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Summerhut and swimming pool in the ocean front garden
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Summerhut and swimming pool in the ocean front garden
The beach in front of the villa
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9 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22
Pitiwella, Galle District, Southern Province

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Shiran S
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing~”
Reviewed September 14, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
8
people found this review helpful

We were a pack of 18 from all over the world staying at Old lady for 3 days.
It was such a wonderful stay

Rooms
We had the whole place for ourselves and since we advised as to what time we were arriving all the rooms were air conditioned and ready for our stay. The rooms are actually of the standard of a 4 star hotel.

Staff
We were welcomed by the team there with a welcome drink and hot towel. And they are soo friendly. Special mention to the beautiful PULLY, the dog who will always accompany you wherever you go. Siri and his team was just amazing.
Yasanthi the cook was the best. You can name whatever and she knows how to cook them the best way it could. Loved every meal we had.

I am planning another trip to Sri Lanka in April, and planning to book again to take my friends.

Highly recommend to anyone who would love the beach and a place to relax.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 22, 2014
Thanks for your amazing review .
It will be our pleasure to welcome you again at The Old Lady at the Sea !
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Hay73
Hong Kong, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect venue for a large group offering fantastic value”
Reviewed August 26, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
7
people found this review helpful

Our extended family of 14 stayed here for 2 weeks July / August 2014.
*The staff were extremely welcoming & accommodating. Siri the manager went out of his way to ensure our every need was met.
*The grounds were of good size & layout. It was perfect for a big group/ family vacation with children of all ages.
* The swimming pool was well maintain & surrounded by lush manicured lawns
* The house is located on a beautiful beach (only suited to seasonal swimming) the property is split in two buildings old & new. The 'old lady's 5 bedrooms were a little dark & dated & the noise pollution from the traffic was at it’s worst in the morning. Whereas the ‘young lady's 4 rooms were much brighter, modernised & mainly hosted the sound of the crashing waves from the ocean.
* The property is located equal distance from Galle & Hikkaduwa - local bus & Tuk Tuks are easily hailed out side on the main road.
*The house dog Puli was adorable and although dubious she was excellent with my young children.
I would definitely recommend Old Lady at the Sea, it was a perfect venue for our family & fantastic value - we hope to return one day!

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Liked best: The food
Liked least: Wifi was very slow
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 3, 2014
Hello , thanks for your review .
Nice to read that you would like to come again .
The governement started to build a by-pass road from Hikkaduwa to Galle , so that the road on which we are situated will be used in futur only for local traffic .
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83cindy
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful environment to make a family holiday special”
Reviewed August 13, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
6
people found this review helpful

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks here. staff were very friendly. The location was beautiful. There is some traffic noise but most hotels along this stretch of coast would suffer from this and I felt it was a small price to pay as the house and garden were so lovely. Food was the best we had in Sri Lanka and was very reasonable as we were presented with an itemised supermarket receipt at the end of the day. . Siri was so helpful and nothing too much trouble for him. The house felt like a home from home. We were so glad that we stayed here rather than an impersonal hotel. Have to mention Puli the dog ... I dislike dogs but loved Puli. They now have a new kitten called Brownie ..... our children could not put him down.

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Management Response
Aug 15, 2014
Hello , thanks for your review . Nice to read that you enjoyed the place and our full service .
As for the traffic noise : the governement started to build a new by-pass road from Hikkuduwa to Galle , so that in futur the coastal road will only be in use for local traffic .
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Peppermin...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Perfect stay with a group of friends”
Reviewed August 10, 2014 for a stay in November 2012
6
people found this review helpful

We stayed at Old Lady At The Sea in November 2010 with a group of friends. At the time OLATS was not on TripAdvisor so I couldn't write a review. A friend of mine told me today that she was going to visit Galle in two weeks so I strongly suggested she stay here. And then I remembered that I wanted to write a long overdue review.

