Galle Henna Estate Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.9
Reviewed:
26-Feb-2010

This house scores points for its location, which is tranquil and rural but also not far away from restaurants, beaches and shops. It has a wonderful garden full of fruit trees such as mango, banana and avocado that you can enjoy for breakfast and its large size offers plenty of scope for children to run around and play. Loads of birds visit the garden along with the occasional monkey so it is also a haven for nature lovers. The sunken swimming pool has a generous sun deck and is walled so that you can swim and tan in privacy, however windows in the wall allow you to look through into the paddy fields beyond which makes it feel a little less enclosed. There are three members of staff, but you hardly see them as they let you enjoy the house and make yourselves at home. The house itself is beautiful and has been very sensitively restored. It has also been decorated in such a way to make it feel very much like home. There’s lots of spots to relax both inside and outside of the house, as well as in the privacy of individual bedrooms which is a highlight for groups. The fifth, single, bedroom is very useful for a nanny or a child and has a lovely balcony overlooking the paddy fields and garden. Parents should keep an eye on children using the stairs as the steps are made from unforgiving polished cement. There’s an equipped kitchen to the rear which is ideal for self-catering, however the very friendly and helpful manager (who lives in the house next door) can also prepare lunches and dinners for you with advance notice. He will shop on your account so it’s best to give a wad of cash at the start of your stay and top it up when necessary. Unawatuna Beach and lots of restaurants are a short drive away, and the staff can arrange transport for you on request.

Individual Scores:

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

The wonderful tranquil location and beautiful views over the paddy fields and beyond are definite highlights, as is the extensive tropical garden filled with wildlife. The privacy that the staff allow you are also highlights, whilst the property’s seclusion is enhanced by the fact that it’s actually only a five minute drive to the beach.

Surprises

Very few. Mosquitoes here are inevitable and annoying, so cover up at dawn and dusk and ask the staff for coils. There are electric repellents in the bedrooms for night time use. The cement floors, both inside and outside, can get slippery when wet, so always take care.

Guest Reviews (1)

MB, China checked out on 29-Aug-2010
Overall Rating:
7.2
Reviewed:
14-Dec-2010
We enjoyed our stay at Polheena. If you are looking for an inland villa option, it's location is ideal, overlooking the rice paddies and a short tuk tuk ride to the beach. Galle is a good 20 minute tuk tuk ride though. The gardens and pool are well kept and in a nice setting - there are some steep walls though which are not ideal if you have young children. The downstairs bathrooms and bathrooms are very well done and are better designed and fitted than those upstairs. The staff are friendly and helpful. Overall good value.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:8 Location:7 Outside Area:8
Living Area:7 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:6 Facilities:7 Staff:7
Value:8
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based on 2 user reviews. This house scores points for its location, which is tranquil and rural but also not far away from restaurants, beaches and shops. It has a wonderful garden full of fruit trees such as mango, banana and avocado that you can enjoy for breakfast and its large size offers plenty of scope for children to run around and play. Loads of birds visit the garden along with the occasional monkey so it is also a haven for nature lovers. The sunken swimming pool has a generous sun deck and is walled so that you can swim and tan in privacy, however windows in the wall allow you to look through into the paddy fields beyond which makes it feel a little less enclosed. There are three members of staff, but you hardly see them as they let you enjoy the house and make yourselves at home. The house itself is beautiful and has been very sensitively restored. It has also been decorated in such a way to make it feel very much like home. There’s lots of spots to relax both inside and outside of the house, as well as in the privacy of individual bedrooms which is a highlight for groups. The fifth, single, bedroom is very useful for a nanny or a child and has a lovely balcony overlooking the paddy fields and garden. Parents should keep an eye on children using the stairs as the steps are made from unforgiving polished cement. There’s an equipped kitchen to the rear which is ideal for self-catering, however the very friendly and helpful manager (who lives in the house next door) can also prepare lunches and dinners for you with advance notice. He will shop on your account so it’s best to give a wad of cash at the start of your stay and top it up when necessary. Unawatuna Beach and lots of restaurants are a short drive away, and the staff can arrange transport for you on request.

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