I was visiting Sri Lanka from the U.S. and traveling with a Sri Lankan friend, who found this lovely guesthouse. Our three-night stay was so lovely. The very sweet manager asked what we wanted for each meal, made a few suggestions and made us delicious, huge breakfasts and dinners. She even packed us lunches for our excursions.
I was told the house is not very old, but it's been built in the old open air Dutch style, so a wonderful breeze blows through all day. The bedrooms, however, are shut off from that, which keeps out the mosquitoes, and each bedroom has its own controllable AC unit. The bedrooms are huge and have large private bathrooms that are clean with plenty of hot water.
I didn't go swimming, but there was an inviting pool in the back, and with only four bedrooms, you could probably have the pool to yourself most days. There is a large front yard, which sets the house back off the road, making it very quiet for sleeping. The front porch was nice to sit on at night, though there were mosquitoes (but bug spray helped with that). I quite enjoyed the friendly neighborhood dogs visiting and hanging out with us.
There's free wi-fi and because I only had a smartphone, the manager let me use her computer to get online. Also, we took a safari ride through the nearby elephant park, and the guesthouse manager arranged for the safari jeep to pick us up and drop us off, which was so convenient. A truly wonderful stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated 172km (4Hrs drive from Colombo) is the town of Habarana, known as the Hub of North Central Province. Straight on is Trincomalee, to the Left is Anuradhapura and Right is Polannawra, Passakudha and Batticalo.1km from the town on the Anuradhapura Road is "The Ficus Grove". A beautiful spacious luxury house with A/C rooms, Hot & Cold water & Swimming Pool, surrounded by Ficus, Mango & other wild trees. With the new addition of the our Outdoor dining area overlooking the pool it best to have a relaxing meal or a drink. Enjoy the home cooked food both Local & Western & the exotic fresh fruit juices. Get pampered by the staff, its your Home away from home. The hotel can accommodate both guest and guides; also our large parking area is ideal for the overnight parking secure. ... more less