Jim's Farm Villas
Jim’s Farm Villas is an organic farm set in beautiful countryside with mountain views, situated within Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Days here can be spent relaxing in the grounds or by the pool, meeting the farm’s animals or venturing further afield to enjoy the cultural highlights of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. Wooded hills and paddy fields surround the property, attracting an abundance of bird species and other wildlife.
Rooms are spread across three separate villas that are surrounded by palm trees and landscaped grounds, providing a relaxing setting. All are stylishly furnished with locally-crafted teak and rattan furniture, as well as kumbuk wood flooring.
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Rooms are in three villas – Hilltop Villa, adjacent to the pool, Spice Garden Villa, opposite the property’s spice and herb garden, and Mango Villa, set on a ridge, offering excellent views across the countryside at sunrise and sunset.
Sizes range from single rooms to double rooms, large double rooms that can fit two extra beds, and extra-large double rooms that can fit three extra beds. Room amenities include Wi-Fi, air conditioning, hairdryers and tea/coffee. Some also have a shared or private balcony and a plunge pool.
Each villa has a communal living area with a TV, library and games. The Hilltop Villa has a poolside terrace, while the Spice Garden Villa has a terrace on the first floor and the Mango Villa has a veranda and garden overlooking the mango orchard.
The farm is located mid-way between Dambulla and Kandy, within the Cultural Triangle. Its rural location is part of the charm, but this can mean slightly longer transfers to some of the area’s cultural highlights.
Please note that the three kilometre track you’ll follow from the main Dambulla road to the property is extremely bumpy, and the journey can be particularly slow if it has been raining.
Food and drink
Breakfast is served each morning on the Spice Garden Villa’s terrace, featuring Sri Lankan or Western dishes, breads, jams and fruits. Light meals such as sandwiches, burgers and curries are served during the day. In the evening, guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and snacks before tucking in to international and local dishes for dinner, which are prepared using fresh ingredients from the farm.
While breakfast and lunch is served privately, dinner is usually a sociable, communal affair. However, you may request to eat privately if you would prefer. A portable barbecue is also available.
The flexible room options mean this property is great for families. Guests can book entire villas if travelling in a large group, while the larger rooms can fit two or three extra beds for those travelling with children. The farm location also makes this a good option for families with young children, who'll love meeting the resident animals!
Please be aware that rooms with balconies in this property have balcony balustrades that don’t meet the EU recommended height of 1.1 metres. If you’re travelling with young children we recommend checking with your specialist that you’re not staying in one of these rooms.
Facilities and activities
The farm's spa offers a variety of Ayurveda treatments and massages, and there's an outdoor swimming pool. Guests are offered the chance to have a tour around the farm, which has cows, goats, chickens and a wide variety of trees and spices spread across the plantation. Sri Lankan cooking lessons are available from the farm’s chefs for an additional cost, and maps are available for local walks. Binoculars and reference books can also be borrowed by any keen birdwatchers, with over 100 bird species spotted in the grounds.
If you have the time, it’s well worth taking the short walk from the farm to the local village, where you can visit the local Buddhist temple.
Environmental and social responsibility
The farm aims to protect the local environment and has installed solar panels to heat water. It also has a rainwater harvesting system to feed its lakes, and treats and reuses waste water from kitchens and bathrooms to irrigate crops. Organic waste from the kitchen is used to feed the farm animals, and fruit and vegetables grown in the grounds are used in the chef’s kitchen.
This is a warm welcoming property in an idyllic setting, offering a very comfortable stay with the opportunity to explore the plantation and farm.