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Halgolla Plantation Home

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Halgolla 50 Acre Estate | Galagedera, Kandy 20100, Sri Lanka
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

There are (at least) three very good reasons to stay a couple of days at HPH: 1. the outstanding hospitality offered by Arlene and Emil, hosts perfectly prepared to answer all questions you might have and share their knowledge about the country 2. the outstanding food served, each meal a new surprise of composition of tastes and colors we would... More 

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

We are so glad that, once again, we have met our primary objective: having our guests arrive as visitors and leaving as friends. In return, all we can say is that we appreciated your company as much as you, apparently, did ours and we hope we'll see again before too long! More 

Voorburg, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

During our three week tour of Sri Lanka as a family with three teenage kids, we stayed for two nights at Halgolla Plantation home, and how we wished we had planned to spend some more time there! Arriving with our driver in rapidly falling dusk, climbing the road up that seemed to get more steep and narrow after every turn... More 

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

Thanks very much for the very kind comments and the review. We are very glad that we continue to make a stay at HPH a unique and memorable experience and hope we'll have the pleasure of the company of you and your family before too long! In the meantime, thanks, again and all good wishes. Arlene & Emil More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Emil and Arlene have a wonderful home. They are interesting and welcoming. There is beauty everywhere and our experience in staying at their unique home with fantastic food was the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka.

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Thank ginaji5454
Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind things you've had to say. All we can say in response is that we hope we'll have the opportunity of hosting delightful people like you in the not-too-distant future! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My apologies to Emil and Arlene for the terribly long delay in posting this review. I did write a review months ago but obviously screwed things up as it did not post. I feel I would be remiss not to share my thoughts once again. My family and I had the pleasure of spending 3 wonderful days in this beautiful... More 

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Thank kaybeecee11
Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

It is now our turn to apologise for our tardiness in responding to all the nice things you've had to say! As hard as it might sometimes be to believe, the wonderful company and conversation that guests such as you provide is a large part of the compensation for running HPH. Once more, thanks very much for your comments. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My boyfriend and I spent three nights at Halgolla Plantation Home, and it was an absolute highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. Emil and Arlene are the most gracious hosts—warm, funny, kind, doting. They looked after us like long-lost grandkids. We felt so well taken care of. Unlike other "homestays" where guests are left to their own devices while... More 

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Thank gadfly123
Emil_vanderPoorten, Owner at Halgolla Plantation Home, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Simply put, every time that some one arrives as a guest and leaves as a friend, we feel we've achieved our primary aim! We hope we'll see you at HPH again before too long! More 

Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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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Thank desilvasl
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 

Cortona, Italy
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

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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Thank capitanissa
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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39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

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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Thank Barbara M
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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84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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Thank FreoCreatures
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 February 23, 2015

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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Thank Camilla C
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 

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