This is a different sort of place to stay and was frankly a welcome change from the usual hotels.
It is not a hotel - more a guest house. It is a beautifully designed spacious house with just four rooms, a large area to sit and a large dining area. Set in a large garden with a small but adequate swimming pool - Grove is a delight.
Run by the amazing manager Jiante (I am not sure that is how you spell her name) but she was wonderful and the service could not be better.
The rooms were large with large bathrooms. A lovely veranda flows along the front of the house with tables and chairs making it a good place for a sundowner. The place seems far removed from the road you can see at the end of the garden.
The food was amazing - but don’t expect a bar or a restaurant - it is more sort of "what would you like to eat? and then it is prepared for you. I would strongly suggest you go for the Sri Lankan option - Jiate is an extraordinary cook.
I was lucky enough to be able to have two private cookery lessons with her - and she is excellent - a great cook and a good teacher.
The garden is full of interesting birds and small animals - we saw some very colourful lizards and a rare huge bright green grasshopper.
Try this place as an alternative to the usual hotels - it is homely and a lovely surprise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated 172km (4Hrs drive from Colombo) is the town of Habarana, known as the Hub of North Central Province. Straight on is Trincomalee, to the Left is Anuradhapura and Right is Polannawra, Passakudha and Batticalo.1km from the town on the Anuradhapura Road is "The Ficus Grove". A beautiful spacious luxury house with A/C rooms, Hot & Cold water & Swimming Pool, surrounded by Ficus, Mango & other wild trees. With the new addition of the our Outdoor dining area overlooking the pool it best to have a relaxing meal or a drink. Enjoy the home cooked food both Local & Western & the exotic fresh fruit juices. Get pampered by the staff, its your Home away from home. The hotel can accommodate both guest and guides; also our large parking area is ideal for the overnight parking secure. ... more less
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