Ivory House Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.6
Reviewed:
05-Nov-2014
The rural setting of Ivory House is undeniably idyllic.  Often when you stay on the coast you miss out on experiencing the island’s lush, rural hinterland.  Here you can enjoy the best of both worlds as beaches are accessible in 10-15 minutes (there are plenty of local sprays of sand for sunbathing).  Families will find this house suits them well; the gentle lawns and shallow ledge of the pool are both child-friendly.

The villa’s wraparound veranda makes the most of the rural environs, and although it is scantily furnished with only a round table for six, there are loungers in the garden and beside the pool.  Wide folding doors bridge the gap between indoors and out, and thanks to their location to the front of the house, the huge living room and the front master suite benefit most from the rural vistas.  The second master bedroom is tucked behind, but has its own side veranda, whilst the remaining two bedrooms – one of which is very small and would suit a single traveller, a child or perhaps even a nanny – open onto the living room.

The staff looked after us well and we were happy with the chef’s cooking – amongst other items, his sweet potato and coriander soup was delicious.  We’d also recommend the Sri Lankan breakfast.  Also try to visit the nearby Kahanda Kanda hotel for afternoon tea or a meal at least once during your stay.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:7 Outside Area:8
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:7 Facilities:7 Staff:8
Value:8
Highlights

The 20m swimming pool was ideal for working off a little of the chef’s good cooking.  The ‘village in the jungle’ setting was picturesque and a stay here allowed us to immerse ourselves in Sri Lanka’s rural heartlands without being too far from the beach.  We loved the oversized lounger in the tropical garden for watching the sun set over the paddy fields.  The garden is also a haven for birds and wildlife including mongoose, lizards, chipmunks and monkeys.

Surprises

Since this is a village locale, expect to hear cockerels crowing, the faint hum of music, temple chanting and children playing (especially during holidays and festival times). In three of the bedrooms you shower in a courtyard; though perfectly private, this might not suit all.  The villa is a little off the beaten track, so having your own transport is recommended (staff can assist with organising three-wheelers or hire cars).

Ivory House /villa/ivory-house.aspx Price starts at $575 - $950 per night
7.6 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. The rural setting of Ivory House is undeniably idyllic.  Often when you stay on the coast you miss out on experiencing the island’s lush, rural hinterland.  Here you can enjoy the best of both worlds as beaches are accessible in 10-15 minutes (there are plenty of local sprays of sand for sunbathing).  Families will find this house suits them well; the gentle lawns and shallow ledge of the pool are both child-friendly.

The villa’s wraparound veranda makes the most of the rural environs, and although it is scantily furnished with only a round table for six, there are loungers in the garden and beside the pool.  Wide folding doors bridge the gap between indoors and out, and thanks to their location to the front of the house, the huge living room and the front master suite benefit most from the rural vistas.  The second master bedroom is tucked behind, but has its own side veranda, whilst the remaining two bedrooms – one of which is very small and would suit a single traveller, a child or perhaps even a nanny – open onto the living room.

The staff looked after us well and we were happy with the chef’s cooking – amongst other items, his sweet potato and coriander soup was delicious.  We’d also recommend the Sri Lankan breakfast.  Also try to visit the nearby Kahanda Kanda hotel for afternoon tea or a meal at least once during your stay.
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