Kurulla Villa Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.0
Reviewed:
26-Nov-2012

We found Kurulla Villa to be a very tranquil and convenient base to explore the surrounding beaches and fort of Galle, since its excellent out-of-the-way location is still so close to both. It is a great property for families, offering uncluttered spaces and plenty of privacy. The house is surrounded by a large garden which is mainly flat and laid to lawn, making it ideal for children of all ages to tear about in. The garden is enhanced by a wonderful 22m pool (great for exercising) with a wide, sociable, semi-circular, shelved entrance ideal for lounging or sitting half in or half out of the water. This section of the pool is also quite shallow, making it even more suitable for children.

The house boasts a scattering of antique furniture from both Sri Lanka and abroad, however, since there are only a few paintings and pictures on the walls, the overall effect is quite minimal, a feeling highlighted even more as a result of the ceilings being so high. Whilst there is a small selection of CDs and pool toys, there are no DVDs or board games and only a few books, so you might want to bring some of these with you.

The staff of three keeps the house in order and housekeeper Chandana stays in the staff quarters at night. The cook prepares meals from a basic priced menu, although you can also discuss other simple options with him, which Chandana will then price up for you. Guests also have the option of self-catering or, since there are so many good restaurants within such a short distance, eating out in either Unawatuna or Galle.

Individual Scores:

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

The extensive garden and large swimming pool really enhance this property and make it especially suitable for those wishing to holiday in privacy whilst still being close to the beaches and attractions of Galle. The flat lawns, spacious uncluttered interiors and seclusion also make it a good choice for families. Outstanding value for a 4-bedroom place.

Surprises

Watch out for the concrete floors – when wet they can get very slippery! There are a few noises that might be considered a disturbance; the odd tooting and rumbling from trains as they pass by and chanting from temples in the evening. However, since neither the train track nor temples are close to the house, both of these sounds seem to blend into the background melody of birdcall and leaves rustling in the breeze. Shouting from cricketers who play frequently in the late afternoons might be considered more of an annoyance since their pitch is located right next to the property, but the games rarely last too long.

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7 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. We found Kurulla Villa to be a very tranquil and convenient base to explore the surrounding beaches and fort of Galle, since its excellent out-of-the-way location is still so close to both. It is a great property for families, offering uncluttered spaces and plenty of privacy. The house is surrounded by a large garden which is mainly flat and laid to lawn, making it ideal for children of all ages to tear about in. The garden is enhanced by a wonderful 22m pool (great for exercising) with a wide, sociable, semi-circular, shelved entrance ideal for lounging or sitting half in or half out of the water. This section of the pool is also quite shallow, making it even more suitable for children.

The house boasts a scattering of antique furniture from both Sri Lanka and abroad, however, since there are only a few paintings and pictures on the walls, the overall effect is quite minimal, a feeling highlighted even more as a result of the ceilings being so high. Whilst there is a small selection of CDs and pool toys, there are no DVDs or board games and only a few books, so you might want to bring some of these with you.

The staff of three keeps the house in order and housekeeper Chandana stays in the staff quarters at night. The cook prepares meals from a basic priced menu, although you can also discuss other simple options with him, which Chandana will then price up for you. Guests also have the option of self-catering or, since there are so many good restaurants within such a short distance, eating out in either Unawatuna or Galle.

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