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Pool with a view
Poolside at morning
Lunch on the verandah
Pergola, front entrance
Foyer area
Suriya room showing 2 double beds and 1 single bed
Suriya room 4 poster bed
Nelum room
New self contained villa
Villa interior
Salmal Room 4 poster bed
Suriya room ensuite
Sunset in the highlands
Sunset by the pool
Seating area
Strathisla Bungalow 2014
Suriya room
Betsy and Rocky, our beloved canine couple
Strathisla Sunset
View point from the garden
Pool by morning
Relax in the verandah by the pool and garden
Bungalow waterfall and natural pool
Garden Lotus pond
Local waterhole
Knuckles range
Strathisla bungalow 1860
Historic Kandy town
Pinnewala elephant orphanage
Sigiriya rock
Giant sleeping Buddha, Polonnaruwa
badminton court
Langur mother and baby
Elephant riding in Kandelama Lake
Green Lizzy
Old Planters Bungalow, Gomera estate
Castlereagh Lake
Local temple
Local 'weigh in' of tea
Dambulla Rock Temple
Pool with a view
View of Riverstone from the front garden
Hunasgiriya
garden sunset
Surrounding mountain range, Matale
Fishing boats, Negombo
A fleet of fishing boats set sail, Negombo
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Central Province

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Arun A
Chennai (Madras), India
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136 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 5 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

It is really a heaven on earth. The hospitality was excellent. We were a extended family group of 15 including 3 kids. We enjoyed our stay like any thing. We all played in the swimming pool. Had very nice tasty food. I would recommend this place for those people who live n the concrete jungle. Its the nature at its best. Only negative if I have to say is it is a bit far from the city, that's the reason its not spoiled yet.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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bec f
Habarana, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“highlight of my trip”
Reviewed 4 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

food awesome
atmosphere serene
family amazing...
my room was so beautiful, it overlooked the garden and was soooooo quiet.
as i was the only guest, jko took me on his motorbike to the top of a mountain and i even experienced poya day in matale town. i was accepted into this loving family for 3 days and was even taught how to make string hoppers. prya i bought a set so i can make them back in australia. top pick

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Liked best: the warmth of the family
Liked least: leaving
Your age range 25-34
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Andrea W
Dhaka
1 review
“Most amazing place!!!”
Reviewed 13 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

Just want to say that this is the most amazing place we have stayed in Sri Lanka - perfect to relax - fantastic colonial build house with a stunning view, great pool, most amazing food and also a good place if you want to explore the central district, The family which is running the place is just great, Prya is an fantastic cook and Ikumar will take you for a walk and explain every plant you ask for!
I highly recommend this place and would always love to stay there again!

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NickHibbe...
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best in Sri Lanka”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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We stayed at many great places in Sri Lanka and this place had the best of everything - stunning location, great views, beautiful old house and grounds with the right level of facilities. The owner and managers were friendly and informative, and the cooking was some of the best we had.

Love to come and stay again.

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Liked best: everything!
Liked least: Bit remote from sights
Travelling group: Young Children
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Jerusalem
Reviewed 7 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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Ingmarius
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Really fantastic! Go there!”
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Wow, what a nice place. The best we stayed in Sri Lanka.
After a week of basic accommodation and rushing around in the north we found paradise for just two days.

An hour from Kandy (near Matale) and very tranquil in the middle of nowhere, with singing birds everywhere and no mosquitos. Just go there to enjoy, relax and recharge your battery. Surrounded by green forest and heaps of fruittrees and teaplants. The owner will show you around in his amazing (and big) garden, explaining about the trees and the villages around the place. We really enjoyed that. There is also a tea factory closeby.

You won't get better (Sri Lankan and international) food anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Expect to pay a little more than usual, but u won't regret. There is plenty for everyone!

The colonial house is very comfortable and tasteful and the swimming pool great! Wish I could live here forever, it's definitely worth to add to your travel schedule!

Last but not least, the hosts were really awesome. Laid back, very very friendly and we felt so good here.

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Liked best: Relaxation, pool, surroundings, hosts.
Liked least: it's a bit out of town.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Christine...
Rajagiriya, null, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews
“A fantastic retreat with the warmest Sri Lankan hospitality.”
Reviewed 16 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Strathisla is a gorgeous getaway for anyone who wants to get off the tourist path for a few days. It was very easy to while away three days sat in the lovely garden, strolling around the local countryside with Jeyakumar and enjoying his and Priya's lovely food and hospitality. Room was lovely and spacious and there was also a comfortable lounge to sit and watch tv as well the fantastic verandah where we ate all our meals.

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Liked best: The location, the garden, the food and our hosts
Liked least: Mattresses a bit hard and pool could be maintained a little better perhaps
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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