and drinking is tolerated provided you act decently. We would prefer it if the smoking occurred in the yard rather than inside the house. We expect the household electric appliances to be treated with due care. Basically, if you act decently, everything will be great!



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

7 Reviews

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Katherine User Profile
April 2017
After months of monopolising their property, we can only say that Nihal and family are fabulous hosts and the Backyard is an exemplary Airbnb.

Erdino User Profile
May 2016
nice and comfortable house

Sri User Profile
February 2016
Just stayed at the Backyard coz it was so good when we stayed at first and the choice was quite simple. Nihal and his son have further improved the place and there was everything which is required by us. Nihal and his son once again proved that they are among the top of the game when it comes to hospitality, friendliness and looking after their guests. Thanks a lot once again and we'll be definitely coming back.
Nihal User Profile
Response from Nihal:
Thanks Sri again for your kind words and appreciation of our services. Cheers
February 2016

Evgeny User Profile
February 2016
My family enjoyed their stay.

Isabella User Profile
February 2016
The place was really nice, clean and big. After our travel tour through Sri Lanka it was a really comfortable and relaxing stay. Vishan and his dad are realy helpful and easy going. So If you need a cosy and relaxing time this is the right place to stay.

Sri User Profile
January 2016
The Backyard is a separate house with its own garden away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The atmosphere was great and it was very calm and quiet making it a wonderful place to just sit and relax. The place is spacious with a huge living area and a kitchen with cooking facilities. It was spotless and full of all the facilities one could hope for. The hosts (Nihal and his family) couldn't have been better as they tended to all our needs from the inquiry until the end of our stay. They were friendly and very hospitable and went to great lengths to make sure we had a comfortable stay. So thanks a lot Nihal for everything you did. We would definitely be there if the need arises again. So if you're looking for a nice and cozy place to your own, it's hard to beat the Backyard.
Nihal User Profile
Response from Nihal:
Thank you Sri for your nice comments. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to hosting you again soon. Kind regards . Nihal
January 2016

Laurence User Profile
July 2016
Un accueil très chaleureux de la part de Nihal qui est vraiment un hôte attentionné. La maison est merveilleuse: le décor est parfait et Nihal a pensé à toutes les petites choses qui font que l'on se sent immédiatement comme chez soi. On aimerait n'en plus partit!

Nugegoda, Sri Lanka · Joined in December 2015
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