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Halgolla Plantation Home

Halgolla 50 Acre Estate | Galagedera, Kandy 20100, Sri Lanka
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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 3 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

It is always such a pleasure to know that our efforts are appreciated by you, our guests because it is so very important to all of us at HPH who constantly strive to make your sojourn with us a memorable one. More 

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

We really do appreciate the time and trouble that you've put into this thoughtful review and hope you'll visit us again soon. More 

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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 

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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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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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