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The Kandy House

Kandy, 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

  • 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

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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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Insider's View

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

The rooms with twin beds don't have bathtubs

Try their signature Arrack Sour cocktail if you're intrigued to try the Sri Lankan traditional spirit - delicious!

The pool and gardens are really spectacular therefore if possible do try to find time to enjoy them and unwind.

Why not indulge in a candle-lit massage on the terrace overlooking the hillside - blissful!

If you have the chance, watch the fantastic cultural dance show. It won't disappoint!

Get off the beaten track and take a walk through the paddy fields to the local Degdoruwa temple.

If you can tear yourself away from The Kandy House, venture to the Botanical Gardens in Kandy - absolutely beautiful!

Black Rajah is the best room for honeymooners - there's a standalone tub in the center of the room and separate living area!

Enjoy a private candle lit dinner in the pavilion over looking to rice fields

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Description

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 truly spoiled by the fantastic staff.

The Kandy House is an exceptional example of an ancestral home, dating back 200 years,  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.

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Accommodation

All rooms are named after species of butterflies which are found 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 boast access onto a verandah with chaise longues, reading chairs, table and other antiques, ideal for more private dining and relaxing. There are also five Deluxe Rooms – Sunbeam, Cornelian, Monkey Puzzle, Pioneer and Lime Butterfly.

Red Spot Duke

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

Black Rajah

With arched doors opening onto an outdoor verandah, this room also features a distinctive bathroom with an octagonal stone bath tub as well as separate shower, WC and double-basins. There is a king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboard and other antique furniture. 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. It features a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom has a cast-iron bathtub as well as a separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Peacock Royal

Red Spot Duke’s sister room, this spacious double room opens onto a wide verandah. It has a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, sofa, large cupboards and other antique furniture. There is a luxurious bathroom with a bath tub 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. There is a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, cupboard and other antique furniture, and the luxurious bathroom features a bath tub as well as separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Sunbeam

On the upper floor around the inner courtyard, the room boasts a view over the stunning jungle-fringed infinity pool. There is a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom features a cast-iron bath tub as well as separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Pioneer

This room features a private verandah and  is nestled right into the garden, where your own swing-hammock awaits you. There are two queen size four-poster beds mosquito nets, cupboard, sofa and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom has a shower, WC and double basins.

Lime Butterfly

This room is on the upper floor with access from the inner courtyard. It a four-poster king-size bed with mosquito net, cupboard and other antique furniture. A luxurious bathroom features a cast-iron bathtub as well as a separate shower, WC and double-basins.

Childcare

Please note 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.

Reviews

5

Charlie Loughlin (Staff)

After a long day sightseeing in Kandy, The Kandy House will be an oasis to relax and unwind and enjoy some down time during your trip. This heritage property offers 10 rooms bursting with character and color. The grounds are very spacious and green and the large pool is perfect for a late afternoon dip. Make sure you schedule in some down time to get a message or explore the local area such as the local Buddhist temple. Then indulge in a delicious breakfast on the veranda before heading off on your travels.

5

Alice Woodford (Staff)

The Kandy House is a beautiful property well designed, comfortable and a real retreat. The architecture is authentic here and the property is steeped in history.

With only 9 rooms, The Kandy House is an intimate property but I found all rooms to be ample in size and I love the fact that they are all named after types of butterflies! Its beautiful hillside location boasts great views from the infinity pool, terrace and garden. Close enough to Kandy to easily visit and a great location for a stop between Colombo and Tea Country.

5

Rikki Poynton (Staff)

Kandy House is a lovely historical building which has been beautifully and tastefully converted into a charming boutique hotel. The food is some of the best in Sri Lanka and the service is unparalleled. There isn't a huge amount to do in the immediate area but Kandy is just 25 minutes away.

4

Amber Hopkins (Staff)

The Kandy House is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of vibrant Kandy city center, with lush gardens and manicured lawns, a fantastic spacious pool, and the ideal fusion of colonial charm mixed with modern luxuries - what more could you ask for?!?

