Gampola, Sri Lanka
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated their travel advice for Sri Lanka and are advising that travel can now resume. We've been following the situation closely and with the recent changes in security, we're pleased to say that we can support the people of Sri Lanka and once again offer trips to this beautiful country. To encourage visitors to return, the Sri Lankan government are now offering free visas on arrival to key countries (including the UK) beginning August 2019.
At a Glance
Utterly charming laid back guest house - think a vacation home in Cornwall or Scotland, complete with Black Labrador
Magnificent views across the Kandyan mountains
Situated on a 9-acre organic tea and spice estate
The main house is very comfortable, not to be classed a luxurious boutique hotel but this is what makes it so perfect for families or laidback couples
The manager will guide you on nature walks or bicycle trails (bicycles are available for guests to use) through the village of Gurukelle and the Nilambe Hydro Power damn where the amazing natural rock formations downstream resemble a movie set from a pre-historic film
Ellerton is home to two dogs and a cat All are very friendly, and Ben, one of the dogs is keen to go on walks with guests. But, Ellerton is not the right place for people who do not like animals.
There's no air conditioning at Ellerton, but the house is situated 2400 feet so the area is cooler than Kandy. All of the rooms have large ceiling fans.
Best time to Visit
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Average time to visit
Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.
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Ellerton was built for the manager of a large tea estate more than 100 years ago. Now owned by Cary and Richard Goode, it retains the character and tranquillity of those colonial days. Perfect for a family group or a couple, and well positioned for Kandy.
Situated just north of the Hill Country and a stone's throw from Kandy, Ellerton benefits from the best of Sri Lanka's weather with warm days and relatively cool evenings, much like an English summer. Set in beautiful gardens, Ellerton comprises eight comfortable double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, a spring fed swimming pool and wonderful views in all directions.
It has the air of a classic vacation home or guest house in Cornwall or Scotland, no fuss and very relaxed, making it ideal for young families who are looking for ease rather than necessarily overt luxury. The large sitting room is the center of the Main House; furnished with antiques it is a great place to gather before dinner or to play cards later in the evening. The dining room, used on cooler evenings or more formal dinners, seats 12 while the dining terrace set in stunning gardens should be taken advantage of as much as possible when it is warm enough to do so.
The house has three guest bedrooms, two doubles and one twin, all with their own bathrooms. The twin bedroom and one of the double bedrooms have attached rooms with a single bed which can be used as triples. Beside the swimming pool and some thirty yards away from the main house is the new Valley House. With spectacular views down the valley it has three generous bedrooms, consisting of two doubles and a twin. The double bedrooms have large bathrooms with baths and walk in showers, whilst the twin has a shower. The Valley House's huge veranda is a natural place to cool off in the shade and curl up with a book. The Garden Rooms are the newest addition to Ellerton; set just in front of the main house and commanding spectacular views of the hills, they are ideal for couples. They have their own balconies and being a bit removed from the Main House or Valley House, also have a bit more privacy. All of the rooms are simple, yet comfortable.
The two Chefs produce excellent and varied menus each day including fantastic Sri Lankan curries as well as simple English dishes for less adventurous younger pallets! This property is all about the immediate local surroundings and in particular the beautiful gardens full of interesting flowers, butterflies and birds - for some this will be a highlight.
Ellerton has eight comfortable double and twin bedrooms, some well set up for families split between the Main House and the Valley House. The Valley House rooms are newer and more modern in design and there is an extensive verandah providing welcome shade from the midday sun. The Garden Rooms are set apart from the others and have a private balconies rather than a verandah.
While there is no child care, children and families are very welcome. Children will enjoy mountain biking in the local area and a visit to the Millennium Elephant Foundation, roughly 1.5 hours away from the hotel by car.
Facilities at Ellerton include a dining terrace, swimming pool and there are mountain bikes for guests to take out and explore the stunning surroundings.
Meals are usually served in the large open sided dining pavilion with lovely views of the valley. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, cereals and cooked breakfast. Lunch is a selection of salads, sandwiches and omelettes whilst dinner is three course affair. The two chefs are happy to adapt their dishes to your preferences.
For dinner the cost per adult is $30 for dinner, but importantly this includes cocktails before dinner; free good-quality wine, or other drinks during the meal; service charge and all taxes. We feel is extremely good value, compared to other restaurants
Explore the lush tropical landscape by foot or mountain bike, go swimming in the beautiful infinity edge pool with stunning views overlooking the jungle, or take a trip to explore some of the local destinations. Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth, the renowned Buddhist site, and the botanical gardens at Peredeniya are not to be missed either.
Ellerton is also the perfect place to relax and read a book and has an extensive collection of novels, coffee table books and guides on Sri Lanka.
Lucy Black (Staff)
Walking into Ellerton feels a little like you're walking into someone's home. Both the decor and the atmosphere are comfortable and relaxed.
Yes, the furniture does look a little tired, and the floral curtains and bedspreads are somewhat chintzy, but I think this is part of the charm, although of course this will not appeal to everyone.
I would recommend the Garden or Valley Rooms, as these are a bit brighter and the bathrooms are nicer.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Ellerton is one of my personal favorite hotels in Sri Lanka. It is well suited to either couples or families as there are different accommodation types either in the Main House, the Valley House or the Garden Room. It really feels like you are staying in someone's home rather than a hotel, the views are amazing and perfect for exploring the surrounding countryside as well as Kandy.
Emma Mark (Staff)
Our brief trip to Ellerton was perhaps a little too short! It is charming and has a lovely feel to it and would suit both families and couples looking for an escape in the hills. The benefit of Ellerton is that whilst there, you feel secluded and there is a lovely view down over a valley but the city of Kandy is not far away and easily reached for a day of shopping and sightseeing.
Walking and bicycling in the area is great and can be as leisurely or as strenuous as you like. Ellerton can even organize a visit to a tea factory completely off the tourist trail which certainly sets it apart from many of the nearby hotels.
Drinks are included throughout the day and with dinner which is an added bonus and very welcome when bills can start to add up.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
Ellerton is a charming, family run guest house experience. It's fuss free attitude makes it an ideal stopping point for families wanting to visit the hill country as well as Kandy and the gardens and views are stunning. While the Main House is a little dated in style, the newer Valley House has been created much more recently and shows off rather more modern design.
Anuradhapura Ancient City
Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.
Dambulla Buddhist Caves
Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.
Explore the Tea Plantations
During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.
Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men
Today head to the center of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colorful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Minneriya National Park
The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
Temple of the Tooth
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Train from Kandy to Hatton
The 2 hour train journey to Hatton is a glorious way to see the rolling countryside from your observation car, as you climb into the hills and tea plantations.
Please note that due to Ellerton's location in the hills, it enjoys a more refreshing climate than the rest of the country. Therefore there is no air conditioning.
Location & directions
Gampola, Sri Lanka
Ellerton sits on a hilltop, roughly 18km south of central Kandy, close to the geographic center of Sri Lanka.