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The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate

Welkandala Road Pantiya Estate, Welkandala 12100 Sri Lanka
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#1 of 1 guest house in Welkandala
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The Bungalow is a colonial building built in 1907. It nestles in the hills of Pantiya rubber estates.Originally built by an British planter, this bungalow has been fully refurbished, retaining its old world charm. Only one booking at a time is taken to ensure guests have the entire bungalow to themselves. Its comfortable and spacious bedrooms, extensive gardens with a swimming pool, magnificent views, interesting location near the south coast and the mild climate all combine to make The Bungalow an inviting property for families or friends.ONLY WELL BEHAVED PETS ALLOWED. STRICTLY NO PETS ALLOWED INTO THE POOL.
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Free parking
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Non-smoking hotel
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, German, Sinhala

Location

Welkandala Road Pantiya Estate, Welkandala 12100 Sri Lanka
The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport
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Diyawanna Oya Seaplane Base
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maithree a wrote a review Aug 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I traveled with my family. And i wanted an getaway from the rush and we were in for a treat. The place is very spacious, well maintained and super comforting. I liked the huge family room we got, large living area and furniture and the garden that's well maintained. The food and service was quite a treat. I loved Iresha's home cooked meals; yummy pudding and soup. Mostly I loved the place as it is free from all types of pollution, no noises, no emissions. I can't wait to get back for another getaway.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from natti_girl99, Owner at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Responded 30 Aug 2018
Dear Maithree Thank you for your kind words and lovely review - we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. It was lovely having you and the family here, the kids are so sweet. We would love to have you all here again for another stay. Best regards Iresha
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Grummy wrote a review Feb 2018
Scotland131 contributions65 helpful votes
I have just returned from another visit to this wonderful place. Pantiya is really quite fantastic, Nowhere before have I heard the sound of silence which is only broken by the sound of birds singing . Ireasha and Helmut are the most hospitable of who have become friends and they made our stay just perfect. The food is to die for and the beds comfortable the water is hot the pool is super . There are several dogs around who are really friendly.The views from the from of the house are spectacular.I will be returning again and again.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Response from natti_girl99, Owner at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Responded 3 Feb 2018
Thank you so very much for your kind words. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us, we surely enjoyed having you’ll here. Hope to see you’ll again soon for more long chats and laughs.
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Libuse S wrote a review Sept 2016
45 contributions18 helpful votes
Beautiful place, located in the middle of hils close to Colombo. What a dissapointment when we found it closed, despite our earlier reservation (paid online) and nobody was around. Eventually local person who did not speak English informed my driver that the place was closed and the owner left in the morning. There are two contact numbers for the place but both were not operational. Huge disapointment as the place was realy charming...
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from natti_girl99, Owner at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Responded 30 Sept 2016
Dear Madam, Thank you so much for booking our property. We are absolutely gutted that we couldnt host you and your family to stay with us at The Bungalow. We were on holiday in the UK to for my grand daughter's first birthday, and realised that you had made an automatic booking on Agoda the night before you arrived. We thought all our booking channels were closed as we had informed everyone that we will not be operating during this time until 20 September. Due to time differences we couldnt manage to contact you or inform you of the situation in advance either. I hope you received your funds back from Agoda, whom we immediately informed to issue a refund once we found out. It is such a shame that we missed each other, it would have been lovely to have youll here and im sure the kids would have enjoyed it too. IF you would ever like to come back, please send us an email and hopefully we can meet then, as I believe you are located in Sri Lanka. Best regards, Iresha.
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michelleewart1 wrote a review May 2016
San Francisco, California23 contributions12 helpful votes
Natasha and Helmut were wonderful hosts! It was our first time to Sri Lanka, and although only a very short stay (extended layover actually), we chose to escape the hustle and bustle of Colombo and venture to the mountains. The property itself is gorgeous - sweeping views of the valleys, lush rainforest, many fruit trees, and animals galore.. several adorable dogs (and their puppies!), bunnies, cats and wild monkeys. We enjoyed wandering the property and chatting with the friendly plantation workers, playing with the dogs and cooling down in the pool. Now comes the food... WOW. What an incredible spread the wonderful chefs served up for us each and every time. Typical Sri Lankan curries, fish dishes, vegetables and various starches. Natasha and Helmut were extremely considerate and catered to our hungry bellies and curious tastebuds. It's worth venturing into town to poke your way through the little food stands but make sure to leave enough room for dinner at the Bungalow. Thank you Helmut & Natasha for the many wonderful and insightful conversations around the table!
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: No A/C in the pool view rooms but it wasnt needed as it cooled down nicely at night. Bring...
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abey_12 wrote a review Apr 2016
Basildon, United Kingdom130 contributions49 helpful votes
We enjoyed this estate bungalow very much. The drive up to the bungalow needs a high vehicle ideally a 4-4 though we managed the drive in a saloon car. Natascha is a lovely host & went out of her way to make our stay comfortable & even perhaps overfed us during meal time & tea. The estate is in the hills of Matugama & is very serene with numerous birds & the occasional monkey & wild boar visitors. Thoroughly enjoyed the bird song at dusk & early morning & also the waterfall called Makeli Ella perhaps 15 miles away. We will certainly like to go back to Natacha's estate again on our next visit to beautiful Srilanka
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: the 2 large family rooms in the main bungalow are air conditioned & would be much more...
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Response from natti_girl99, Owner at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Responded 21 May 2016
Thank you for your kind review. It was lovely having you'll here. It was so nice that you'll enjoyed the nature and environment of the bungalow, you are so knowledgable about it. You're welcome anytime when you're in SL again. Best regards to you both x
