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Why House
Mihiripenna | Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 93 Specialty lodging in Galle
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“"Amazing"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Our family, all 19 of them, have just returned from an amazing holiday at The Why House. We stayed over Christmas and Hen pulled out all the stops to make it feel like home, which was truly fantastic as we have two smaller children. We all felt so relaxed as nothing was too much trouble for the team at Why House. The accommodation was perfect, it really has been the most amazing experience we as a family have had for a long time, thank you.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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liverpool, uk
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a simply wonderful holiday at The Why House. We stayed in a garden room which was perfect, as we had our own private out side space from which we could watch monkeys, chipmunks, fireflies and the most beautiful bird life.
What really makes this place special is the staff, so friendly and clearly want to make your stay perfect. Travelling with 2 children can be at times a little stressful, but the staff made them welcome and provided them with care and attention not to mention the best hot chocolate ever (my sons words).
The Why House provided us with transport to and from the airport and were able to provide TukTuks for trips around the area.
Highly recommended and I'm sure we will return again in the future.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Keighley, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

My wife & I wanted a special holiday for our wedding anniversary & were recommended to the Why House. We were not disappointed at all. What a fantastic few days where nothing was too much trouble to the smiley, happy polite staff, Sanat & Henrietta etc. We both felt so so relaxed & welcom. Lovely beaches a tuc tuc drive away (an experience in itself) & we met such nice people in the same frame of mind - Thank you so much everyone x

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

first visit to Sri Lanka and staying at Why House Galle, we were a little concerned that the transfer from the airport would be a drama but fortunately it went with out a hitch, met by a smiling driver and transported safely in an air conditioned mini bus there is now a motorway part way to Galle, our transfer took just over 2 hours including a pit stop.
Nice greeting at the hotel from Sanet the general manager quickly joined by Henrietta the effervescent hotel director who showed us to our room. well appointed beautifully clean with huge bathroom and shower area.
Sri Lanka hospitality and brilliant food throughout our stay, we happened to mention to Henrietta that we liked lobster by magic they arrived for our lunch !
nothing is to much trouble they really are keen to please.
the poole area is brilliant all in all this is a great place to stay, we could easily have stayed for a month.

Room Tip: you will not be disappointed with any room here
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

What a charming place Why House is, with delightful and extremely helpful staff, we felt thoroughly spoiled during our two night stay there. Unusually for Sri Lanka, they have a good wine list, and breakfast was excellent - I would love to have another spicy Sri Lanka omelette.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Me and my wife had an amazing one night stay at this hotel and have to say it is one of the best accommodation options you will find in Galle.

On one side you are away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Galle Road and rail road but don't worry the beach is just a 10 minute walk away. Food is delicious and the rooms are cosy. The hotel also has one of the biggest pools in Galle.

The resident manager Henrietta is a lovely host and she will ensure that you are well taken care of.

So as I said Why is not a questions but it is the answer if you are looking at a stay in Galle.

Room Tip: Go for the Garden House if you are looking for more privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I have just returned from Why House and already planning my return trip. I went two years ago and loved it but this year it's even better-if that's possible. It's a beautifully designed villa/ boutique hotel with huge rooms, extremely comfortable beds and vast bathrooms (ours had a huge shower that's outside). The staff our so so helpful and nothing is too much trouble. They are busy all the time making sure your stay is everything you want it to be-whether it's sitting by the pool sipping cocktails, or going surfing, swimming in the sea or on a cycle tour. They are all led by the wonderful Henrietta who makes sure the ship is sailing smoothly at all times. She will go out of her way to find out what you want from your holiday and make it happen. The food at Why House is also superb-a huge selection for the timid eaters (my children ) and the more adventurous ( my husband) We sampled Sri Lankan curries which were out of this world and fantastic Japanese food, so fresh from the sea-truly the best I have eaten. Henrietta is an excellent cook too and has passed her knowledge on to the chefs and keeps a keen eye on the kitchen so everything is perfect. I even had a cookery lesson whilst I was there!
I could go on and on about Why House, but I will say that it ticks every box for me ( a very fussy traveller!) the rooms are big and clean and light, the food is delicious, the staff are the most delightful and smiley ones I have met in a hotel ( especially Baboo!!) and my only HUGE sadness is that I had to leave.
I will be back........

Room Tip: The cabanas are wonderfully romantic, the main house is perfect for family's but actually all th...
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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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 93 Specialty lodging in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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