Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
The service here is very personable and attentive to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay
Set on a hillside with manicured gardens, swaying palms and ocean views. The setting here is very idyllic and private
With five nicely appointed bedrooms, it comfortably accommodates a family of twelve people (6 adults and 6 children)
Direct access to the beach and seasonally safe swimming and surfing
Designed by famous architect Geoffrey Bawa. Claughton House boasts lots of opens spaces, large verandas and columns to maximize the outdoor surroundings and natural light
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s south western half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.
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Perched on a hillside in Tangalle, Claughton House is a beach front villa hidden within 8 acres of coconut swept gardens. It offers magnificent vistas of the Indian Ocean as is perfect for families and friends.
Designed by Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa, Claughton House features his signature verandas, courtyards and open-side pavilions. This design is not only charming but really maximizes the use of light and space, meaning that the villa always receives a cool breeze, has lots of natural light and open spaces.
The five en suite bedrooms are separated in two buildings, three rooms are in the main house and the other two are in separate buildings which can be accessed by a covered walkway. Rooms are well appointed with classic modern decor and boast views of the gardens and ocean beyond. Some of these rooms come with a private garden and one of the rooms doubles as a TV and games room, equipped with an array of DVDs, a games station and table tennis.
Perched on a slope, the villa looks down onto its tropical gardens scattered with coconut palms, the pool and the expanse of the Indian Ocean. From the garden guests have access to a small white sandy beach which is suitable for swimming and snorkeling between December and April. A Yoga shala can be found in the garden and a BBQ and dining area is located by the pool which is ideal for sunset meals.
The staff and dedicated butler will ensure every need is met without being imposing and the host can organize a number of varied day trips to the nearby surrounds. These include visits to the Kalametiya bird sanctuary, Yala Safari Park and the beaches around Tangalle. The Claughton team also organize boat and fishing trips.
A stay here offers spectacular ocean views and privacy in a laid-back and tranquil setting. It is perfect for a group of family and friends looking for somewhere to relax where they can enjoy a personable and flexible service.
The five- en suite bedrooms are separated in two buildings, three rooms are in the main house and the other two are in separate buildings which can be accessed by a covered walkway. Rooms are well appointed with classic modern decor and boast views of the gardens and ocean beyond. Some of these rooms come with a private garden and one of the rooms doubles as a TV and games room, equipped with an array of DVDs, a games station and table tennis. The Master room features a king bed which open out to a private garden. One room has a queen bed and the remaining three are twin beds.
Children at Claughton house are welcome but there are no specific facilities for children.
Claughton House is a fully staffed villa with a chef and host to look after you during your vacation. From the moment you arrive, your villa team is there to make your vacation as seamless as possible and to look after your every need. Their service is discreet and understated, leaving you to relax and not lift a finger. Using the freshest local ingredients, your private chef will serve original and mouth-watering dishes from a menu tailored to your tastes. Whilst your host, with their wealth of local knowledge will manage every aspect of your vacation, whether it’s serving mid-morning snacks, drinks before dinner, or reserving you a restaurant for lunch.
Relax by the swimming pool which over looks the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a BBQ in the coconut laden gardens and take a stroll along the secluded beach. With a fully-equipped kitchen guests can do their own cooking or let the in-house cook prepare Sri Lankan or western dishes of their choice. Alcoholic beverages are not available but guests are welcome to bring their own. Other villa facilities include laundry service and free Wi-Fi. Yoga and relaxing massages are available on request.
You can relax by the pool overlooking the sea, enjoy walks along the Kudawella Beach, learn to surf on the sea breaks or arrange for some spa treatments at the villa. Other attractions include the Mulgirigala Rock Temple, Bundala National Park, Uda Walawe National Park, Yala National Park and the Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project. You can also go whale watching from December to April.
Leonora McNabb (Staff)
A Geoffrey Bawa creation, Claughton House is one of Sri Lanka's most beautiful villa properties, overlooking Kudawella Beach. I had a wonderful stay here, exploring the local area including an early morning visit to Kudawella fishing harbor and a trip to Hiriketiya, a lovely beach located less than a 5-minute drive away. Back at the villa guests can enjoy the pool and outdoor games on offer and spend lazy evenings around the large dining area feasting on delicious seafood barbecues or traditional Sri Lankan curries. The rooms have been beautifully decorated in keeping with the villa's beach side setting and the friendly staff will take care of everything; what more could you want?
Early Morning Visit to Kudawella Fishing Harbour
Get up early (leave around 7am) to go to Kudawella Fishing Harbour. Take a walk around the small harbor packed full of fishermen selling their catch.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Visit to Mulkirigala Rock Temples
Located near Tangalle, the Mulkirigala Rock Temples are home to seven ancient cave temples. Like the iconic Dambulla caves in the Cultural Triangle, here lies a number of reclining Buddha statues and fascinating cave paintings from the Kandyan Kingdom.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Claughton House is perched on a hillside overlooking the palm swept Kudawella Beach. It is located just outside the charming village of Tangalle.
How to get there
Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and transfer by private vehicle to Claughton House. Transfer time is approximately 4 hours.