5

Clare Monro (Staff)

I just love the Kandy House. It is so peaceful and really feels like you are in someone's home. The decor and furniture are really tasteful, and combine a contemporary feel with antique charm.

5

Susie Reynolds (Staff)

An old Kandy favorite, the 8 rooms here named after butterflies, are elegant yet simple with no phones TVs A/C of or tea and coffee facilities but that is why you here. The staff are excellent and go out of their way to make you welcome and cater for your every need. The breakfast and lunch menus are excellent and extensive and the daily changing evening menus with two options, provide some of the best dishes you'll taste in Sri Lanka. They do not allow children under 12 so its really very well suited to couples looking for a relaxing spot to seriously get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet, while having the local sights of Kandy on your door step.

Experiences

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sigiriya Rock

    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.

  • Trek the Knuckles Mountain Range

    Explore the Knuckles Mountain Range on this full day trek. A local tracker will guide you through the Knuckles Forest Reserve, hiking the Corbett’s Gap Viewpoint track.

  • Visit to an Artist's Home in Kandy

    Meet with Ranju the artist during an intimate visit to his studio in Kandy. Gain an intimate insight into Sri Lanka's budding art scene and the artist behind some extraordinary pieces.

Vacation Ideas

  • Best of Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Tangalle & Galle

    from $4000 pp 12 nights

    • This itinerary covers it all, the culture of the ancient cities, the wildlife in Yala National Park and the southern coast, providing a hugely rewarding itineary
    • Many rural and hidden settings which are great for getting you off the beaten track
    • You will have your own private driver/guide to show you around the country - seeing the sights are your own pace
  • Boutique Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Hatton, Galle & Balapitya

    from $3700 pp 13 nights

    • Great for first time visitors to Sri Lanka, uncover the culture and history during this 14-day trip
    • Featuring the best of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels, you will enjoy stays at sister properties The Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach
    • The Kandy House offers a peaceful retreat outside of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth
  • Classic Sri Lanka

    Kotugoda, Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya, Yala & Habaraduwa

    from $4200 pp 14 nights

    • Explore the Cultural Triangle including a visit to the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress
    • This itinerary covers all the highlights of Sri Lanka allowing you experience everything that makes this island so special, wildlife, culture, history and stunning coastlines
    • You will have your own private driver/ guide to show you around
  • Highlights of Sri Lanka

    Kotugoda, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Weligama

    from $3600 pp 12 nights

    • You will have your own private driver/guide to show you around the country
    • This itinerary lets you see all the main highlights of Sri Lanka
    • You will have the opportunity to experience the ancient cities, the Hill Country before heading to the South Coast
  • Sri Lanka and The Maldives in Style

    Colombo, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Galle & North Malé Atoll in The Maldives

    from $6600 pp 13 nights

    • An incredibly varied trip of Sri Lanka taking in beautiful scenery, wildlife, tea plantations and colonial history
    • Stay in beautiful historic hotels and bungalows that were built during the colonial period
    • End with time on a private island in The Maldives, home to some of the finest beaches in the world
  • Sri Lanka in Depth

    Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle & Bentota

    from $5400 pp 17 nights

    • We provide your own private driver/guide throughout who will show you around the sights, yet retain the flexibility to offer more unique highlights away from the crowds
    • Perfect for guests interested in covering plenty of ground as part of an active itinerary
    • Chance to visit two National Parks in Sri Lanka, with brilliant opportunities for wildlife sightings.
  • Sri Lanka in Style

    Kotugoda, Ancient Cities, Kandy, Hatton, Yala & Tangalle

    from $6400 pp 14 nights

    • A Scott Dunn Flagship itinerary
    • The ultimate Sri Lankan adventure, staying at the best hotels and traveling in style between them
    • Activities and experiences tailored around your interests - with the use of a hand-picked private elite guide throughout

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.

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