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Relaxing front area.
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Morning front view with sun shine
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Bathroom
Bed room with King Size beds
Bed Room
Two Single beds in the Room
Simple Kitchen
Brand New Fridge & Cooker
Neighbour door holy bodhi tree.
Birds on the front net of the garden
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Hikkaduwa, Galle District, Southern Province

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Tiffy S
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Holiday from Hell”
Reviewed 18 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016
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We booked Lavinia cottage for 3 weeks over the Christmas period. We had flown from the UK & were looking forward to spending my birthday & our first Christmas & New year away from home.

The owner had arranged for a Tuk Tuk driver to pick us up from the bus stop in Hikkaduwa. He didn't speak any English & when we pulled up to the cottage he opened the door and simply ran off. It was really odd. After we closed the door the realisation hit us of what a mistake we had made booking this property. It was damp, smelly, rotting infested and had not been cleaned for a long long time. There was so much wrong with this place I don't even know where to start.

Bedroom 1. The mosquito net in the double bedroom had holes all over it. When I say holes, I'm talking at least 20cm wide, EVERYWHERE. The door had been punched many times & we found this distressing as evidently violence had taken place here. The lights were full of cobwebs & there were ear wigs on the ceiling. The towels in the wardrobe were damp & smelly.
Bedroom 2. No mosquito net in either of the single beds, moldy plug sockets, rusting fan & live critters in the net curtains, air con fan on ceiling covered in black mold.
Lounge. Rot coming down from the ceiling. Ceiling in places looked as if it was going to collapse. Stains on cushions, dirty sticky floor, dust everywhere.
Bathroom. Damp & water stains on ceiling. Rotting rags left on the side
Kitchen. Filthy fridge with mould. Oven had stains all over it. All cupboards were dirty including utensils. A rotting t shirt & rag was left on top of the washing machine, these rags left all over the cottage made me sick to my stomach, it was as if someone hadn't been in to the cottage for at least a year and the clothes were rotting with black holes in them. It was like walking into a nightmare.

Obviously our first reaction was to phone the owner Lachintha. After speaking to him he told me he was in Colombo which was 3 hours away but he would send his brother round in ten minutes. After waiting for over an hour I phoned his brother who didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I told him we weren't prepared to stay in such filthy living conditions & for somebody to pick up the key immediately. Also I said we would be wanting a full refund as the listing obviously was not as advertised. In turn I had his brother shouting at me down the phone saying that they wouldn't give me a refund & that it was my decision not to stay. I tried to call the owner many times & he would not answer the phone. Eventually the Tuk Tuk driver came back & we gave him back the key. When we asked his brother if the Tuk Tuk driver could drop us 5 minutes away to find alternative accommodation we were told no and that they would not help us do this. Unbelievable!! The owner at this point cowardly still wasn't answering any of my calls so I sent him a message through the TripAdvisor app telling him my concerns & that under no circumstances would we be staying there. It was then I was met with messages saying 'he had met people like us before, spending $20 a night and expecting $100 room. I explained to him it doesn't matter if your paying $20 or $100 for a room, the accommodation has to be liveable, clean etc. In no way did he offer any solution apart from cleaning the house the next day & replacing the fan! The property was so bad it was beyond having a clean. When the ceiling has soil, earwigs & rot coming out of it it's simply not livable and I am certain we would have ended up in hospital if we had stayed there.

Everything about this property was absolutely disgusting & the dishonest actions of the owner (by the way claiming he had it cleaned a week ago) ruined my birthday, christmas and new year as we were forced to find alternative accommodation 4 days before Christmas. How somebody could be so unethical & dishonest is beyond me. I am writing this review & adding all the photos I took to warn other people who are thinking of staying here, not to bother. The photos certainly are not a true reflection of the property.

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Erna M
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“wonderful place for your stay”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
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I want to recommend this lovely cottage for everyone who is looking for a truly and typical place in Sri Lanka between the local people and the nice natural world! We enjoyed the house with all the pleasing manner of the owner who always cared for our comfort! Thank you Lachi!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
14 Aug 2015
It was my pleasure that your kind family stay at my simple house & i would love that you come again in the future.
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bloedheet
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Recommended!!!”
Reviewed 6 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Lavinia cottage is a nice place to stay with a great garden to relax in a guiet area! We enjoyed staying here. It was easy to walk to the center en the beach. Lachinta is a really helpfull and friendly guy.
Thank you for staying in your house!
Ilse and Anna

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Management Response
14 Aug 2015
I would love that you stay my house & hope to see you again & again in the future..
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Wander Z
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“lavinia Cottage, the place to be”
Reviewed 14 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

If you like to meet local people and also near to beach and Hikkaduwa,  Lavinia Cottage is the place to be. It has a lovely veranda and during  the month we stayed here we did not sit inside. Lachi, the house owner,  was very helpfull. He is also tuktuk driver and guide. He arranged the transfer from Colombo airport and later we had beautifull tours in his tuktuk to the Madu River, the Waterfalls and Galle Fort.  If you with more persons he also can provide a small bus, which was very comfortable when our family came over.

Your first impression of Hikkaduwa is, do I have to spend my holidays here with the busy Galle Road crossing the Village.  But take after you saw the sunset a strawl over the beach and see all the possibilties where you can have a nice lunch or dinner. Also try the small restaurants, even if it is not looking attractive. The food is often delicious. Lachi showed us also a temple, offered by Japan, in Galle, where you can watch a beautifull sun set. Perhaps later dinner at the Rampart Hotel in Fort Galle. Also nice for lunch with a nice sea view.

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Liked best: between the locals
Liked least: no restaurants around.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Management Response
18 Mar 2015
Wander & Erik Thank you for your comments. I was really happy to meet persons like you. I hope you guys enjoy a lot at my house. Looking forward to see you next year again & again...
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Wander Z
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: de ligging, veranda en tuin
Liked least: n.v.t.
Travelling group: Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
9 Apr 2016
Dear Wander & Erik,

You always welcome to Lavinia Cottage....

Hope to see you very very soon

Kind Regards
Lachintha
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Clerc M
1 review
Reviewed 17 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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Travelling group: Avec mes amis
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Apr 2016
Cher Clerc ,

tout d'abord vous remercier pour rester à mon chalet de lavinia .

je suis toujours la bienvenue agréable , les personnes aimables comme vous ....

il est plaisir de vous aider pour mon invité ..

j'espère que vous avez eu un merveilleux moment à mon village ..

pour la prochaine fois que vous venez , vous pouvez dormir dans le degré de froid ...

je vais fixer une machine à air conditionné ...

l'espoir de vous voir à l'avenir .

sincères amitiés
Lachintha
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