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“5th trip to Strand homestay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Home Stay Strand
Ranked #24 of 121 Specialty Lodging in Unawatuna
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“5th trip to Strand homestay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

Have returned from our 5th visit to Unawatuna and the Strand, Asoka and Hilda are charming hosts, with a wealth of local knowledge. As always we stayed in the garden suite and enjoyed breakfast on our own veranda watching the birds and monkeys that are frequent visitors to the tropical garden. The staff make you feel welcome and are always on hand and happy to help. Once again a memorable holiday and hope to return in the not too distant future, you may arrive at the Strand as a guest but you will leave as a friend.
Alex and Jan

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank aunderh247
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Jan&Alex, we are waiting for your Sixth trip in 2013!
December 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in the nest room, which was a tranquil and comfortable spot. Added to this as it's at tree height you get a great view of the birds and monkeys that seem to live nearby. This included on two occasions a wild peacock. I would thoroughly recommend the strand for those who want to stay in a characterful house with a very helpful and friendly family.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank GNCE
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Please accept our belated appreciation of your review, We discovered TA Tools only recently~Thanks!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

We stayed in the strand house for 3 nights over new year's on our honeymoon. We had a great time, the owner and hos staff really made us feel at home. We had a large room, with balcony and a bathroom which had the hottest shower we found in 4 weeks across Sri Lanka!
The house is well within walking distance of the beach but far enough away from the main streets to remain quiet and private

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NickB210
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

We have stayed several times since 1993 and will be back. Tranquil, friendly, in a good position for the beach and restaurants. It is like going to stay with friends, the hard part is leaving.
Alex and Jan

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank aunderh247
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

We are coming back almost every two year from 1996 till now. And its like coming home.
Asoka place is the best to stay in Unawatuna the garden the whole suroundings are perfect. My children like it very much, so if you consider to go to Unawatuna check Strand.
Hans Prinsen the netherlands

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank photoned
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, June 3, 2012
Hey! Hans, you've been to STRAND couple of times since this review, We are looking forward to your return this Xmas/Sylvester~you may see some changes in the Apartment you usually stay.
Greetings to all~asoka
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

We've been traveling around Asia for 6 months, and when we stumbled upon this home stay in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka, we knew we'd found something special. Beautiful room in a beautiful house, set just in land from the main beach (check out the pictures and review above). The owners are super friendly and really made us feel at home. Hilda can also cook a fantastic curry! Highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Unawatuna, looking for chilled out digs with a touch of Sri Lankan history thrown in.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank richie038
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2011

After 3 weeks in Sri Lanka I found this oasis in Unawatuna. A charming colonial style home run by owners Hilda and Asoka. Set in a tranquil, lush tropical garden near the beach.
We stayed in the Blue room which opens onto the garden on one side and the Loggio on the other. Renovated after the tsunami but still retaining period ambiance architecturally.
Four poster beds, tiled floors, paneled doors and windows, planters chairs the works.
wi-fi zone, hot water shower in some rooms also 1 A/C suite.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aloka777
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Yours was the very first Review I got on this site, now most of my guests come through TripAdvisor.
This is to thank you for getting things rolling.
Where ever you are now, find smiles, happiness & Peace!
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Property: Home Stay Strand
Address: 218 Yaddehimulla Road | Yaddehimulla, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 121 Specialty Lodging in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We open our doors and hearts to travelers who wish to imbibe our way of life. Strand is a Sri Lankan family home, approved by Sri Lanka Tourist Board as a "Home-stay" accommodation for Tourists. We are in Sri Lanka's #1 beach destination, Unawatuna on the sunny south coast, but it is not on the beach front, only a couple of minutes walk. Four upstairs rooms, AC Suite, Duran Duran Suite, Casa Anna [AC], and The Nest[the most popular suite]. Ground floor rooms, Garden Suite, Casa Lillo and Blue Room makes up our home, a colonial vintage villa where five generations of our family has lived. Complimentary Breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi No Taxes, No Service charges! TripAdvisor 2013 Award Winner as one of the TOP25 B&Bs in Sri Lanka! Certificate of Excellence awarded in 2014!! Strand is like no other place~FEEL LIKE HOME! Google "UNAWATUNA HOMESTAY". ... more   less 
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