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“Stylish country residence”

Review of Jungle Tide

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Jungle Tide and Pig Rock - can you get to the top? Jungle Tide (courtesy Susanna Cesareo)
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7 reviews
Fun in the pool
Jungle Tide and Pig Rock - can you get to the top?
Jungle Tide (courtesy Susanna Cesareo)
Woodpecker - our family bedroom
Barbet, our twin room
Purple Coot - one of the luxury double rooms
Minivet - our other luxury double
Kingfisher - our budget Garden Room
Airy and spacious - the living/dining room (courtesy Susanna Cesareo)
The kitchen - big, modern and fully equipped (courtesy Susanna Cesareo)
Chill out on the veranda and watch the birds.
The pool and pavilion - a great place to relax.
Sunset from the verandah
View from the veranda
Sally and Jerry at Jungle Tide
Our housekeepers Martin and Rani - two of the nicest people on the planet! (courtesy Susanna Cesareo
The stream that runs through our garden
Crazy croquet!
You will see a mongoose in the garden most days
A shady corner
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Bungalow -
4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Kandy, Kandy District, Central Province

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Iandacre
Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stylish country residence”
Reviewed 10 May 2012 for a stay in March 2012

We stayed 3 nights in this 4 bedroom bungalow which has bags of style and character. Set in an old tea estate in the hills outside of Kandy, it is tranquil, peaceful and perfect for chilling out. The rooms are spacious, modern and very clean; the bed soft and inviting. The housekeepers, Martin and his wife (Rani, I think) were excellent hosts. They kept the property spotless. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. The upside of this property is its location in wonderful hill country with numerous glorious walks all around (Martin is happy to escort you if required). The downside is also its location. It is quite a trek from Kandy itself. The distance is probably not that far but the road to it is not good. A winding tarmaced road leads up into the hills and then a heavily rutted track continues further. Probably 30 to 40 minutes journey from central Kandy We had a driver so have little idea how much a tuk-tuk or taxi would cost. If you want easy access to Kandy this is not for you. If however you want some days to relax, or to enjoy the countryside (walking and bird watching are superb) then I couldn't recommend it higher. We were unlucky insofar as the swimming pool wasn't finished on our arrival (to be fair the owners had not claimed it definitely would be) but when completed it will add a further dimension to this wonderful property.

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Liked best: Its isolation
Liked least: The journey to it
Travelling group: With Friends
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John S
Ulverston
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307 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“This is a lovely house in an exceptional location”
Reviewed 11 April 2012 for a stay in March 2012

I stayed for a week at Jungle Tide with family and friends. The house is spacious, comfortable and very clean. The kitchen is well equipped, although we relied on the resident housekeepers to cook delicious Sri Lankan food for us. Their English is limited but adequate. The location of the house is exceptional - a 30 to 40 minute drive up a difficult road out of Kandy but well worth it when you get there. We enjoyed a couple of lovely walks from the house around the tea plantation. The local people were lovely and very friendly.The English owners could not have been more helpful in preparing us for our stay. For those who like some peace and quiet amidst beautiful scenery, this house is ideal. It will be even better once the new swimming pool is up and running.

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Liked best: The rural location of the property amidst beautiful scenery
Liked least: The drive to and from Kandy
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Netheredg...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A stylish tranquil retreat”
Reviewed 29 March 2012 for a stay in February 2012

Jungle Tide nestles in the beautiful hills outside Kandy. The location is lovely – calm and peaceful, with long views to the tea-covered hills including the Knuckles range. Quite high up, so it is warm during the day but cool at night – a very equable climate – and dry when we were there in February. Jungle Tide itself is a very stylish modern single storey residence with a verandah running the length of the house. It is built in the style of a tea-planter’s bungalow with good sized elegant rooms all opening on to the verandah. The garden is lovely - and extensive with steps down to a swimming pool (nearing completion when we were there). It is a great place in its own right and as a base for trips around.

The verandah is an excellent place to relax, bird watch, and exchange the crack with Jerry and Sally, the owners, who are a great source of information about many Sri Lankan matters. They were extremely helpful with advice on plannung various excursions and visits in the locality and further afield, including finding a fantastic driver for us. Martin and Rani, the live-in housekeepers could not have been more friendly and helpful – and provided some delightful Sri Lankan food. (Also very good, more familiar, cooking from Jerry and Sally who were there at the same time as us.)

Kandy is a good centre with its superb location round the lake and attractions including the Temple of the Tooth and some good shops. Within easy reach are the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnewala, and the wonderful Botanical gardens at Perideniya which were so interesting and large that we had to visit twice.

As others have observed, the last 3 kilometers of the road from Kandy are very slow and bumpy, so it takes about 40 minutes from the city centre. Proper surfacing is promised imminently and this will make the trip much quicker – and more confortable!

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Liked best: Dusk on the verandah
Liked least: The bumpy road up to the property (soon - hopefully - to be remedied).
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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