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The Kandy House

Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Kandy House is a restored ancestral home set in the hills on the edge on the historical city. Spend the days sightseeing in and around Kandy, or simply lazing in the tropical gardens by the infinity pool, being spoiled rotten by the fantastic staff.

At a Glance

  • The former home of the last Chief Minister of the Kandyan Kingdom

  • A stunning infinity pool has been landscaped into the hillside overlooking the rice paddy fields

  • Some of the best food to be found in Sri Lanka

  • The Butterfly Bar has an excellent cocktail list, the signature offering is well worth a try

  • The house can also be booked as a whole for important celebrations with friends, or just for the peace of mind of a group having total privacy away from the public eye

  • Ideal for couples - but not for young families - as children under 12 are not accepted at the Kandy House

Culture, Honeymoon, Golf

Insider's View

I highly recommend enjoying a cocktail on the veranda at dusk!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

The rooms with twin beds don't have bathtubs

Clare Monro

Insider's View

The Kandy House has wifi but it is only available in the sitting area and doesn't stretch to the bedrooms

Clare Monro

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Kandy House or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country

Description

An exceptional example of an ancestral home, dating back 200 years, The Kandy House is set in glorious jungle gardens 15 minutes outside of the town of Kandy, the cultural capital of the island. The restoration has been undertaken with great care and the result mixes colonial charm and elegance with modern design touches. With only nine rooms the house retains an atmosphere of a private home and makes for the perfect retreat after a day out and about in the hill country and town.

Dining takes place outside on a sheltered veranda and the menu is different every day offering a fusion of traditional Sri Lankan delicacies with modern international dishes and flavors, using the freshest ingredients to be found in local markets. The fantastic cocktail list, leaves you wanting to stay one more night just to try one more.

In the gardens you will find a yoga pavilion and an infinity pool with a view to die for. You can relax with a delicious cup of green tea while enjoying the company of 59 different species of birds or the hotel will be happy to help you organize a trip to one of the many attractions within easy reach.

Accommodation

All rooms are named after Butterflies which thrive in Sri Lanka, and are styled individually incorporating local fabrics, elegant furniture of various generations and modernized amenities. There are four ULTRA Rooms – Red Spot Duke, Peacock Royal, Indian Admiral and Black Rajah. These are larger and have access onto a verandah with chaise longues, reading chairs, table and other antiques, ideal for more private dining and relaxing. There are five DELUXE Rooms – Sunbeam, Cornelian, Monkey Puzzle, Pioneer and Lime Butterfly. These rooms are a little smaller than the Ultra Rooms, and not all enjoy access to their own private verandah. Two are Twin Rooms without a bath (but with separate shower). Otherwise, all amenities and standards of furnishing are to the same high standard.

Red Spot Duke

A spacious double room, opening onto a wide verandah. Has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboards and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with a bath as well as a separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Black Rajah

With arched doors opening onto an outdoor verandah, this room also boasts an octagonal stone bath. Has a king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboard and other antique furniture. Also with a separate shower, WC and double-basins. There’s a double swing-hammock in a “secret” garden nearby. Can be booked with adjoining Deluxe double bedroom - Monkey Puzzle.

Indian Admiral

On the upper floor around the inner courtyard, opening onto its own outer verandah, this large room looks towards luscious green paddy fields and the infinity pool. Has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with an old-fashioned cast-iron bathtub as well as a separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Peacock Royal

Red Spot Duke’s sister room nearby, another spacious double room opening onto a wide verandah. Has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboards and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with a bath as well as a separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Cornelian

On the upper floor around the inner courtyard, with access to a verandah with chaise longues and views to the jungle. Has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with a bath as well as separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Sunbeam

On the upper floor around the inner courtyard, enjoying a view over the stunning jungle-fringed infinity pool. Has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with an old-fashioned cast-iron bathtub as well as separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Monkey Puzzle

With its own arched doorway leading to a small outdoor verandah, this is a Twin Room, although it can easily become a Double. Has two beds with mosquito net, cupboard, sofa and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with a shower, WC and double basins, but no bath. The room adjoins the Black Rajah room and is ideal for families traveling with teenage children to book both rooms.

Pioneer

With a private verandah and nestled right into the garden, where your own swing-hammock awaits you. This is a Twin Room, although it can easily become a Double. Has two beds with mosquito net, cupboard, sofa and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with a shower, WC and double basins, but no bath.

Lime Butterfly

On the upper floor with access from the inner courtyard. Has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom with an old-fashioned cast-iron bathtub as well as a separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Childcare

Children under 12 years are not accepted at the Kandy House.

Facilities

Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool and a restaurant serving a mouth watering fusion of traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and ingredients with modern international dishes and flavors. There is a massage room with a masseur on call.

Activities

The Kandy House offers complimentary hiking, use of the swimming pool and you can spot 59 species of birds in and around the hotel. Activities at an additional cost include cultural visits, yoga, Ayurveda and there is golf at Victoria Golf Club. Local attractions include the historic Temple of the Tooth, the Peradeniya Gardens – the Botanical "Kew" of Kandy, the glass murals in the serene, open-air, hill-top Trinity Chapel and the beautiful sanctuary forest of Uddawattakale.

All excursions can be organized in advance by Scott Dunn.

Location & Directions

Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Kandy House is located 20-minutes outside Kandy's town center, close to the geographic center of Sri Lanka.

When to go

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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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Kandy House or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country

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