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Halgolla Plantation Home

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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Emil and Arlene were very gracious hosts and a joy to be with. They did an excellent job of letting us enjoy the unique experience surrounding this plantation home. What we saw was a plantation home of a bygone era being transported to the present time by Emil, the third generation owner. This itself is no small feat and adds... More 

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

We are so glad that you got so much satisfaction, in so many ways, in staying at HPH. The appreciation we get from guests is the single most important "payback" for our efforts. Thank you so much. More 

Marmaris Turkey, Leros Greece, Cortona Italy (each year)
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our stay at Halgola Plantation with Arleen and Emil left us with a feeling of having found friends; Arleen and Emil both gave us insight to a land and people we knew little about, we felt it was a very rare and special opportunity to be travelers and "explorer" not tourists. We advise a 2-3 day stay (or longer) to... More 

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

We couldn't agree more as far as your suggestions to all potential guests is concerned even though we do believe that the advance information we send out leaves little room for misunderstanding about exactly what awaits them at HPH. In any event, it is SO heartening to hear that we have, once again, achieved our primary objective insofar as those... More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 hotel reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Picked up in Kurenagala by their driver for a very interesting trip up to the plantation where we were greeted by Arlene, Emil, and Malika. The house was just as we imaged it, a throw back to times colonial. The views from the veranda stunning.The plantation was really interesting although the undergrowth rather lush after all the heavy rain in... More 

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

We really do appreciate you taking the time to speak to what HPH has to offer and hope that we will have the pleasure and privilege of hosting you again before too long. More 

Perth, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
63 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
83 helpful votes 83 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

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