Galle villa and bungalow in Sri Lanka
Description from the accommodation owner
Galle villa and bungalow in Sri Lanka: the story of this holiday company
While Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka one of its hottest destinations for 2013, Swedish born, New Zealand resident Karin Jansson and her son Christopher and his partner Brent fell in love with this island paradise in 2011. After searching for the right property for a year they fell in love with Templeberg Villa for its jungle setting, elevated contours, sense of history and natural beauty. The villa is one of only three original surviving Colonial Manor homes in the district. The rareness of the site and sprawling grassy terraces with 200 year old stone cut walls makes it easy to chillax.
Responsible tourism: Galle villa and bungalow in Sri Lanka
We are committing to minimalisng our environmental impact. We have four bores on the property and where possible use natural spring water sourced from the property.
Each guest room has filtered water sourced from one large filtered water bottle. Oversized amenities remove the need for individualized unsustainable amenity kits. Guests are also encouraged to be environmentally friendly and reuse towels rather than changing daily and the villa uses fans and open ventilation spaces for air flow. Candles ensure minimal electricity use.
Our rainwater shower heads have been imported from Australia and are designed to use the minimum amount of water necessary.
Our five acre coconut plantation uses natural composting techniques and local village staff tend to the coconut trees. Our solar heating uses Sri Lanka's natural energy from the sun to heat our water. Our herb and vegetable garden ensure we use ingredients in our meals sourced direct from the property.
Where we need to supplement our protein and vegetable intake we source ingredients from local fresh food and fish stalls, ideally within our local village. Our kitty system for food, ensures minimal food wastage.
Our villa is part of the local community.
We buy our fruit and vegetables from local stall holders.
All of our soft furnishings are made from our local sewer 200 metres down the road. Our flowers are sourced locally. We provide the local temple with rice which sustains the community and purchase our free range eggs from the same hens that serve the wider community.
All of our maintenance and support staff are predominantly sourced from the Galle District.
Our quarterly coconut harvest is sold to the local community at the fruit and vegetable market.
Our dedicated charity is the Tsunami Photo Museum in Hikkaduwa and a dedicated collection box for the photo museum rests inside the villa.
We actively attend and donate to local charitable events hosted by expats and locals, for example, teaching Sri Lankans how to swim and animal welfare.
Any leftover food is provided to the wider community.