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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The most beautiful place to stay with fabulous and friendly staff. The accommodation was heavenly and the food out of this world. I cannot recommend it enough, I will go again and again. A visit to the beaches and the town are a must. Glorious in every way.

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second time I have stayed at Why House, and it will not be the last. it is a real haven from modern life, with a great pool and fantastic food. All of the staff are great and very friendly, and Henrietta as Hostess makes everyone feel at home, and gives you the feeling that you are staying... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

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 April 5, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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