The Last House

Tangalle, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • An incredible beach at this property which is calm enough for swimming and far from the madding crowd

  • Contains some of the final work of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and it is a must-stay for those who are keen on architecture

  • Fairly remote without a driver you can feel a little isolated as it is 7km to Tangalle

  • No air-conditioning but high ceilings and effective fans

  • No alcohol licence but feel free to bring your own

  • Great food and great staff will make your stay here special

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern 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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Insider's View

Bring alcohol as the property has no licence and is far away from shops.

Visit the turtle sanctuary in nearby Rekawa to witness nocturnal hatching and sea release. A great experience for children.

Take an auto-rickshaw to Tangalle. Its market and harbor offer an interesting insight into local life.

If you are not taking the villa as a whole then go for the Cinnamon Hill Suite. It has beautiful views and oodles of space.

Meals are based around the daily catch brought in by the local fishermen of the area.

Treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage on the balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Make use of the body boards on offer, there's a beach nearby which is perfect for this!

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Last House or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast

Description

A tranquil and stylish private beach retreat. The Last House is a beautiful building designed by Geoffrey Bawa and situated on one of Sri Lanka's best beaches.

Set on one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful and unspoiled beaches, the aptly named Last House is the last of the properties designed by Geoffrey Bawa. It is a spacious five bedroom house with wonderful open verandas and framed views of the sea.

There is a central courtyard in which there is an emerald green pool and a beautiful dining room, open to the fresh sea breezes. With its incredibly private location and quietly efficient staff, this house is the perfect beach escape.

All the rooms have their own individual personality and the living space is very vibrant and welcoming. Please note there is no air conditioning, but each room has a ceiling fan and enjoy the sea breeze. The Last House provides for a quintessentially seaside vacation combined with a variety of wildlife, cultural and heritage destinations to visit on the south coast.

It can be sold as a whole villa or separate rooms, and is therefore fantastic for both families and couples. Especially as the property is packed full of entertaining equipment and games for everyone to enjoy. You can go cycling, surfing and boarding, or play a little leisurely croquet on the lawn.

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Accommodation

The Last House has five bedrooms, consisting of four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and one smaller bedroom. There is a small room available for those that used when the property is booked exclusively and occupied by either small children or a nanny. Cinnamon Hill Suite is on the upper floor overlooking the garden and sea. Alongside it are two twin rooms which have to be booked together as they share a bathroom. Atteriya and Moonamal are both double rooms on the ground floor, separated from the main house, with doors opening to the garden in front and behind. Na is on the ground floor at the rear of the property, it is only one without a sea view but overlooks the courtyard instead.

Childcare

Children welcome to come and stay at The Last House. However, there are no facilities available for them at the hotel.

Facilities

The hotel has one restaurant, a large living area in the main building, and a great swimming pool. There is also all sorts of equipment for enjoying the natural surroundings, such as surf boards and bikes. Spa treatments can be provide on demand.

Activities

There is all sorts of equipment for enjoying the natural surroundings, such as surf boards and bikes. For the more adventurous types who want to venture out to sea there is a small fishing-boat available for hire to take you fishing or snorkeling around the nearby bays and beaches.

Reviews

5

Alice Woodford (Staff)

Just like the Kandy House, I found this property a real treat to stay in and adored its location by the beach and fact that you can walk straight from the garden to the sea. Gorgeously decorated and with such a great history and claim to fame we were treated so well during our stay. All rooms are unique and wonderfully decorated, there isn't any air con but I found the sea breeze and fans were sufficient. The Last House is the perfect stop on the south coast and not too far from Galle, I felt at home and relaxed here despite not staying for long. I would also highly recommend having an amazing Ayurvedic massage.

4

Jessica Cator (Staff)

The way in which the garden comes into the house and the house extends to the garden, coupled with the beach front location and quietly efficient and supportive staff makes this a perfect beach retreat on the Sri Lankan South Coast. The long, beautiful beach is largely deserted all day, apart from the early morning flurry of activity of the local fishermen. The rooms are spacious and restful and the eating area relaxed and functional.

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Emma Neale (Staff)

Such a stylish place. I loved the interior design of this beautiful property and the unspoiled beach fronting the property. The perfect place to relax for a few days and unwind. A great choice for families too.

Offers

Manor House Concepts, Sri Lanka - Road Trip Offer

Receive complimentary nights at both Taylors Hill and The Last House, Sri Lanka when you book a minimum of eight nights at three Manor House Concepts properties.

Guests must stay three nights at Taylors Hill and The Last House and an additional two nights at Maniumpathy in order to receive one complimentary night at Taylors Hill and The Last House.

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please contact our specialists for more information.

Book from 03 April 2018 to 30 November 2018
Travel from 16 April 2018 to 30 November 2018
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The Last House, Sri Lanka - Complimentary Nights

Book a stay at The Last House, Sri Lanka and receive complimentary nights between 16th April and 30th November 2018 when you travel with Scott Dunn.

Stay three nights and pay two, stay six nights and pay four, stay eight nights and pay five. Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our specialists for more information.

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Manor House Concepts, Sri Lanka - 50% Final Night Discount

Receive 50% off your last nights when you book a minimum of three nights at The Last House and Taylors Hill, Sri Lanka.

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please contact a specialist for more information.

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Experiences

  • Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park

    Enjoy an evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.

  • Cycling Tour outside Galle

    Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.

  • 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.

  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

    Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.

  • 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.

  • Morning Safari - Yala National Park

    Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.

  • 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.

  • Walking Tour of Galle Fort

    Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.

  • 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 Cruise from Mirissa

    Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.

  • Whale watching

    Enjoy a session of whale and dolphin watching just a few miles offshore. Large pods of dolphins and, in the migration season, blue whales can be seen.

Location & directions

Tangalle, Sri Lanka

The Last House is five minutes outside Tangalle.

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