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Why House

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Mihiripenna | Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just returned from a fabulous holiday in Sri Lanka. The Why House is a beautiful boutique hotel just outside Galle and close to the beach. Lovely big pool, very friendly staff, nicely appointed rooms and the icing on the cake is Henrietta who looks after her guests so thoughtfully and completely that we might have been staying in her own... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There aren't many places I would go back to, but this is one of them, after a tour round Sri Lanka this was the perfect final destination. A lot of hotels style themselves as boutique but don't quite get it right, but this place has it all! Great design, beautiful surroundings, luxury rooms and bathrooms, great food, helpful friendly staff... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Why House is a beautifully designed and maintained inn a short drive east of the center of Galle. An Italian architect built the main house which has a couple of large suites for guests plus a comfortable public area in the center and a verandah which is perfect for a glass of wine in the evening. There are two separate... More 

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Purley, United Kingdom
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were invited to a post wedding BBQ at Why House and we were very impressed with the facilities. As it was just an afternoon visit i can't go into great detail but the pool area was excellent, the food great and the main house was every bit old colonial, big rooms, high ceilings and just a real feeling of... More 

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Saint Julian's, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not find it easy to find true luxury in Sri Lanka. Most properties we stayed in, although set in beautiful surroundings, were invariably lacking in one or more of the essentials that I define as luxury.- a well maintained property, personal service, home from home rooms, delicious food, absolute cleanliness and in todays age - wifi everywhere. Henrietta... More 

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London England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When my niece first said she was going to be married in Sri Lanka all I could think about was the long journey.... but when we arrived at the Why House which was to be our home for a magical week, the epic journey didn't matter anymore! Stunning property run by the wonderful Henrietta located in Talpe and just a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit delayed in writing this review, but this was the most wonderful part of our stay in Sri Lanka in late Feb. Why House is the most beautiful place, we had an amazing comfortable room, great terraces for sitting under a fan with a book and then a cocktail, great food, wonderful hospitality - with lovely Henriettta leading a... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our first stop on our honeymoon and we were blown away by house peaceful and beautiful the why house was. We were warmly welcomed on arrival by Henrietta and her team and the whole stay we were treated like kings. The food was top notch notably the seafood BBQ and selection of salads and have a house cocktail... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Having spent a hectic 10 days traveling round Sri Lanka, it was just paradise to find Why House. Where we could completely relax, surrounded by peace and tranquility. Henrietta and her team run an excellent hotel. They could not do enough for us and made our stay FANTASTIC. I must not forget Nigella, Henrietta's sausage dog, who loved the guests... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

What a beautiful place Why House is! Stunning gardens and pool. Gorgeous bedroom and bathroom (No.1 I think - we could have held a party in huge bathroom!), outstanding service led by the wonderful, kind and ever thoughtful Henrietta and very, very good food. Easily some of the best we had in Sri Lanka. We loved everything about this charming... More 

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