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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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
64 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Halgolla Plantation Home was recommended to us by a friend who had booked but planned on staying after us. Emil, our host at Halgolla though this was hilarious that someone could recommend a place without having been there! My friend’s recommendation however was spot on! From the first email contact with Emil and Arlene I immediately felt we were in... More 

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

It is so good to know that we continue to succeed in providing our guests with "a home away from home" and that they leave with good memories of HPH and that those who arrive as guests leave as friends. Thank you so much for your kind words. More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my husband travelled around Sri Lanka for two weeks and this was definitely the best place that we stayed! Emil and Arlene were fantastic hosts and it felt like a home from home! The food was absolutely delicious, proper Sri Lankan cooking for each meal. We felt thoroughly looked after, our stay was incredibly peaceful and it was... More 

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

Even though we've had so many guests continue say so many nice things about Halgolla Plantation Home, comments such as yours which show that we do succeed in being good gosts and, ultimately, friends continues to give us so much satisfaction! Thank you! More 

York, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

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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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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 

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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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