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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Koggala, Galle District, Southern Province

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James P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Such a memorable stay”
Reviewed January 4, 2016 for a stay in August 2014

Firstly I need to apologise to Ken as this review should have been done months ago.... I lost my trip advisor log in details.

We stayed for our Honeymoon back in August.... it seems like yesterday that we arrived at Lakeview and we really do miss it. Everything was a surprise to my new wife (she did not know what country we were going to let alone where we were staying)

I had short listed a number of properties throughout southern Sri Lanka however LakeView won very quickly...... my impressively Ken was quick to reply to my emails and was keen to make sure he answered my questions. I had never been to Sri Lanka before and Ken reassured me with a couple of concerns (the weather forecast always seemed to show the same thing..... Ken was great and said it was best to ignore the bbc website for the weather forecast... he confirmed August is a great time to visit

On arrival we were so impressed.... we were collected from Columbo airport by the recomended Taxi / tour guide (Prageet).... The Journey takes between 2 to 3 hours to reach Lakeview so it was an opportunity to catch up on some sleep from the flight.

On arrival we were not disappointed. The welcome was so friendly and the property is exceptional..... the view from the front door over looking the lake is fantastic. Ken and his wife took time to show us around.... and answered any questions.

Sonali looked after us during the stay...... we cannot thank her, and her husband enough for making our honeymoon so memorable. The food that Sonali prepared was excellent....... the spicey local fish curry is still stuck in my memory as it was truelly wonderful (Sonali... please write a book for your Sri Lankan dishes ! )

During our stay we visited a number of different places (Galle, wildlife parks, beaches) - my suggestion is..... go and explore....... but also take time to enjoy relaxing mornings by the infinity pool

The biggest compliment I can give is to return in the future and we will certainly return

Date of stay: August 2014
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Liked best: The Sri Lanca Curry which Sonali cooked
Liked least: Having to Leave !
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Philip C
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Paradise by the Lakeview Lights”
Reviewed December 13, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

From booking this villa , we were both aware it was not going to be our most active and adventurous holiday.
We usually are out and about people in the countries we visit and mainly spend sleeping time at our usual accommodation.

Each morning however, it became more and more of a struggle to venture out, possibly the humidity with lightning most nights,
or possibly the tranquil isolation you can feel here.

The Fruit bat flypast each night similar to the "Red Arrows at Home", the fireflys who venture into your bedroom at night to lullaby you to sleep with
their pulsating glows.
To the amorous monkey whoops at dusk or dawn, to the Huge or not so huge Iguanas and Monitor Lizards that
make fleeting visits to the garden.
To the pesky mosquitos that make it past your defences and spend the night feeding on you and the Monkeys who make it soooo
difficult to get good video or photo shots.
The morning ritual almost of the Kingfisher using the pool as his own spa, to the millipedes, whom i constantly returned from the villa to the
grassy area outside and snake eating Peacocks romancing by the palms

Numerous strange bugs , chit chats and occasional small bats who pay you a visit whilst hunting their supper.

The knocking of the boats on the lake in their torch lit crafts, as they hunt down the prawns.

The strange bread van tune, that always got me thinking of an ice cream man coming.

Ayurvedic massages that had their ability to detox and de-stress you at the same time, although opting for a firm massage, can be pretty tough as the masseur strums your rib cage like a guitar.

Places we went,

Galle, with it's Portuguese come Dutch come English heritage was worth a look.
Hikkaduwa for it's laid back surfing dude ( every thing they do is "amazing" to them )
Although the lack of seating and beach facilities was limited.
The actual beach was okay, but the not so "secret" beach" in Unawatuna was better.
White tea plantation was an experience, especially selling tea at £35 a box, because they use gloves, is a bit much.
Mirissa for whale watching and several boats all trying to guess the next rise of the Blue whale and then
engines full power to get best vantage positions was fun.
The local turtle hatchery was both sweet and sour, with the large entombed ones that are kept there for
their own safety ? to the egg hatchery and the release of them.
Go out fishing if brave, with local fishermen, they hunt lobsters whilst you fish with plastic bottles entwined
with catgut and tackle.
Try running your hand through the sea at night to watch the amazing bio-luminescence of the small creatures,
which can ease the pain of catching Nemos mostly.

