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“Stunning”
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Review of Old Clove House

Fully renovated and modernised for modern living. Perfect base to explore the beaches and Galle Fort
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Fully renovated and modernised for modern living. Perfect base to explore the beaches and Galle Fort
Very comfortable sitting/ lounging daybed. Light, airy and bright central reception with fresh flowers for all guests.
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Fully renovated and modernised for modern living. Perfect base to explore the beaches and Galle Fort
Very comfortable sitting/ lounging daybed.
Light, airy and bright central reception with fresh flowers for all guests.
Light, airy and bright central reception with fresh flowers for all guests.
Light, airy and bright central reception with fresh flowers for all guests.
Poolside/ TV Room sitting area.
Poolside dining pavillion that seats 8 comfortably, but up to 12 with extra table and chairs.
Poolside dining pavillion that seats 8 comfortably, but up to 12 with extra table and chairs.
Poolside dining pavillion that seats 8 comfortably, but up to 12 with extra table and chairs.
Upper Level Master Suite, with King-sized bed and extra thick spring mattress.
Upper Level Master Suite private sitting area.
Upper Level Master Suite dressing area.
Upper Level Master Suite en-suite shower and toilet.
Upper Level Master Suite.
Poolside Double Bedroom with direct pool access and private sitting area.
Shower and bathroom that's attached to the poolside double bedroom.
Children's Room with a double bed and a single bed. Perfect for a family or group of kids.
Single bed in Nanny's room that's attached to Children's Room. Perfect for the nanny
Bathroom that's attached to Children's and Nanny's Room.
33 feet long wet-edge pool that's perfect to cool down on hot balmy days.
Bathroom that's attached to Children's and Nanny's Room.
33 feet long wet-edge pool that's perfect to cool down on hot balmy days.
Lush, green verdant grounds and expansive lawns.
Lush, green verdant grounds and expansive grounds.
Thalpe Beach, an easy 2 minute tuk tuk ride or 15 minute stroll from the house.
Unawatuna Bay, an easy 5 minute tuk tuk ride from the house.
An example of the cuisine served at Old Clove House.
An example of the cuisine served at Old Clove House.
An example of the cuisine served at Old Clove House.
Fresh flowers from the garden for the house.
Our guests go through a lot of fresh tropical fruit at Old Clove House.
A typical tropical fresh fruit platter of pineapples, watermelon, mangoes, papaya and passionfruit.
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Talpe, Galle District, Southern Province

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The_Bali...
Seminyak, Indonesia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed 29 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Old Clove is just stunning ! It is located very close to Unawatuna or Talpe beaches, in a quiet residential area, very esay to move around in Tuk-tuks or scooters. Galle is just 6km away, and perfect for a late afternoon tour. The grounds are superb with an oversize lawn and manicured garden. The pool and dining area are really engaging as is the rest of the house which has been very tastefully renovated and decorated by Taï. The house is actually a lot brighter than the pictures.
Sattish, the owner Taï and the boys were made the experience even more special. We had great full time service at anytime. Great breakfasts, yummy lunches and diner have easily been organised with little notice and more than reasonable cost. Nothing was complicated for them to organise (massage, scooter, van, dealing with the police...), i can't thank them enough! Really want to go back !

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Aug 2015
It was really wonderful having you and your siblings stay at Old Clove House.

It was so unfortunate that your bag got stolen at the beach but of course we had to do all we could with our contacts at the police to act quickly to trace and recover your bag and belongings. I am truly regretful that this hapened but truly delighted at the happy ending of recovering all your belongings and cash, and I really hope this didn't mar your experience of Sri Lanka.

We look forward to welcoming you and all of your friends and family to Old Clove House again.
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Keith M
Hong Kong, China
1 review
“Beautiful House in a Tranquil Setting”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 for a stay in April 2014

I visited with some friends from China and Hong Kong in April and found Old Clove House on the internet after we were not happy with where we had already booked. We went to check it out and found that it was not far from the beach and wow, what a great place it was. The manager, Sathish showed us round, and we loved the beautiful garden, the rooms were large and spacious and could accommodate all eight of us, the pool and dining pavillion was beautiful. We immediately booked for a week and what a week it was.

The house itself was amazing, and we spent most of the time lounging in the front lounge or by the pool. There was so much space to lounge around and the eight of us never once felt it was crowded. The house is beautifully decorated with simple antique furniture and artwork by a Sri Lankan artist and it shows that the owner has spent a lot of time and effort in getting everything just right. The WiFi worked really well and as it was totally private with no neighbours, we could play our music as loudly as we wanted. There was even a massage room which got used a lot as all of us got almost daily massages by the masseuse who gives a very deep and intense but wonderfully relaxing massage.

