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“Great value, great service, excellent for children, but no alcohol permitted”

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Sunnyside Holiday Bungalow
Ranked #28 of 150 Ella B&B and Inns
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Bristol, UK
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22 reviews
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“Great value, great service, excellent for children, but no alcohol permitted”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Sunnyside is amazing value for money. This is one of the cheapest places we stayed all holiday, and you wouldn't know it at all. Cynthia was so kind, we were having a minor emergency with a poorly baby and she was very gracious indeed about letting us use the phone to rearrange our plans. There was a swing which even our grumpy teething baby loved! And Cynthia's son is absolutely charming, such a sweet little boy. Our daughter loved playing with him.

There is no alcohol permitted at Sunnyside, which wasn't really an issue for the two days we were there. But relaxing with a glass of cool Lion lager is a highlight of many holidays to Sri Lanka, so we did feel this should have been made clear in advance.

Overall would recommend Sunnyside. Ella itself felt very touristy indeed after all the other places we had stayed, almost everyone was white. My husband said, "It's like being in Benidorm!"

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed here after two seperate recommendations from friends who have stayed at Sunnyside. The place was pleasant and clean and the owner was really friendly. The only thing that annoyed us a bit was when we called up, we asked specifically if the price included tax and the person on the phone told us that it was all included in the price stated on internet. When we paid our bill at the end of our stay, there was an additional tax on top of the cost of the accomodation. The owner was so nice we couldn't be bothered bringing it up with her. Also the breakfast was delicious but a bit overpriced. The tennis court was the highlight of our stay, you can borrow racquets from the owner.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pune, India
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

There`s not much to explore in Ella since it`s a small town. So if you want to base camp for Little Adams peak or Ella rock or walk along the tracks towards Demodara, you may stay anywhere ; BUT if you want to meet a very humble and honest person, I suggest you stay here. Cynthia ma`am is a very good host and will go out of the way to help you. Even her "Good morning" is straight from the heart! The bungalow is located right on the highway, so you cant miss it- easily accessible. It`s got a lovely garden. Cynthia ma`am is a very good cook, so make sure you have(at least) breakfast here- specially scrambled eggs. She serves freshly prepared rottis- and you cant describe in words how satisfied you feel when you get such fresh rottis straight from the pan into your plate!! They have a strict no-smoking-no-liquor policy, which worked perfectly for us; and since we`re vegetarians, we`d informed her beforehand and she had prepared the breakfast (a sumptuous one!!)accordingly. The room was spacious, as was the bathroom. Market and railway station are hardly 5 minutes walk away. Theres a tea shop- Kinnelan, which is also 5 minutes away from here where you can buy fantastic Ceylon tea at very reasonable prices.
All in all, a very good place, don't miss out on it :)

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Podimore
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We spent two nights in this very nice accomodation. The room was big, clean and there were some good additional touches like two large bottles of free mineral water. The outside areas are lovely as is the garden. Breakfast was good and plentiful and the evening meal also well cooked and filling. Cynthia has a very good staff who have been with her for a long time and the place is well run by the team there.
The ambience is Sunnyside is quiet, serene and peaceful. It is a Christian establishment though all are quite clearly made welcome. There are no TV's or radios or any music so the tone is quite hushed and one almost feels the need to whisper. All that is very relaxing if it suits your holiday style.
The home is also a no smoking and no alcohol establishment and there are signs on each door asking guests to refrain. That is perfectly fine, though we do feel that this should be made very clear to guests in advance on the home page of the web site, which it is not, though some of the links to newspaper articles do mention it.
Overall we could not fault the accomodation, food, setting or help we were given. It was however, a slightly monastic experience that might not suit everyone.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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DHAKA
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Shanti, the owner takes very well care of the guests. The rooms are very spacious and seems like cleanliness is on the top list of their priority. The location is amazing! Tea estates just a step away from the gate. The railway station is also 10 minutes walking distance and so is the main hub of restaurants. It is a must stay and you get absolute value for money here!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed at sunnyside for 2 nights with some friends. The room was clean an had everything you could need. The owner is a fantastic person, she goes out of her way to make your stay pleasurable and has a rich knowledge of the area.
The Sri Lankan breakfast in the morning is sooooooo good. Best meal we have had in the country. Would highly recommend this place.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This is a family-run bungalow offering the best home-cooked meals in this part of the country. Apart from the fantastic food, the rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. The house and garden, filled with flowering plants, are great for relaxing. The property is located close to Ella town and railway station.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Sunnyside Holiday Bungalow
Address: Bandarawela Road, Ella, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
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Ranked #28 of 150 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sunnyside Holiday Bungalow 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sunnyside Holiday Bungalow is located in Ella Sri Lanka. It is surrounded by green foliage, including large trees and a tea plantation and offers comfortable accommodation with home cooked meals. There are three clean rooms with attached toilets and hot water showers. ... more   less 
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