We were blown away by not only Wim's hospitality, but also the staff's.
The location isn't very central but you can get anywhere you want with a rickshaw or taxi service. We weren't looking for a central location so OLATS was just perfect for all of us because we had everything we needed at our feet.
The best thing was buying the groceries and handing everything over to the staff. The wonderful staff cooked us breakfast, lunch and dinner - saving us from having to go out all the time. The food cooked by the staff was always delicious.
The pool was very clean and the beach is just 2 steps away (literally!). We would go out early morning and do yoga, then proceed to breakfast.
Also, the tea! Fresh ceylon tea brewed and served by the pool became a favourite past time for us. WE felt very spoilt to say the least.
My husband and I got the room at the very end while our friends took the other rooms. Our room was fabulous and I must say the mirror in that room is very slimming, I wanted to take it home with me :)
If we were ever to go back to Sri Lanka again, we'd go straight to Galle and stay with Wim.
Highly recommended for groups of friends and families.

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Liked best: The tea by the pool
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Aug 15, 2014
Hello , thank you so much for your lovely review , and wonderful that you , after 4 years of your stay at The Old Lady at the Sea ,still made the review !
Indeed in 2010 we were not on Tripadvisor .
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Galkinam
St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Best villa in Sri-Lanka”
Reviewed January 16, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
5
people found this review helpful

We were there for 5 days. Big group of friends - 16 people.
It was excellent spending time. Very good personal under manager Siri.
We liked perfect concept of cooking food bought yourself.
Every day we had breakfast, lunch and dinner. But we didn't purchase food by ourself - we asked Siri's team to do it. Total cost didn't increased very much (last day Siri gave us all receipts)))
Nice beach! Nice dog!
Wi-Fi is only from 2g/3g Dialog Wi-Fi Modem, better to have your own local sim-card.

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Liked best: Cousine concept
Liked least: wi-fi
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • 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?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 28, 2014
Dear Anatoli ,
Thanks for your helpful review .
Siri and his team was happy to have all of you at The Old Lady at the Sea !
We are working on this WIFI connection .
Kind regards ,
Wim
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PicardCho...
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect Villa for a Group of Friends or Families”
Reviewed January 10, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
6
people found this review helpful

We started off in a small group of 12 growing to a max number of 24 pax. Age ranging from 8 to 79 years' old! Stayed for 9 nights and wished it was more...
A totally relaxing and serene area by the beach...it is up to you to get the party started :)

SIRI, the manager of the villas is a GEM, he makes everything seems so easy and assessable, we didn't have to worry for a thing. He has a great team that has help to make our stay as comfortable and as pleasant, couldn't be better. Siri's well trusted man, TARENDUR seems to be working round-the-clock, he is on the go at all times, the first one to make sure that we have boiling water for coffee and the last one to clear up all the children's' stuff by the pool. A great team all together and has definitely implanted a great experience and impression on us, especially to those of us visiting Sri Lanka for the very first time. Way to go The Old Lady at The Sea and the great and efficient staffs.
Be sure to take note of PULI, the little dog that is part of the team, she would be the one accompanying you to the beach and safe guarding your belongings. ( Pls bring a leash and some chew bones for her if you happen to go there :) She is a star!!! She will wait on by children and really gentle.
Rooms are simple but nice, and with the nice pool and outdoor area in the villa, you don't really need to be in the room..
A wonderful place to have spent all these days with lovely friends and to commemorate our New Year. It was just wonderful.
Great JoB SIRI and team, you have made great efforts and we do really appreciated your hospitalities.

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Liked best: The staffs and the layout of the villa.
Liked least: The wifi system was too weak
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • 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?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 15, 2014
Thanks for your review : our staff was also delighted to have all of you as guests at The Old Lady at the Sea .We will send you a fidility reward for you and your friends .PS : we already ordered more powerful WIFI routers .
Kind regards ,
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Seibert20...
Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect for extended families & groups of friends”
Reviewed December 28, 2013 for a stay in December 2013
7
people found this review helpful

The villa is even better than its website promises. The beach is virtually private and features soft sand, no rocks, a good surf, and an idyllic view of palm trees and fishing boats. The staff is excellent, as helpful as it is unobtrusive. The historic house is lovingly restored and provides all the comforts right down to electric outlet converters in the rooms, an up-to-date selection of movies and Wi-Fi sticks available to guests. Sundowners in the beach hut were a daily highlight of our stay, as was the wonderful cooking. The star of the place is Pully, a young dog with more personality than most humans. We stayed for ten days with a family group of eleven, aged 10-80, and loved every moment. It's best to book the whole villa with a large group of family and friends, the price is very reasonable.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 2, 2014
Dear Suzanne ,
Thanks for your review . Also for us it was a pleasure having all of you at our place .

Wim
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