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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 25, 2016

We stayed for one night and all the meals were authentically Sri Lankan with beautifully made string hoppers, dahls, sambals, boiled egg, fish and chicken curries. Aunty and Uncle were so welcoming it felt as if I was visiting some of my own relatives but also a family history museum. Throughout the hallways and dining room there were lots of...

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

It was such a pleasure having (relatively!) young people to share HPH with. It was unfortunate that health challenges prevented us from showing you more! However, we look forward to seeing you hear again and not only securing HPH.a It was such a pleasure having bright and intelligent guests such as you two. The breath of fresh air that youth...

Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed September 1, 2016

Probably my favourite place (of our 5 week tour). Arlene was a great host, kind, open, willing to share her life and beautiful home with us. Excellent food. Direct encounter with history of Sri Lanka. I also found the hosts very inspiring.

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

Though I can hardly take any credit since health issues resulted in my being absent at the time of your visit, we are both so glad that you found HPH such a great place and we hope you'll return before too long!

Reviewed July 6, 2016

My friend and I spent 2 nights at HPH and I could not recommend it highly enough! Firstly, Emil and Arlene were very hospitable and you felt instantly at home. My friend and I had a problem with our credit cards and so one day Emil drove us to town, talked the banks etc and helped sort this ou. A...

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

Thanks so much for your fulsome praise! It was truly a pleasure for us to have such delightful young guests and we hope to see you again before too long. In the meantime, do keep in touch.

Leros, Greece
Reviewed July 1, 2016

Some places that you go to stay will always remain special, and some will become places that you will always feel like they were home, and such was Halgolla. We are keeping in touch with Arlene and Emil, in our short stay we became quick friends and the knowledge that they imparted to us about the land, the history, the...

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

Guests like you are so very important to us - those with whom we really "connect" and who become true friends to the two of us who aren't getting any younger! Thanks so much for that and we do hope we'll (truly) have the pleasure of your company again before too long.

Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed April 4, 2016

The climb up to Halgolla Plantation Home is the first adventure and indication of its quiet beauty. The views of gorgeous sunsets over the mountains while sitting on the front porch sipping a cool beer and chatting with Emil are our favourite memory of this home stay. The food was terrific, rooms very comfortable and Emil's hospitality delightful. Walking around...

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

Thanks very much for your kind and congratulatory words, Liz. They are most appreciated. We do agree with you and it has been the expressed opinion of the vast majority of our guests that you need at least a couple of full days at HPH to really savour what our Homestay offers, both in our home and in the surrounding...

Brussels, Belgium
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...

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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!

Voorburg, The Netherlands
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...

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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

Los Angeles, California
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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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!

Vancouver, Canada
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...

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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.

NYC
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...

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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!

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Halgolla Plantation Home is not an ordinary B&B, but welcomes you as guests of the owners in the ancestral home of a family that has lived here for three generations. Situated off the beaten track in the mid-country, it is ideal for exploring the Kandyan foothills or as a jumping-off point to historical and cultural sites. Guests are assured of peace and relaxation. Ideal for artists, writers, nature lovers, hikers and those appreciating quiet pursuits.We have three spacious and airy rooms available. Two of them have private attached bathrooms; the third one has a private but separate bathroom.We serve authentic, healthy tasty Sri Lankan food, tailored to your taste (not too hot). Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice. Minimum booking is two nights. We do not accept guests under the age of five (5) years because HPH is not equipped for younger children. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Halgolla Plantation Home

Address: Halgolla 50 Acre Estate | Galagedera, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range: $65 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“Look carefully at the description and choose the best room for you. We liked our large and airy room adjacent to the parlor/dining room, 2 of the rooms are just off of the this area, I did not see the other room.”
 of 5 bubbles capitanissa, Mar 14, 2015 | Read review
“Make sure you spend more time there than 2 nights to appreciate the beauty and tranquility.”
 of 5 bubbles Kerkennah, Jan 27, 2015 | Read review
“HPH only takes seven guests, so rooms are luck of the draw, but they're all charming. Oh, internet access is at the whims of a dongle and uncertain transmission, so be patient. It works - eventually.”
 of 5 bubbles SiameseDuke, Nov 6, 2014 | Read review
“The standard is of course not as for a five-star hotel, but quite above at least our expectations. Depending on what activities you are after the whereabouts of HPH could be good or bad. We felt it a perfect place to have as a base-camp.”
 of 5 bubbles olsamuel, Jan 13, 2014 | Read review
“This is such a unique chance. Contact Emil or Arlene directly and discuss what you want with them - thats my tip.”
 of 5 bubbles rupertcdean, Aug 5, 2013 | Read review
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