Guests at Meditation Flat 
Guests at the Meditation Flat
Enjoying the soaking pool
Enjoying the soaking pool

Reviews of
Halgolla Plantation Home

Accommodation of a different kind

Sunset from the front verandah at HPH
Sunset from the verandah at HPH

HPH awarded the "Certificate of Excellence 2015" from Trip Advisor.

Certificate of Excellence 2015


Royston Ellis, esteemed travel writer, reviews HPH  in the Sunday Times of Sri Lanka.

Royston Ellis's review in the Bradt Travel Guide for Sri Lanka, 2014.

Royston Reports: HPH named Top Home Stay in Sri Lanka 2013

Review of HPH in the Colombo Gazette (January 2014).

Review of HPH in the Daily Mirror (September 2014)

Review of HPH in the Sunday Leader (April 2014)

But most of all, we ask that you read what our guests have had to say!*

Neil & Anne Murray
Surrey, UK
"One of the most idyllic stays of my life anywhere. Marvellous setting, fabulous hospitality, exceptional food and grounds to die for. Unforgettable experience and one we will want to repeat. Thank you for your hospitality. This has been a wonderful stay."

Renee Archer & Nicole McDougall
Victoria, Australia
"Many, many thanks to Arlene & Emil for their entertaining hospitality and care for us. We had a relaxing 2 nights and loved the various conversations of personal and country history - comparing politicians!. Sitting on the porch with that phenomenal view was wonderful. And thank you for the delicious food - best we've had in Sri Lanka. We wish you the best of luck and lots of health and happiness for the future. Warm thanks, Nicole and Renee"

Dr. Beverley Howson & Dr. Donald Goodman
Derbyshire, UK
"Dear Arlene & Emil, Thank you for our wonderful stay. We loved the food throughout the day! The forest walk was utterly fascinating... We took a day trip to Kandy which went very smoothly, the botanical gardens were particularly worth seeing. Most of all I enjoyed the view from the verandah through the begonias and huge trees and of course the conversation. Thank you, Donald and Beverley"

Zeena Al Taher & Maysoon Khalifeh
"We had a great time. Starting with a beautiful walk around the plantation and learned so much about the different plant and trees; a truly unique of teaching. We really appreciate the conservation and preservation aspects focused on. We felt so welcomed in a warm family atmosphere. The food was amazingly cooked and presented. We were happy to share a meal with other guests. We left with a cute little gift bag of spices which was a very sentimental gesture of kindness and generosity. The whole experience is absolutely unique and enriching."

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*All comments and photos here are printed with the approval of the guests.

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Halgolla Plantation Home, Galagedera, Sri Lanka

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