... 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.