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“Unforgettable great time at the kandy house”
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Deck with a view of the Mahaweli river valley
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Deck with a view of the Mahaweli river valley
Lounge area
Dining area
Kitchen
Master bedroom
Modern western bathroom with hot shower
Front view of the house
Child friendly plunge pool
M?onstone
View from the deck
Guest room
Reception room
View from the deck
Relaxing massage available from a qualified Ayurvedic doctor
Mask
Spectacular sunsets
Tropic fruit
Spectacular sunsets
Our new plunge pool
Garden
Front view of the house - with space for parking
Board games
Wood carvings and antique furniture throughout the house
Garden
Bar-b-que / gas grill available for guest use
BBQ
Spectacular sunsets
Spectacular sunsets
Rainwater collection
View from upstairs guest room
View to the west
Flowers
Modern western bathroom with ensuite access
Entrance candles
Spectacular sunsets
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Kandy, Kandy District, Central Province

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Very good - based on 32 reviews
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Vienna
Reviewed 14 August 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Tom W
Adelaide
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A perfect base for seeing Kandy!”
Reviewed 4 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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person found this review helpful

Nimal and Simon we're very accessible via email when we organised our trip and Nimal was even waiting to meet us at the train station when we arrived!

We had 3 short, action filled days in Kandy so Nimal arranged a car and driver to drive us to Adam's Peak, Sigiriya and the elephant orphanage - it was seamless! Nimal also offered plenty of advice on things to see, do and eat.

The house is high enough to not need AC, it's clean, tidy and even has a washing machine (very handy if you're running our of clothes mid-trip). We didn't use the cooking faculties but there is a store at the end of the road to buy ingredients from. The local restaurants are inexpensive and serve delicious Sri Lankan food.

Sitting on the balcony each morning, overlooking the mountains was hevenly, we'll be back to stay here again next time.

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Suzandrew...
Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
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“Amazing private house overlooking Kandy town”
Reviewed 21 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Three of us stayed at the Kandy House in mid-December of 2012, and we can not recommend this place enough -- it was a highlight our trip and we will look forward to returning soon!

First, about the house: it is nestled in the hillside above Kandy and offers a tremendous panoramic view of the mist-hugged city and gorgeous green hillsides. The deck is large and has four deckchairs for afternoon lounging. The design of the house is modern and tasteful. The beds are comfortable and have mosquito netting. The bathroom is clean with hot water. The kitchen comes stocked with cookware, a small stove, and a microwave if you feel like cooking. Comes with Wi-Fi. Basically everything you need to feel comfortable.

About the proprietors: booking the house with Simon was quick and easy. He is located in Europe and is business partner in the house with Nimal, who lives near Kandy and is the local contact person (Nimal and Simon met doing humanitarian work). Nimal was incredibly kind, gracious, and helpful. We arrived at night in the rain and he met us in town to guide us to the house.

About the location: the only downside of staying in a lovely secluded hillside house is getting there. It's very conveniently located from town, and if you have a driver, this probably won't affect you. We drove ourselves and had to memorize the route to and from the house. The path to the house from the street is a steep but short climb down a rough dirt road. A little treacherous at night (the "flashlight" app on my cell phone came in quite handy for these walks). One of the great things about the location is that there is a market called Nihal's on the road from the main drag to the house. After a day seeing the sights in Kandy we stopped at Nihal's and got everything we needed to cook ourselves a nice dinner (also snacks and coffee).

If you are staying in Kandy, this is where you should stay. You will be very happy you did.

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Blackisle...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice house shame about the problems”
Reviewed 20 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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We stayed at the Kandy house from the 7th of Nov till the 14th Nov, our flight was delayed so arrived later than expected ie in the dark, we only noticed the lack of cleanliness once we had recovered. On arrival we asked about the wi fi which had been offered as part of the deal for November, to be told by Nemal that he would return the following day to turn it on?
Rather strange as it is supposed to be on and he was using the internet when we arrived. If you are offering a service, please provide it, not the 400 rupees cards supplied 3 days later, which equates to 2 hours internet, not unlimited of 50 dollars as promised. This is unacceptable.
The property was not clean, the linen is yellow and worn out walking in bare feet left your feet filthy, the house had been given a quick sweep prior to our arrival, but that was all.
We had to clean all cutlery and crockery before we used them, the fridge contained a fermenting can of coconut milk half used, popodoms half a jar of sauce from the last guests , there was also a pile of empty Cartons and rubbish at the back door. The shower room was not clean we had to remove a pile of black hair from the drain, tiles were grubby and bits and bobs from the last guests!!!
The eves of the property are open which means that birds enter the property, Having open eves is supposed to keep the property cool, which is fine if there was some form of netting to prevent the birds flying around and dropping crap everywhere on the tables and floors which means you constantly have to sweep the floors and wipe the dining room table, every morning there was evidence of vermin droppings.
The washing machine works but the tap had been broken for some time when it was turned on it came off completely I informed the manager / partner where we could turn the water off but didn’t get back to me. I had to fix this myself.
All the above was emailed to the owner on two occasions who failed to reply positively regarding these matters and didn’t respond at all to last mail, assuring us he would !
The owner asks the guests to clean the property before leaving, on this occasion we left the property cleaner than when we arrived. We left the linen to be cleaned by the manager as we felt the owner and manager had not fulfilled their side of the contract.
This property has great potential but falls down badly on cleanliness and general maintenance.
The property has commanding views of Kandy and the surrounding area accessed down a steep road; the property could be wonderful with simple maintenance and updating.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The lack of cleanliness
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
20 Dec 2012
We accept responsibility for the cleanliness issues raised here but are disappointed with this review as remedial measures were immediately taken and are not acknowledged here. Our offer of a refund was also declined.

The guests above arrived immediately after previous guests had left the house in a less that clean state. We arranged for our cleaners to visit the following day and thoroughly clean the house.

The broadband wireless internet service was unfortunately down during the stay of these guests (due to a technical problem at the service provider dialog.lk) so we reverted to a USB dongle internet connection. Dialog has since improved their service in the area.

The maintenance issues identified above were immediately addressed.
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Australia
Reviewed 1 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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Allen_Key...
Bristol
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“An amazing retreat”
Reviewed 29 August 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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We stayed in the Kandy House for 6 nights over New Year 2011/12 and loved every minute of it.
Situated in the Kandy Hills, just a short tuk tuk ride from the town, the house is in an idyllic location and is the perfect place for relaxation, experiencing breathtaking scenery and watching the abundant birdlife.
The house host, Nimal was excellent. He was there to greet us with our bags when we arrived late from Colombo and made us feel at home straight away. He left us with the keys and the true feeling that this was our place for the next few days, but also made it known that he was available at any time by phone and nothing was too much trouble. Indeed, we spent a couple of our days with Nimal as he arranged and hosted a trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla and also drove us all the way to Ellla for our onward journey. Nimal was an absolute pleasure to spend time with; full of local, national knowledge and information and an extremely safe and carful driver.
We hope to make it back to Kandy House one day - an amazing retreat in a beautiful location with a wonderful, kind host. We cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Liked best: The balcony and view
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Reviewed 15 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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