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Halgolla Plantation Home

Halgolla 50 Acre Estate | Galagedera, Kandy 20100, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #22 of 192 Kandy B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

...look no further. Arlene & Emil have created a warm, unique and authentic experienced for anyone who is interested in travelling slightly off the beaten track. Yes, their home is high up in the mountains 20km outside of Kandy but not only will you be guaranteed a peaceful, relaxing and picturesque surroundings but also some of the most delicious food... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Halgolla was definitely one of the best experiences we had in our two week trip to Sri Lanka. We almost didn't go there when we realised that it was quite a distance from Kandy but we were so glad that we made the decision to go. We had such an amazing and unique experience at HPH. Emil and Arlene are... More

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victoria, bc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We spent four days at HPH in April, enjoying Emil and Arlene's hospitality and coming and going on various one and two day trips. The plantation is beautiful, located way off the beaten path. It was fascinating to hear the plantation's history, and to hear and see how it is running now. Seeing cinammon, vanilla, cloves, pepper, mangoes, durian-and more,... More

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

We are so glad tht you enjoyed your time with us at HPH. It was truly a pleasure having all of you with us and a special "bonus" for Emil to go down memory lane about his time in Canada and his political activity there with a party of which Dan's dad, Dave, was truly an icon. We hope we'll... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

From the moment we arrived we knew we were in a special place. Arlene and Emil greeted us like long lost friends, and in no small part were responsible for such a memorable experience. Their home is amazing...we particularly enjoyed listening to the history of the house and property. We loved our guided tours around the paths and loved Arlene's... More

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

Thanks for your kind words. You’ll be pleased to know that we have completed even more trails! One of these is the extension to the "Ela Trail" through the cinnamon field and the "Senevi Paara" which serves our new and most appropriately-named Meditation Flat, with a panoramic view unmatched from any other part of HPH! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Our weekend with Emil and Arlene was definitely one of the highlights of our trip (in August 2012) They both made us extremely welcome in their charming home and sitting with them, relaxing over a drink on their veranda at sundown was a wonderful way to gain a real insight into Sri Lanka. (We even managed to get to see... More

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

First, our apologies for not responding earlier to guests, Ann & Job, who've become friends who continue to stay in touch with us. Thanks for the kind things you've said and we hope we'll have the pleasure and privilege of hosting you again before too long Arlene & Emil More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Our family visited Arlene and Emil 28 Dec 2013 - 1 Jan 2014. For me, my wife and my three daughters (14, 17 and 20) this became something we will cherish in our hearts for the rest of our lives. When we stepped out of the taxi on the 28th we immediately felt welcome and this feeling just grew. When... More

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

A very belated response to your kind words! It was truly a pleasure to have all of you and, particularly, to share New Year's eve with all of you in traditional Sri Lankan garb of sarong and saree! We hope that we'll have the pleasure of your company again before too many years roll by! Arlene & Emil More

Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Encouraged by the excellent reviews on trip advisor, we started our holiday at Halgolla Plantation Home after a brief overnight stay in Negombo. Arlene and Emil were wonderful hosts. THe plantation is a home rather than a hotel and we felt like guests in a home. We had a large room with two beds, the Nellie suite. THere were breathtaking... More

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

Thanks for the kind words. We are gratified that we have more satisfied guests! All of us at HPH, including our staff, work very hard to offer a unique experience so that our guests can discover the best of Sri Lanka, an amazing country! More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Emil and Arlene are the prefect hosts at their historical plantation house some 30 mins north of Kandy which is peaceful and quite, surrounded by nature and located on a hill top estate, with no neighbours. Its a unique experience living in a Sri Lankan home with the family who are such kind and knowledgeable people. Emil is only to... More

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

We are glad that, yet again, we appear to have succeeded in doing what we aim to do: make a stay at HPH a really positive, different and memorable experience, providing cuisine of the highest quality, and conversations and experiences of value that highlight the essence of the best of Sri Lanka. We hope that all of our satisfied guests... More

Sitka, Alaska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Just back from Sri Lanka, we agree it was great luck that our last stay, for 5 nights, was best -- at Halgolla Plantation Home in northern hill country. High fives to hosts extraordinaire, Emil and Arlene! With its family heirlooms and vibrant Indian bedspreads, our room was full of comfort and character. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were a splendid... More

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

Having our guests be a part of our daily life at HPH enriches us as well. We welcome you to our home. 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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