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14 reviews
Swimming pool
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Entrance Steps
Back Courtyard / Entrance steps
Back courtyard / Entrance Steps
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Hall/Living room
Living / Chill out
Dinning Room
Breakfast
View from the Verandha
View from the Verandha
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Ensuite bthroom
Ensuite bathroom
Showering under the sun
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Swimmable sea ideal for snorkelling
Sunset over Unawatuna Bay
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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GazzaTrav...
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great House, Staff average”
Reviewed 28 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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I stayed at this house in early June for a period of 4 nights and there was 6 of us travelling.
It is a very well designed house, right on the sea and the swimming pool is right overlooking the ocean. Nice high ceilings in the house with the master bedroom having an outside bathroom.
The property has 2 villas on it which they rent out (we were the only group staying while we were there however, it could lose some of the charm of renting a private villa if the other villas was full though) and a seperate building for another kitchen and where the staff live.

It is a close walk to Unawatuna township. The sea outside the house is quite rocky, there is a small beach area but the sea comes right up so can't really sunbath on the beach but you can by the poolside which looks over the sea, and the beach area was covered with rubbish.
The time of the year we went the sea was quite rough but there were fisherman snorkelling and diving for crustaceans right outside. So you could swim there if you wanted, at the time of year we went even in Unawatuna itself it was very rough and we didn't spend much time in the sea there either, spending a lot of time in the pool instead.
The food cooked by the staff were very delicious when it arrived. Very tasty. See below.

The cons of this place
1. There are 2 kitchens 1 in the main villa and the other in the staff quarters, the kitchen in the villa is not really stocked with basic equipment, we wanted a knife to be kept there to be able to cut fruit and this always made its way to the staff quarters and it would of been nice to have a kettle in the villa as whenever we asked for simple things like tea it would take an hour to be made similarly for breakfast and when we asked dinner to be made at a certain time it was 1 hour later until it arrived.
2. I had property stolen from me which fortunately I did manage to get back but all the staff knew about and they lied about it. I didn't find this out until I was about to leave, I would definitely recommend locking your room doors on heading out.
3. They have a large dog, its a doberman or something similar, I did not get told about this before hand, I like dogs but others in the group didn't, my like of the dog went down after I discovered it was covered in tics

So overall great house, great location but they have a few things to work on. Despite the few problems I would recommend this place to other people for the location and the house. And in terms of issues with the staff, just have patience, its better to have them than not to have any staff, just understand it may take a little time to get things you want.

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Liked best: The house
Liked least: The theft
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Aug 2013
Thank you for your useful and observant comments, always a help when running a villa and we have taken them on board .

The kitchenette is subsequently stocked with the basic equipment for making coffee , tea etc and the staff are aware so please do ask if anything is missing .

The staff do need to access the bedrooms for cleaning etc and this of course is done at your convenience , usually when guest are out . It is advisable to always put valuables out of sight and there is a safe provided.
At times when tidying up things can be misplaced so please be aware and if you can not find anything tell the boys and Ranga , the House manager, immediately.

If you have your laundry washed again things can go astray also as this is managed out of house but by a reputable Swedish lady and we have always been able to solve any problems that have arisen .

The dog is usually housed at Ranga's house when guest are at the villa and only there when we visit the house , so this should not be a problem .

During the rainy season in Unawatuna the sea is unswimmable and rough which also results in bringing rubbish onto the beaches , we are aware of this and try to manage it as best we can . The swimming pool is a great advantage during this season.

As always we strive to please the guest and make your stay pleasant and memorable ... and as Gareth states " A Great House " !
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awilscana
Tbilisi
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place, great people, great time”
Reviewed 24 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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We stayed at the villa for two weeks with our three kids aged 10 months, 2 years and 3 years along with my sister-in-law and her friend. It is in a scenic location right on the water with easy access to Galle for shopping and historic sites and Unawatuna for the beach and restaurant scene. The house is nicely designed to catch the nearly permanent sea breeze, keeping everything cool and comfortable.
Aside from the beautiful house, the staff at the house were extremely helpful, polite and love kids. Travelling with three small children can be tough, but everyone here went out of their way to help us enjoy our time in Sri Lanka

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Inger Lis...
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Reviewed 8 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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Liked best: Utsikten
Travelling group: Young Children
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angeloFar...
Minturno, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Liked best: piscina e stanza.vicinanza e prezzi
Travelling group: Compagno/a
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