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reluctanttraveller53 wrote a review Mar 2016
Swanage, United Kingdom21 contributions10 helpful votes
Having lived, worked and travelled abroad all our lives, we have never returned anywhere so happily and so frequently as we have to The Bungalow and we intend to return again next year. The basics of holiday comfort are all there waiting for us: a comfortable bed, functional bathroom and immaculate pool. Its the unquantifiable extras that draw us back: the peaceful environment, the care and consideration everyone at the Bungalow shows and the freshness and variety of the food. I know Iresha is keen to make small improvements on the material side of things,and is doing so, but she really doesn't need to compete with the corporate and mass tourist experience: there is surely room for many different offerings in the world of hospitality and this is the one we would choose. Whether we were visiting with friends and family or staying just as B&B guests amongst strangers we have had the happiest and most relaxing times in the bungalow at Pantiya. If you want to know more details please do look at my two previous reviews and if you are considering a multi-generation, family get-together do consider the bungalow.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Response from natti_girl99, Owner at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Responded 21 May 2016
Thank you so much once again for the lovely review 😍 We are so happy to have developed a warm friendship over the years. The bungalow is now as much your home as it is ours!
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LVA52 wrote a review Feb 2016
Alford, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
From being given lovely flowers on our arrival to receiving bags of spices from the estate on our departure, our stay at the Pantiya Bungalow was a wonderful experience. A bumpy 20 minute ride up a roughly made road is rewarded by the sight of a secluded colonial house in the middle of a tea and rubber estate, with beautiful gardens and an inviting swimming pool. The rooms were simple but comfortable and the food always freshly made and delicious. But what made it most special was the very friendly and helpful owners who made us feel so at home in their home. Thank you Ireesha, Helmut and Natascha x
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Responded 21 May 2016
We loved having you'll here with us too. So happy you enjoyed your stay with us, would love to welcome you'll back if you'll come to SL again. Many regards x
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skerrysuzanne wrote a review Jan 2016
Truro, United Kingdom3 contributions
Our family (two adults and two girls aged 11 and 9) stayed here for three days just after Christmas. We enjoyed this experience so much - a wonderful setting in the middle of the jungle. After the journey up to the Estate - which we enjoyed - we were welcomed by lovely Natascha. She made us feel immediately at home. The place is very special. The girls loved the animals, we spotted monkeys and birds of paradise. The pool was great for them. Food - wow - the tastiest food ever - we chose curry every night and for the children they had fried chicken, noodles and other great tasty meals that were not too spicy for them. We went on a couple of local sightseeing trips which Natascha organised. We also loved spending the time at the Estate and we had a tour and even helped make rubber. In short - I don't usually leave reviews but felt this place really was worthwhile writing about - I came upon this doing a Google search and a trip advisor search - the reviews were great and we are so very glad we decided to stay here at the end of our trip. Overall a place you really have to experience. Thank you Natascha and Ajith for making our family so very welcome - the girls miss you and still talk about you all.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Responded 21 May 2016
Thank you so much for the lovely words SS! We enjoyed having you and specially with the girls! They are so sweet! Would love to see you'll again. Take care and best regards x
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BestTravelBug wrote a review Jan 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka32 contributions10 helpful votes
Don't be fooled by the 'estate bungalow' concept promoted on their website. For starters, the place lacks the 'cook appu' (a chef of exceptional culinary skills that usually works on local estate bungalows). Not only was the food terrible, but it was obvious the management was trying to make 200% profit: a dinner menu of rice and curry entailed just two curries and a plate of rice, twice we were served food that had gone off, and the kiribath was terribly under-cooked and lacked the 'kiri' (coconut milk). Had it not been for the pool, any visitor can be fooled into thinking the place is designed for backpackers/budget travellers. No, not because the rates are low (cos they are NOT!) but because the roadway is not motorable and because the rooms had bare minimum amenities.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Response from natti_girl99, Owner at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Responded 12 Jan 2016
Dear guest We are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was far from perfect. Thank you for your comments - we will work on rectifying our mistakes to avoid any of these from happening in future. We try to keep our rates competitive with the soaring costs in Sri Lanka, but can assure you that we are not in the business to make the profit margins you have suggested. This is a family-run, private bungalow where we do our best to offer our guests a local, personalised service. We are sorry we came short on your expectations. Best wishes for 2016, Iresha
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61lena wrote a review May 2015
Liberec, Czech Republic6 contributions1 helpful vote
We wanted to spend a few days away from tourists, among local people, somewhere with a clean swimming pool, beautiful garden and places great fot trips. But at the same time we wanted to have a good service a privacy. This accomodation was exactly what we were looking for, it met all our wishes!! The garden is amazing, quiet, with lots of fruit trees, tea bushes, rubber trees, birds and monkeys. Natascha, the owner, showed us how to work with cinamon, rubber tree, she took us to the local school, to the temple for Poya Day, every day she prepared a wonderful dinner with many kinds of meals. In the evening we could speak with her and her husband about the life in Sri Lanka, we learned a lot of things. They also helped us to arrange our sightseeing trip. The accomodation is not luxury, but still nice and suficient. But the service and the surroundings are absolutely gorgeous !! Our children loved the stay in this bungalow. Thank you Natascha and Helmut, hope to see you again. Lenka, Filip, Filipek, Anezka
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Responded 12 Jan 2016
Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay here with us. It was so nice to go to the school, temple with you.. and the children loved the goodies you brought for them - so kind of you. Thanks for the photos too! Hope to see the family again xx
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate
Which popular attractions are close to The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Nearby attractions include Thudugala Ella waterfall (2.4 miles) and Thudugala Ella Waterfall (2.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a fitness centre, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate have airport transportation?
Yes, The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Sinhala.
Is The Bungalow at Pantiya Estate accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.