A beautiful period bungalow overlooking Kandy, once home to Sir Cuda Ratwatte, the first Ceylonese nobleman to be knighted by the British. The only boutique hotel to be located so close to Kandy centre (15mins). Lovingly restored with a combination of Colonial furniture and chic interiors to provide an interesting yet luxurious experience.
The friendly hosts combines professionally trained staff with local villagers. Whilst English can occasionally be a barrier for some, their smiles are more than welcoming.
Elephant Stables welcomes families and has ample space and large gardens for the full privacy of all guests. Elephants were a regular sight in the late 1800’s and the manager can arrange for children to get close and play in the gardens with Menika, a young female elephant with a docile temperament. The tradiuonal Redaing Room showcases a magnificent collection of Henduwas (elephant training poles)
Adults may be more impressed by the two colonial vehicles that are always parked out front, ready to whisk clients away on day excursions. Choose between and Austin a55, Austin a12, Mini Moke convertible and a Ford Prefect!
The gardens are well tendered and a proud man he should be. Perfect lawns, ornamental ponds and a pool and outdoor bathing, sittig area, where drinks can be served all day. Sip cocktails under the Araliya tree and look onto Mahaweli river valey and knuckles mountain range on the horizon.
The infinity pool is surrounded by sun loungers, fresh towels and a waiter. The magic on a hot day is to sprinkle on iced water from personal clay pots - service going the extra mile and much appreciated!
The colonial living room is very spacious with modern sofas and historic artefacts. A 55” TV screen is the perfect movie house for the Owner’s collection of 100 favourite DVD’s, complete with classics shot in Ceylon of yesteryear.
One of Sri Lanka’s finest!
Elephant Stables has 6 luxurious rooms and suites furnished with mid century design and Colonial furniture. Crisp and vibrant Barefoot fabrics adorn most rooms setting off the dark teak wood of the 4 poster beds. Twins can be assembled at request and two additional beds should you wish to rent the entire house ( sleeps 8-10).
Vanilla Colonial Suite
A large suite room in the upper floor of the Colonial Wing with a 4 Poster Bed with an additional small interconnecting room containing a Bunk Bed.
A perfect choice for a family of 2 adults and 2 young children (below 12 years of age), or those seeking a triple room or clients on Honeymoon that require plenty of private space.
Citronella Colonial Suite
A large bedroom on the upper floor of the Colonial Wing with a 4 Poster Bed and lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
The room commands lovely views of the mist covered Knuckles mountains in the distance.
The Cottage Suite
A large stand alone cottage in the garden overlooking the back lawn and pool is available for guests who require a substantial amount of space for their holiday requirements.
The room is partitioned with a ‘cut out’ wall so that one area contains a ‘private’ bedroom with a 4 Poster Bed and the other part contains a living area with two separate Single Teak Beds.
This is a perfect choice for a family of 2 adults and 2 older children or those seeking a Triple Room with plenty of space or clients who wish to stay for an extended period at The Elephant Stables.
Pepper Deluxe Garden Room
Located on the upper floor of the New Wing with views on 2 sides over the garden and a wrap around upstairs verandah with outdoor seating. The room features a 4 Poster Bed and there is a separate changing area with a wardrobe recess.
Lemongrass Deluxe Garden Room
Located on the upper floor of the New Wing with an upstairs verandah containing outdoor seating and overlooking the garden. The room also has a 4 Poster Bed. A very large and stylish bathroom is a unique feature of this room.
Saffron Deluxe Colonial Room
A medium size bedroom on the upper floor of the Colonial Wing with a 4 Poster Bed looking out over the pool and garden. It is furnished with a lovely blend of colonial and modern styles. This is the middle room of the Colonial Wing located in-between the two Colonial Suites.
This is a perfect choice for any visitor who does not require a large suite, but would like to experience the colonial ambience of the original property.
Indika, the head chef is an enthusiastic and experienced chef who prepares 2 set menus each day. However he is always happy to accommodate personal requests and dietary needs.
Sadly the Room rates are on B&B basis only so costs can add up but if you are out in the day you may not want to take advantage of all of Chef’s delights.
Breakfast is a full English, Continental or traditional Sri Lankan affair. Indika’s coconut pancakes are a personal favourite.
Lunch is a la carte and can range from sandwiches, salads, pasta to full dinner should you wish.
A 3 course dinner menu is available each evening and always includes a Sri Lankan Curry. Chilli strength can always be tempered for children. Set menus of Asian fusion or Western can be provided, as can Vegetarian options. With advance notice, head chef can also provide a special a la carte menu for a group banquet. Desserts can be quite sweet but are a Sri Lankan speciality, with Jaggery and Kithul honey very often the base ingredient. Fresh fruit can be a simpler option.
Afternoon tea is served with fresh cakes and sandwiches from 3-6pm daily by the Mango Trees. You will here the Japanese Karp jumping in the nearby pond.
Dining can be enjoyed in 5 locations: the Green dining room - Sir Ratwatte’s traditional breakfast room, the Bar area- ideal for family dining.
Or opt for alfresco dining and admire the stars and fruit bats swoop majestically for fruit : the verandah, Garden dining around the candlelit poolside, and in the front garden before the mountain views.
The juice bar will be popular with the kids as Nihal combines scrumptious fruits and mocktails for the exhausted traveller. Notch up a note in the evening for some of Nihals amazing cocktail creations.
The estate is a wonderfulplace to relax, unwind and enjoy the local fresh air and wildlife.Thespice gardens can be explored and admired.
Take a dip in the pool at the foot of the garden.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is just 40 minutes west of the city, with three feeding and bath times to be enjoyed.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is also west of the city and has a plethora of tropical and a rare orchid house. Those with green fingers and others will enjoy this pretty walk.
Spice gardens surround the mid country and are worth a visit but do expect to enjoy a cup of tea and pass a few coins for a pack of your favourite spice or ayurwedic treatment.
Golf ans cricket enthusiasts will both enjoy this city. The Victoria Golf course is to the east and has magnificent views of the Victoria Lake. Partners and non- players may (for once) enjoy accompanying the player to admire the scenary. Kandy cricket centre is on the international circuit and central to the city.
The Temple of the Tooth and Arts centre of evening dancers should not be missed.
In Mid August the amazing Esala Perahera (Sri Lanka's answer to Mardis Gras) runs for 10 days and is quite spectacular - elephants, dancers , acrobats, fire- eaters etc.