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Octopus Garden House
Ranked #25 of 116 Tangalle B&B and Inns
Dublin, Ireland
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55 reviews
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“Exceptionally clean and comfortable with sea view”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

In 28 days of travelling around Sri Lanka we didn't have such a good night sleep. Greg mattresses, high spec room. Clean, and spacious and from your bed you can see the sea, and hear the waves crash all night. Breakfast was huge. Would recommend trying the homemade roti - like little while wheat pancakes served with a fresh tomato salsa or honey/ jam. Lots of tropical fruit and eggs however you like them. They have a dog for security and he takes his job seriously so you feel very safe. Loved this place, right on tangalle beach :) and despite warnings of July being monsoon season we had a full day sunbathing on the beach :) dreaming of those great mattresses in room 3

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Stayed a night without reservation, and would have stayed longer if the rooms were not booked ahead. Enjoyed my interesting talk with owner Steve and had the best breakfast ever. The beach and the garden are very nice.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

From the friendly and welcoming staff to the proximity to the never ending beach, Octopus Garden is the perfect place to stay in Tangalle.

But the real highlight was the amazing breakfasts cooked by Concy. Starting with a giant plate of fresh fruits and then going on to a variety of delicious Sri Lankan breakfasts that will keep you full and satisfied. Easily the best food of our trip, and that's saying something considering how delicious Sri Lankan cuisine is. It was so good, that we arranged for a cooking lesson with Concy one day in hopes that some of her magic might rub off.

Verena was a fantastic host, arranging for all manner of activity during our stay and pointing us in the direction of places to check out in Colombo on the way out.

The rooms are basic and comfortable, and you get to wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. This place can't be beat.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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western australia
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Excellent stay and hospitality are guaranteed at Octopus Garden and let's not mention the amazing breakfast cooked with care and love by Concy, Beautiful sound of the waves crashing to rock you to sleep, thanks

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Great location, right on the beach. The breakfasts are amazing, lots of fresh fruit and incredible Sri Lankan style breakfasts that are different everyday, (think the best of our trip and we ate well everywhere!) Room is basic and we didn't realise shower only has cold water, but was ok. They have nice chairs outside each room with coffee table to sit back and relax. Owners have loads of great food and activity recommendations. The only downside for me was the local stray dogs barked a lot in the night and this woke me up every night, but my boyfriend slept through them fine. So guess just depends how heavy you sleep.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

The accommodation is basic but very clean and comfortable. There was air conditioning in the room we stayed in which I think is a must in Sri Lanka as it is very humid.
The location is top notch as you are literally right across from the beach. The sound of the ocean, particularly at night is enchanting.
The breakfast is excellent and really sets you up for the day. Lovely Sri Lankan style curry dhal, string hoppers and curd with treacle. Yum.
We ate at the Starfish Beach Cafe in the evening which was excellent. The different types of roti there are a must.
Overall Tangalle is a relatively quiet part of the country. If you just want to chill out by the beach an eat cheap food it's great. It has more of a backpacker feel than other places we stayed.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

It's all been said already. This is just a well run, clean, well situated guesthouse. Special points of mentioning are the breakfasts, the coffe which is real coffee not instant, concey her sister, Verona and Steve, sleeping with the sound of the sea and the relaxed feeling. Great start to our Sri Lankan adventure. The beach opposite isn't the best place to take your child for a swim and you should avoid if you're not use to swimming in the ocean simply go.to the harbour where there is calm waters and a coral reef. Finally try a chocolate browny.....

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Octopus Garden House
Address: 51 Deepankara Road | Medaketiya, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tangalle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 116 B&Bs / Inns in Tangalle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
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