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The Kandy House - Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    The Kandy House in Hill Country is a tranquil mansion which has been furnished in a colonial yet modern style, located in lush gardens fringed by jungle near to Kandy.

    The journey and how you get there


    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.
    From £1,720 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.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The Kandy House is ideal if you are looking for a beautiful and peaceful place to stay in the hill country, yet also within a few miles of Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy.

    Hotel description

    The Kandy House is one of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems, a beautiful Walauwa mansion set in lush tropical surroundings, four miles from the centre of Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. As you approach the Kandy House, wrought iron entrance gates open up to reveal a tear-shaped lawn and a picture-postcard building of wide arches, rounded pillars under a graceful, steep-pitched terracotta roof. Built in 1804 by the local chief Ratwatte Adigar, the Kandy House has been sensitively restored by Channa Daswatte, a student of Bawa, to blend traditional Kandyan architecture with Dutch colonial furniture and modern design. Luxurious Sri Lankan fabrics, Batiks by Ena Da Silva, relaxing sofas and beautifully appointed bathrooms combine to create an atmosphere of sophisticated comfort. Most of the rooms centre around the serene inner courtyard that is central to the grand Walauwa design. The eight bedrooms take their names from butterflies endemic to the surroundings of the Kandy foothills, and each is very individual in space and style. Two of the more spacious Ultra deluxe rooms open onto a wide verandah that traces around the house almost in its entirety and is dotted with chaises longue, reading chairs and antiques. The Kandy House chefs delight in serving fusion cuisine, stirring traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and ingredients with modern international dishes and flavours. So, start your day with a delicious cooked breakfast and fresh tropical fruit on the verandah and finish it with a mouth-watering rice and curry banquet. Within the lush gardens, fringed by jungle, you can play a game of croquet , laze on loungers in shade or sun and float in the wonderful infinity swimming pool, gazing over to the soft green paddy fields beyond. The Kandy House is also well situated for excursions to Kandy and other parts of the scenic highlands, visiting temples, tea estates and nature reserves and enjoying activities such as walking and golf.


    Gunnepana, near Kandy

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 1/2 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    8 Bedrooms. All individually styled with Ceiling fan, Safety deposit box, Hairdryer, En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower and wc.
    Deluxe Room (x4)
    Monkey Puzzle twin bedroom has a mosquito net and fan and its own arched stairway leading directly out to the garden. The bathroom has a shower but no bath. The room adjoins the Black Rajah Garden Suite and is ideal for families travelling with teenage children.
    Pioneer Room has a private veranda and is nestled right into the garden. Canopied twin beds with mosquito net and ceiling fan. Bathroom has a drench shower. A double swing-hammock hides in the foliage just off the veranda.
    Sunbeam Room has a view towards the jungle and infinity pool and overlooks the spacious inner courtyard. Luxury four-poster bed with mosquito nets and a ceiling fan and an old-fashioned cast-iron bathtub. A separate shower room and toilet adjoining.
    Cornelian Room features a veranda with chaise longue and views to the jungle. This room is on the upper floor and overlooks the inner courtyard. Four-poster bed with mosquito nets and ceiling fans. Bathroom with a large bathtub and showers.

    Ultra Deluxe Room (x4)
    Black Rajah Room is the only suite in the house with arched doors opening out from the living area onto the ‘secret’ garden below. King-sized low double bed with mosquito net and fan. Luxury octagonal bath and massage area within inner sleeping sanctum, shower in attached bathroom. Double swing-hammock in the secret garden outside. Can be booked with adjoining deluxe double bedroom Monkey Puzzle.
    Indian Admiral Room is on the upper floor and overlooks the spacious inner courtyard. The adjoining verandas, complete with cane chaise longues, look over luscious green paddy fields and the infinity pool. Ceiling fans and four-poster bed with mosquito nets. Iron bathtub and double basins within the room, separate shower.
    Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke Rooms are the two most spacious bedrooms, opening onto a wide veranda dotted with cane chaise longues, reading chairs and antiques. Ceiling fans and four-poster beds with mosquito nets. Luxurious bathroom with a bathtub and drench shower.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at The Kandy House include: Restaurant terrace and dining room, Sitting room and library, Swimming pool, Sun loungers, Gardens

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Croquet lawn, Yoga and massage available upon request.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Places of interest near The Kandy House include:- In Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, market and shops, Trinity Chapel; Uddawatakele Forest sanctuary, arts & crafts workshops and antique emporia; Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; train journey from Kandy, scenic mountain drives. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage; visits to tea estates and factories; Knuckles mountain range; Dambulla caves and Buddhist temple.

    Sports nearby

    Golf (45-minute drive) at Victoria Golf Course; white water rafting in Kitulgala (2 hours drive); walking in the Kandy Hills or the Knuckles Range. 


    The Kandy House welcomes all guests over 12 years old

    Minimum stays

    2 nights 1 December to 31 March, 1 July to 31 August and for 10 days over the Festival Season (Perahara).

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