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Bougan Villa Guest House
Ranked #6 of 15 Peradeniya B&B and Inns
parkroadster
1 review
“Friendly Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2011

The owners were so welcoming and warm. The room was simple, but everything was impeccably clean and well designed. It was the little touches that most impressed. There was a pressure pump to make the shower powerful, electrical outlets next to the bed, and a sound system.

The food was incredible. They have a chef in the neighborhood who was trained in Italian cooking. Breakfast, cooked by the owner, was also out of this world.

This hotel was a complete retreat from the normal, rundown hotel circuit, this is the place.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

Bougan Villa guest house was an incredible experience ! From the food, to the rooms, to the beautiful veranda.. it was all fantastic!
The hosts, Jim and Shirlene, were wonderful. They went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, and cooked the most delicious food! Easily the best we ate in Sri Lanka!
We initially wanted to be in Kandy but after visiting the city, we found that the Bougan Villa is situated in the perfect surrounding. Overall, we were 100% satisfied with our choice.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bendigo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2011

This delightful guest house is like a hidden paradise in the hills. The experience began as soon as we stepped out of the private shuttle bus with a warm, friendly greeting, a cup of tea and home made afternoon tea. The views of the surrounding paddy fields, the sound of the birds and the peace and tranquility encouraged us to dine in each night of our stay. Food was divine, conversation stimulating, hospitality perfect. We didn't want to leave!! Definitely recommended for those who want a relaxing time, not the nightlife.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Arundel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2010

We stayed two nights at Bougan Villa. It is a really beautiful house. The bedrooms are simple but have everything you need along with a huge bathroom. Life is spent on the terrace which is lovely at all times of the day.
The food was the best we ate in Sri Lanka (even better than Mount Lavinia) and Shirlene kindly made delicious curries to our taste. The service is impeccable, everything is served on china, with the right cutlery and crisp tablecoths.
The hosts really make it, Jim and Shirlene are a really nice couple. Interesting to chat to, ever helpful and great at making arrangements for our days out.
Kandy was overrated and I wouldn't want to visit again, but I would be tempted back at the thought of another couple of peaceful days at Bougan Villa.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Shropshire Hills
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

We stayed at Bougan Villa in July this year for 5 nights as a base for visiting Kandy and other places of interest in the hill country. Our first view of the guest house was breathtaking, as were the views from the terrace and garden. We were given a very warm welcome by the owners, Jim and Shirlene, and immediately served with much needed refreshments. Our room and bathroom were spacious, elegant and comfortable with a high standard of fixtures and fittings. The best feature was the doors opening onto the verandah with our own seating area and views over the garden and adjacent paddy fields.
The first night we had dinner on the terrace, a four course meal cooked by Shirlene and it was so good we decided to eat there every night. It was a lovely start to our holiday in Sri Lanka. Jim and Shirlene were very attentive hosts, but also friendly and a mine of local information which gave us an insight into Sri Lankan life. We would recommend this guest house to anyone who enjoys good food and beautiful rural surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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bangalore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2010

Friendly hosts and a lovely location with a vegetable garden and paddy fields around you, though the location is a bit too away from everything. Lovely morning with fantastic view of mountains.

Shirlene is a fantastic cook and Jim a great host, though some of us (like me) might feel bad having them fuss around you. You would understand when you are there :)

Be warned: this is not your normal homestay experience, price wise - but as long as you are fine with it, go ahead and enjoy the experience.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide SA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2010

This guest house was a true gem to find. The owners, Jim and Shirlene were fantastic hosts and made our stay relaxing and special. We stayed in many other places but this was by far the best. it wasn't too expensive but was off the main road but well worth the effort to find. Our driver was also comfortable with his accomodation and meals. Everything was clean and beautiful and the gardnes and view magnificent. This is a must stay at place if you go to Kandy!

Karyn Hilton and Michael Krelshem

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bougan Villa Guest House

Property: Bougan Villa Guest House
Address: 24 Piligalla Road | Kandy, Peradeniya 20480, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Peradeniya
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Peradeniya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bougan Villa guest house is situated in the beautiful hills off Peradeniya. Located 20 minutes away from the bustling hill capital of Kandy, this is the perfect hideaway for those who wish to visit the ancient Kingdom of Kandy. The guest house consists of 4 comfortable rooms with picturesque views of the surrounding hills and scenes from village life in Sri Lanka. The restaurant serves delicious local and popular international dishes, with a specialty in Italian, Indian and our chefs recommendation of delectable seafood. ... more   less 
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Bougan Villa Guest House Sri Lanka/Peradeniya

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