The Old Lady at the Sea

  • Seaside villa with a 300-year old history
  • Dutch interiors speckled with Sri Lankan accents
  • Beach access from the gardens
  • Close to Galle and Hikkaduwa
  • Nine bedrooms suitable for 22 guests
  • Perfect for private events

Take a look inside The Old Lady at the Sea

A 300-year old Dutch house reformed into a semi-modern, Sri Lankan seaside villa that still features some of its ancient architecture, The Old Lady at the Sea is a beautiful rendition of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man at the Sea’. The adaptation sparks a curiosity only resolved when one walks out to the sandy beach that blends as one with the villa gardens. Divided into two wings ‘The Old Lady’ and ‘The Young Lady’ are the nine bedrooms at the villa, making this the perfect retreat for a party, wedding, or even a corporate retreat! The villa is closely located to Galle, Hikkaduwa, and Unawatuna so you have plenty to do in the vicinity.


The villa is close by few of the main cities in Sri Lanka, especially the city of Galle which is replete with historical architecture, the famous Galle Fort and other intriguing sights. Hikkaduwa is a resort town with beautiful beaches which is also not far from the villa, so you can head out there and even visit some of the turtle hatcheries! Plenty of water activities to engage in like snorkelling and surfing while you’re here.

Customer reviews

9/10 (Average rating based on 4 reviews)

Our family of 17 had a 14 day stay over Xmas & New Year. The place is fantastic. The staff could not do enough for us. The chef was brilliant and cooked whatever we wanted, at whatever time, far cheaper than we would have paid elsewhere. Siri booked fireworks, masseurs, Mask dancers, and disco for us at The Old Lady itself, also transport etc for days out. Really recommend it.

Linda (United States) stayed at The Old Lady at the Sea with a group of friends and their families from 20/12/2018 to 03/01/2019

The view is fantastic and you simply never get tired of it.. just simply reading a book, with your whole body facing the ocean, makes it so joyful!

A.Z., Ben (Indonesia) stayed at The Old Lady at the Sea with a group of friends and their families from 18/01/2015 to 22/01/2015

It is a best place where you can getaway with your family and friends. Hotel is located just in front of the beach with amazing view to the ocean. Rooms are really nice and big. Hotel itself is very clean and well managed

KZ (United Kingdom) stayed at The Old Lady at the Sea with a group of friends from 05/01/2015 to 08/01/2015

I am so glad I managed to discover your property online and truly it was a holiday of a lifetime. Every aspect of our stay was perfect. The rooms, the location of the property, the food and above all the service

S L. (India) stayed at The Old Lady at the Sea with a group of friends and their families from 01/12/2012 to 03/12/2012

Services & features

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  • Facilities:

    • Additional guest
    • Back-up generator
    • BBQ equipment
    • Hairdryer
    • Household supplies
    • Local phone
    • Mosquito nets
    • Off-street parking
    • Outdoor bar
    • Pool towels
    • Pool umbrella
    • Reclining chairs
    • Safety box
    • Swimming pool
    • Terrace
    • Wardrobe space
    • Wheelchair access
    • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Transport:

    • Airport transfer (extra cost)
    • Bicycles available (extra cost)
    • Boat rental (extra cost)
    • Car available (extra cost)
    • Driver (extra cost)
    • Scooter available (extra cost)
  • Kids:

    • Baby cot
    • Babysitter (extra cost)
  • Entertainment:

    • CD music player
    • DVD movies
    • DVD player
    • International channels
    • Satellite television
    • Stereo
    • TV
  • Meals:

    • Chef (extra cost)
    • Coffee maker
    • Daily breakfast (extra cost) at cost of groceries
    • Dinner (extra cost) at cost of groceries
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Lunch (extra cost) at cost of groceries
  • Services:

    • Gardener
    • Housekeeping
    • Laundry (extra cost)
    • Security service
  • More information:

    • Pers. max.: 22
    • Staff:
    • Villa size: 650 m²
    • Garden: 1850 m²
  • Terms and conditions:

    • Check-in: after 03:00 pm
    • Check-out: until 11:30 am
    • Late check-out: until 02:41 am charged 50% of the daily rate (subject to availability)
Minimum stay 9 bedrooms
from 16/05/2020 to 01/07/2020 Low season 3 nights GBP £ 555
from 01/07/2020 to 01/09/2020 High season 3 nights GBP £ 788
from 01/09/2020 to 01/11/2020 Low season 3 nights GBP £ 555
from 01/11/2020 to 16/12/2020 High season 3 nights GBP £ 788
from 16/12/2020 to 07/01/2021 Peak season 3 nights GBP £ 1,251

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