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76 reviews
Pool with a view
Rear of villa at twilight
Pool and lake viewed from balcony
Sunset over pool
Lounge
Pool & sun terrace
Master bedroom
Reflections on the lake
Master bedroom dressing table
Honeymoon greeting
Balcony view
View across balcony
View from master bedroom ensuite
Master bedroom shower
Pool shower
Sunrise- its worth getting up!
Sunterrace plants
Front of villa
Monkeys by the pool
Bedroom two ensuite
Lower garden and jetty
Master bedroom
TV/games room
Lower garden
Kitchen
Veranda seating
Local transport
Dining area
Front steps
Hammock by the pool
Garden swings
Balcony side view
Bedroom 3 ensuite
Right hand side of garden
Sunterrace greenery
Sunset from balcony
Letting off steam!
Front of house
Lower garden in front of the pool
Garden room ensuite
The garden room
Peacock on the gate post
Antique chest
Kingfisher in action
Rear of villa
Side of house viewed from garden
Garden
Koggala beach
Villa from the lake
Bed 2
Bed 3
Bed 3 mirror
Wall Lizard
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Koggala, Galle District, Southern Province

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Elie Z
1 review
“Wonderful Vacation”
Reviewed 24 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Lakeview villa ia by far the best place to spend a vacation in Srilanka. Its location is breathtaking and accessible to an amazing view. The best part of our stay was meeting Sonali and Lathanta. The most helpful, generous and genuine people i have met. Sonali's food is sooo good and lathanta's bbq was delicious. 2 things that could be enhanced, are the garden and pool lights, where it gets so dim at night. Second thing is the entrance road which is too sloppy and narrow, we had a small accident on the scooter because of that. Apart from this, the stay is unbelievably good and stress-free !!

Lathanta and Sonali, thank you for making this vacation my best one! Cant wait to have brownies again:)

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Management Response
2 May 2017
Thank you for the lovely review and we are really happy that you enjoyed the villa and food. Sorry about the lighting- 3 of the pool lights failed at the same time, and the floodlight in the Kithul tree also stopped working after only a couple of months. These have now been replaced.
Unfortunately, there is little we can do about the approach track. We do not own the land on either side, so cannot widen it. Raja, our gardener, cuts back all the side vegetation a couple of times a week, to keep it passable and we have re-surfaced the whole track a couple of times, but the heavy rains tend to wash it out. The council will not put in a concrete road as there are not enough houses there. The cost for us to concrete the whole road would be prohibitive and, if we were to do so, we would become liable for all the road maintenance costs for ever. I'm afraid it is just a downside of the villa's fabulous location, but I hope it did not spoil your enjoyment too much and we look forward to seeing you again..
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MattSt
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Perfect paradise for a family holiday”
Reviewed 30 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017

Lakeview is a very special place to stay. From the moment of booking communications with Lesley were excellent and very helpful answering all our questions including the important matters of tonic water and lemons! Our transfer from Colombo airport organised by Prageeth, the villa travel manger, was very smooth and comfortable. Arrival at the villa up a very narrow green lane was magical and the welcome from Sonali and Lasantha was warm and delightful. The villa itself is beautifully located, constructed and furnished. Everything has been worked out and it all works perfectly. The swimming pool is the jewel in a paradise garden. We had a lot of fun there and Sonali's cooking is world class. From the first mouthful we did not want to eat anywhere else. We had a few trips out - to Galle/Jungle Beach with Lasantha and a boat trip for four starting from the garden! Jungle Beach is highly recommended - particularly the second beach and the peace pagoda is worth a visit. The main thing to do though is to enjoy the company of family in the supremely relaxed setting of this fabulous villa, pool and garden. Early in the morning the view from the upper verandah is breathtaking and the jungle sounds from the birds and monkeys give an exotic impression we will never forget. If you like to watch or photograph birds, monkeys and chipmunks the verandah is a great hide - nature comes to you. Raja the gardener impressed us with his agility to pick fresh coconuts. Prageeth also provided our onward travel to Udawalawe and Haputale. Wholeheartedly recommended for groups of friends or family reunions.

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malky1
Binfield, United Kingdom
1 review
“Spacious natural luxury”
Reviewed 11 March 2017 for a stay in January 2017

We have spent time in villas in many parts of the world, and Lakeview was equal to all of them .

Why? Well it could have been the spacious accommodation , the simple but natural gardens with purple faced monkeys swinging in the trees, the infinity pool shared by the local kingfisher, the coconuts collected for us by the gardener or it could have been the skilled and delicious cooking and the kindness shown to us by Sonali and Lasantha.

All of these elements come together to make this holiday venue truly faultless and very very memorable.

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waalders
Barrie, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed 14 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Lakeview Villa is absolutely amazing! The first thing to wow me was the view, and the house was designed to maximize your view from everywhere. The bedrooms and en suites are very spacious. The king size beds are quite comfortable as well. The house is very well maintained and very clean. The house manager/chef, Sonali, is wonderful. She is a excellent chef and understands how to cater to children as well. She and Lasanta showed us how to make some Sri Lankan specialties as well. Sonali speaks excellent English and is you can tell she wants to make your stay the beat it can be. We rely enjoyed our stay here. The only suggestion i could make to improve things would be to put AC in the bedrooms. It does cool down quite a bit at night, but it would make it a bit.more comfortable. I would be more than happy to recommend Lakeview Villa!

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PatrickW6...
St Austell, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“perfection in paradise”
Reviewed 14 February 2017 for a stay in January 2017

the location is amazing, near enough to Galle and nearby beaches which are incredible but far enough away to have no road/rail noise. The villa sits on a promontory out into the lake and there are no other houses nearby, so very tranquil and difficult to tear oneself away from. Mosquitoes were not a problem at all and I think we saw more wildlife in the large garden than if we had been staying in a zoo !
The owners who were very helpful in arranging details such as transport have done an incredible job in building Lakeview Villa, but the real star of our weeks stay was Sonali and her husband Lasanthe. Sonali is the manageress on site and an absolutely brilliant cook, as a result we were treated to sumptuous breakfasts and dinners every night with Sonali doing all the shopping too. Sonali also gave us lots of local information over and above the already very comprehensive pack from the owners. We all had a fantastic stay and loved the food, people, country and will definitely return at some point to Sri Lanka.
I can't recommend Lakeview Villa highly enough.

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