One of the most rewarding small boutique hotels in Sri Lanka, Ellerton consists of small plantation bungalows with an interesting colonial history, set high on the hills above Kandy.
The Kandy House
The Kandy House, Kandy, Sri Lanka
The Kandy House is what the hill-country-capital has been waiting for until now: a brilliant small boutique hotel capable of offering stylish accommodation and attentive personal service in a beautiful natural setting.
The refurbished ‘Walauwe’ features light white interiors, polished hardwood floor boards, jackwood staircase, Dutch-style antique furniture and careful injections of colour.
The bedrooms, nine in all, are the finest in Kandy, with four-poster beds, soft white linen, concrete-washed bathrooms and Victorian bathtubs. They are not air conditioned, but the cooler high-country air and the ceiling fans ensure this is not necessary.
The freshwater infinity pool in the garden provides an irresistible opportunity to unwind and relax under the shade of tropical trees while the wide verandas provide the perfect place to doze away the afternoon with your favourite novel.
Only a short drive from Kandy, this 200-year old property is a relaxing alternative for those seeking a break from the bustle of city life. (Please note that only children over 12 are allowed entry.)
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Located high above Kandy and with breathtaking views, Villa Rosa is an enchanting place to stay. This European-style villa has retained the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of a family home and offers a delightful balance of privacy and informality.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The picturesque railway to Nuwara Eliya passes waterfalls and tea plantations, as well as Adam's Peak in the distance.
Traditional Kandyan dances include the cobra dance, mask dance, the Ginisila, showing power over fire. The entire frenetic and colourful spectacle climaxes with the amazing fire-walking act.
The Kelaniya Ganga is a stunning river offering some excellent, though relatively gentle, white-water rafting.