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Ellerton Bungalow

Nr Gampola

Overview

Photos to be added very soon. If enquiring please  ask consultants to send a few photos of this delightful property.

Ellerton was built 100 years ago in the delightful, hilly centre of Sri Lanka just 45mins outside Kandy, the traditional seasonal escape route from the coastal humidity for colonial settlers and their families.

 

The original Main House with its 2/3 spacious bedrooms has been joined, just 300 yds away, by newly built Valley House with a further 3 /4 bedrooms.

 

Here hot sunny days and refreshingly cool evenings offer the best of the Island's weather.  The beautiful gardens are full of colourful flowers, birds and butterflies, a large kitchen garden area supplying vegetables and fruit for the table and an infinity edged swimming pool. As this is fed from the estate's own bore hole it is almost chemical free.

 

 Main House has been preserved and refurbished to blend the charming colonial character with modern convenience. It is home to the English owners when in Sri Lanka so the style is relaxed, comfortable, "˜country house'. The large sitting room is furnished with antiques, oriental rugs and comfortable armchairs and sofas. Books and magazines are to hand and tv, music, games and cards. The dining room seats 12 and a library/study has international satellite tv for keeping up with world events.

 

Valley House is near the swimming pool and as the name suggests has magnificent views for 20 miles or more down the valley, especially from the huge veranda where you may choose to have your meals, or simply relax with a book or your thoughts.

 

All the rooms have high ceilings and overhead fans which is quite adequate for comfort in this hill country climate.

 

 

 Highs  Lows
  •  A home from home .
     
  • Clean air on the outskirts of Kandy
     
  • Accomodates families and easy drive to elephant orphanage and peredeniya gardens
     
  • Keen gardeners will revel in the conversations with your host (a UK landscape expert)
  •  A slightly longer drive to Kandy than some  hotels but the scenery to compensate

 

   Child Friendly
   Swimming Pool

Rooms

5 doubles and 1 single room in total.

 

Main House has 2 spacious bedrooms, one double and one twin, each with its own bathroom. The twin room has an additional single room leading off it. Bathrooms have his/hers vanities, showers and bathtubs.

 

Valley House has 3 spacious bedrooms, two double and one twin. The large master bedroom is split level and furnished with a four poster, king size bed and a day bed in the lounging area.  Valley House leads straight onto the pool verandah.

 

All have well designed, modern bathrooms with bath tubs and showers for the double rooms and showers for the twin room.

Dining

Meals may be taken in the elegant dining room, in the open sided pavilion of Main House with its stunning views or on the veranda of Valley house. The key words are informality and flexibility. Western dishes and Sri Lankan curries are prepared by the resident chef using fresh produce from the gardens or nearby markets and most reasonable requests will be met with a smile.
 

The Valley House has a fridge, microwave, toaster and tea and coffee making facilities for guests wishing to make their own breakfasts.
 

Lunch and dinner is inclusive of drinks; fruit juices or local alcohol - beer, gin, whisky and mixers. Wines are not available in-house but you are welcome to bring your own to the table. House water is from the bore hole and enjoyed by the owners, but bottled water may be requested by the cautious.

Things to do & local tips

Ellerton is ideally situated between the beaches and attractions of the south coast and the Cultural Triangle to the north, whilst Kandy is the "˜must do' area to explore nearby.

  • The location of the pool is perfect. From the water or the generous lounging areas around it the views are amazing
  • Walk the local organic plantation of tea, fruits, vegetables, pepper, coffee and cloves and drink in the many aromas.
  • Take nature walks/cycle rides with Rohan the knowledgeable manager through the many paths crisscrossing the estate, taking in the village of Gurukelle and the Nilambe Hydro Power Dam with the amazing rock formations just downstream.
  • Kandy ( 30 mins) with its famous Temple of the Tooth, a most holy site of Buddhism. A detail of colonial history is shown in the construction of pavements and kerbs, unusual in Sri Lankan countryside.
  • Peredeniya Botanical Gardens (30 mins) on 120 acres
  • Victoia Golf and Country Resort -the most scenic holes in the East
  • Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage  (11/2 hrs )
  • Hunas Waterfall (13/4 hrs)
  • We suggest you give your driver a day off and sample local train travel - slow, very cheap and a lovely leisurely way to view this beautiful country.