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Lady Horton Bungalow
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“Colonial-era quaintness”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

We paid £36 a night for two nights through Agoda.com and breakfast was not included. We were made very welcome by the smiling Mohamed (caretaker) and his wife, even though they speak little English. We also had pleasant dealings by telephone with Shafraz the owner, an English university graduate who, although living in Colombo, was able to arrange our 5.30am trip to Horton Plains and World's End (an absolute must while in Nuwara Eliya).
The "bungalow" itself is a very large,1940s-built property on a hilltop towards the southern end of town overlooking Lake Gregory. The building, which looks a bit like a big orange wedding cake, been divided into two at some point, and this guest house occupies one half and has five rooms to rent. You can see the lake from the small windows in some of the upstairs bedrooms but the view is obscured by newer, neighbouring properties.
We were the only occupants when we arrived, so we were given the main family room, which is a bizarre, split-level affair with a mezzanine level almost like a minstrels' gallery - one double bed downstairs and another upstairs; both comfortable. Don't descend the wooden ladder from the upper level while wearing only socks - it is very slippery! Heavy wood panelling and quaint, retro furnishings (common throughout the guesthouse) make you feel as though you have stepped back in time to colonial-era Ceylon in about 1946. Personally I think £36 a night was a little overpriced, especially as breakfast was 500 rupees per person on top. This may be average for Nuwara Eliya but it seems more expensive than other guest houses I have visited in the Hill Country. But if you want to step back in time to the era of the British Raj, with tiffin at 4pm and egg and soldiers for breakfast, this is as good a place as any to do so!!
My only criticisms were the very outdated plumbing in the bathroom (hot water from immersion tank needed constant reheating to fill a bath, and there was only a hand-held shower nozzle).
I was also kept awake by rainwater dripping from leaking guttering on to corrugated iron roof directly outside our window. Both of these minor gripes could easily be rectified.
The guesthouse is about 20 minutes' pleasant walk into the centre of Nuwara Eliya down a fairly steep hill dotted with vegetable patches and across the race track (5 minutes and 150 rupees in a tuk tuk). Overall, we were very pleased with our warm welcome and would return to Nuwara Eliya in a heartbeat

Room Tip: The family room has the best view of the lake
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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shaf101, Manager at Lady Horton Bungalow, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Dear Mr. Richard

It was a pleasure having you stay with us and it is nice to know you enjoyed your stay. With regard to the hot water, we have fixed a 20 litre geezer in each room and usually once its emptied it takes approx 15 mins to fully re-heat, we will any how look in to it and see what options we have to fix it. Also we will fix the leaking gutter on the roof. Thank you for pointing it out. Anyhow we thank you for your kind words and comments and hope to have you stay with us again when you visit Nuwara Eliya. Thanks again. - Shafraz
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are comfortable and clean. If you need a room with a lake view then you can ask the staff and if its available they do comply. Breakfast was good and filling. Even when we wanted to leave to Horton plains early they packed the breakfast and provided an early morning tea. Would love to come back

Room Tip: Choose one of the rooms in the upper floor. Has a great view of the lake
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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shaf101, Manager at Lady Horton Bungalow, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Dear Nick

Thank you for your review of the lady Horton Bungalow. It was nice to have you stay with us. We are pleased to note your kind words and hope to have you stay with us again.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

We had a lovely stay and the staff were helpful. The breakfast was excellent. The rooms were clean and tidy and the beds were comfy. A very good place to stay whilst exploring the area around Nuwara Eliya and the hill country in general.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

Our stay at the lady Horton bungalow was made perfect by warm smiles, exceptional hospitality and fantastic home cooked food. We were full all the time. We loved the weather, peace and tranquility in the mornings and evenings - something that is elusive in our country!
The strawberry farm down the road is a delightful little farm with vegetables and herbs a plenty. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will recommend this bungalow to our friends who may come this way.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Lahore, Pakistan
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This was one of the best places we stayed at while in Sri Lanka. Staff was amazing - we asked the staff to change our room so we can have a lake view and they complied within minutes (no fuss at all). Rooms are very good, spacious with great view. Bungalow seems to be old but well maintained, staff was very helpful. In fact when we were walking down to the lake staff noticed us taking the wrong path, instead of shouting or even ignoring he rode a bike all the way to us to redirect.

Breakfast was also pretty good in the morning. Overall a place worth staying for a family visit.

Room Tip: Picked up the room facing lake and it seemed like a good choice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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shaf101, Manager at Lady Horton Bungalow, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Hi Mr. Usman
Thank you for your review and kind comments. We hope you had a wonderful stay in Lady Horton Bungalow and hope to see you again.

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Beruwala, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

We stayed here during our stay in Nuwera Eliya places is so beautiful with an amazing view, big rooms, nice garden and a BBQ area I recommend this bungalow for families and big groups. There is a Strawberry Farm just 50 m away where you can get fresh Strawberries.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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London, England
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

I stayed recently at Lady Horton, and I loved it. The caretaker of the property was very helpful and helped us organise a BBQ. I recommend going here during April, where the rest of Sri Lanka is hot and where the weather is nice in Nuwera Eliya.

Room Tip: There are some larger rooms which can accommodate 4 people, try and get them to give it at the same...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Lady Horton Bungalow
Address: 65/26 Lady Horton Walk | Bonavista Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #84 of 201 Speciality Lodging in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxurious bungalow located in the heart of Nuwara Eliya overlooking Lake Gregory. This location has breathtaking views of the hill side and is ideal for a serene getaway. The bungalow has 5 well furnished rooms with attached bathrooms and boasts of a central heating system along with hot water facility. A large garden is ideal for outdoor games and even a barbecue. ... more   less 
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