We have just reviewed this attractive 45 year old stone bungalow which boasts the best views of the Mahaweli River.
A charming guesthouse with stylish interiors and super views. The traditional architecture has been retained whilst the owners' skill and design ability has been utilised to the full in creating a peaceful and pretty guesthouse in the surburbs of Kandy. Away from all the noise, this charming and stylish guesthouse has a pool and is in easy reach of the sights.
The bungalow is best admired at nighht when candles create a magical atmosphere around the pool and gardens overlooking the river.
The gardens are home to many trees including Mango, advocado, orange, durijan and banana so take your pick or admire teh local Kingfisjers and woodpeckers taking nest.
Serendip is around 15-20mins drive from kandy centre (as are many quality boutiques ) but you will gain the best views and tranquility as Kandy City is very congested with traffic. The perfect budget yet stylish guesthouse for travellers wishing to get out and see the sights.
Serendip was renovated by its owners Stephani and Sri Lankan Italian designer Pali. Pali has made the most of the magnificent rooms as the front facing roooms have huge windows framing the landsacpe and River.
Comprising 7 spacious rooms in total, 2 twin rooms and 5 double rooms, 2 with and interconnecting door for famnilies. The 4 inner rooms open out to the pool courtyard , ideal for a quck dip.
A very modern and clean style permeates throughout with polished cement finshes blends with heavy teak Dutch Colonial Furniture. Pali's trademark gilt leaf imprints can be seen on the walls, paths and edging the light boxes. Each room has a ceiling fan and Kandy's cooler climate by evening does not really warrant air conditioning, especially with the river breeze.
An ideal family property.
Serendip offers a simple Continental breakfast and Sri Lankan eveing meals. There is a pleasant atmosphere in the indoor dining area equipped with wooden tables and a TV for those seeking entertainment. However, tables can be arranged in the garden for aded romance (but beware of insects).
The traditional fayre is delicious and enjoys the hill country's super organic vegetables - Serendip does not boast an ala carte chef but quality local ciuisine.
There are many restaurants serving International, Local and Western cuising within Kandy. Sadly even Pizza Hut has found its way to Kandy!
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