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Newly renovated pool and decking areas with hardwood timber decking.Newly renovated pool and decking areas with hardwood timber decking.
Old Clove House
Old Clove House
10 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
3 baths
10 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
3 baths
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Old Clove House is a traditional Sri Lankan house with colonial architectural influences that has been fully renovated, modernized and is now operating as an upmarket vacation rental home.

Located in the very pretty village of Mihiripenna, Old Clove House is just 5 minutes from the beach and just 15 minutes from Galle Fort, and is an ideal base for a family or group of friends to explore and enjoy the attractions in and around Galle.

The space

Old Clove House is located in a lush garden of more than half an acre with an expansive lawn, mature trees and shrubs. Its walled all around by a 10 foot high perimeter wall ensuring total privacy.

The house is designed to maximise outdoor living perfectly suited to the warm climate of Sri Lanka.

There are three bedrooms - the upper level master suite with a king sized bed and a separate sitting area, the poolside room with a king sized bed, and the children's room with a queen sized bed and two single beds.

All bedrooms are en-suite with hot water showers.

All bedlinen are of the best available quality from the supplier of bedlinen to most upmarket private villas and boutique hotels in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The house sleeps 8 adults comfortably but with converted daybeds and bunk-beds, up to 10 can be accommodated.

All bedrooms can be cooled by air-conditioning or overhead ceiling fans.

Two cots can be made available and the house is very children friendly.

The smaller cot is suitable for an infant while the larger cot is suitable for a young child up to the age of 3.

Massages can be arranged in house at our massage room, and private yoga classes can be taken on the lawn or in the house.

A standalone dining pavilion which seats 8 adults comfortably overlooks the 32 feet long swimming pool.

Guest access

Guests will have access to the entire house.

There is high-speed WiFi connection, with satellite TV offering all premium channels and the latest Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III on which guests can stream any music of their choice from any of their smart devices via Bluetooth and enjoy superlative sound quality.

An in-house cook is available to prepare all meals for guests as required.

We take great pride in the high standard of the meals served at Old Clove House and endeavour to provide our guests with a very memorable dining experience whilst staying at Old Clove House.

In addition to the cook, two additional houseboys attend to housekeeping duties, guests' welfare and will also assist with guests' laundry if required.

Interaction with guests

You will have the entire house to yourself, ensuring total privacy during your entire stay.

If you require total privacy, the household staff can attend to their duties at the staff house which is set away from the main property, and only be summoned to the main house once required.

Other things to note

The house sleeps 8 adults comfortably but with converted daybeds and bunk-beds, up to 10 can be accommodated in shared rooms.

Wireless Internet
Pets allowed
Extra people $25 / night after 8 guests
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 2 sofa beds
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 2 single beds
House Rules

Guests are expected to treat the house as they would their own.

The staff is highly valued and work very hard with integrity and honesty and we only expect that they are well tipped if guests are happy with their service. Previous guests have been extremely happy with the dedicated service of this hardworking team.

All food and beverages prepared and consumed at Old Clove House are at cost with no mark-ups. Old Clove House is your home for the duration of the rental and you are not expected to pay any more for food and drinks consumed than when you're at your own home.

You must also acknowledge
Some pet(s) live in the house
Safety features
First aid kit
2 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 18 - 27, 2017 the minimum stay is 4 nights.

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Sophie User Profile
December 2016
Amazing. The property is wonderful and kept in immaculate condition. As a host Tai is an all-round superstar. Seemingly able (and more than willing) to help with anything and everything. The in-house chef is so amazing (and versatile) that after a couple of days it becomes clear that you're not going to get better food by eating out. The house is in a quiet and relaxing spot with a perfect pool, but It's only a short tuk tuk ride to amazing beaches (the house's driver is super sweet, punctual and safe too). If I had one tip, if you're staying in multiple places during your trip to Sri Lanka don't stay here first (as we did) - nowhere else will quite live up to the experience at Old Clove House.

Varun User Profile
December 2016
We had one of the most amazing vacation stays at OCH. We stayed for 3 days and ate most of our meals at the property. The entire staff were well trained and very friendly and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. Highly recommend considering this property on your stay in south Sri Lanka. Close to the beach and the their kitchen made some of the most amazing meals we have had on the entire trip.

