We stayed here two years ago and this review is well overdue (!) and we hope the staff are still the same. Our family of 5 ( 3 boys between the ages of 8 - 13 at the time) stayed at the Old Clove House for 5 nights over the Chinese New Year.
On our return home we suffered withdrawal symptoms, missing the wonderful hospitality of the Old Clove House, its owner Tai and his team, headed by Kumara. From the moment we arrived after a rather gruelling trip, Tai and his team looked after us.
Old Clove House is a beautifully renovated plantation house located down a quiet road just off the main strip and within easy walking distance from Widjaja Beach where we swam late afternoons. On arrival and after each daily trip we were welcomed by an "Ayubowan", a cool face towel and sometimes treated to a lime and soda before we entered the acre of lush verdant garden. Each morning and afternoon we were treated to a chorus of monkeys and their jungle antics that added to our enjoyment of the place and the sense of escapism. Given that we arrived during the Cricket World Cup we had bought a cricket set and Tai's staff humoured our children and us by playing late afternoon cricket with the boys each afternoon which was one of their highlights. Old Clove House has all the pros of a 5 star boutique hotel complete with a fabulous chef Cjami and house boys Dinesh and Sahara who kept the house shipshape during our stay. Cjami's western and Sri Lankan food was some of the best we have had during our two trips to Sri Lanka.
The 4 poster beds were a dream to sleep in and the house has enough living spaces to provide a nice place for all to unwind or curl up with a book. The deep pool was also well suited for adults and older children to enjoy. We had another family of 5 who joined us for the final 3 days and the Old Clove House was able to accommodate us very comfortably. Thank you Tai and your team for a wonderful stay.