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

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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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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