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The Notary's House

Mawathahena Watta, Makandura 60170 Sri Lanka
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Makandura
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A six-bedroom boutique hotel located a mere 45 minutes drive from Colombo's main international airport, The Notary's House combines elegant design, heritage furnishings, an outdoor pool and large gardens to offer guests tranquil base to rest, relax and recuperate.
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Mawathahena Watta, Makandura 60170 Sri Lanka
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport13 miSee all flights
Diyawanna Oya Seaplane Base30 miSee all flights
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brook13 wrote a review Feb 2020
Chippenham, United Kingdom17 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a lovely boutique hotel. The rooms are quiet and very spacious with a/c. The grounds are extensive and front a large lake. There is a very good sized swimming pool. The food is good and the staff, especially Amila are very helpful and attentive. Just the ticket for resting after a long flight! This is our third visit and we will be back.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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jude701 wrote a review Feb 2020
Loughborough, United Kingdom21 contributions
Our first night in Sri Lanka was here and a lovely , gentle way to start our trip. Such kind and helpful staff. Our room was great, the evening meal was tasty and the following morning we walked round the lake to the Buddhist temple. The manager was our guide and he was very interesting , giving us lots of information. It was very quiet during our stay but overall a great way to ease into the beautiful Sri Lanka!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Simon P wrote a review Feb 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom121 contributions31 helpful votes
What a great spot to chill after long haul flight Great room Fantastic friendly guys Great food for dinner Relaxed round the pool in the afternoon chilling and recovering from the flight Comfortable bed and slept like a log :) Great start to Sri Lankan holiday and would definitely recommend
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Holidaymad wrote a review Feb 2020
Brentwood, United Kingdom561 contributions219 helpful votes
Notary’s House is a great place to stay at either the start or end of your holiday as it is only about 45 mins from the airport. Myself, husband and parents stayed for 1 night at the start of our holiday and it was a great place to just relax and recover from our long flight, taking in the quietness and wonderful views across the lake. We only had an afternoon and evening so, after resting in our room and on our balcony after our flight, we had a walk around the grounds and then had drinks out on the veranda. Dinner that evening was very good, giving us our first taste of Sri Lankan curry. We had a deluxe room which was very large, stylishly decorated with a big comfortable bed and good sized bathroom. We did have a problem in the evening where there was a loss of water pressure in our room which meant our toilet stopped working but the staff dealt with the problem well and worked quickly to get it working again. I would definitely recommend staying at Notary’s House.
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Date of stay: February 2020
hwellfair wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at Notary's House on our first night of our honeymoon in Sri Lanka. Although it was only one night it was definitely one of our favourite places that we stayed throughout the whole of our two week trip. The guest house is a beautiful building and really tastefully decorated - including the bedrooms and communal areas. It's in the most wonderful, peaceful setting too and overlooking a big lake. The service was absolutely flawless from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. All the staff were incredibly friendly and polite and went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing experience. The food was INCREDIBLE and some of the best we had in Sri Lanka too. Large scrumptious portions of curry, fruit, egg hoppers and more! Thank you so so much Notary's House. We will always look back on our stay with you with the fondest of memories. Graham and Hayley
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$121 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaNorth Western ProvinceMakandura
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Notary's House
What are some of the property amenities at The Notary's House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Notary's House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Notary's House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Notary's House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Notary's House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Notary's House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.