We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
“Peaceful and beautiful villa with gorgeous food...”
other travellers have booked this property
Pool with a view
Bookings for this home are first-come, first served. Lock in your dates before they are gone
Pool with a view
Rear of villa at twilight Pool and lake viewed from balcony
Check Availability
Request to Book
Make Enquiry
Excellent
77 reviews
Pool with a view
Rear of villa at twilight
Pool and lake viewed from balcony
Sunset over pool
Lounge
Pool & sun terrace
Master bedroom
Reflections on the lake
Master bedroom dressing table
Honeymoon greeting
Balcony view
View across balcony
View from master bedroom ensuite
Master bedroom shower
Pool shower
Sunrise- its worth getting up!
Sunterrace plants
Front of villa
Monkeys by the pool
Bedroom two ensuite
Lower garden and jetty
Master bedroom
TV/games room
Lower garden
Kitchen
Veranda seating
Local transport
Dining area
Front steps
Hammock by the pool
Garden swings
Balcony side view
Bedroom 3 ensuite
Right hand side of garden
Sunterrace greenery
Sunset from balcony
Letting off steam!
Front of house
Lower garden in front of the pool
Garden room ensuite
The garden room
Peacock on the gate post
Antique chest
Kingfisher in action
Rear of villa
Side of house viewed from garden
Garden
Koggala beach
Villa from the lake
Bed 2
Bed 3
Bed 3 mirror
Wall Lizard
This property is not available for these dates.
Don't give up! Enquire about other rentals just like this one that are available -
Show all rentals available
Overview
Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Koggala, Galle District, Southern Province

Reviews from our community

Excellent - based on 77 reviews
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
English first
French first
German first
Italian first
Any
English first
SEKOTN
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Peaceful and beautiful villa with gorgeous food and great staff...”
Reviewed August 10, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We have thoroughly enjoyed and can highly recommend this beautifully situated, spacious and unique villa located on a spur overlooking the expanse of Koggala Lake.

With spacious rooms and a delightful infinity pool, this was an ideal retreat for two families (four teenage children) to take some quiet days of rest and relaxation. Occasional (non-intrusive) visits from monkeys, a water monitor, fruit bats and kingfishers (amongst other birds) added moments of excitement and tropical fun.

Sonali and Lasantha looked after us very well from dawn to dusk, providing amazing food including local dishes tailored to our tastes and highly rated western dishes for some of the more picky eaters amongst the teens. Spaghetti Bolognese highly recommended in particular! Baked fish also a winner amongst the adults!

They also offered a choice of options for excursions, and the snakes are an adventure and the turtle hatchery is a winner too.

All in all an amazing holiday location tucked away in total privacy and an ideal get-away. Highly recommended.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: Amazing staff and opportunity for peace and quiet
Liked least: Occassional insect visits less popular than the other wildlife!
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sek99
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Luxury stay with a view”
Reviewed May 6, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

This was a beautiful villa, ideally situated with views one cannot tire of over the lake. The accommodation is superb, very comfortable, and for an extended family party, was ideal as the bedrooms provide enough privacy and the villa is so spacious that there is plenty of room to have some alone time.
Fantastic communication with Lesley and Ken prior to our visit. The reviews talk of Sonali's cooking and hospitality which we very much concur with, it was splendid. She takes account of what you like with a very direct style - which we loved - she knows how to please. All the staff were fantastic but obviously Sonali's unique manner, cooking talent and friendly approach is the USP of this villa. Of course Ken and Lesley's attention to detail in the design of this villa is also fantastic and makes for a thoroughly comfortable stay.
We loved the location, the proximity to beaches, Mirissa was our favourite if you want a day out on the beach and obviously a trip to Galle is essential, truly gorgeous.
I recommend this villa very highly for families of all ages - we were 1.5 years to 60 years and it worked really well and the perfect finish to our Sri Lanka holiday.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
payne450
Stafford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spectacular house, views and food! Perfect.”
Reviewed May 1, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Arriving by seaplane on Koggala lake, we were greeted by the driver arranged by Lakeview and were at the villa within 10 minutes. We were met by Ken and shown around the fabulous property. Before leaving the UK we were contacted by Ken to arrange our first night's meal. Sonali cooked an unbelievable Sri Lankan meal and further meals were just as amazing. Much to our surprise our 7 year old ate every meal with gusto. Whilst not a fussy eater, he would not eat rice prior to our trip but from the first meal he devoured each meal cooked by Sonali -including rice! The staff at the villa were outstanding and we believe it is the quality and attention of the staff which makes Lakeview villa such as special destination.
We are a family of four, with 7 and 11 year olds, and prior to booking we discussed the possibility of moving beds so that our children could share a twin room next to the main bedroom. Ken said this was no problem and the rooms were set up as promised for our arrival. Whilst the villa's floor plan is perfect for multiple couples or extended families travelling together, two of the rooms are accessed from the exterior so may not be suitable for smaller children to use alone.
As mentioned previously, the food was amazing -I cook from scratch regularly and have high standards but I have never eaten such outstanding food on holiday.
Given the remote location of the villa it was very helpful to have Lasantha, Sonali's husband, available to take us out in their car to visit Galle and MIrissa. These trips were very reasonably priced and offered far more comfort and safety than the local tuk-tuks. TukTuks were fine for the shorter trip to the beach and were arranged by Sonali giving us reassurance.
Mosquitoes were prevented by nets over all beds, aswell as coils and plug-ins. Pool was great and jus as good as the photos suggest. Gardens well maintained by Raja. Air-conditioned Cinema room a welcome retreat at times with a good selection of movies and decent equipment.
During the times that staff were around the house we enjoyed their company and felt most at ease, chatting at length with Sonali about food and Sri Lankan culture. They were attentive when around but gave us space and privacy at other times. We truly felt that we were staying with friends and were very sad to leave them at the end of our stay. Sonali's previous experience as a nanny clearly shows as she was fantastic with our children.
If you are looking for a non-touristy true Sri Lankan experience and are keen to learn more about their culture and cooking tips then this villa is the one for you.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Stacy S
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect home and holiday!”
Reviewed April 4, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Dear Ken and Leslie, we can't thank you enough for all of your help as our group of 5 adults and 4 young children planned our holiday at your home. You were always so quick to respond and thorough in answering any questions which helped us immensely. Your staff including the lovely Sonali and her husband prepared delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, helped arrange daily transportation and tours, called tuk tuks for our daily trips to the stunning beach on the Indian Ocean just 10 minutes from your home. The gardener was so sweet to point out any lizards, birds and monkeys on the property and we all enjoyed the daily wildlife sightings! Your incredible home and divine meals, recommended excursions (especially the boat trip which picked up our group at your private dock) and the outings in the tuk tuk to the beach nearby made our holiday so memorable. Of course the children miss your gorgeous pool which they were in from sunrise to sunset. We can't recommend your home enough for an amazing Sri Lankan holiday and thank you and the Lakeview Villa team again for everything you did to make our stay so special! Warmest regards, The Shier family