Melissa User Profile
March 2016
Our stay at Old Clove House was the highlight of my family's trip to Sri Lanka. The house itself was even more fabulous than depicted on the site, full of sunlight and modern conveniences (even very powerful AC for sleeping) yet also complete with historic charm and artistic touches. Tai and the house staff made our stay so special by sharing their knowledge of Sri Lankan food (Sorry, Singapore; crab curry at Old Clove House beats you hands down.) and by anticipating our needs and wants while also allowing us privacy. Tai is the of host of your Airbnb dreams. Thank you to the whole team for making my family feel so welcome and for such a wonderful stay.

Patricia User Profile
October 2015
Old Clove House was lovely, we had a perfect holiday in charming Unawatuna. The house is gorgeous, the food is delectable, and the surrounding area serene...but what really set the holiday apart was the hospitality extended by Tai, Chamindas and Pradeep. The boys declared the trip the best ever and we are planning a return trip soon! Thank you so much for a great trip!
Tai User Profile
Response from Tai:
No better compliment can be paid than a return visit to the house, and we all at Old Clove House very much look forward to having you and your adorable boys back next year. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for being the wonderful guests you all were.
October 2015

Suroor User Profile
September 2015
We had the BEST time at Old Clove House in just a week ago. Tai and his team were so kind & hospitable. My husband, our 5 friends and I stayed at OCH for 4 nights during our friend's wedding. Every morning we had a 5-star breakfast, consisting of amazing fresh fruits and wonderful Sri Lankan dishes (egg hoppers were amazing). For lunch, Tai helped to provide us with the freshest catches of the day. Our rooms were lovely, air conditioned, and immaculately designed. We loved every minute of it. We hope sometime in our life we can make it back to Unawatuna so we can stay at OCH again!

Gabrielle User Profile
February 2015
We, 6 adults & 5 kids (between the ages of 9 months & 8 years) stayed at Old Clove House for 3 nights and were blown away by the service, food and attention to detail by Tai and his staff. The house is gorgeous, well laid out - not too big, not too small - with lots of sitting areas to promote conversation and relaxation. Beds are super comfy with 5 star linens, bathrooms are clean and gorgeous, all a/c units and fans worked perfectly in the bedrooms, and the rest of the house was breezy due to good design and quiet fans. We didn't want to leave - we were spoiled rotten. Tai was so accommodating - giving recommendations, interesting information about the area, adjusting meal times so that kids and adults could eat at different times when needed, and a multitude of palates were taken into account. Honestly some of the best food we've had during our 3+ years of living in Sri Lanka. We would like to keep this place a secret, so that we can visit often without fear of other bookings, but Old Clove House and Tai deserve our 5 star rating and feedback, so there you have it! Thanks! We'll be back!
Tai User Profile
Response from Tai:
Wow! Thanks so much for your endorsement of Old Clove House and we're really happy that you had a wonderful enough experience to be so generous with your compliments. It was wonderful having you, your family and friends stay and honestly, we can only hope that all of our guests are as kind and considerate as all of you have been. Thank you very much. We all very much look forward to welcoming all of you back to Old Clove House.
February 2015

Mobolaji User Profile
August 2014
TRULY A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. House was beautiful, staff was extremely helpful and the food by the in-house chef was exceptional. Host stayed in touch and was available for any questions asked. All the details taken in to consideration at this property. Staying here is an absolute no brainer and will enhance any experience you might have in Sri Lanka. This is Airbnb at its best!!

Galle, Sri LankaJoined in February 2014
Tai User Profile

I am the owner of Old Clove House. I I manage the house and take care of all needs of guests during your stay here. You can depend on me to arrange for transportation to and from the house, purchase all your provisions for your meals, make reservations at restaurants, suggest places of interest for you to visit, arrange excursions and daytrips further afield and whatever else to make your stay at Old Clove House an amazing one.

I also manage the household staff who will ensure that the standards of housekeeping is perfect at all times.

I really enjoy meeting new people and love my job and am happiest whenever guests have a really wonderful stay at Old Clove House. I look forward to welcoming you to Old Clove House.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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