We had a lovely stay in Errol's house. I had originally enquired at Shangri-Lanka but they were full and put me in touch with Errol. I was very glad they did. Errol really is a great guy and really knows how to be a host. He was incredibly welcoming and provided us with lime juice on arrival and helped us with our cases.
The house itself is spectacular, with beautifully decorated rooms and a gorgeous pool in the garden where you can spend hours just relaxing. We actually preferred it here to the beach, although the beach is beautiful and just at the end of the garden.
The breakfasts were fantastic and we really loved Errol's special spicy eggs which we had for each of our three breakfasts.
I had originally been slightly worried about two things when I booked. The first was the lack of air conditioning and the second was the train running through the garden as, being 6 months pregnant, I was very keen on sleeping. If I'm honest, I would have preferred to have air con and to do without the train, but on balance, I am still very glad I stayed here and I wouldn't have wanted to stay someone else to fulfil these requirements. I also believe that the heat would have been a lot easier had I not been pregnant and a decent pair of earplugs will sufficiently dull the train noise for those bothered by it.
One of the things I loved the most was that Errol would serve afternoon tea in the garden each day with cake and fruit. This was really pleasant, especially when he would sit and chat with us. Errol is great to talk to and makes you feel really at home. He is very intelligent and worldly and really was a pleasure to spend time with.
Errol is currently considering selling the property, but I selfishly really hope he changes his mind! - Go while you still can, this is a really special and romantic place and you will be hard pushed to find anywhere else like it.
- I can also recommend The Villa restaurant a few properties down at paradise villa. It's not the cheapest, but the food is excellent. - We also tried Canal Villa next door and sadly had one of the worst meals we have ever been served. (see my restaurant review of these for details).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Siena, a small boutique hotel, offers 9 individual rooms furnished with handpicked antiques or reproductions, each room with en-suite bathroom and own veranda or balcony. Facilities: well maintained pool amidst green lush garden with beautiful exotic floras and lotus ponds, restaurant, kitchen, reception, sitting lounges. Location: 50m away from the golden sandy beach of Bentota. Different possibilities for excursions or sport activities. There are plenty of dining possibilities within a stone's throw from Casa Siena suitable to all budgets from simple to fine dining. Casa Siena - we spoil you with simplicity and style. ... more less