About this listing
Private rooms in a Colonial home setting.There are four private rooms on the ground floor with double beds to each room. The rates are for each individual room that sleeps two to a room. Guests can only access all areas on the Ground Floor.
This colonial heritage 150 year old house was the home and dance school of a famous srilankan dancer in the 1950s. The house is situated close to the Colombo Port and is 3 kilometers from Pettah and Fort..Pettah is one of the most vibrant and colorful parts of Colombo. In Sinhalese called Pitta-Kottuwa, literally translating to Outer Fort, Pettah is known for its bustling open air bazaars and markets. You name it and your will find it in Pettah, with each thoroughfare having its own specialty — Gabo’s Lane and 5th Cross St specialize in Ayurvedic medicines, while jewelery stores line 2nd Cross Street and Sea Street.
If you end up on Prince Street, be sure to visit the Dutch Museum which was originally the 17th century residence of the Dutch Governor. Pettah is also of the most ethnically mixed parts of the city and the streets are dotted with several interesting Mosques, Hindu Kovils, Churches and Buddhist Temples. Next to it is the transport hub with the main railway and bus stations.
a beautiful 170 year old colonial house, the home of a famous SriLankan dancer. Close to Fort and along the Port in the heart of Colombo city. The house is airy and spacious and we are happy to welcome guests to a home away from home environment.
The Verandah, living room, dining, kitchen and the garden.
Interaction with Guests
I will be available to guide and offer my help on travel and sight-seeing attractions around Colombo and Sri Lanka if required.
The area is a community friendly place with old historical Hindu and Buddhist temples and Churches.
One of the few areas around Colombo open as a Community friendly place till late night where you can walk around the local small shops and eat street foods down Jampettah Street opposite the St Anthony's Church like Hoppers, Kottu, and South Indian cuisine at small eateries down Sea Street and Kotahena Street. It is about experiencing Colombo the local way. It is bustling, lively and colorful. The house itself is down a residential Street. The Harbour Lights are visible and The markets of Main Street and Pettah just 2 kilometers away adjoining Fort. Check out the Dutch Museum down Prince Street, The Shiva Temple and one of the oldest Buddhist Temples that the Thai Royal Family patronize. Go down to the Mutwal Beach near the Army Camp and walk along small fishing villages and watch the fishing boats come in. Close by is the Whist Bungalow.
It is also just 20 Mins away from the Airport and 3 kilometers to the heart of Colombo's Fort, Pettah and Galle Face and Dutch Museum areas. There are meter tuk-tuks and call taxis, budget and normal. The train station in Fort is 3 Kilometers away. Guests can also take the train from quaint and busy Maradana Railway station one stop before Fort to ensure you get a seat on the Galle destination trains.
Other Things to Note
Each individual room is priced separately,two to a room.
Smoking should be limited to verandahs and garden.
Valli's place was an absolute dream to stay at - the house is full of character, and gave us the sense of stepping back into time. Perfect for anyone wishing to get away from modern life for a bit. Valli was also a gracious host, staying up for us (we arrived late on Thursday night), and helping us out with everything - from booking a taxi to Galle, to offering great recommendations for restaurants and places to go. She was also really helpful when we needed a place to leave our bags for half-day, and she didn't hesitate to offer her place to us for that as well.
Thanks Valli for making our stay at Sri Lanka so nice - definitely planning to stay here again :)
Valli's place is fantastic for anyone arriving "fresh" off the plane. She gave us a warm welcome despite a very early check in and made us feel at home. Valli and her team made our transition to the Sri Lankan culture very smooth, giving us local tips and recommendations.
The room was large and had a huge and comfortable bed and our own bathroom. It was lovely to be able to sit out on the comfortable sofas on the veranda, and look out onto the garden.
Many thanks to Valli and we recommend a stay at the College House.
Highly recommended! Good location, clean room, big bed (for a tall guy like me) and a very helpfull and friendly host. Berber and Martin.
We arrived at the college house hot and tired from a long flight and there was Valli at 1.30 in the morning with hot sweet tea and a kindly smile. We left two nights later early in the morning and there was Valli with hot sweet tea and a kindly smile telling the taxi driver what to do. Valli is a perfect host charming and generous welcoming and full of great tips and directions. Her suggestions were fabulous and we felt looked after.the house is full of character and charm and it was an absolute pleasure to spend time there. Thank you valli!
We spent our 1st night in Sri Lanka in Valli and Faouzy's place and it will be certainly one of the best moment of our trip. The house is nice as well as the garden. They were super friendly and willing to help. They spent a lot of time to assist us to start our trip in the best possible way. Finally we had couple of drinks at night and a nice breakfast in the morning making this few hours with them memorable and extremely pleasant. I hope to see them soon and highly recommend anyone to go to their place!
Valli was friendly n accomodating. She offered shower facilities for free should we want to refresh ourselves after a three days road trip, and before we leave for the airport. We didnt take the offer as we were about just in time for our flight.
I was, however, disappointed to note that the booking was for a room only, when AirBnB's confirmation showed that I have booked the entire home. Our host had to prepare another room in the middle of the night of our arrival, n we had to pay for the additional room.
I have wished to have the liberty to explore the beautiful colonial house. But as the hosts are living in the same premises, we restricted our movements to the first floor.
It was great to stay at The Collage House. Very authentic old Sri Lankan house close to the centre by tuk-tuk.
The hosts were great. They introduced us to a Sri Lankan game called Carrom. We had a short stay here but we enjoyed it a lot.
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