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14 reviews
Plantation house
Entry to villa
Bedroom 2 - double with shared bath
Bedroom 3 - double with shared bath
Guest bath with Jacuzzi
Bedroom 4 - king size with shared bath
Bedroom 5 - Separate bungalow with ensuite
Library with over 1,000 books, WiFi
Front porch for bird watching
Walkway and fish pond
Antique championship billiard table
Rubber trees
Pepper production
Wild peacocks
10 minutes from sea side
Leopards on Yala safari
ITN TV shooting a TV series at Sri Mathie
Pepper harvest
Coconut harvest
Wedding and reception:  bridal party stayed at villa
Buffet tailored to 70 guests at wedding
Calm cove for children
Fresh seafood
Resident parrots
Migratory long-tailed flycatcher
At peak season, over 24 species of birds are commonly seen from the verandah
Turtle hatchery
Bull elephant at Yala
Many migrant and local birds
Leopards at Yala
Other birds
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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Habaraduwa, Galle District, Southern Province

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KateVic20...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing place - tranquil and hospitality like no other”
Reviewed 3 May 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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We booked Sri Mathie for a family holiday over Christmas. We were a large group with ages ranging from teenagers up to mid sixties. We were looking for a house that would be large enough for us all and close to beaches etc. The house itself is amazing, set amongst a beautiful plantation with an abundance of trees, plants and flowers. You cannot see another property. We would awake in the mornings to the sound of peacocks and regularly saw a family of monkeys swinging through the trees. The bedrooms are all good sizes and there was plenty of room for us all. However what makes this house truly special are the people who look after you. Suba, her husband Gamin and our driver Suman. They are wonderful people who made us feel very special. Nothing was ever too much trouble and their cooking was to die for. We ate in nearly every night as the food was so fresh and better than restaurant quality. The beach is nearby and a tuk tuk could be arranged within 5 mins.
A trip to Galle is a must, we tried it by train which was a great experience and made easier by Suba finding out train times for us. A walk around the fort is well worth it and we would recommend the Fort Printers Hotel for lunch. Most days we spent on the beach at Unnawatuna and would come home to freshly made cake from Suba.
This is a really special place and we all couldn't recommend it enough.

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Liked best: Suba and her family who made us feel so special
Liked least: The rain! but it was unusual for the time of year
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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r0wee
Asia
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42 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great getaway in a cozy quaint plantation house”
Reviewed 11 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Great host, excellent Sri Lankan cuisine and enviornment especially for kids, families and big group. very spacious and tasteful plantation house. The property is surrounded by different plants rubber trees, fruits, cinnemon just to name a few, time is needed to explore. You must not miss out the woodapple popsicles!!! Do request ahead of time should you need western meals.

Memoriable experience hearing different animals: rushing out of room to catch a glimpse at the peacocks, monkeys, geckos, fireflies even in the studyroom at night. Lovely place to be, away from all the parties and noise near beaches.

Only master bedroom got a/c, though fans are good enough for the other 3 rooms, as it gets cooler at night especially during this time of the year. The master bathroom has a rain shower where you can see the clear sky while taking a shower, didnt try the bath but reckon to be enjoyable the lights off given that no spider intrusion.

Galle and Mirissa are just a tuktuk ride away - enjoyable as we stopped whenever we saw stickfishing, shops, beaches or fish markets. This is The place to relax, to clear your mind, and away from the crowd.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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Marcia I
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“I will Return”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 for a stay in April 2012
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Sri Mathie Villa is a wonderful place to stay while on vacation in the south of Sri Lanka. Or even a one night pit stop, while heading elsewhere on your trip. This beautifully, renovated tea plantation home is also a working farm. David, the owner/manager, can tour you around and show you the rubber tree grove, where the trees are tapped just like the maple syrup process. Onto the cinnamon bushes, the pepper vines, the olive, coconut, jack fruit and mango trees. Finishing with the cows that make the milk for your tasty breakfast yogurt. The food was delicious, specializing in local cuisine, tempered to your desired spiciness level. We loved the daily smoothies that greeted us upon our return from our excursions. Mango was a favourite and the olive smoothie was a fun first attempt. Yes, olive! We visited the Turtle Hatchery by the beach and let some escape into the ocean. Shopped for food and pots at the local markets, rode bikes through the neighbourhood and had a fabulous massage. We also spent a lovely afternoon on the nearby beach. Your holiday can be as active or as peacefully relaxing as you wish. Sitting on the front porch, under the giant mango tree, with drink in hand, became a familiar activity that we all loved. Evenings were quiet, but one night we played a raucous board game of Rumoli, which has remained quite memorable. The owner and staff are incredibly hospitable, willing to do what it takes to make your holiday superb. I will make a point of going back.

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Liked best: The hospitality and the porch
Liked least: The drive there, but it has changed now and the new highway is much faster
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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Liked best: I feel we had a true Sri Lankan experience
Liked least: Long drive from the airport
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Jan 2014
Wonderful guests to have. Thank you. See you again.
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Hong Kong
Reviewed 31 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Liked best: Relaxing on the porch and enjoying the garden.
Liked least: The fact that the French curd has so many calories!!!!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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