We were apprehensive about this property due to past reviews, but found it really good.
The views were amazing .. I mean really amazing, the house was marvellously appointed ( new kitchen) , and was like a breath of fresh air after the summer heat of Kandy town. It did have some drawbacks though ... Chandra , and her assistant actually also lived in an adjacent part of the same house, so at no time did you get the feeling that it was actually yours for the week.... they also shared the garden. Chandra was very helpful in nearly every aspect .. I say nearly, as she didn't understand English very well and kept saying she understood, when often what she understood was quite the opposite ! But her taxi rides down town etc were very reasonably priced. It is a fair way out of town, but there are always tuk-tuks within 50mtrs, so transport was not a problem.
HOWEVER, remember to take the Sinhalese interpretation of the house with you to get back again as no one understands "House on the Rock "!
We found Chandra's cooking pleasant, and plentiful .. but nothing more than that .
There were a few insects around .. but this was to be expected and were not a problem.
We stayed 10days, and cooked for ourselves for all but about 4 nights which was really handy.
The House advertises an internet connection but it was so bad that it was nearly unusable ( some days it was totally unusable) and more often than not we had to use an internet cafe downtown! There is also no telephone connection.
Also we never really learnt how to use the hot water system ...and I work as a maintenace man !
All in all, though, if you want to be self sufficient in Kandy I would definitley recommend it .. the views, especially the sunrises ove rthe mountains and the afternoon thunderstorms will stay with me for a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautifully built and decorated house is only 5 minutes drive from Kandy town centre. Wake up to the sounds of birds and wildlife and spend your whole stay enjoying the panoramic views over the Knuckles range of mountains and the Mahaveli river. The house is only 5-15 minutes drive from all major attractions in Kandy, sleeps up to 9 people and is available for lets of up to six months. To the rear of the house, there is a large terraced garden with sun throughout the day. ... more less