Me and my friend had 5 weeks stay between the Ocean and Lagoon, 10 minutes by tuktuk from Batticaloa in a nice 2-storey house with our lounge chairs and hammock 5 meters from Lagoon, under palm-trees with fresh coconuts up there and our Rednam climing for nuts, Ranjan driving tuktuk, Bennet visiting us for swimming guard and having fresh-cooked Sri-Lankan food (his wife is a really skilled cook!) and delicious mineral water in his vehicle. And of course our Angel our dear Sugat who fulfilled any of our fantasies. In a word - it was as if we visited the family of our beloved cousin or uncle - well educated and hospitable - for X-mas :)) This place is good for relax, quiet rest, with beautiful temple nearby, very clean water, no noisy hotels around - just countryside with neighbors who are ready to help you any moment. Besides Teacher comes every other day - or whenever you are ready - to teach Yoga. I am fat and not young - but with him I felt one the most skilled "Yogist" I ever met :). His name is rather complicated - something like Chelliah Thuraiappah. Remember this name! :) And finally - unforgettable oil treatment in ayurvedic hospital. Sinserely yours - Natalia & Ludmila
My spouse lara and me were staying at Bennet's place for two weeks and it was absolutely great. Bennet is living close by and was visiting us more or less every day in order get everything we need. He has organised the food, planned our trips and even joined us to Pigeon Island. The caretaker was responsible for the garden and the security - even though I wonder why, as the people there are absolutely friendly.
We had Yoga and Ayurveda sessions and enjoyed the swimming at the lake. Lara’s favourite was the quite lake, whereas I enjoyed the waves at the beach. It is an absolute bonus, that we had our privacy in the garden and direct access to the lake. So there was no one we had to share with. Additionally, this was not a typical touristic place. It is very authentic, so I was able to see the people, land and the culture. The very spicy food was also delicious.
However, you have to note that swimming is more or less required, because it is every day very hot. A day without jumping into the water would have been too hot for me and Lara.
I have been to Bennets Place with my friends and it was really nice. We have been four people all together, travelled around Sri Lanka. Then spend 5 days in Bennets Villa. While in Batticaloa we enjoyed a lot the food of the locals and also the boat trips. I can recommend this place and would like to give 5 out of 5 points. Thank you Bennet for the great time.
This house is a wonderful place to stay- watching the sunset over the lagoon are some of our fondest moments. The caretaker looks after the property immaculately and between himself & the owners anything you need can be seen to. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and even our family from Batticaloa enjoyed visiting us at our 'home from home'.
Bennett was a really nice host. He always helped us ,for example when the tuktuk driver didn't find the house, Which is quite far away from town. It's a nice place, especially for that price.
Our host made us feel incredibly welcome and kindly collected us from the station. We got to stay in a nice, secluded part of Batticaloa, very close to the beach with some spectacular views, and even had our very own private yoga lesson! When we eventually met him the next morning, Bennet was a lovely and knowledgable host who helped our driver to locate the house.
Stayed at Bennet's lovely house for three nights. Arrived very early on the first day and Bennet was up and ready to meet us which was great, even though we only booked late the evening before. The house was in a great quiet location right next to the lagoon. Had a fantastic garden and was very clean. Simply a 5 minute walk to the beach. The house had a caretaker who made our stay very comfortable. Bennet himself was a great host, giving us a local phone to ensure we didn't have any problems. Would ring us everyday to make sure we were comfortable. Organised any activities and was an all round fantastic host. He even gave us advice for the rest of our trip round Sri Lanka. Would definitely advise staying here!!!
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