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Jim's Farm Villas
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Matale
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“I thought I had arrived in heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

Boutique hotel accommodation set amongst the peace and tranquility of 50 acres of working farmland. It was a joy to rise early at Hilltop Villa and watch the sun come up, before a swim and leisurely stroll through the coconut palms to breakfast in Spice Garden. Jesse and his staff were welcoming and attentive, without being intrusive and the tuk-tuk was always on hand to take us between villas. Communal dining each evening brought guests together to swap stories of their day's excursions, whilst enjoying fabulous, freshly cooked, Sri Lankan fare. I cannot think of anything that would enhance the experience I enjoyed at Jim's ..... except perhaps the spa facilities in the third villa, about to be completed!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

Bird song, flowers , tropical fruit and wonderful service, Jim's Farm has it all. It truly is a haven carved out of the jungle for the weary traveller in need of relaxation in the midst of an active holiday. There are two villas on the site and we stayed at Spice Garden-- the main house. The bedrooms are light , airy, well equipped and the bathroom is a delight with bath and a power shower that is partially outdoors.
The farm grows pepper. nutmeg , cinnamon and plenty of tropical fruits which appear at breakfast in the form of juices and a beautifully presented fruit platter followed by eggs from the farm hens. Dinner too is a splendid affair-- but before that you really have to try the arrack cocktails! The meal is served upstairs on a lovely verandah at a long table presided over by Kevin , the genial owner , or Jesse , the farm manager. The menu is a secret until revealed by the chief steward; it was usually four courses with a home made soup, a salad and a western or Sri Lankan main course and pudding. We were asked about food preferences on arrival.
We stayed for three nights and had one complete day of relaxation at the farm. We wandered along the forest paths looking at the spices and the flowers,and swam in the lovely pool at Hill Top. Kevin took us by tuk tuk to view the third villa due to open in August with family rooms, a spa and infinity pool--- enough to make us want to return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Jim's Farm as part of honeymoon and we were spoilt. We had the whole farm to ourselves for 2 out of the 3 nights. The food was amazing and Samka, Kevin and Jessie were excellent hosts. I would totally recommend this accommodation for peace and tranquility after a long day sight seeing.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

We came to Jim's Farm Villas thinking that it would be special, but was unprepared for the 'Wow' experience combined with the total feeling of ease and relaxation it gave. This place is not just a beautifully appointed and luxurious hotel - it is a working farm near a village and the sense of real Sri Lanka took over as soon as we arrived. Just the mix we wanted.

So much to remember - the welcome, the very friendly, respective staff, the tuk tuk rides round the farm and between the two villas, the walks round the estate - through the farm and jungle-tracks and to the village, the food, the meeting with other guests over a mouth-watering dinner every evening...the list goes on. Those five days were very special. Thank you, Jim's Farm!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Rochdale UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

My wife and I stayed three nights at Jim's Farm. A wonderful experience……peace and quiet after a drive from Colombo. All guests dine together at dinner so making for a good old chinwag as the wine flows!! Staff are first class and cater for every need. Thank You.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We stayed here for three nights. The villa is on a 50 acre farm of spices and coconuts. There are actually two main buildings for the guests, the Hilltop Villa which has four rooms and the pool, and then the reception and dining building at the foot of the hill. You are transferred between the buildings by the hotel staff driving tuk-tuk's, which is great fun.

The dining is at a set time, 7.30pm. with a set meal which changes each day. All guests eat at the same long table on the open veranda, which is actually rather nice, a chance to catch up, swap stories, advice on where to go and what to see. The food is excellent, traditional Sri Lankan curries with lots of dishes. If you are around for lunch they will also do you a nice toasted sandwich and chips! Breakfast again is served at the reception building, sliced fruit, toast and eggs however you want them! very tasty.

Our room in the Hilltop Villa was on the first floor, as are the other three rooms, spacious with both a bath and walk in shower. You get some really good views from the Hilltop Villa, both from the pool and your room.

The Hotel manager is very keen to have a chat with you and tell you all about the farm, he will probably want to give you a guided tour round too if you have the time.

We really enjoyed our stay at Jim's Farm Villa's, we would definitely stay again. They were building a new block when we were there, this would have an extra four rooms with plunge pools and a Spa, I think to be opened next year?

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for three nights. We stayed in Hilltop Villa which is where the swimming pool is. The Villa is new and equipped with a fully functional kitchen living room with a TV which we did not use, and the rooms were spacious designed and decorated with comfort and style in mind and a spacious and comfortable bathroom. Wifi us available through out the Villa
One of the staff was always on hand to assist and one of the highlights was being taken by a tuk-tuk for dinner and breakfast. For two nights we were the only people staying in Hill Top villa so it was like having your own private chauffeur! Dining was communal and it was really nice to meet and speak and swap stories with fellow travellers and we had a really good time. There was no menu, and the chefs catered for my wife who is a vegetarian. Dining was outside on the veranda and one night we ate whilst a storm raged around us. Very atmospheric! The food was very good and the staff looked after us really well. Jesse and his team positively encourage guests to interact with them as this is a working farm. Our only regret is that our itinerary was packed each day that we had no free time to spend at the The Farm and I think we missed out in that respect. Jesse and his team have a very simple philosophy which is that they look after their guests. It was a pleasure to stay there and for me was one of the highlights of my holiday. The views from our room were lovely and although there were hotels closer to the main attractions and sites the level of service made this Hotel a great choice. I really do hope to go back.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jim's Farm Villas
Address: Ahelapola, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Matale
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Matale
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Number of rooms: 14
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