Finally our hosts, Sonali and Lasantha enough has been said how fantastic They are, so we will concentrate on how
happy these two are as a married couple.
We gained as much fun from this exquisite villa as we did from hearing their laughs and conversations.
One Being a Buddhist and the other Christian, they are the perfect fit, Sonali's planning and knowledge of guests
needs, combined with Lasantha's laid back approach and only pupose in life to make his wife happy, makes the
ultimate team " Sonantha".

Raja, the Gardener, always looking to spot wildlife and fauna for you, is that extra cog the villa needs to make
it run smoothly. Somar the night watchman, can seem strange at times, but it must be hard listening to fast talking
English people and have that ability to just look back with no coherence and smile :)

We have chilled at Lakeview and as a guest wrote before,
Lakeview Villa is an amalgamation of the owners ( Ken and Lesley ) their thought and planning skills of the villa,
The staff who are at the heart of the villa and keep the wheels turning in the style of a private 5* hotel.

We would love to return and share this experience with our children and partners.
Work commitments kept them away this time.

Phil and Jo

Date of stay: December 2015
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Liked best: Tranquility
Liked least: Isolation
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Moscow, Russia
Reviewed November 24, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Date of stay: November 2015
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IvanPryan...
Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing place”
Reviewed October 28, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Villa was amazing: even better than on the pictures.
The location probably is not the best, but convenient enough if you have a motorbike or take a tuktuk (10 min from the beach).

The villa has all basic things that you may need, as extra plus: room with projector and cinema and library. The pool with a lake view is the heart of villa where you can spend all day long.

With you on the villa (in the guest house) live 2 managers/house-keepers: Sonali and Lasantha. They made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable, if you need help - they will try to do their best to solve any issue. Also we can defenitely recommend Sonali's cuisine: she was cooking for us traditional food twice a day (you pay for the food). And I need to mention a gardener: he got coconuts for us right from the palm tree and showed us some local animals :)

In other words, highly recommend this place.

Date of stay: October 2015
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SineadP19...
Crediton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Unbelievably wonderful!”
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

From the moment we arrived we were enchanted by this wonderful place which was really enhanced by the lovely people who provided us with meals that surpassed expectations. Sonali and Lasanta were not only great at cooking wonderful breakfast and dinners but also so helpful in sorting out tuktuk and a problem with a lost bag. Both they and the gardener were amazingly friendly and kind.
The house itself was beautiful, everything thought through for maximum comfort and enjoyment. The pool was warm with exquisite views.
Trips into Galle were delightful though it was hard to tear ourselves away.
Our only negative is that 3 nights was not enough - ideally 3 weeks or even 3 months would be about right!
Thank you Lesley for creating such a wonderful place for a holiday!

Date of stay: September 2015
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Liked best: All of it but the fantastic staff, the food and the pool were the cherries and icing on the cake
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Friends
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Heatherjw...
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed October 4, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We spent the last three days of our holiday with friends at Lakeview Villa, and if they had been the first days, we would never have left.
Everything about the villa was perfect. The infinity pool, overlooking the lake was fantastic.
The gardens were amazing, full of birds, monkeys and even a monitor.
The bedrooms were beautiful, with the master bedroom having a fantastic balcony overlooking the lake.
Somali, the housekeeper/cook cooked the most delicious food that we had eaten during our holiday.
We would highly recommend the villa , especially for families or a group of friends.

Date of stay: September 2015
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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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samn970
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fabulous villa, fantastic location, perfect”
Reviewed September 29, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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person found this review helpful

Without repeating previous comments, this villa definitely exceeded expectations. The accommodation is both comfortable & attractive, meticulously clean. The gardens are immaculate, infinity pool wonderful and the views stunning. However, what really made our few days at Lakeview Villa so perfect were the attentions of Sonali and Lasanda who manage the property, and Raja the gardener. They were so welcoming and friendly, yet somehow invisible. Sonali's cooking is simply fabulous. We hope to return, next time with our family (sorry Sonali!). Thank you Lesley, it was a lovely touch meeting us on arrival and seeing us off too

Date of stay: September 2015
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