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3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Hikkaduwa, Galle District, Southern Province

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Nikki F
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“A gem of a place!”
Reviewed May 10, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

A gem of a place! Just back from five days of R&R and quite literally as the villa is hidden away and yet not at all far from the beautiful beaches Hikkaduwa has to offer. The villa is clean and very welcoming. The people who manage the villa are very accommodating and Tam is a super host from the very beginning to end! Definitely a place to check out and stay if you are visiting the area! Thank you Tam and Asela.

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Management Response
May 10, 2016
Dear Nikki,
Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Villa Gallindawatta (Stone well garden villa).
Hope to see you back again soon.
Best wishes,
Tam
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Sim0nR
Surrey
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A beautiful villa and perfect base for a trip to Hikkaduwa”
Reviewed April 8, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We stayed here for a fantastic week with our 3 children aged 12, 9 and 7.The villa and in particular the gardens are stunning, with the pool and pavilion overlooking the paddy fields beyond being the highlight. The house is run by Asela, a lovely Sri Lankan guy who looked after our every need and really enjoyed playing with the kids around the pool or in the garden. He is also the cook and produced some of the best food we tasted in our whole trip to Sri Lanka. The villa is a fifteen minute walk down to the main road through Hikkaduwa but again Asela to the rescue as he is more than happy to drop you down there in his tuk tuk whenever asked and getting a tuk tuk back is very easy and costs about £1.50!!
There are some amazing birds to be seen in the gardens as well as lizards, squirrels and toads. No visits from the monkeys when we were there but apparently they are occasionally seen in the many large fruit trees in the garden.
I recommend a trip to Galle which is beautiful. We went by tuk tuk which only took 30 minutes along the coast road but the driving out there is pretty crazy!
I would highly recommend this place to everyone; whether you are travelling with children or not you will be very well looked after and definitely get the chance to relax and enjoy a small corner of paradise.

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Liked best: The pool and gardens.
Liked least: Leaving.
Traveling group: Young Children
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Management Response
Apr 9, 2016
Hi Simon and Mel,

So glad that you and your family had an enjoyable holiday at the villa.

Thank you for your lovely review and the great comments about Asela. He is certainly a gem and such an asset to the villa. I will pass on your comments.

Best wishes,

Tam
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 2, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Apr 2, 2016
Thank you Penny for your lovely review. I will pass on your comments to Asela and the team. Am so glad you enjoyed your week at the villa. Hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Tam
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Juan4
Bournemouth
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Full of rustic charm and the perfect place to relax...”
Reviewed March 21, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We spent a week travelling Sri Lanka and then stayed here for our second week. It was the perfect place to relax, with rustic charm, set in beautiful gardens and a lovely team of people to look after you - led by Asela.
The food was superb and nothing was too much trouble - Asela anticipated all our needs to make our stay special.
Many hours were spent in the gardens and in the pool. I counted 32 different species of birds...together with Mongoose, Monitor lizards and Water Buffalo.
Many thanks Tam for all your help before we arrived and thanks again to the team onste. We were very sad to leave but I hope we will be back!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 27, 2016
Thank you John and Penny. So glad you enjoyed the gardens and grounds around the villa. It's a haven for nature and bird watches. Love to welcome you back. Best wishes, Tam
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 2, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Having to leave!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 2, 2016
Thank you Claudette. So glad you enjoyed the gardens and view from the pool. I will pass on your lovely comments to Asela and the team.
We have special rates for repeat guests so love to have you stay.
Best wishes to you and the family.
Tam
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ColsyM
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Little Piece of Paradise”
Reviewed March 1, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We spent 10 fabulous days at this villa, that was just what we needed after being on Safari in Yala Park.

On our arrival we were greeted by Asela & Subash, who made us feel really welcome from the point the we stepped out of the taxi.

The bedrooms were very simple, that were kept very clean throughout our stay. Both had a fan as well as air conditioning too. The en suite shower rooms were very nice, in particular the one at the front of the house.

The garden, with it's infinity swimming pool was ideally placed overlooking a large meadow, that we spent endless hours of downtime, whilst photographing birds in their natural environment....Really going to miss this.

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Management Response
Mar 2, 2016
Thank you Collin. So glad you enjoyed the villa and its gardens. I will pass on your thanks to Asela and Subash.
Best wishes, Tam
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Reviewed February 28, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Feb 29, 2016
Dear Tobias,

Thank you for your great review. Wow, you were lucky to be able to snorkle with the sea turtles. Glad you enjoyed your stay at Gallindawatta.
Best wishes,
Tam
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