The Old Lady at the Sea Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.0
Reviewed:
17-May-2013

The Old Lady at the Sea offers excellent value for money, especially when filled to its full capacity of 20 guests. The villa is also very well situated – right beside the sea and only a short drive to both Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna beaches, as well as Galle’s famous fort.

Despite touches of modernity in the form of terrazzo floors, air conditioning and TVs/DVD players, we thought that the ‘Old Lady’ felt more old-fashioned than fashionably colonial. It is, however, kept spick and span by the friendly staff who are led by a manager who made every effort to help and please.  The female staff and the manager share the cooking, and each has their own speciality dish. Guests may also self-cater as and when they wish.

We also noticed that bedrooms and bathrooms in the ‘Old Lady’ were a little smaller and darker than the ‘Young Lady’s’ rooms, which opened straight onto the pool and garden. For in-villa entertainment there’s a good stock of DVDs and CDs, as well as five iPod docks, and for things to do beyond the villa there are a number of restaurants, shops, activities and beaches within a 15-minute drive.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:7 Location:7 Outside Area:7
Living Area:6 Bedrooms:6 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:6 Facilities:8 Staff:8
Value:9
Highlights

An excellent value seaside property that’s great for extended families and big groups looking to stay away from the main resorts. The recent addition of a fun kid’s paddling pool with water-spouts makes it especially attractive to families. The new (march 2013) barbecue area is fab for group gatherings.

Surprises

Unfortunately, some traffic noise is inevitable, as the property is built close to the main road. However, on our most recent visit (March 2013), the owners mentioned that since the completion of the new Colombo-Galle highway, traffic is much lighter along this road. The swimming pool is only 10x4m so when the villa is full it might get a little crowded, and although the property is right beside the ocean, the beach is quite rocky so sea-swimming is not recommended.

The Old Lady at the Sea /villa/the-old-lady-at-the-sea.aspx Price starts at $648 - $1,296 per night
7 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. The Old Lady at the Sea offers excellent value for money, especially when filled to its full capacity of 20 guests. The villa is also very well situated – right beside the sea and only a short drive to both Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna beaches, as well as Galle’s famous fort.

Despite touches of modernity in the form of terrazzo floors, air conditioning and TVs/DVD players, we thought that the ‘Old Lady’ felt more old-fashioned than fashionably colonial. It is, however, kept spick and span by the friendly staff who are led by a manager who made every effort to help and please.  The female staff and the manager share the cooking, and each has their own speciality dish. Guests may also self-cater as and when they wish.

We also noticed that bedrooms and bathrooms in the ‘Old Lady’ were a little smaller and darker than the ‘Young Lady’s’ rooms, which opened straight onto the pool and garden. For in-villa entertainment there’s a good stock of DVDs and CDs, as well as five iPod docks, and for things to do beyond the villa there are a number of restaurants, shops, activities and beaches within a 15-minute drive.

Please wait...
sign up for a slice of heaven
sign in with facebook or

No thanks, holidays are not for me