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“Warm hospitality, Great food and Beautiful Place” 5 of 5 stars
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Why House
Mihiripenna | Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Galle
Singapore
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Warm hospitality, Great food and Beautiful Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Been going to Why for the fourth time within a year, and at least eight times more for dinners and lunches. Why House is exceptional for service and hospitality and the best food to be found in at least Galle!

Rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Pool is always perfect temperature and we are always well taken cared by Henrietta, Baboo and Hiran.

Though not in the beach but nestled next to paddy fields, the beach is easily accessible via a short walk or Tuk Tuk ride

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Having recently made my fourth trip to Why in two and a half years I can honestly say that the quality of experience for visitors to this unique and beautiful spot is continuing to improve. Under the expert stewardship of English chatelaine Henrietta Cottam, ably assisted by Sanath and the cheerful and friendly staff, Why offers the perfect setting for an idyllic holiday. The accommodation is comfortable, clean and full of character and the grounds are really lovely with a terrific pool. Photos rarely do justice to the quality of the environment. And the food...! Wonderful Sri Lankan curries - don't miss the beetroot - terrific local breakfast, Hen's sumptuous Western recipes.Bring plenty of wine. The cocktails are splendid, especially the arak sour. One downside is the insect life. Repellent a must. Very convenient for the Fort and the beach. Basically though bring a couple of books and relax.

John Munden

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed at the Why House and are we glad we did. We were looking for a quiet place to stay that was off the beach and we definitely got a lot more than we expected. First off, the place is absolutely gorgeous and immaculately well-kept. Henrietta and her staff went out of their way to make us feel at home. Even the resident dog, Nigella, is such a cute little treat. We would strongly recommend this place to any of our friends headed to Sri Lanka for a peaceful and tranquil holiday. Definitely looking forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lewes, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

All we can say is that we are going back to Why House! From the moment we were greeted by Henrietta and her fabulous staff we were made to feel so special for the whole of our stay. Why House has a wonderful colonial feel , mixed with the 'bijou' factor. It is perfect for couples and families. Henrietta and her staff look after your every need. The gardens are beautiful and the swimming pool is out of this world. It all has such a tranquil and peaceful feel that when you leave you really feel that you have had the perfect holiday.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Had lunch with friends and also had the opportunity view this property. The setting near paddy fields, layout of this property, peacefulness, food, the staff and the owner's hospitality was simply amazing ! When you need some action or need to party, Unawatuna beach is just a few km away. If your traveling south of Sri Lanka, a visit to WHY House should be a must.

I will be back for sure as I love this part of the world.. The South of Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Simply put: this is a magical place for travellers of all ages. A real gem and if you are going to southern Sri Lanka I think you'd be bonkers to go anywhere else. Henrietta and her team make you feel so at home and they looked after our every need. It is the only place we have been on holiday where we felt like we were living in a paradise. Delightful people, world-class service and attention, great accomodation and just delicious food. As a family with two young kids we loved it. Everywhere we went around Galle the folk were so friendly and helpful. Can't wait to go back. Go soon - once they complete the motorwat the area will sky rocket.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

After travelling most of Sri Lanka in a 2 week period, I would honestly say Why House was up there with my favourite resorts.

Incredible setting a bit back from the busier seafront, with spacious rooms and great surrounding gardens. A koi pond as a centrepiece in the house is definitely a unique and welcomed feature.The staff were exceptional and make you feel very much at home!

Rupert, Veronica and Henrietta were fantastic hosts and we wish them all the best in the future, running this fantastic villa - two thumbs up and we hope to visit again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Why House

Address: Mihiripenna | Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Why House and the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Why House is located within a three acre private walled garden of peace and tranquility only a ten minute walk from the beautiful beach of Wijaya and a fifteen minute drive to the world heritage site Galle Fort. Our aim is to give you a fun, relaxed holiday experiencing the luxury of a boutique hotel with the informality of a private home. Children are welcome and supervision by the staff is available. A manager’s house and 24 hour security is on-site and a British supervisor is close by to look after your needs.This picturesque property can sleep a maximum of 20 guests, with 8 double en-suite rooms with private terraces.We have 2 Cabanas, 3 Main House Suites and 3 Garden Villa rooms available. Each individually designed room has satellite TV and DVD player (with film library), free Wi-Fi, mini fridge and luxuriously built en-suite bathrooms. An entertainment and outside dining pavilion that surrounds the large swimming pool are available to all guests within the extensive landscaped gardens, but we can also provide different areas for dining on the back and front terraces. ... more   less 
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