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“An idyllic getaway”
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Pool with a view
Rear of villa at twilight
Pool and lake viewed from balcony
Sunset over pool
Lounge
Pool & sun terrace
Master bedroom
Reflections on the lake
Master bedroom dressing table
Honeymoon greeting
Balcony view
View across balcony
View from master bedroom ensuite
Master bedroom shower
Pool shower
Sunrise- its worth getting up!
Sunterrace plants
Front of villa
Monkeys by the pool
Bedroom two ensuite
Lower garden and jetty
Master bedroom
TV/games room
Lower garden
Kitchen
Veranda seating
Local transport
Dining area
Front steps
Hammock by the pool
Garden swings
Balcony side view
Bedroom 3 ensuite
Right hand side of garden
Sunterrace greenery
Sunset from balcony
Letting off steam!
Front of house
Lower garden in front of the pool
Garden room ensuite
The garden room
Peacock on the gate post
Antique chest
Kingfisher in action
Rear of villa
Side of house viewed from garden
Garden
Koggala beach
Villa from the lake
Bed 2
Bed 3
Bed 3 mirror
Wall Lizard
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Koggala, Galle District, Southern Province

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Dharshini...
Canberra, Australia
1 review
“An idyllic getaway”
Reviewed July 29, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

I am a Sri Lankan living overseas and booking this property by communicating with Lesley via email was very convenient. She was extremely helpful and even contacted us early to confirm any dietary preferences, which many hotels still do not do. She also provided detailed instructions to the property as it is hard to find. We had trouble finding the place on a rainy night, but Lesley had provided us with the phone number for Sonali (property manager) who directed us. The property is completely worth the trek!
It is a beautiful house with a stunning view over Koggala Lake. We were told that the house was designed and furnished by the owners Lesley and Ken, who clearly have a great eye. The bedrooms were nice and airy with lovely four poster beds and a little cot for our 5 month old. The bathrooms were spotless, modern and large as was the kitchen. Ken has a good movie collection which can be viewed via the projector in the air-conditioned TV room. Lesley also has a nice book collection for rainy weather.
We were quite lucky with the weather even in monsoon season, as we only had rain on two nights and the days were nice and warm, which allowed us to truly enjoy the infinity pool and the lovely outdoor dining area. Which leads me to Sonali's cooking which is just superlative. We had some truly excellent Sri Lankan curry and ate far too much for every meal! Both Sonali and Lasantha were extremely friendly and helpful and made our visit truly enjoyable. Sonali was kind enough to call us after we left as we had left our baby monitor behind and even posted it back to us. If only all property managers were as wonderful as Sonali and Lasantha! Raj the gardener was also very friendly and freely answered all our questions about the plants/trees in the garden as well as the many many birds that visited the garden and pool area in the mornings.
I could really go on and on about Lakeview Villa as could the rest of my family who travelled with me, but to sum it up, we had an excellent time, would love to return for a longer stay and will definitely recommend it to friends and family. When i am back at work and it is a particularly difficult day, i will escape by imagining that i am back in Lakeview Villa, lying in the hammock by the pool after an excellent feed, surrounded by loved ones, with an amazing view in front of me and not a care in the world. Paradise.

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Liked best: The view and food
Liked least: Small roads and difficulty accessing the property
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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BobKruijs...
Poland
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4 reviews
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed July 8, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We staid here with two families, 8 people in total and had just a wonderful time. Sonali and her husband Lasantha made us feel very much both at home and on holiday.

Sonali prepared the most wonderful food; she is a wonder. Sri Lankan dishes (both spicy - for me and not very spicy - for the rest of our group), and also international dishes, as per request.

The time spend there could not have been better, although it was quite hot and humid, but that is due to the country, and not the house.

We will certainly be back in this place.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Airco in the bedrooms would have been very much appreciated.
Traveling group: Extended Family
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SEF201474...
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Best holiday ever!”
Reviewed July 7, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Lakeview villa completely surpassed our expectations. The location is sublime, overlooking a huge lake where solo fishermen row for their catch in outrigger canoes. The villa is carefully designed to offer natural ventilation, spacious living, privacy, and amazing views. The staff at the villa are friendly, obliging, and discreet. Sonali, the housekeeper, is very capable and most accommodating to guests' needs.
We went for a holiday of a lifetime, to give our children an experience of a different culture; we got all that and so much more.
There are so many places to visit in the world, but we definitely want to return to Lakeview Villa.

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Liked best: Location/views
Liked least: Storm blinds.
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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UK
Reviewed May 6, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Traveling group: Young Children
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Paula1912...
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Spectacular”
Reviewed May 5, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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I cannot think of a place that my husband and I have stayed where we felt so at home.
The villa is beautiful. Sonali and Lasantha that run it for Ken and Lesley are a wonderful couple who made our holiday as much as the surroundings. If you want to relax and re-charge your batteries and want truly pampering then this is the place for you. We had spent four days travelling around and we arrived early evening to paradise. Ken and Lesley were there to meet us and took us through the rooms. We woke up each morning to a wonderful view of the lake, hearing the monkeys and the birds serenading us. Sonali cooked us a wonderful breakfast on our first day then went through with us what food we liked and how spicy we liked it then went off to shop for the rest of our stay. We spent a total of 8 days in the villa and Lasantha took us to Galle one day. We ate in the Fortress Hotel one night and he took us. You just pay him like a taxi. As there were only two of us we fitted nicely in his four seater van. They arranged Whale watching for us. This is an early get up leaving at 5.30am and we saw seven blue whales. An amazing experience. Sea is quite rough though so you might need motion sickness tablets for that!! The food that was cooked for us by Sonali was fantastic. Much cheaper than eating out and much better from our experience of the Fortress. Each night the bats would come past and you never tired of the wonderful view across the lake. Raja the gardener took my husband night fishing for prawns and they caught quite a few which we enjoyed for lunch one day and they were so sweet. I can honestly say this was a wonderful holiday. No corners have been cut in this wonderful property. The infinity pool was fantastic and we spent a lot of our days lazing around it. We would love to come back one day. I miss being woken up by the monkeys and birds in the lush tropical garden. Thank you Sonali and Lasantha for an amazing holiday and thank you Ken and Lesley for letting us stay in your wonderful home.

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Liked best: Unwinding around the pool and the wonderful food cooked for us
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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mickeycfi...
Canterbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Made in Heaven”
Reviewed April 18, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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One of the most beautiful places on Earth. So tranquil yet bustling with nature. I spent two weeks with my family and we had the time of our lives. The Villa itself is Amazing, so spacious, comfortable, clean, the pool is heavenly....the perfect size, temperature and depth, the showers were hot with open air windows, the bedrooms were huge the location on the lake with not a single hotel or other villa in sight all this with the most perfect hosts ever they cook everything from traditional Sri Lankan to Pancakes & beyond. Along with her husband they organised all Tuk-Tuks and agreed fixed prices, they booked Whale watching & Yala Safari, they even set off fireworks nightly for the kids all included in the price. We will definitely return it was ......... HEAVEN.

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Liked best: The wildlife in the Garden
Liked least: Having to Leave
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed April 3, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
3
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: The people we met and how easy it was to be there
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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