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“Peaceful retreat”
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Hanthana House
Ranked #2 of 384 Kandy B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Peaceful retreat”
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights after getting an excellent deal on Agoda. The house is beautiful, set amongst the hills and with some lovely views of Kandy. Being situated out of the town it was lovely and peaceful and after a day in bustling Kandy that was very welcome! The rooms are beautifully done out and spotless. The food is all home cooked and absolutely delicious. Pathi and his family are very welcoming and also very helpful in sorting out any trips to the surrounding areas.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

A unique blend of boutique standards and homestay, western tastes,efficiency and cleanliness and eastern warmth , sensitivity and hospitality with truly the best of both worlds. Delicious food, generous portions, reasonable rates.Overall an excellent value for money. No doubt, one of the best guest houses/ small hotels in Sri Lanka.

Eugenia Zachanowicz -Canada/Poland
Ravi Jeevanayagam - Canada
Raga Alphonsus - Sri Lanka

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Finding a great deal on agoda (approx. $18/night) I booked two nights here, but ended up staying four. As a backpacker, I don't know if I've ever stayed somewhere as nice, with such hospitable hosts, as this during my extensive Asia travels. Large, light, spotless rooms, a big balcony overlooking the hills, amazing home cooked meals, and Pathi and his family do everything they can to make you feel welcome and part of the family. I went on a 3 hour hike with Pathi through the hills and tea plantations, got great tips for the rest of my trip, and Pathi even organised an incredible deal on a safari in Yala for me.

Kandy itself didn't sell me much, so it was great being away from the noise and bustle of the city. It's only a 30 min walk/200rp tuk tuk into town, or if you're lucky as I was you could get dropped there whenever the family is heading in.

Definitely recommended!

Only downside, if I had to think of one? As a solo traveller staying in off season, I was the only person there half the time, but this just meant I got to chat to the family more and enjoy some much needed down time.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Located in the hill and a bit hard to find - this is one aspect that makes this home special.
Pathi was waiting for us on the road since was not easy to see in the night. There is also free tranfers from the train station - just need to arrange with Pathi.
A very warm place. The rooms are very new, simple and nice decoration, everything very clean.
Pathi , Suba and their son, Marresh, are excellent hosts.
We had only one night so first we had a delicious dinner prepared by them. The next day, early morning, Pathi took us for a 2 hour walk on the hills behind the house - with great views of the tea plantations.
We came back and did a cooking class with Suba, excellent cooker - then we enjoyed the meal we prepared!
Short but amazing stay! Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We stayed in Hanthana House for 2 nights and overall we are happy we did. Just keep in mind that this is not a hotel but rather a privately owned house, and that the property is located a few kilometers away from the city center, in the green hills around Kandy. The relatively remote location means that there is no traffic so the area is very quiet (although dogs barking on the property during the night were rather annoying). Also the property overlooks green hilly areas with great birdwatching opportunities. The downside is that the road that leads to the property is very poorly kept (even by local standards), with steep parts and deep potholes. We arrived at night and the approach was a bit scary.

Our meals were excellent, and I particularly enjoyed the fresh fruit over breakfast. The property has wi-fi but it is very slow, to the point that it was impossible to use Skype voice. The place was very clean and the bed very comfortable, with a poster-bed conveniently covered by a bednet. There is no AC, but we slept very well nonetheless (during the summer).

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Castle Acre, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Pathi and his family were excellent hosts and made us feel very comfortable sharing their home .The food served by Mrs Pathi was fabulous and much more authentic than anything we had in hotels. It was a delight sitting on the terrace watching all the birdlife and the walks we took from the house were spectacular. Would highly recommend the experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stayed with Pathi and his family for 2 nights and very much enjoyed their hospitality. The food was delicious and a real highlight, while we enjoyed chatting with the children and watching the bird life. Pathi took us on great 2 hour walk from the house. I would certainly recommend a stay here.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hanthana House
Address: 108 Thapodarama Road | Hanthana, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 384 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hanthana House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hanthana House is a boutique type accommodation which offers a comfortable stay in an attractive surroundings with added benefit of tasty and Srilankan Cooking which you can learn to prepare yourself!. Hanthana House consists of two en suite double bedrooms and one en suite twin bedroom and one en suite triple room, all with generous balconies overlooking the neighbouring tea estate. The bedrooms have ceiling fans, teak furniture and polished cement floors as well as a wet room with shower, basin and WC. The newly-built spacious and light dining room also has views of the tea estate and it is open to the generous new kitchen, where cookery lessons are always available! The upstairs sitting area has a comfy sofa and armchairs as well as a piano and Wi-Fi access! An organic kitchen garden is planned which will provide most of the vegetables for meals, and various walks through tea plantations and up to local viewpoints are accessed from the front door. Hanthana House is approximately 4 km from Kandy in the Hanthana hills, an area famous for cultivating some of the first tea grown on the island and the location of the Ceylon Tea Museum. Please be aware that a homestay is neither a hotel nor a guesthouse as you live and socialise with a family in their home. Think of it as an extension of your own home, with the usual creature comforts and no-one to make your bed or clean your room on a daily basis! The real experience is the interaction with a Sri Lankan family as they go about their daily life. ... more   less 
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