Old Palm House Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.7
Reviewed:
09-Jan-2013

Old Palm House is easily one of the best inland properties near Galle. Perched on a hilltop with views out over a leafy valley, it’s tropical, tranquil and one of my favourite places to stay. This hidden oasis offers the best of both worlds – easy accessibility to the beach (five minutes’ drive) and the opportunity to experience life (and explore) inland. The house is designed very much for succumbing to the easy, relaxed pace of life of the tropics. Polished cement floors keep you cool underfoot and oversized sofas are a delight to melt into. Being open on three sides, the dining area to the front of the house is light and airy, and makes a lovely venue for a meal, by day or night. Housekeeper Chinteka whips up a mean cocktail or two and kept us very well fed - you can ask him for just about anything. The other staff members were always enthusiastic, smiling and eager to please. Nothing seemed too much trouble. Although this is a four-bedroomed house, one of the rooms (the single) is very small and best suited to a child or a nanny. The master bedroom definitely overshadows the others in size and outlook, so you may have to draw straws for it; but for one family, the villa layout is superb – and the pool’s shallow lounging shelf is ideal for little paddlers.

Individual Scores:

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

We loved the lush garden brimming with tropical plants and flowers. The swimming pool is also gorgeous – and totally private. And as the sun sets over the leafy valley, the pool pavilion is a fantastic place for sundowners.

Surprises

You’ll find a few more mosquitoes here than on the coast (and possibly a few bugs and frogs in the open bathrooms), but the staff do light coils in the evening to keep the mossies at bay. There’s no air conditioning or TV, but ceiling fans kept us sufficiently cool, and chilling to music on the iPod made a welcome change to being glued to a screen, and suited our surroundings perfectly. The pet dog and cat can be a little over-friendly (the cat meowed at us constantly during every meal) but are easily shooed away. The villa is set on a hillside, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for toddlers on the slopes.

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7.7 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. Old Palm House is easily one of the best inland properties near Galle. Perched on a hilltop with views out over a leafy valley, it’s tropical, tranquil and one of my favourite places to stay. This hidden oasis offers the best of both worlds – easy accessibility to the beach (five minutes’ drive) and the opportunity to experience life (and explore) inland. The house is designed very much for succumbing to the easy, relaxed pace of life of the tropics. Polished cement floors keep you cool underfoot and oversized sofas are a delight to melt into. Being open on three sides, the dining area to the front of the house is light and airy, and makes a lovely venue for a meal, by day or night. Housekeeper Chinteka whips up a mean cocktail or two and kept us very well fed - you can ask him for just about anything. The other staff members were always enthusiastic, smiling and eager to please. Nothing seemed too much trouble. Although this is a four-bedroomed house, one of the rooms (the single) is very small and best suited to a child or a nanny. The master bedroom definitely overshadows the others in size and outlook, so you may have to draw straws for it; but for one family, the villa layout is superb – and the pool’s shallow lounging shelf is ideal for little paddlers.

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