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Halgolla Plantation Home

Halgolla 50 Acre Estate | Galagedera, Kandy 20100, Sri Lanka
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What can we say, but 'what a wonderful place'. Arlene and Emil are so welcoming and friendly and views of the plantation are to die for. Rooms were clean and tidy and the food superb. You will not go hungry. We tried everything and love it all. Emil took for a walk around the magnificent grounds and we fell in... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

While it seems that we have had nothing but excellent reviews, it still gives us great pleasure to find that our efforts are so appreciated by our guests who arrive as visitors and leave as friends. More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Halgolla Plantation Home has been ranked the best guesthouse in Sri Lanka. That may be true, during our three weeks travelling around the island we stayed at various places - all very good - but Halgolla is the one we appreciate the most and the one we talk about most afterwords, as the wonderful hosts Arlene and Emil. They... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

Arlene and I are so pleased that we were able to make your stay with us a memorable one. It is something we try to achieve with each and every guest and rest assured that responses such as yours are most gratifying. We hope we'll see you at HPH again before too long! More 

Stavanger, Norway
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an absolutely wonderful stay, feeling like a part of the family! Arlene and Emil are the most fantastic hosts taking their time to have interesting and long conversations (they seem to know almost everything about most things and especially about the fruits and plants on the farm) with you on the veranda or at the dinner table! A... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

We are so glad that we've been able, once again, to have people such as yourselves arrive as guests and leave as friends, very satisfied that they've had a worthwhile experience at HPH. We do hope we'll see you again before too long! More 

Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since my first visit, Halgolla has been awarded Best Homestay 2013 in Sri Lanka. No surprise. Arlene and Emil provide great hospitality in the beautiful surroundings of a working plantation. Excellent Sri Lankan food. Highlights for me were early morning tea served on the veranda, and sitting on a garden bench in the late afternoon watching and listening as the... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that your second stay with us was even better than the first and we hope that your next sojourn at HPH will be even better! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

Arlene and Emil have created a unique homestay experience in the hills outside of Kandy. Rain fell during most of our stay but we were happy to have the time to sit and enjoy sharing stories. We were regaled with stories of Sri Lankan history, Canadian adventures, and family histories. The food was delicious. The beds were comfortable. The staff... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Manager at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

It's so good to know that despite probably the wettest period in Sri Lanka's history, you enjoyed your stay with us. It was such a pleasure having you and we do hope we will see you again! More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

HPH is a great location away from it all yet a good base for day trips. The house is full of character and we felt gave us an authentic experience. Emil and Arlene are wonderful hosts and we had the opportunity to learn more about Sri Lanka from them. The food was delicious and we got to try lots of... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

We are glad that your stay with us was memorable enough that you were able to review it even eight months later! Thank you so much for your kind comments and we look forward to your company again in the near future. More 

Östergötland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Deciding to chose Halgolla for a stay was first tempting and after some mailing very easy. When the taxi quite late in the evening bumbed forth on the last stretch to the mansion,we wondered what we had done... At arrival however, with all the lights and a smiling Arlene, we then immediately felt as if coming home. Rooms are very... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words. It is one of the "bonuses" of operating HPH that we know we succeed in providing a new experience as well as a "home away from home" to our guests. We do hope to see you before too long. More 

London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Just wanted to add my two penny worth to my other half's review (Siamese Duke)! Our stay at HPH was the best part of our trip to Sri Lanka and many thanks to Emil and Arlene for helping recommend our driver Naushad and places to go both around Kandy and our onward journey. HPH is a wonderful oasis of peace... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

It's nice to know that we've done well enough to have both of you say such nice things about what we try to provide our guests! Thank you so much and we do hope we'll have the opportunity of enjoying your company before too long! More 

London, UK
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24 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Every now and again, if you travel (and I do, a lot, for work and pleasure), you strike not just gold, but a damn great football-sized solid nugget. And that's the Hagolla Plantation Home (HPH, for short). It's a marvellous old-style rambling home of a planting family (Emil being the third generation of it) and it's up in the hills... More 

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

Thank you very much, Neil and Anne, for your very kind comments. It's certainly nice to know that we continue to greet our visitors as guests and bid them adieu as friends! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We adored our stay w Emil and Arlene. They are interesting, gorgeous hosts and their homestay is a truly fabulous experience. I agree with all the previous reviews. Halgolla is a little sanctuary. Book now...you won't regret it!

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Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

Nothing "makes our day" like turning guests into friends! Thank you so much for your kind comments. More 

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Address: Halgolla 50 Acre Estate | Galagedera, Kandy 20100, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
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Number of rooms: 3
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