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Summerhut and swimming pool in the ocean front garden
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9 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22
Pitiwella, Galle District, Southern Province

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83cindy
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful environment to make a family holiday special”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
6
people found this review helpful

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks here. staff were very friendly. The location was beautiful. There is some traffic noise but most hotels along this stretch of coast would suffer from this and I felt it was a small price to pay as the house and garden were so lovely. Food was the best we had in Sri Lanka and was very reasonable as we were presented with an itemised supermarket receipt at the end of the day. . Siri was so helpful and nothing too much trouble for him. The house felt like a home from home. We were so glad that we stayed here rather than an impersonal hotel. Have to mention Puli the dog ... I dislike dogs but loved Puli. They now have a new kitten called Brownie ..... our children could not put him down.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
15 Aug 2014
Hello , thanks for your review . Nice to read that you enjoyed the place and our full service .
As for the traffic noise : the governement started to build a new by-pass road from Hikkuduwa to Galle , so that in futur the coastal road will only be in use for local traffic .
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Peppermin...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Perfect stay with a group of friends”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 for a stay in November 2012
6
people found this review helpful

We stayed at Old Lady At The Sea in November 2010 with a group of friends. At the time OLATS was not on TripAdvisor so I couldn't write a review. A friend of mine told me today that she was going to visit Galle in two weeks so I strongly suggested she stay here. And then I remembered that I wanted to write a long overdue review.

We were blown away by not only Wim's hospitality, but also the staff's.
The location isn't very central but you can get anywhere you want with a rickshaw or taxi service. We weren't looking for a central location so OLATS was just perfect for all of us because we had everything we needed at our feet.
The best thing was buying the groceries and handing everything over to the staff. The wonderful staff cooked us breakfast, lunch and dinner - saving us from having to go out all the time. The food cooked by the staff was always delicious.
The pool was very clean and the beach is just 2 steps away (literally!). We would go out early morning and do yoga, then proceed to breakfast.
Also, the tea! Fresh ceylon tea brewed and served by the pool became a favourite past time for us. WE felt very spoilt to say the least.
My husband and I got the room at the very end while our friends took the other rooms. Our room was fabulous and I must say the mirror in that room is very slimming, I wanted to take it home with me :)
If we were ever to go back to Sri Lanka again, we'd go straight to Galle and stay with Wim.
Highly recommended for groups of friends and families.

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Liked best: The tea by the pool
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Aug 2014
Hello , thank you so much for your lovely review , and wonderful that you , after 4 years of your stay at The Old Lady at the Sea ,still made the review !
Indeed in 2010 we were not on Tripadvisor .
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Galkinam
St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Best villa in Sri-Lanka”
Reviewed 16 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
5
people found this review helpful

We were there for 5 days. Big group of friends - 16 people.
It was excellent spending time. Very good personal under manager Siri.
We liked perfect concept of cooking food bought yourself.
Every day we had breakfast, lunch and dinner. But we didn't purchase food by ourself - we asked Siri's team to do it. Total cost didn't increased very much (last day Siri gave us all receipts)))
Nice beach! Nice dog!
Wi-Fi is only from 2g/3g Dialog Wi-Fi Modem, better to have your own local sim-card.

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Liked best: Cousine concept
Liked least: wi-fi
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
28 Jan 2014
Dear Anatoli ,
Thanks for your helpful review .
Siri and his team was happy to have all of you at The Old Lady at the Sea !
We are working on this WIFI connection .
Kind regards ,
Wim
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PicardCho...
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect Villa for a Group of Friends or Families”
Reviewed 10 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013
6
people found this review helpful

We started off in a small group of 12 growing to a max number of 24 pax. Age ranging from 8 to 79 years' old! Stayed for 9 nights and wished it was more...
A totally relaxing and serene area by the beach...it is up to you to get the party started :)