The rooms were all different but all really good. The master suite is the biggest and the best but the poolside room the most fun, with direct access to the pool. The children's room had 4 beds, a queen and 2 singles but all the beds had the most comfortable mattresses and bed-linen and all of my friends and I had the most wonderful sleep.

The staff was out of this world. Sathish, the manager is very friendly and attentive and he and his team took care of all of us really well. Sathish would discuss our meal plans with us and the cook and they'll then get everything sorted for us. The meals were delicious and as good as any meals at a good restaurant or 5-star hotel as the cook had worked at some good establishments. We love to cook ourselves and it was not a problem at all to use the kitchen, and Sathish took us to the fish market where we bought amazing fish (especially the tuna which was so cheap!) and even got us live lobsters (again very cheap!). Nothing was impossible and the staff really went all out for us.

Sathish also organised some excursions for us and it was really easy and hassle free. The tuk tuks will come at the scheduled time, and took us for snorkelling and fishing trips whilst some of the others went scuba-diving (operated by the same operator). We also visited Galle Fort which was just 15 minutes from the house, a tea estate and factory and went to Unawatuna beach. But every time we went out, it was wonderful to return to Old Clove House. Stepping back through the front gates is like stepping away from all the traffic and noise into a haven of tranquility.

It was difficult leaving Old Clove House after such a wonderful week, with the lovely smiles of Sathish and his team but we promise that we'll be back.

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Liked best: The house, loction & staff
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
15 Aug 2014
Thank you so much for your very kind words and I'm really happy that you and your friends had a wonderful experience at Old Clove House. Thanks so much for the very generous gratuity left for the team but their job was undoubtedly made much easier by the friendliness of you and your friends.

I do hope that you'll return to Old Clove House with your friends again and the team will be welcoming you back with the warmest of welcomes.
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HJC757
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday with young children”
Reviewed 21 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014

The Old Clove House is set in a big lawned garden with a swimming pool. The house has all the space and bathrooms we needed and is beautifully decorated. It feels clean, light and airy. The house manager and his staff are what made our holiday relaxing. Until our stay at the Old Clove House I thought that a relaxing holiday with a two and a four year old was impossible but during our stay we read books, floated about in the pool, went to the beach every day and relaxed in the afternoons and evenings. The children were happy and settled straight away. The team of staff were friendly, helpful, efficient and organised. No request was too much. The house ran like clockwork even with four small children around. The chef was excellent and all the food was delicious. We would love to stay there again in the future.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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PJCotton
Shanghai
1 review
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“Beautiful House and Wonderful Staff - perfect family villa”
Reviewed 17 February 2014 for a stay in December 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We had booked to stay at the Old Clove House over the Christmas and New Year period, but we were so happy there we extended our stay. It was the perfect place for us to base ourselves with our young children (aged 2 and 4), plus visiting family and friends. While only 3 bedrooms, all are very spacious and offer flexible accommodation to allow for additional guests to stay. It has a huge garden, which is very safe for the children, and comes complete with visiting monkeys. The staff were all exceptionally professional, helpful and very lovely with our children and other young guests - even when we caused a lot of mess. The food was excellent throughout the stay and again they were very accommodating in catering for our fussy eaters. The location is great too - very quiet and private yet a two minute tuk-tuk ride to the most child friendly beach and beach bar. All in all an excellent house - and we have stayed at many in Sri Lanka - and one of our best holidays.

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Liked best: Lovely quiet, safe garden, the staff and convenient location.
Liked least: The pool is quite deep.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Jane B
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Marvellous Holiday”
Reviewed 20 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

My Husband, children, and grandchildren have just spent a fabulous holiday at Clove House, Sri Lanka, where everything from beginning to end was top quality. The service provided at the house was first rate, and the food was nothing short of excellent so much so that we did not bother eating out as we were so happy with what was served at the house. Everyone concerned couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure to stay there.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Jan 2014
Thank you very much for your very kind words and we're very happy that you've had an enjoyable stay at Old Clove House. We're extremely pleased that you've found the food and service to be good and the staff are very appreciative of the very generous gratuity that you have given them. A big thank you once again and look forward to welcoming you back to Old Clove House.
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VIRGINIE6...
Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Travelling group: En famille avec adolescent(s)
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Management Response
6 Sep 2014
Thank you very much for your review and it was a pleasure having you and your family stay. The team at Old Clove House looks forward to welcoming you and your family and friends back to Old Clove House.
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