We agree with all that Olivia writes. This place is absolut wonderful, peaceful and exciting. We were 8 adults from Sweden, staying one week in the end of January and this was one of our best experiences we had together. Sonali and Lasanta took so good care of us and served us the most delicious food ever.
We visit a tea plantation, made a trip to the old town Galle and participated in yoga.
We can really recommend this wonderful place.
This place is amazing !! If there is a place to be in Koggala it is Koggala Lake view villa !! The location, the house, the garden, the people who are working there, everything is more than perfect.
We spent one week in this peaceful property and we really enjoyed it. Thanks again and bravo to Lesley and Ken.
Laurence Eric and Family
Koggala Lakeview vastly exceeded all of our expectations. The photos just don't do it justice. The place is fantastic - so secluded and peaceful. The garden is a menagerie of birds, monkeys and lizards.
Sonali the in-house chef and her food is absolutely incredible and gives a real taste of Sri Lankan food.
We stayed for 6 days and we only ventured out once to go to Uda Walawe safari park (3 hrs away) and once to the beach. Otherwise you can just relax in the villa and pretend you're the only people on earth.
The villa really exceeded expectations, the views out to the lake from the dinning area/pool were outstanding and you couldn't help but relax into them. We stayed as three couples (+ we have 2 young children), we utilized the 2 bedrooms on the first floor while the others had more independent rooms adjacent to the pool downstairs. Provided excellent mix of privacy when needed plus great communal areas. All the communal areas face out to the lake without anyone overlooking and provided secluded privacy. Sonali (housekeeper/cook) was great, clearly understands how to look after the demands of guests from all cultures, our party contained a vegan and two children and she made every effort to accommodate their tastes with her excellent cooking, she's also a great host helping us organize travel and trips to various places. Whether exploring southern Sri Lanka or looking to escape and relax for a few days (weeks!) I cannot recommend this rental enough.
From the very first time we stepped inside to our sad farewell we had the most perfect stay at Lakeview Villa. Both Ken and Lesley were there to welcome us and introduce us to their magnificent Villa and the wonderful Sonalli (oh how I miss her cooking). What a villa! Just perfect, the breeze comes up from the lake to cool the rooms which make the villa just so comfortable - even at night we left all doors and windows open - no need for air-conditioning - it is so much more healthier and comfortable. Mosquito nets over the very comfortable beds, the pool, the study, the library and TV room, the gardens all made our stay so peaceful and relaxing. A wonderfully deigned, elegantly decorated and very comfortable Villa.
We loved our stay here. The villa is beautifully situated with water and trees as far as the eye can see. We enjoyed the quiet - just bird songs and no human sounds. Sonali was eager to please and cooked up some delicious meals, while her husband was attentive and available whenever we needed. The lovely owners were there to greet us. What can I say except that it was a perfect vacation. We would go back in a heartbeat!
Wow just wow. What a place. We have just come back from a two week holiday of a lifetime in Lakeview Villa. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by Ken Sonali and Lasantha and were made to feel like royalty. Our stay here was amazing. Sonali's cooking was out of this world. We didn't feel the need or want to eat out. So much so we bought one of Sonali's recipe books and have already attempted a few. Lasantha provided us with the best BBQ ever to celebrate a birthday in the group. Raja the gardener was very friendly and kept us informed of all the wonderful wildlife in the villa garden. He climbed trees to give us coconuts. Waking up to the sounds of 'a jungle' and the most speactacular view of the lake made our stay. I will never get tired of the sounds.... so much so we are already looking to book next year.... hope to see you all soon Sonali, Lasantha and Raja. . Xx