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Looking due south across the veranda
Exceptional views and sea breezes
Pool steps
Two horizons
The Dikwella-Hiriketiya headland
From The Courtyard Bedroom
The Saffron House looking east
A storm coming in
The Croquet Lawn
Entrance steps
Looking towards the central courtyard
Hiriketiya Bay; a few minutes stroll down the lane
Fishing boats on Hiriketiya beach
Hiriketiya beach from the bottom of the lane
The Penguin and Japanese Araliya
The Veranda Sitting Area at sunset
The sitting area
Master Bedroom Two
Master Bedroom One Bathrrom
South east from the terrace
Bathroom shower
The Sea Bedroom from the east
From The Courtyard Bedroom
The Penguin by the pool
Nighttime across sthe pool to the coconut tree
Mater Bedroom One shower
Looking south west from the veranda
The Veranda Sitting Area
The Veranda Sitting Area at sunset
The Veranda Sitting Area at sunset
Desk in dining area and cloakroom
Bougainvillea on the drive
Heliconia
Master Bedroom One desk and chaise longue
Master Bedroom One
Master Bedroom One Bathroom
Master Bedroom One
Master Bedroom Two
The Courtyard Bedroom Bathroom
Master Bedroom Two and Japanese Areliya on the terrace
Master Bedroom Two
Master Bedroom Two
The Courtyard Bedroom
The Courtyard Bedroom
The Courtyard Bedroom
The Courtyard Bedroom
Master Bedroom Two
Master Bedroom One Bathroom
Japanese Araliya around the terrace
Nightime across the pool to the courtyard
Peacocks on the rocks at the bottom of the garden
Dikwella beach in the evening
From the terrace to The Sea Bedroom
The Sea Bedroom from the swimming pool
South east through the coconut trees
Gardens from the top of the drive
Lilies in the Koi Pond
Courtyard from Master Bedroom Two
South west across the Koi Pond
Looking south east from Master Bedroom Two
Heliconia in the flower garden
Whales occasionally pass the bottom of the garden within 400 meters.
The Courtyard Bedroom
The Courtyard Bedroom
Path up to the staff house
Looking south across the main lawn
Heliconia around the staff house
Looking south from the vegetable garden to the Croquet lawn
Looking west on the rocks towards Dondra lighthouse
More Heliconia in the flower garden
Looking West by the Croquet Lawn
The Croquet Lawn
Looking south west to The Sea Bedroom
From the Courtyard Room lawn
Side entrance from Dickwella side in the rain
Dickwella Beach to the west; a short stroll.
South east from the terrace
Looking south from Master Bedroom Two
From The Courtyard Bedroom
The Dikwella-Hiriketiya headland
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Tangalle, Southern Province

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Forde73
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Paradise”
Reviewed 5 August 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We first stayed here in April 2014. Our stay was so magical then, we booked again for this year and it was even better than last year. So much so that we are in the process of booking for April 2016. What makes Saffron House unique is its staff, their attention to detail and ability to go above and beyond to make sure their guests are happy and comfortable. Chris, Jeremy, Gayaan and the rest of the team know exactly how to run this magnificent house, they are like family, totally professional and have the knack of being around but not being around. The pictures show how stunning TSH is but what you can't experience is the delicious home cooked food. I crave throughout the year for Chris's crab curry, passion fruit leaf salad with coconut & chilli, home made chocolate donuts and the local curd with local treacle is divine. Chris's cooking repertoire is vast and varied, she will also cater for fussy kids by preparing pizza, fried potatoes, lasagne etc. This year the on site masseuse was a fantastic addition (additional cost) you get the best massage I have ever experienced...and I've had a fair few! A short stroll from the house is a secluded bay with a beach bar owned by a very laid back Aussie who will rent you a surf board and even give you a lesson. The beach bar serves drinks, cocktails and food. The Saffron House is truly paradise, our little piece of heaven on earth and we are always truly grateful to Paul, Chris, Jeremy and all the staff involved for looking after us. See you in April

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Management Response
6 Aug 2015
Thank you so much for such a great review. This sort of feedback means a great deal to the staff. And of course we all look forward to having you back again next year. Kind regards, Paul
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Denis_MC...
London
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding stay in Paradise.....!”
Reviewed 5 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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person found this review helpful

We are a group of very satisfied adults and kids who stayed in Saffron house. Great value for a larger group with full board. Excellently catered for by the engaging and wonderful Chris, Jeremy and team. Accommodation first class, infinity pool with views to the rolling ocean, big gardens and easy access to calm or wave filled beaches either side of the villa. Great location for relaxing and exploring the south coast - Galle and further east to Yala Nat Park and Tangalle. And then there was the food.... simply delicious for kids and adults alike - not one complaint. One of the best ever vacations........ thanks Saffron House.

