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Ellerton

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Characterful, historic property
- Scenic mountainside setting
- Lovely pool & cuisine
- 45mins drive from Kandy

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Overview

Tucked away in the hills high above the city of Kandy is Ellerton, a boutique villa whose enchanting views and lush surroundings make it a top choice for those with a head for heights. Steeped in local history, it was constructed over 100 years ago for a tea plantation manager and after being carefully preserved and maintained over the years, the property retains much of its colonial architecture and character. It’s currently owned by a British couple, Richard and Cary Goode, who take great pride in their property’s heritage.

The three guest rooms in the Main House are colonial and authentic in style. Overlooking the swimming pool is the Valley House, a recent extension to the hotel whose rooms are consequently a little more modern and stylish. There are also two self-contained Garden Rooms, each with a private bathroom, balcony and sitting area. All rooms are either double or twin and are tastefully decorated with plenty of space and convenient amenities such as ceiling fans, mosquito nets, Wi-Fi and coffee and tea making facilities. Note, however, that there isn’t any air conditioning, although the climate here is generally a lot cooler than elsewhere due to the property’s high altitude.

Meals are served in the Dining Pavilion or in the Main House dining room if it’s chilly or raining. Guests are free to enjoy the buffet breakfast at a time to suit themselves. Lunch is generally light, though more substantial food can be provided on request. The three course dinner prepared by the two resident chefs offers a menu that varies from day to day - even guests who stay here for a week will likely try a different dish every night of their stay.

The vibrant city of Kandy is just half an hour away by car, and home to a wealth of cultural and historic attractions including the Tempe of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism’ holiest sites. The city is the second largest in Sri Lanka and lies in a pretty valley surrounded by mountains.

Children of all ages are welcome and some of the guest rooms are interconnected which is ideal for families. There’s plenty for them to do from making use of the swimming pool to going on walking and biking trails to explore the surrounding area and its plantations - the hotel has six mountain bikes that are available to use free-of-charge. The lounge is also a good place for children and their families as there’s a TV and numerous board games to play. Parents should keep an eye on their children at all times due to the hotel’s hilltop location and the presence of local wildlife. Note also that the pool is unfenced and there is no lifeguard on duty.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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