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“Homely, comfortable property with excellent food”
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Review of Sunnyside Lodge

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Our home on the range, surrounded by a tea plantation
The view of the Lodge as you approach it
Bedrooms with queen size beds, spacious and airy
Our linen is personally chosen to make you feel at home
View from within the Octagon dinning room
Boarded sitting room with fire place
Indoor cozy dinning
Self contained pantry
Driveway to the Lodge
Bicycles are provided free for your family to explore the surroundings
Nature trails for those quiet moments
For the tennis lover, TRU-FLEX professional court
Birding is a pleasure at the Lodge
The Ella Gap is just a 15 minute walk from the Sunnyside Lodge
Betty will be happy to provide you with fresh milk!
And there are fresh eggs too from our free range layers
Enjoy the changing skyline at Sunnyside
The entrance to Sunnyside Lodge is beside the Ella signboard when coming into Ella from Bandarawela
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Ella, Uva Province

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me_g_toe
Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Homely, comfortable property with excellent food”
Reviewed 29 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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people found this review helpful

Property: My family loved this homestay. It was comfortable and well-ventilated with high ceilings and a cute dining area. The property is perched next to a tea plantation and amidst a lot of trees. It was a quiet oasis and we were very happy to stay in and enjoy the house. The house comes with bicycles, a tennis court and a playground. The property is very good value for money and the booking process was very hassle-free.

Location: The property is conveniently located at the entrance of Ella (which is a small town), and about 5 - 10 minutes walking distance from the Main Street and hence very convenient for food.

Others: The property is looked after by caretaker Ramesh, who is also an amazing cook. We arrived at Ella around the midpoint of our 11 day trip around Sri Lanka, and he cooked a mix of Sri Lankan and Western dishes for us for dinner - all wonderfully presented and extremely tasty. It was home cooking at its best.

Stayed for 1 night but wish we had stayed longer; Travelled with family.

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Liked best: The location
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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A-geok
Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great place to be take care of!”
Reviewed 2 February 2014 for a stay in December 2013

Sunny side lodge is an interesting place to stay in. While it is only about 8min walk away from the train station and the small sleepy town, we had arranged for transport, and the owner had gotten a tuk tuk to ferry all three of us in one tuk tuk! A real experience I must say.

Upon arriving, we had the whole place to ourselves, together with a "butler". It was a ground level house with 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, a kitchen, a laundry porch, and lots of space all around. I liked that it is very spacious, and I should think that families with young kids will appreciate the playground outside, as well as the free bikes for use.

Rooms were also clean and hot water was readily available (Ella can be a bit cold in evenings). Wifi didn't work that well initially but in the end, we managed to speak to the owner's brother who got us a solution promptly.

We arrived late (trains in Sri Lanka arrive late, and run at amazing slow speeds - 20km/h?? ), so we asked the butler for food recommendations. We were referred to a restaurant in town which served nice curry with rice, but be warned, in this sleepy town, food takes around an hour to serve.

Our next morning started off well as our butler, Ramesh, had prepared breakfast based on our orders the night before, the string hoppers were well prepared. Ramesh (although very quiet), also kindly accompanied us on our little hike up little Adam's peak.

We typically enjoyed our time at the lodge as we were well taken care of. Ramesh was able to help us arrange for our visit to the tea factory, as well as our transport out to Mirissa, although I must admit that we were also cautious to check out the street prices before committing to his recommendations. His recommendations turned out well and I guess it's probably different languages and culture that got us second guessing his intentions!

I would definitely recommend this place to those who like to be well taken care of!





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SuzeNorth...
Northumberland
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting, great house”
Reviewed 25 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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We loved this place. Such a beautiful setting. A well tended garden overlooking the terraces of a tea plantation. So peaceful & calm, with great views.
The house is immaculate & well maintained. Not ultra modern but well furnished.
Ramesh, who looks after the house is just lovely. A gem, a real gentle person. And his cooking is wonderful. He provided us with a 7 course curry & rice. Each dish absolutely delicious, the best we've had.
To have a home away from home, was a real treat.

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Reviewed 20 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

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Madurai, India
Reviewed 16 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Travelling group: Young Children
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Teprandi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Western comforts of home”
Reviewed 15 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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person found this review helpful

This was an exceptional holiday home with all the Western world's amenities (actually reminded us of our Canadian cottage experience:)). Was well designed, with a great cook, friendly, and most of all, privacy high up in the mountains. however, Wi-Fi was also there so you could stay connected if you chose to. Very serene environment with access to the hustle and bustle of the little town Ella close by. We have 3 young kids and they thoroughly enjoyed it! Absolutely a little piece of heaven on earth. Everything you can think of has already been thought of by the homeowner. You must try this place!

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Liked best: The design of the home (Western but with Sri Lankan touches) really appealed to our comfort and that of our kids. Made it a much more pleasurable experience.
Liked least: Was extra chilly at night, but not too many options for warming up in the rooms
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Large groups People with pets
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BLOK52
Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous place to stay and eat...”
Reviewed 18 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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person found this review helpful

This is a really great place to stay. Views of the tea plantation and right across the valley. 3 really good rooms with everything you could need and a great sitting room, dinning area and kitchen. The bungalow is a real haven and the children loved exploring all round and using the tennis court.

We opted to get dinner and breakfast prepared for us by the cook Ramesh. These were delicious and very very good value. He prepared different meals for the children and took real care over the food - the rice and curry was delicious and the banana pancakes on our last morning were superb!

The bungalow was only five minutes from Ella but felt really secluded. It was so good to be able to relax as a family in a whole property.

Thank you very much.

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Liked best: The tennis court!
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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