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: the breathtaking setting and infinity pool
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Middelfart, Denmark
Reviewed February 23, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
X4brummie...
Birmingham
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Stunning.........”
Reviewed February 20, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

What can we add to the previous reviews, nothing really they extol this Villa perfectly. We stayed for 14 days and loved every minute of it. Our group ranged from 75 - 18 and it had something for everyone. It combines the best of what you want from a Villa holiday with the hospitality and food from a top hotel.
For those that enjoy tranquility and wildlife it has this in abundance, Monkeys, Mointors, the evening fly pass of the large bats with just the evening sounds of the forest. As avid birdwatchers we notched a 50+ list of species just from the outside dining area whilst supping a cold beer, now that's the way to bird watch!
Trips - we went to Sinharaja which was a gruelling 2.5hr journey to cover 52 km of the bendiest roads ever. Make sure you take travel sickness tablets even if you aren't normally sick. We also travelled to Udawalawae national park another 2.5hr journey but covering 123km of relatively straight roads. Well worth a visit but don't expect a great variety of animals. Lots of birds though.
Trips - speak to Sonali and ask for Prageeth he has aircon vans and can take you anywhere. He was great. Very reasonable. When we left a camera at Sinharaja he was happy to help and his driver went the next day and picked it up (of course we paid the driver, but I wouldn't have done that journey for any amount of money!)
My top tip relates to your suitcases. Only 5 out of 10 arrived in Sri Lanka from Dubai! Apparently this is a common problem especially if you are on a connecting flight within 2hrs of landing in Dubai. 4 of the suitcases turned up later that day at 10.30pm at our villa even though they arrived at Colombo at 13.30. But X1 took 4 days to arrive. Make sure you mix your clothes in your baggage and even carry a change of clothes with you. Make sure you have any essential medical stuff in your hand luggage. Also take pictures of your suitcases in case they are needed to identify them. But if you go as a group be careful as all your baggage may be under X1 name which may not be the name on your luggage tag!!! We were deeply disappointed with Emirates and there seeming lack of follow up service and communication when we needed them.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The view and food
Liked least: Mosquitos
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hilary G
Caythorpe, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Paradise 'found'”
Reviewed February 9, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Wow, lake view villa, the infinity pool, grounds and hospitality certainly exceeded our expectations in everyway!
From the moment we arrived we were absolutely enchanted by this amazing place! The views from each of the four bedrooms over the lake were stunning, the sounds of the birds and monkeys thrilling..... After a week of touring, Lakeview villa was the perfect hideaway for a week of relaxation with friends.
A very big thank you to the wonderful chef Sonali and her husband Lasthanta for providing such beautiful food.... Curry to die for!
We really didn't wish to leave and look forward to returning with our children and grandchildren.
Thank you Ken and Lesley.... Superb! xx

How easy was it to book the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The villa was amazing, so comfortable and spacious.... Fab pool and views
Liked least: I loved everything.... Superb!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Enter dates for more accurate prices
2 guests
Adults2
Children0
Apply
Do you own a vacation rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from enquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travellers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, TripAdvisor helps travellers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing