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From pool to river
House from the river
you sit here
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House fom river
Pool to river
Master suite terrace at sunset
Sunset
House at night
spa ceylon
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Ambalangoda, Galle District, Southern Province

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Melissa T
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Tranquil Villa and pleasant staff but dont trust the local manager”
Reviewed 31 December 2017 for a stay in December 2017

While the setting is very tranquil , the villa spacious with lovely furniture, the local manager can not be trusted as he charges double for any additional transport requests you may have including the river safari and the transfer from the airport in spite of the assurance in the description: Other things to note: A highlight is often a river safari. We make sure it is very fairly priced (no markups or commission) and it starts right from our own riverbank We only found out after the fact that we charged double the price according to local sources. We also requested the local manager for transport to the National park which was an overnight stay this was also over charged (nearly double) for and we found out via the hotel we had booked at for the night that the local manager of Riverview made the driver pay for his own accommodation. The whole experience at Riverview left a very sour taste and we constantly felt we were been taking advantage of in terms of 1. Being first time visitors to Sri Lanka. 2. Wanting to enjoy our holiday but being overcharged for EVERYTHING. We organised our own transport back to the airport at 40USD cheaper ( the reason given for the difference is parking needs to be arranged when collecting which is nonsense) So be warned that the description of this property is not accurate as you will not being paying reasonable or fair prices however inflated prices. The local manager can not be trusted to ensure, as a tourist/AIRBNBer, you are not taken advantage of. On the positives. The setting is very tranquil and rural . The villa is spacious which is great for kids. Must be careful with small kids who cant swim as there is no fence around the pool(correctly depicted in the pics). Villa does need some TLC. The chef being available to cook all your meals is a nice experience. I would suggest going into to town to buy your own groceries so you are able to choose the price and brands or types of foods you will like. There are two lovely helpers on the property Chitra and Mithila who are always on hand to help you with making a pot of tea/coffee(can buy at the local cargills) or other questions. There is a washing machine on site however it did not do a great job of cleaning our clothes. Not sure why. If you need to use the shower make sure the water pump is on Mithila will quickly arrange. Otherwise the pump is located in the hallway behind the kitchen which you can easily find and switch on yourself. The AIRCON works ok in the main bedroom but this could be much better. TUK TUK rides are easily arranged by Chitra and cost about 250 LKR into town or 350 to the beach further distances are obviously more. Jungle beach restaurant was a good place for lunch and kids to swim

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Pimxaja
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing villa - wonderful view - friendly and helpfull staff - delicious cooking”
Reviewed 5 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We, two couples of the Netherlands, had a fantastic stay at the Riverview House at the Laguna in Ambalangoda ( 1 1/2 hour drive south from Colombo).
A very friendly and helpfull staff and delicious Sri Lankan food. Thank you to Dudley, Chintha and Mithila.
We liked the beautiful sunset and the thousands of bat flying over the villa.
Swimming in the pool is amazing with wonderful views over the Laguna and the jungle.
It is a little paradise!

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“Just the place we were looking for!”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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What a find, everybody's first instinct is to head to the coast but just 10 minutes inland we found perfect tranquility on the banks of the river. Peace and quiet, perfect service, what more could you ask for!

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Reviewed 25 November 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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Reviewed 23 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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