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Harriet M
2 reviews
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“The dream honeymoon location! Wonderful staff, food, views, pool and beach, nothing in our experience beats it.”
Reviewed 9 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We were kindly given our stay at The Saffron House by the owners as a wedding present. It was the best place we stayed in Sri Lanka, we ate the most incredible food (my husband now loves fish having never liked it before), the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating; there to wait on us whenever we needed but also respectful of our privacy. We loved having the option of lying by the pool, or visiting the nearest beach (5 minute walk away) for a swim in the sea, or a beer in the little beach bar there. I would recommend The Saffron House to couples or families as a top holiday destination, you won't be disappointed.

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Liked best: The staff and food!
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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wisboroug...
West Sussex, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Magnificent”
Reviewed 26 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We stayed at Saffron for 2 weeks. There were 4 adults and a 14 month old baby. We were treated like royalty.
The house itself is comfortable, with very comfortable beds an important feature. The pool is perfect, big enough for a good swim but small enough to be fun. The views from the house and garden stunning.
The thing that makes Saffron extra special, however, is the staff. Chris and her husband Jeremy lead the team and ensure that everything is done to make life a joy. Chris is an excellent cook and you pay only for food, no add ons as the staff are paid by the owner. Jeremy keeps an exact account of every penny and his honesty is shown by the offer of a refund at our departure. The rest of the team were equally lovely.
I cannot recommend this property too highly, a magnificent house with wonderful staff. We thank them all.

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Liked best: The staff
Liked least: Leaving
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
27 Feb 2015
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, particularly your comments about Chris & Jeremy. I know this sort of feedback means a lot to them. And thank you of course for staying at the villa and we hope to see you again. Kind regards, Paul
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Fabien C
1 review
“Exclusive Villa & Amazing Food in Sri Lanka”
Reviewed 15 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

This villa was recommend by our nanny who takes care of our two young children when we stay in the area. Their parents are the villa managers.

Truly amazing house with stunning view on the beach. As soon as we entered in there, it was such a relaxing atmosphere. We felt truly like home, within our local family.

We stayed only for dinner. Stunning home made cooking with fresh fish.

We are looking forward to come back next year and stay more in this villa.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Dec 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words & I'm pleased you enjoyed Chris's cooking!
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timgrubb
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Perfection in Sri Lanka”
Reviewed 17 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We just spent 6 amazing days at the Saffron house and it is truly paradise. I had to drag my wife out at the end because she never wanted to leave. The property and house are so tranquil and you can tell that no expense was spared creating this unique place - top notch design, amenities, and the best part was the staff and food - no request was too much. The villa managers Chris and Jeremy (who are Sri Lankan but have lived a fascinating life in high-end hospitality all over the world) make sure everything is up to their world class standards. My wife provided an extensive list of Sri Lankan cuisine (including desserts) and Chris made sure they were all taken care of - and more. We had the most amazing crab curry, prawn curry, fried fish, fresh parathas, banana cake, wattalapam pudding, etc. - every meal was a gourmet feast.

The location is very peaceful looking out over a coconut grove and the Southern Ocean. The only sounds are the crashing waves and the local peacocks from time to time. The swimming beach is just a short walk down the road (2 min) and is a great sandy swimming beach (which is sometimes hard to find on the Southwest coast (we've stayed right on the beach at a few places in Talpe and you couldn't even swim because it was too rocky up and down the shore)

Over several visits we have stayed at many of the top villas in this stretch (Talpe/Mirissa/Tangalle, etc) and the Saffron House is at the top of the list. We will definitely be making plans to return soon.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Sep 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words, particularly about Chris, Jeremy and the other staff. It means a lot when their hard work is recognised and when they know they have succeeded in making someone’s stay so enjoyable; so thank you on their behalf. And thank you for being such lovely guests and giving us such a great first review! Kind regards, Paul
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