The Saffron House

Dickwella, Southern Province


The Saffron House occupies one of the finest locations on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Set in nearly three acres of tropical walled gardens, this fully staffed villa provides stunning panoramic ocean views, sea breezes, 100 metres of dramatic rocky seafront, simple luxury and complete privacy.

The villa lies about 15 kms from the southern tip of the island and about 45 minutes from Galle. It has four double bedrooms, with extra beds available for children.

The entrance lies up a quiet lane, 30 metres above sea level, the highest point on this small headland and sandwiched between two of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches, each just a few minutes walk away. Hiriketiya (Horseshoe) Bay, a 250 metres stroll, is idylic, with safe swimming and a year-round surf break.

There are large open and covered verandas for dining and relaxing. The swimming pool adjoins the veranda and main courtyard and all have stunning views to sea. There are four en-suite double bedrooms, three of which are set around the courtyard, with the fourth bedroom closer to the sea.

The gardens include bougainvillea, heliconia, Japanese araliya, hibiscus, mango, wood-apple and much more, including a vegetable garden. Below the main lawn, a coconut grove slopes down to the dramatic rocky shoreline; all to explore. Watch the sun set over Dondra lighthouse on the southern tip of the island and later, the fishing lights out to sea at night.

Directly ahead, across 5,000 miles of uninterrupted water, lies the coast of Antarctica. We have seen blue whales passing close to the bottom of the garden; few places on earth offer such an opportunity. There are also monkeys, tortoises, many types of birds, including sea eagles and most evenings the local peacocks arrive to roost in the coconut trees.

The Saffron House lies on the edge of the town of Dikwella, 25 minutes from the end of the new Southern Highway. The stunning Dondra to Tangalle coastline is now within easy reach, with Galle only 45 minutes away.

With Yala National Park (to the east) close enough for a day's tour and Galle now easily accessible to the west, this is the perfect location from which to experience all Sri Lanka's "deep south" has to offer; from elephants and leopards at Yala to leatherback turtles at Rekawa and blue whales at Mirissa.

Once around the southern tip of the island from the Galle coast, the main road is mostly set well back from a complex coastline, with small sandy bays, jagged rocky seafront and quiet, bird-filled lagoons. The road from Matara is quite new and a pretty drive through numerous tidy villages. The coastline is blessed with many kilometres of stunning, empty beaches and not far inland, serene paddy fields, cinnamon estates and wooded hills bursting with wildlife.

The villa is in a quiet neighbourhood, well away from the main road. The elevation and size of the gardens provide micro-climates for flowering plants to thrive, with the main flower and vegetable gardens set back more than 100 metres from the sea.

When you tire of watching the surf break over the rocks at the bottom of the garden, there are many lovely beaches on this stretch of coast. Three stand out as special, two of which are just a few minutes walk.

The closest, is Hiriketiya Bay, sometimes known as Horseshoe Bay 250 metres down the lane to the east. This is idyllic, usually deserted and offers safe swimming. It also has a useful, year-round surf break. The beach curves 450 metres from end to end, although the neck of the bay is only 180 metres wide; a near perfect horseshoe. Some mornings it is as still as a pond.

400 metres to the west of the house is Dikwella beach, a beautiful 2 kms stretch. It can see some impressive waves, although the water is usually calm at this end of the beach; it is good for body boarding. Dikwella Beach Resort lies at the far end and offers various water sports, including diving excursions.

Further afield, one of our favourite beaches is Mawella, about 5 Kms to the east, which is stunning, pristine and very long. It is usually deserted and has several beach restaurants. It has larger waves at the far end and calm water at the western end.


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Babies welcome
Children welcome
Toddlers welcome
Pets welcome


8 people
2-4 bedrooms

Bathroom facilities

4 bathrooms


Outdoor pool
Swimming pool


Coffee machine
Iron and ironing board
Music player
Satellite or cable
Built-in fans
Washing machine
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