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Ellerton

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  • About this holiday

    Ellerton is highly recommended by Expressions Holidays for its wonderful tranquil atmosphere and outstanding views over the Sri Lankan Hills. Nestled in the lush greenery of the forest it offers excellent opportunities to explore the local wildlife as well as being close to the cultural capital of Kandy. Unwind in the boutique residence, more like a private home than hotel, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. An excellent choice for a stop on one of our touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,690 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

    Hotel code

    EXH1020

    Our opinion

    Ellerton is low key, charming and great value.

    Hotel description

    Ellerton is more like a private house than a hotel, small, friendly and organic, set in the lush hills south of Kandy. Enjoy the beautiful views, wonderful walks and mountain biking, and the odd foray into Sri Lanka’s fascinating cultural capital of Kandy.

    Built for the manager of a large tea estate more than 100 years ago, Ellerton retains the character and tranquillity of colonial days, having been sympathetically re-furbished by the current owners, a British couple. This is their home in Sri Lanka so the atmosphere is informal and relaxed. The main house has a large sitting room furnished with antiques, a dining room and a study with satellite TV. There are books and magazines for guests to read, and music or games to play. The six bedrooms have ceiling fans and mosquito nets around the beds (no air-con or TV) and their own bathrooms. Two of the three guest bedrooms in the main house also have an attached room with single bed which can be used as triples, ideal for families. Three further bedrooms are in the recently built Valley house near the swimming pool, about 30 yards away from the main house; these rooms open out onto a shared verandah with pleasant garden views.

    The beautiful tropical gardens are full of tranquil spots where you can relax and unwind. The swimming pool affords lovely views 20 miles down the valley. The entire grounds are organically maintained, so Ellerton is a haven for birds such as Golden Oriole, sunbirds and kingfishers, and insects too, naturally. Wild boar and barking deer are often seen and occasionally a porcupine, or at least its burrow holes. Ben, the resident dog, will be pleased to take you on a nature trail! At 2,400 feet above sea level, the days here are hot and humid, around 26 celsius and the nights pleasantly mild.

    To make life even simpler, and a welcome added bonus for guests, Ellerton is including soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee and local alcoholic drinks in the price of your stay. Meals at Ellerton are wholesome, informal affairs, usually served in the open-sided dining pavilion. They offer set lunches and dinners

    Location

    Doluwa, near Gampola

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 4 hours by car

    Closest airport

    Colombo

    Room types

    Number of rooms - 6
    Double or twin room. Ceiling fan, Wi-fi internet connection, Mosquito net over bed.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Ellerton include: Dining pavilion (open-sided), Swimming pool, Sitting room, Study with satellite TV, DVDs and games, Gardens with outdoor sitting area, Laundry service (at extra charge)
    Ellerton uses organic, home-grown, produce whenever possible and the entire 50 acres of grounds are organically maintained.
    You can get involved with the tea production on Ellerton’s estate.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Mountain bike hire.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to Ellerton are: Kandy – Temple of the Tooth, markets, shops, arts & crafts. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Tea Estates. The scenic highlands. The market town of Gampola. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (1.5 hours drive). Scenic train journey from Gampola through tea country.
    Special Events: Kandy Esala Perahera in July/August

    Sports nearby

    Walking, Cycling, Golf at Victoria Golf Course (35 kms, 1.5 hours drive), White water rafting and kayaking on the Kelani river in Kitulgala ( 30kms, 1.5 hours drive)

    Children

    Well-behaved children are welcome provided that their parents look after them. NOTE: The pool is unguarded.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    The hotel is not suitable for disabled guests due to steps up to the house.

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