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“Superb, delightful, charming.”
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Kandy Cottage
Ranked #8 of 389 Kandy B&B and Inns
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
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“Superb, delightful, charming.”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

This place is a real find! You will brag to your friends about having found a complete gem - albeit pretty out of the way. We had a car and so getting to and from the city of Kandy was not a problem - by public transport it would be difficult.
This is a gorgeous cottage more than a century old. It is spotless thanks to the outstanding work of manager/host Thomas. The rooms are charming, decorated with rustic and antique furniture; the bathrooms are spotlessly clean and lovely to use; the sitting area, study, garden and dining room make this a home-away-from-home.
Thomas is fastidious in his house-keeping - everything from polished glassware to gleaming cutlery - he runs this place like it is a five star hotel!
Unfortunately, I messed up our reservation and so we got to stay only one of our planned two nights. Understandably, the place is booked solid well in advance. They were fantastic locating another place for us to stay - not as charming - that is a tall order to fill - but very nice and great value at the last minute. We really appreciated the help and would dearly have loved to have stayed longer at Kandy Cottage. Easily among the best places we stayed in during our Sri Lanka trip. Book well in advance to make sure you get in and check careful (unlike me) as they are unlikely to have vacancies.

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful - check to ensure that there is a bathroom attached to your room.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

A dream and Thomas such a welcoming host. We enjoyed the relaxed and gentle atmosphere of this real home environment. Great evening curries and Sri Lankan breakfasts. The natural environment of the reserve surrounds you and only a very short walk to the bustling Kandy Lake. Thank you delightful Kandy Cottage.

Room Tip: We had the smallest room with no ensuite or balcony but had the bathroom of the house and could use...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

This truly is a little hidden gem!
A little cottage tucked away in the Kandy hills in and amongst the monkeys!! Although you feel like your miles away from the hustle and bustle of Kandy, the city centre is only a 10 minute stroll away.

We absolutely loved this place.

After a gruelling 5 hour taxi journey all we wanted was a warm welcome, some decent food, a comfy bed and decent cup of coffee!! Luckily we got all we wished for and more..

I would highly recommend this place if your after the real Sri Lankan experience; nothing fancy, just the simple things done extremely well....

Room Tip: Ask for the room with a view of the moon!!!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

I had 2 nights here in December and loved it. I had dinner one night, which was one of the best meals I had in Sri Lanka. It is only a 10 minute walk to the heart of Kandy, but feels like a world away, so a fantastic location. Thomas is an absolute star and went out of his way to make sure that you enjoy your stay in Kandy, he is a gem. I would definitely recommend this place and would love to go back again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Singapore
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We were sadly only staying one night but our stay was perfect. Room was lovely and spacious with a cool bathroom. Loved the decoration. Big comfortable bed, and peacefully quiet away from the noise of Kandy.

Thomas was a star! He took us to the town to ensure we got our bearings then met us again to take us to the cultural show. We had an excellent dinner and breakfast (don't eat out, it's not worth it when it is this good). The friendliest service we'd had in Sri Lanka, nothing was a problem.

The cottage is unmarked but easy to find and a short walk from town.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We adored this little cottage in Kandy. It is a bit hard to find at night, but close to everything in Kandy. We stayed 2 nights in the Friendly room (one king bed plus a second room with bunk beds for children) with en suite bath. Our kids, ages 4 and 5, were convinced they'd meet Hansel and Gretel here and be able to eat the walls, given the name, and it was so adorable it was indeed right out of a fairy tale. What makes the place if the manager: he helped us with so much, cooked a great dinner for us, and we had wonderful eggs and roti for breakfast. THE COFFEE WAS FANTASTIC: among the best we had in our 3 week stay on Sri Lanka!! I only give a 4/5 as it is still a bit rustic, but wonderful as can be!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Getting to Kandy Cottage is a bit tricky at first, but the manager was very helpful with giving directions to the driver and we arrived with no problems. It's sufficiently out of the way to feel as if you are on your own in the wild, but still within walking distance of the town. The staff are immensely hospitable and cater to your needs, with excellent advice on do's and don'ts. A great getaway for writers and artists to work on their craft, or just to relax in the garden with a good book. The food is also excellent and the rooms are simply but tastefully furnished. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Kandy Cottage
Address: 160 Lady Gordons Drive, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 389 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cottage nestles in a little hollow, in the midst of trees, beside a tiny virgin forest - "Udawatakelle" Forest Sanctuary just one of the many splendidly green spaces that is KandyThe Cottage is a charming and cosy place of retreat for writers andartists, and also welcomes regular holiday makers. ... more   less 
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