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The Notary's House

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- Boutique Villa
- 6 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool
- Cycle Trails

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The Notary’s House is a wonderful boutique property which bordering a small lake in the quiet village of Pannala, about 40 minutes from Sri Lanka's international airport. This is a a spacious boutique hotel that is ideal if you are looking for a quiet spot to recover from a long flight.

The architecture carefully blends contemporary external styling with traditional Sri Lankan interiors featuring antique furniture and collectables. Accommodation consists of six comfortable rooms. Each room is uniquely furnished and has either balcony or terrace. Rooms are air-conditioned with high ceilings and fans. Each ensuite bathroom is fairly large and is equipped with h/w shower and granite sink top. There is excellent Wi-Fi throughout the property.

There are 3 Standard rooms, two of which are doubles and the remaining one, a twin-bedded space. All three rooms have a private balcony overlooking the garden. The 3 Deluxe rooms are spacious and can hold an extra single bed as well as a baby cot. One Deluxe room interconnects with a Standard twin room which works well for a family.

In addition to relaxing by the pool, the Notary’s House is a great base for plenty of walking and exploring. There is a 7.5 km cycling route which allows you to enjoy the nature and also do a spot of bird watching. Alternatively you can also take a tuk ride along the same trail. Kids are encouraged to join in as they even have bicycles for 4-year-olds and up. Children are also welcome to play cricket, rugby or tennis on the expansive lawn. The Notary’s House can also arrange cooking experiences on request.

Sri Lankan curry is the evening dish of choice but the chef is able to cater to Western cuisine preferences or local, based on client requests.

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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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