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My only criticisms were the very outdated plumbing in the bathroom (hot water from immersion tank needed constant reheating to fill a bath, and there was only a hand-held shower nozzle).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
- 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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