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Reviewed 27 March 2015

I stayed in the ground floor room and the room was a nice size, the bathroom was nicely modeled and clean. The couple that own this place are very nice and helpful. Lalith was very very helpful in communicating via email when I needed to reserve my room and also change my reservation due to flight problems. They are literally a 3 minute walk to the beach. A great, quiet place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled solo
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Thank ssfOakland_ca
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

Friendly host and family in a great location. Only a few minutes walk to the beach area, but far enough not to hear the bars and restaurants at night. Good breakfast and the best eggs and toast we had.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank ColinDebbie84
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Reviewed 24 March 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights in March 2015.

We had originally planned to stay 2 nights, but liked the place enough to stay another day.

Pluses:
Friendly, helpful owner- our bank shut down our ATM card, and he graciously offered his phone and a tuk-tuk driver friend to help out
Spacious, airy rooms with balcony
Free wifi, though it was so slow as to be unusable for 2 days (magically fixed the 3rd day)
Great location, just 5 minutes' walk to the beach
Clean and secure

Minuses:
It is across the street from a Buddhist temple, where stray dogs gather in the middle of the night to howl. My husband had to get out of bed twice to shoo them away during a full moon. Beware.

Can't speak to the food- the people who cook for the guesthouse were not available during our stay.

Highly recommend.

Room Tip: the second floor has a lovely balcony
  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank cool_jonez
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Reviewed 7 February 2015

We had a confirmation about a stay for one week at Birdhouse with an option for more weeks. But after four days the owner wanted us to move out because there was someone coming to our room for two weeks. So we moved to another place in the neighborhood. Then the owner got a really bad conscience and offered us his own home, which is not the Birdhouse but the place wasn't nice, quite a scruffy place since no one lives there during the high season.
Later we got a message from the owner that we could move back to our first room because those who had made the reservation for two weeks cancelled their reservation. So he was going to be without any income from the room. Since we didn't quite enjoy our stay in our new place we moved back the next day.
The room charges changed over time and we never got any receipt.
The pick up from the airport when we arrived was very much overpriced and when we after just one night, our fifth in the Birdhouse, decided to leave the whole country we got a car with driver taking us to the airport for about half the price, with a receipt, just on the opposite side of the road.
Still I can recommend this place with this friendly and helpful family but be careful with the prices. Check alternatives and get an idea about the price level. Do bargain! Greed has destroyed this fantastic culture, people and the whole country, especially in places like Unawatuna. I know this because I have seen it and been there a lot 15 and 20 years ago. It truly was a bit of paradise back then.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Asanka R, Manager at Birdhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2015

Dear Sir,

Thanks for your kind words as we did enjoyed your company while your 5 night stay at our place and we cared you so much as we do for everybody!!
Sorry we could't satisfy your hopes as you were expecting exactly 20yrs back Sri Lanka. Also we forgot to tell you one important thing that the Airport pickups are much expensive than drops since there are many alternatives and different options for travel agents when arranging vehicles from Unawatuna.
Generally we have never came across an issue with our valuable clients pertinent to financial receipts as this is a family run business and no one seriously bothered about it. Anyway we are going to take your concern very positively and immediate implementation will be taken for future clients. Due to prior booking we have to ask you a favor of shifting rooms which was communicated during our mail discussions. Also highly appreciate your booking confirmation even after little more than one year from early 2014.
Receipt is certainly provides food for thought! Thanks again and have a peaceful time.
Asanka.

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Reviewed 25 January 2015

Very helpful staff, miss them like family.
Extended our stay here with several days, because we liked it so much. Comfy rooms, good brekkie, pretty close to the beach. Nice if u like to watch birds as well.

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Anne00000x
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