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Home Stay Strand
Ranked #22 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Unawatuna
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“perfect "home stay"”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

we spend 5 days in Unawatuna, and "homestay strand" was the perfect place to enjoy and relax our holiday.
The owner has always been kind and helpful to our every request and the people who work there are very kind and friendly.
the rooms are spacious and clean, and they serve a delicious breakfast.
one of the best places we stayed in Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: the room upstairs is the most peaceful, one downstairs with four-poster bed is beautiful
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you Laura for your kind words, we too enjoyed your company and wish you will come back again.
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Liberec, Czech Republic
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights and it was our best accomodation in Sri Lanka. Old colonial house in beautiful garden, quiet but not boring - we could observe monkeys and birds just from balcony. Family was very helpful, we got also good advice regarding places to see. Unique place.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

I stayed here for a month. I had intended to travel widely as i had a motor bike but just felt so comfortable and at ease here that i just stayed put. Lovely old family home and family, most hospitable and friendly and helpful. Lots of interesting local knowledge and got some insights into below the surface Sri-Lanka. The home is in spacious gardens and quiet, yet only a minute or two from lovely beaches and beautiful sea and surf and the center of the charming village, I would prefer this to be my secret, but there are no secrets anymore today.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, August 11, 2012
Thank you Mr.James, hope to see you again soon!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2012

If you want to get away from standardised comfort and impersonal design, try Strand Home Stay. I have stayed there numerous times in the past (and will be going back in a couple of weeks. Sometimes with the family, sometimes alone, it has always met my expectations. The house is full of charm and history (as its host), and the large garden gives a relaxed feeling. Each room is different in style, so make sure you pick one that suits your personal taste. They're all well described on their website.
Although the rooms provide a comfortable stay, don't expect ultramodern design and impeccable functioning of all amenities. Those little disturbances come with age, and the house has plenty of age. But Asoka will make sure that, if anything malfunctions, it's fixed fast.
Of course, there's better, and there's worse. But nothing in Unawatuna can compete with the charm of a real homestay. You become part of the family.
Want to surprise Asoka on your arrival? Try to find a recording of Elvis Presley he doesn't have yet. I tried, but failed. His collection can compete with any serious Elvis Presley museum in the US.
Thanks, Asoka. Staying with you has always been fun.
Alfonso

Room Tip: Check out the website of Strand Home Stay. It has pictures and a solid description of each room, and...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank alfonsolanka
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gr8asoka, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
It was nice to have you back again, itz alwayz fun when you are around. He! Ha! Hw!!
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riyadh
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Its nice to get back to the green green grass of home on my vacs from the sandy deserts where I am now.

Unawatuna and Strand had always been one of my favorite stop overs. It is a nice place to unwind and relax.

Olde world colonial charm still retained in this house makes it special among all the new places there.

being just a hop and step from the beach and the lively restaurants in very convenient.

Monkeys, birds and the Turtles are Unawatuna;s specialties.

Every room is different and good value.

Room Tip: Suites are large and very comfortable
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
Thank you Sir, A bottler of Gato Negro wine awaits you on your next visit!
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

"Strand" is an unique and a special place for me. Amongst the new buildings, it stands tall with it's grand olden structure. It's very quiet and peaceful place as it's few yards away from the busy beach. Unawatuna beach is outstanding out of the golden sand beaches of Sri Lanka. Rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable. The owner himself is a very helpful and friendly person. The 3 day stay at Strand has a special place in my memory.

Room Tip: Spacious and comfortable rooms. Furthest rooms form the road are quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Thank devas57
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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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Reviewed June 25, 2012

My Wife and I have stayed here early this year [and a few years ago before Tsunami] and the time went so fast that we thought we have to leave our home. very close to a beutiful [safe] sea and well away from bright city ligts but yet close enough. With free Internet provided what else one wants on holiday!
Nalinda & Nooran Salpadoru

Room Tip: Book early to get the best- not that others are bad
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank NalindaS
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, Owner at Home Stay Strand, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
Thank you for the Review`When will we see you again?
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Property: Home Stay Strand
Address: 218 Yaddehimulla Road | Yaddehimulla, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > 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 #22 of 128 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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