Ivory House

9.8/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)

4 4 8


USD 532

per night

Latest reviews

Average rating of 9.8/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)
cedric d
cedric d

Stayed: March 2016, traveled with friends


Just back from a week at the Ivory House and it was wonderful! A lot of thoughts have been put through the design of this house, it is absolutely magnificiant! Mr Sunil (the house manager) and his team are so lovely, the service is efficient without beeing in your face all the time. And as for the food, it was fantastic, Mr Sunil's currys are delicious, so were all the other meals. Food was much better at the villa than in any other places we visited. The Ivory house was perfect for a group of friends like us or for a family. It is really quite, the garden and the pool are devine. We even saw monkeys jumping from tree to tree while swiming in the pool, so unreal!. It is trully the best private house we've ever stayed at, like a luxury resort without the noisy other guests! Can't wait to return!
Stayed: March 2016, traveled with friends
Christine H
Christine H

Stayed: March 2016, traveled with friends

Absolute bliss!

I've just returned from the most amazing week staying at the Ivory House in Galle, Sri Lanka. The Ivory House is one the most tastefully designed and comfortable villas I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. From the moment you arrive at this stunning house, set amongst lush grounds overlooking the rice paddies and your own 20 metre pool, you are welcomed by the friendly staff with freshly made coconut juice and feel like you have arrived in heaven! The villa is truly spectacular, with 4 large bedrooms (3 with outside showers), spacious living areas, polished concrete floors, high ceilings, exquisite furnishings, a stunning balcony which overlooks the grounds and rice paddies, you know you've discovered something very special. The staff are extraordinary. Mr Sunil, the house manager and cook, is an absolute gentleman and cooks the most amazing breakfasts, lunches and dinners. His curries are the best I've eaten on the island (if not anywhere) and despite enjoying a number of restaurants in the area, I have to say Mr Sunil's food surpasses them all! Suranga mixes the most incredible cocktails and some of my fondest memories were lying by the pool to be served a perfect Bloody Mary, Caprioska, Mohito or G&T and don't even get me started on the martini/s before dinner! All the rest of the staff are wonderful and will do anything they can to make your stay wonderful. The wildlife never fails to amaze - from the occasional goanna or mongoose walking by the end of the pool, the stunning birds in the palm trees, the water buffalo in the rice paddies, to families of monkeys playing in the tree tops (an absolute highlight). All in all, this is the most incredible experience and holiday you could possibly have. I can't wait to go back and enjoy not only this beautiful villa but also the incredible hospitality of Mr Sunil and his wonderful staff.
Stayed: March 2016, traveled with friends

Stayed: May 2016, traveled as a couple

One of the best private Villas to stay in Sri Lanka

We stayed at this utterly blissful private Villa for 8 days and enjoyed every minute of it. Ivory Villa is located inland, about 15 mins easy drive through the countryside to Galle and offers tranquillity and a relaxed atmosphere amongst nature, and in the vicinity of a small village. A stunning restoration of a pre-existing house, sits in view of paddie fields and is surrounded by a meticulous maintained garden with a 20 meters pool and very comfy sunbeds. I am guessing the owners must have a Love for the Amangalla's design as the Villa is resembling similar configurations; colonial features blended with minimalistic and subtle differences in interior and design. The Villa comes with a staff team of 4, headed by Mr. Sunil as Manager who without reservations, is one of the best chefs one can find in Sri Lanka. His tropical Salade Nicoise, Gourmet soups (do not miss!) and other impressive dishes make a diet-on-holidays practically impossible. His colleague Suranga, as many have already mentioned, will whip up some mean cocktails and is very helpful to organize trips, driver etc. The Gardener and Housekeeper keep the place in perfect shape. We recommend the place for couples, families or small group of people who like to get away from everything crowded, love nature and comfort hospitality, and basically like to have a relaxed and a Tuscan-style holiday in the tropics. Stock up on some favourite alcohol at the airport or get it at the bottle shop in Galle. A daily nominal charge for food is charged; check with the owners during booking.
Stayed: May 2016, traveled as a couple
Sinead B
Sinead B

Stayed: July 2017

Incredible in every way!

The Ivory Villa was spectacularly beautiful, located in lush green landscape away from the hustle and bustle of the beach roads. The layout and design of the villa has been very well considered and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The decor is modern and clean, allowing the natural setting to be the hero. As most guests have mentioned, the service was outstanding and the food was incredible! Don't miss out on the egg hoppers (I am definitely taking this recipe home). It was a tranquil paradise, and I would highly recommend this villa to anyone looking for a jewel in the jungle.
Stayed: July 2017

Stayed: November 2017

Family holiday

Ivory House is a beautiful house off the beaten track near Galle. The house is furnished and decorated to a very high and stylish standard. The staff are amazing. Helpful and patient with our little tribe of toddlers and producing the most wonderful meals and level of service to provide a memorable and special holiday for a family celebration. Within a tuk tuk ride of Galle this is the perfect place to stay.
Stayed: November 2017


Available for longterm
Available for weddings
Suitable for children
Suitable for elderly
Suitable for wheelchairs
Smoking allowed
Pets allowed
Swimming pool

Bedroom facilities

  • Personal safe
  • Air Condition
  • iPod dock
  • King Size bed

Bathroom facilities

  • Bath tub
  • Outdoor shower
  • En-suite bathroom

Business facilities

  • Telephone

Dining facilities

  • Gas stove
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Nespresso coffee machine

Living facilities

  • Lounge seating
  • Ceiling Fans
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Sound system
  • Book/Magazine library

Outdoor facilities

  • Garden
  • Terrace / balcony
  • Sun beds / chairs
  • BBQ / Bar area
  • Gazebo or pergola


The Ivory House is located about a 10 minutes drive from the beautiful coastal area of the historical town of Galle. Perched on an elevated area and overlooking a rural paddy field, the Ivory House is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. The villa is about 116 kms from Colombo and can be reached via the Southern Railway and the Colombo-Galle main coastal road. Air taxi services are available from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake to Koggala.