SIRI, the manager of the villas is a GEM, he makes everything seems so easy and assessable, we didn't have to worry for a thing. He has a great team that has help to make our stay as comfortable and as pleasant, couldn't be better. Siri's well trusted man, TARENDUR seems to be working round-the-clock, he is on the go at all times, the first one to make sure that we have boiling water for coffee and the last one to clear up all the children's' stuff by the pool. A great team all together and has definitely implanted a great experience and impression on us, especially to those of us visiting Sri Lanka for the very first time. Way to go The Old Lady at The Sea and the great and efficient staffs.
Be sure to take note of PULI, the little dog that is part of the team, she would be the one accompanying you to the beach and safe guarding your belongings. ( Pls bring a leash and some chew bones for her if you happen to go there :) She is a star!!! She will wait on by children and really gentle.
Rooms are simple but nice, and with the nice pool and outdoor area in the villa, you don't really need to be in the room..
A wonderful place to have spent all these days with lovely friends and to commemorate our New Year. It was just wonderful.
Great JoB SIRI and team, you have made great efforts and we do really appreciated your hospitalities.

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Liked best: The staffs and the layout of the villa.
Liked least: The wifi system was too weak
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
15 Jan 2014
Thanks for your review : our staff was also delighted to have all of you as guests at The Old Lady at the Sea .We will send you a fidility reward for you and your friends .PS : we already ordered more powerful WIFI routers .
Kind regards ,
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Seibert20...
Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect for extended families & groups of friends”
Reviewed 29 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
7
people found this review helpful

The villa is even better than its website promises. The beach is virtually private and features soft sand, no rocks, a good surf, and an idyllic view of palm trees and fishing boats. The staff is excellent, as helpful as it is unobtrusive. The historic house is lovingly restored and provides all the comforts right down to electric outlet converters in the rooms, an up-to-date selection of movies and Wi-Fi sticks available to guests. Sundowners in the beach hut were a daily highlight of our stay, as was the wonderful cooking. The star of the place is Pully, a young dog with more personality than most humans. We stayed for ten days with a family group of eleven, aged 10-80, and loved every moment. It's best to book the whole villa with a large group of family and friends, the price is very reasonable.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Jan 2014
Dear Suzanne ,
Thanks for your review . Also for us it was a pleasure having all of you at our place .

Wim
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MarkGlees...
Malaga, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A totally relaxing experience, truly enjoyable !”
Reviewed 1 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
5
people found this review helpful

From our early arrival to our late departure, Siri and his team could not have looked after us better. With ages ranging from 3 to 83 in our family group of 19, they coped with all our needs with a smile and good grace and laid on a birthday party, with live music, fireworks, fabulous food and a beautiful chocolate cake. Shopping for supplies was dealt with very efficiently and the bill at the end of our stay, was a pleasant surprise. Trips out we're great and to top it all the dog Booli and cat allo, were superb with the kids, needed to check their bags, on the way home. A big big thank you from all our party,

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Liked best: The staff
Liked least: The bedroom lighting was poor
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
12 Sep 2013
Dear Mark ,
It was a pleasure having you and our family at your place . Our manager Siri and his team were delighted to have all of you as guests .
Thanks for your review .
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AnaPrapro...
Murska Sobota, Slovenia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The perfect place to eat, pray and love" :D”
Reviewed 29 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
5
people found this review helpful

We stayed in this beautifull Villa with our family and freiends, all together 17 people for one week in July. The atmosphere in this Villa is amazing, the staff is really freindly and the manager Siri had organizedeverything for us - trips, good food and everything else to satisfy our needs! We fell in love with the dog Polly!!! She is very protective and an indeispensable joint in this chain of fun, joy and laughter. The location is great, with the private beach, it is very close to other beautiful beaches, water sports, the city Galle and everything else the south has to offer.
Furthermore we celebrated our wedding in the Villa on friday and the Staff prepared an amazing buffet style dinner and coordinated pefectly with the wedding organisation.

Once again a huge thumbs up and highly recommend to all big families or groups of people who would like to enjoy Sri Lanka!

>Ana from Slovenia<

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Liked best: Dog Poly, food and private pool and beach!
Liked least: That we had to leave :(
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
31 Jul 2013
Dear Ana ,
We are proud we had you and your family for your wedding celebration . We all wish you all the best and maybe many , many children ?
We all will remenber this as a very special event !
Thanks for your review .Always welcome at The Old Lady at the Sea !
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