• Entire home
  • 700 ft² size
  • Garden
  • BBQ facilities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Non-smoking rooms

Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection is a sustainable villa in Ratnapura where guests can make the most of the open-air bath and free bikes. This villa features a terrace as well as a shared lounge. The accommodation offers private check-in and check-out and bicycle parking for guests. With 6 bedrooms, this villa features 3 bathrooms with a shower and free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are offered in the villa. Guests may eat at the on-site restaurant, which is open for dinner, lunch, and brunch. Guests can take advantage of yoga classes held in house. You can play darts at this 4-star villa, and the area is popular for cycling and hiking. Guests at the villa can enjoy walking tours nearby, or make the most of the garden. The nearest airport is Ratmalana International Airport, 55 miles from Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection.

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Property Highlights



Hot tub/Jacuzzi



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Accommodation Type
Number of guests
Bedroom 1:
1 twin bed
Bedroom 2:
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3:
1 king bed
Bedroom 4:
1 twin bed
Bedroom 5:
1 king bed
Bedroom 6:
2 twin beds
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Travel Sustainable Level 3
This property told us they’re making large investments and efforts toward sustainability by taking steps that can have environmental and social impact. We worked with experts including Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Low score for Ratnapura

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  • Linda
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    We stayed for 3 nights with our daughters (7 and 9 years old) and truly enjoyed the beauty of Gileemale Walawwa, the most delicious local food, playing a game or two of Carrom & cards on the stunning terrace of the upstairs rooms, meeting local...
  • Juergen
    It took us 45 minutes to get with a tuktuk on a bumpy road from Ratnapura to Gileemale and we had to call a couple of times the manager to give directions to the driver. The place is itself is wonderfull and we enjoyed every minute. The staff is...
  • Elena
    Жить на старой вилле с антикварной мебелью - совершенно новые ощущения прикосновения к вечности. Удивительное место! если хотите перенестись во времени на сто лет назад - вам сюда - в дом постройки 1911 года.

Hosted by Ishantha Dassanayake

Host Review Score

Ishantha Dassanayake
A stunning piece of colonial architecture draped in 25 acres of lush greenery, and nestled in Ratnapura in close proximity to the Sri Pada mountain range, the Gileemale Retreat has been refurbished to cleverly combine the old classic charm with modern luxury. The more recent refurbishment had given this ancestral walawwa the ambience of an upmarket holiday home at a very minimalistic finish. Consists of two luxury suites on the upper floor, four standard bedrooms downstairs, Yoga and Relaxing Lounge in the open interior courtyard, a reading room, museum of antiques and plenty of relaxing areas decorated with archeological monuments and paintings, the property has been designed to evoke a sense of place for the guests.
The Gileemale Retreat is the brainchild of the sole owner of the Walawwa, Ishantha Avinda Dassanayake who is the 6th generation member of the lineage of Punchi Bandara. Ishantha has stamped his mark on his ancestral home with a history of 300 years with the vision to build a sustainable hospitality venture that rekindles the past glory of the Sabaragamuwa culture while giving back to the environment and village community.
Those seeking to unwind can undertake a wellness vacation at the Yoga Retreat and Ayurveda Spa to benefit from Sri Lanka’s indigenous treatments and wellness practices. Here, one can enjoy the array of authentic cuisine from the Sabaragamuwa region or detoxing juices and vegetarian dishes offered at the venue to treat the guests to a meal of natural goodness. The mansion also connects its visitors with a myriad of travel experiences steeped in the history and culture of the Sabaragamuwa Province as the famous Adam’s Peak, the historic Saman Devalaya, the Rankoth Viharaya known for its stone inscription, Bopath Ella and Udawalawa. While tea, rubber, cinnamon, bamboo estates and the herb/ organic garden surrounding the Gileemale Retreat take the guests through an incredible agro tourism experience, the abundant birdlife at the property makes this holiday home tailor-made for bird lovers and ornithologists. The lush natural habitat surrounding the retreat is home to 75 species of land birds out of which 15 are endemic to Sri Lanka.
Language spoken: English

Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      American • Local
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Brunch • Lunch • Dinner

Amenities of Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection
Great facilities! Review score, 8.3

Most popular amenities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Family rooms
No parking available.
No internet access available.
  • Linens
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Shared toilet
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
Living Area
  • Desk
Room Amenities
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Fan
  • Outdoor furniture
  • BBQ facilities
    Additional charge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Common Areas
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Yoga classes
  • Full-body massage
  • Open-air bath
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    Additional charge
  • Massage
    Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Packed lunches
  • Restaurant
  • Cooking class
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Water sports facilities on site
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional charge
  • Darts
  • Bicycle rental
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
Business Facilities
  • Business center
    Additional charge
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Safety & security
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM

You need to let the property know what time you'll be arriving in advance.


Until 12:00 PM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 13 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

No cribs or extra beds are available.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

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Parties/events are not allowed


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Please inform Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection

  • Yes, Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Check-in at Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

  • Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection is 5 miles from the center of Ratnapura. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • Yes, there's a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection on this page.

  • Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection has the following number of bedrooms:

    • 6 bedrooms

    For more detailed info, check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection can accommodate this group size:

    • 10 guests

    For more detailed info, check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Canoeing
    • Darts
    • Walking tours
    • Bicycle rental
    • Water sports facilities on site
    • Full-body massage
    • Cooking class
    • Yoga classes
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Open-air bath

  • The prices at Gileemale Walawwa by The Serendipity Collection may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.