Include all taxes - No booking fees

Season Dates Bedrooms Daily Rental Minimum Stay
Mid Season 11 Feb 2019
19 Apr 2019
4 Bedroom USD 644 3 nights
High Season 20 Apr 2019
27 Apr 2019
4 Bedroom USD 1,064 7 nights
Mid Season 28 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
4 Bedroom USD 703 3 nights
Low Season 1 May 2019
30 Jun 2019
4 Bedroom USD 532 3 nights
Mid Season 1 Jul 2019
31 Aug 2019
4 Bedroom USD 644 3 nights
Low Season 1 Sep 2019
30 Nov 2019
4 Bedroom USD 532 3 nights
Mid Season 1 Dec 2019
13 Dec 2019
4 Bedroom USD 644 3 nights
Peak Season 14 Dec 2019
7 Jan 2020
4 Bedroom USD 1,064 7 nights
High Season 8 Jan 2020
24 Jan 2020
4 Bedroom USD 644 3 nights
Peak Season 25 Jan 2020
3 Feb 2020
4 Bedroom USD 1,064 7 nights
High Season 4 Feb 2020
31 Mar 2020
4 Bedroom USD 644 3 nights
Peak Season 1 Apr 2020
14 Apr 2020
4 Bedroom USD 1,064 7 nights
High Season 15 Apr 2020
30 Apr 2020
4 Bedroom USD 644 3 nights

Rates Include

* Taxes
* Breakfast
* Services, Staff
* Electricity, mains water
* Basic cleaning and garden supplies

Rates Exclude

* Chef (Rs. 2,500 per meal per adult and 5 - 12 year old 1,250; below 5 years for free)
* Telephone
* Provisioning costs
* Transportation
* Extra services (nannies, drivers, therapists, tour and event organization)

Cancellation Policy

* For cancellations more than 60 days before the arrival date 80% of the total rental amount, minus a USD 150 administration fee, will be refunded.
* For cancellations and/or amendments 30 - 60 days before the arrival date, 50% of the final booking amount, minus USD 150 in administration fees, will be refunded.
* For cancellations 1 - 29 days before the arrival date and for no -shows, no refund will be made.
* During peak periods, 30 days will be added to all cancellation periods.
* A refund may be offered, if the Villa is re-let for the same duration and at the same rates.
* Any amendments that reduce the total rental amount will be treated as a partial cancellation and may be subject to the cancellation fees stated above.
* Any amendments that involve the booking of another property altogether, will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and the creation of a new one.
* In the unlikely event a villa booking is cancelled by the owner, the owner will attempt to secure a booking in an alternative property of the same standard, at the same rates. If this is not possible, a full refund will be made.

These cancellation terms apply for regular booking periods, but may be subject to change for peak or high seasons and will be communicated to you in all booking details.

Payment Terms

* Prices quoted are in US Dollars, are listed by the Villa Owners and are subject to change without prior notice. However, once a deposit or payment has been received, the prices will not be amended for the dates of the rental.
* All payments are to be made in US dollars unless an exchange rate for other currencies has been agreed on prior to the payment being made.
* Bookings more than 30 days before the date of arrival will require a 50% deposit to confirm the booking. The full payment must be received 30 days (60 days if peak period) before the date of arrival. No reminder will be sent and failure to pay on time may result in a loss of the booking.
* Bookings made within 30 days of the date (60 days if peak period) of arrival, will require full payment.
* Once the deposit or payment has been received, a final booking confirmation will be sent.
* A security deposit equivalent of one night rent will be payable in US Dollars, in cash, on arrival at the villa. This deposit will be used against any damages or charges incurred during the stay. The difference or full amount will be returned in USD on the day of departure. If the charges cannot be determined at the time of departure, the Owner is entitled to withhold a reasonable estimate from your security deposit and will return any balance as soon as the actual cost has been determined.


A modern take on the Dutch colonial period

Located a few kms away from the historic Galle, Ivory House is a 4 bedroom house that takes inspiration from the Dutch colonial period and delivers a simple, modern contemporary aesthetic fusion of East and West. It is designed to take maximum advantage of the views over the rice paddies and the cooling breezes off the valley. All bedrooms consist of an overhead fan and an en-suite bathroom with shower facilities. The villa also has a large sitting area and indoor/outdoor dining and an outdoor 20m pool.

Ivory House consists of 2 master suites and 2 double bedrooms all of which are very spacious and air-conditioned. The 2 master suites feature a 4 poster bed while the 2 double rooms are fitted with a sleigh bed and outdoor showers. One of the master suites also includes a bathtub while there are French windows that lead out to the veranda and the paddy fields beyond.

The large living room at the Ivory House is comfortably fitted with an overhead fan, sofa and arm chairs, satellite television, DVD player and Wi-Fi connectivity. Large French windows from the living area lead out to the veranda. The modern kitchen is fully equipped and there is a large dining table where you can enjoy your meals. You can also savour your meals out on the veranda. The villa also has a 20 metre infinity edge swimming pool while you can laze around all day enjoying the sun. A house boy, room lady, chef and gardener are available around the clock for the guests' convenience.

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