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The River House

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  • About this holiday

    The River House is a boutique residence nestled in tropical gardens by the River Madhu. A charming hotel, the abundant original features blend easily with more contemporary comforts. Perfect for naturalists, there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching whilst the hotel can organise kayaking and boat trips. Make sure to explore the rainforest and cinnamon plantations or even take a day trip to Galle. A good choice for short stay as part of one of our touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.

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    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,420 for 7 nights  
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

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    Our opinion

    The River House Balapitya is a stylish luxury boutique villa with priceless river views. A tranquil, intimate ambience, ideal for romance and for small groups of family and friends. You can book individual suites or the entire property.

    Hotel description

    Set in seven acres of riverside estate and tropical gardens, The River House Balapitya offers a relaxing holiday location surrounded by the unspoilt natural beauty of Sri Lanka and handy for exploring the island’s south-west scenery and coast. Offering priceless views of the River Madhu, this ex-private residence has been beautifully restored and extended to provide spacious lounges, covered terraces and 5 luxurious suites. The interiors feature original craftsmanship of wood, stone and polished cement, seamlessly blending contemporary comfort and antique splendour. Each suite at The River House has a private garden or terrace and bathrooms that epitomise Sri Lankan chic. The Gin and Menik suites also boast magnificent stone plunge pool/tubs. Four of the suites are in the main house whilst one is in a separate little house in a romantic setting by the riverside. A friendly and professional team of staff serve meals at any time that suits their guests, on the River House veranda or in the privacy of their own suite, wherever they please. An opening in the forest at the edge of the garden reveals an idyllic swimming pool and pavilion with sun loungers, a perfect spot to relax and admire the towering jackfruit and mango trees. The River House can organise boat trips, kayaks and canoes - the river Madhu is a haven for naturalists, bird enthusiasts and anglers and great for watching village life unfold along its banks. There is plenty more to do nearby such as walking in tropical forest and through cinnamon plantations, visiting Galle, a turtle hatchery and the mask-makers of Ambalangoda, The River House can also provide access to beachfront facilities on the coast, which is only a few miles away.


    Welagedara, Balapitya

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year.

    Distance from airport

    About 3 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    Number of bedrooms 5

    All rooms have Air conditioning and ceiling fan, Mini-fridge, TV/DVD, En-suite bathroom
    Garden Room - Kala Suite or Kirinda Suite. The bathroom opens onto the private garden.
    Gin Suite - A large suite. Has a semi-private garden and river view, a private outdoor shower and plunge tub with jets.
    Menik Suite or Walawe Suite - Spacious, romantic master suites. Private plunge shower/but with jets, lounge terrace and views.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at The River House include: Flexible and varied meal service, Swimming pool and pavilion with loungers, In-suite Ayurvedic massage available, 7 acres of riverside estate and tropical gardens, Beach access on the south-west coast

    Water sports

    Non-motorised watersports (canoe, kayak).

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local interest Madhu river and lagoon; Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; mask-making in Ambalangoda; Dance school; cinnamon plantations; tropical forest and village life; the south-west coast; local markets
    Activities nearby: Boat trips on the river Madhu.

    Sports nearby

    Watersports at Bentota; surfing, snorkelling and diving in Hikkaduwa.


    Minimum stays

    A minimum stay of 2 nights is required. 3 nights from 20 December to 20 January.

    Other information

    You can book all 5 suite rooms (maximum 10 adult guests and 2 children) and enjoy the entire villa and grounds for your party’s exclusive use.


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