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Villa Talangama
Ranked #7 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Colombo
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Lavenham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Stylishly simple ...”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

... and by simple I mean in the very best sense - no pretension, no clutter, no fuss. Just beautifully designed simplicity - from the house itself, the beautiful open bathrooms, the delicious food, wonderful table arrangements, and the amazing bowls of flowers that come with every meal.

This is a small place and their policy is to have just one room occupied at a time (or two if the same party). This means you have the run of the place to yourselves - and it feels as if it's your home. The welcome is warm, service is exceptional, food is wonderful - the portions amazingly generous and very reasonably priced. (I think the only small disappointment was the bread: we had some lovely artisanal breads in other places but here it was ordinary shop-sliced.)

Wifi is excellent, as much drinking water as you want is provided with no charge.

It is a perfect place to start or end a tour of Sri Lanka, or to spend a couple of nights near enough to the centre of Colombo to do city visits - but also to have a semi-rural setting, and a lovely swimming pool, to go back to. The Talangama wetlands, immediately opposite the villa, attract wonderful birds which delight even the most ignorant of bird lovers.

There are some noisy barking dogs in the neighbourhood (but this is pretty common on the island); fewer mosquitos than in many places.

I thoroughly recommend Villa Talangama.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Other reviewers have said how good this villa is, and it really is as good as everyone says. Exceptional service, superb accommodation, friendly attentive staff and home cooked food made to your own personal tastes and beautifully prepared and presented. It does not get any better than this.
We spent two nights here straight off the plane and it was a heavenly start to our three-week tour of the south. The almost finished new highway from the airport has shortened the journey time across Colombo.
After a good nights sleep we started the next morning with a gentle stroll around the lake, watched a pair of white-throated kingfishers chasing off a monitor lizard and spent the afternoon dipping in the pool which we shared with a White-bellied Drongo. For birders the wetlands here offer plenty to see and the resident Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Purple Swamphens and Purple Herons are all around. Breakfast was with the sun birds.
This is an amazing place and so well run... we will be returning for sure.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dublin
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Small but perfectly put together. This Colombo guest villa accommodates just 4 people in spacious, tastefully furnished and immaculate rooms. The perfect place to stay en route to or from the airport and to explore Colombo and it's environs. You feel like friends visiting a lovely home.
Villa Talangama overlooks a lake cover in lotuses plants and speckled with all manner of birds. You can relax in hammocks by an inviting pool beside which a delightful lunch is served. Hema, mine host, called us in advance of our visit to enquire what we desired for dinner. Fish or meat? Cooked in the Sri Lankan or European manner? We choose Sri Lankan and recommend you do the same so you can savour an assortment of dishes eaten with hoppers, a very light pancake in which you roll a bit of this and a bit of that. All this served impeccably to background music of your choice. Oh, to be back again!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

during our 6 night stay in SL we travelled within Colombo, and onward to Galle, Sigiriya, Kandy etc. We spent a night at VT when we arrived in SL and another night on our way out of the country. there is nothing you could want that isn't already in this villa. it looks absolutely stunning, the staff are perfection, the food is just wonderful, and the atmosphere is beyond relaxing. the owners had just the best concept for their property and the people that run it execute it beautifully. you will not want to leave.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Villa Talangama is unique, being an amazing combination of a holiday rental and your own personal hotel.

The location is perfect, being just outside Colombo but having its own tranquillity overlooking the lake with its wildlife. Both the food and the service are exceptional, and we had a marvellous stay.

There cannot be many places where you can relax in a perfect pool at night with a drink and watch the file flies above you!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Bath, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I'm writing this several months after our stay - prompted by having looked at our holiday photographs! Villa Talangama stands out in our memories as easily the best place we stayed in Sri Lanka.

The owner was away himself during our visit, but cousin Nimal and her husband Swinton made us so welcome - we truly felt cared for. When we arrived I was suffering from a stomach upset and, sadly, had to miss the first night's dinner, but Nimal was very concerned and prepared herbal drinks for me. Luckily, the following day I was able to enjoy the food, which was as much a feast for the eyes as it was for the stomach. We were asked what we would like to eat and both western-style food and Sri Lankan were cooked to perfection.

Breakfast was served by the pool, with delicious fruit, buffalo curd and kitul syrup (and good coffee!). At each meal, there were beautiful table decorations made with fresh flowers by Kasun, a fine young man with great artistic flair who will go far! He anticipated our every need almost before we knew it ourselves, and did everything he could to make our stay memorable, as indeed did everyone at Villa Talangama. We felt as though we were part of the family, but at the same time special guests.

We had the room overlooking the lake, and there was plenty of bird life to see from our balcony. Nimal was also kind enough to take us on a walk around the lakes in the late afternoon and was very knowledgeable, pointing out some birds we hadn't seen elsewhere in Sri Lanka - the Red Paradise Flycatcher and the Lesser Yellownape Woodpecker.

The house itself is lovely and airy, elegant but comfortable, with indoor fish pools, sitting areas with sofas, books, paintings, etc. In the garden is a swimming pool with hammocks and loungers. We could have stayed for longer, and were so glad that we had booked for two nights rather than one. We recommend Villa Talangama wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bournemouth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Thus place is absolutely amazing. We started here for the last two days of our honeymoon and couldn't have picked better. The staff make this place, they are fab. By far the best food we had during our two weeks in Sri Lanka - an absolute feast for every meal - dinner was very generous. The drinks are not too expensive and the atmosphere is serene. The room we had, kings room, was beautiful, a balcony over looking the lake and an outside shower room. The house itself is stunning, fish ponds and water every where you look. They couldn't do enough for us including hanging out hammocks, setting out sun beds, and generally making sure we were 100% happy. The owner called js when we arrived and before we left to make sure we'd enjoyed our stay which was thoughtful. Loved it. Thank you so much to the staff.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Talangama
Address: 370/F1 Lake Road | Hokandara South, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Colombo
Number of rooms: 3

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