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“A small piece of Paradise!”
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The Kandyan Manor
Ranked #1 of 2 Katugastota B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

We have spent 2 nights in this beautiful and peaceful place and it was hard to leave it. The Manor is amazing, very vibrant and authentic, and the owners are incredibly nice and helpful, they made us feel home. The entire place calls for calm and harmony.
It is not easy to find, like every piece of Paradise :), but the drivers are used to call the owners and we have always found our way back home! The rooms are very spacious with a lot of charm, not luxury though but comfortable enough to have a great stay. And the food is fantastic! The WiFi was random but, hey, this is Sri Lanka ;)
I can only recommend this place and I will certainly go back if I have the occasion!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Quite difficult to find as no sign from the main road, but when we did find it after our driver went passed it four times we found a nice old house with a pleasant garden.Very welcoming on arrival and whilst we were very early the host made our room available quickly. Big family room with plenty of space to sleep three or four. Bed was comfortable but fittings had seen better days, especially the bathroom which was dirty.
We had booked a market tour and cooking demonstration with the hosts. The owners said that they were busy doing other things and a young boy took us to market in a Tuk tuk which we had to walk 15 minutes to meet from the house. On return the lady took us to the kitchen but then left us with the young boy and an even younger girl for the demonstration. This was still enjoyable but I got the inmpression that the hosts were not that interested in us.
We had dinner in the first night which consisted of a three course meal which was simple but adequate and reasonably priced.
Breakfast was disappointing on both mornings as their was no choice with just a plate of fruit and a hard boiled egg and bread. This could certainly be improved.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Thank paul087
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

We have been staying at the Kandyan manor last December. First we had a warm and lovely welcome by Suzy, Bhatiya and all the family who made sure we had a pleasant time throughout our stay. The manor itself is extremely charming. There is a breathtaking garden where a beautiful chalet is located. The room we had was not only huge but also tastefully decorated like the whole manor. Moreover, we had the chance to taste the typical Sri Lankan food which chili lovers will surely enjoy. The staff there are also so lovely. I would definitely recommend this place and looking forward to come back some day.

Thank you Suzy and family for the awesome times we had :)

See you soon in Mauritius

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Taziana C
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rambukwella, Owner at The Kandyan Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Thank you Taziana, its was indeed a pleasure to have hosted you and Maziyah, we enjoyed every moment spent with you two. Thank you again for visiting us. We wish you all a very happy New year and a wonderful 2017. God bless. See you all soon hopefully.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

The kandyan manor is placed in an idyllyic location - it's a homestay and there are outside chalets for rent. The staff and owners all seemed very nice and accomodating.

On our final day, however, I checked my luggage (locked in the room) and I found that £130 had been stolen. As this property is far away from the main road, with staff working all of the time, it seems only possible that it was the staff that could have stolen the money.

It was a christmas present from my mother which made things all that much worse. The owner seemed sympathetic at the beginning, even offering to give me the money lost - but this soon changed. Only the staff enter the rooms - with clear signs that things had been moved and my sister's bag's looked into too (zips undone on backpack waterproof cover which would never be open as it hadn't rained) as well as a few other small items missing.

Needless to say, I expected to have my property respected and to be safe from thieves as I'm sure the owner expected us not to steal his property as well - as we could access their entire property, freely. Sour end to a lovely place.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Dane S
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rambukwella, Owner at The Kandyan Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Dear Dane, As I have replied your mom Suzanne for her review. my reply remains the same to you as well. However its very surprising to hear that you noticed your bags were pulled a few days after you had left our home. if you had noticed your bags pulled whilst packing then this could have been investigated. Once you leave our home and inform us a few days later there is nothing we or anyone else could do. We still strongly feel that the police investigation should have been done as you all seem to be giving us bits by bits after your check- out.

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We spent three nights at the manor and had a blast! Suzanne and Bhathiya are both amazing and make sure that you feel at home and share all their good tips. The manor, which sits right outside of the city centre, is a splendid house decorated with taste and allows you to have restful nights away from the city noise. The food is fire cooked and tastes amazing. We spent our nights in the chalet that is really lovely and has an open sky bathroom! Absolutely 100% recommended.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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rambukwella, Manager at The Kandyan Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Dear Derek, Thank you, And we are very happy to know that the two of you had a great time at the Kandyan Manor. It was indeed a pleasure. Hope to see you soon.

Brgds,

Suzy

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Additional Information about The Kandyan Manor

Address: Rambukwella Walauwa | Yatiwawala, Katugastota, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Katugastota
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Katugastota
Price Range: ₹ 2,345 - ₹ 5,080 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Kandyan Manor 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kandyan Manor is a traditional Walauwa, built more than 110 years ago, in the hills of Kandy, a world heritage site. Now managed by the 4th generation, it is a truly peaceful setting complemented by a five and a half acres of shrub jungle,in a typical hill country, rural environment, amidst green woods. The Kandyan Manor has an alluring cozy atmosphere in tranquil surroundings, ideal to unwind and enjoy a relaxed holiday. The area is a paradise for bird watchers to listen to the chirps and songs at sunrise and observer a large variety of rare and colourful birds, a mini nature walk for the hill walker (trekker) and naturalist, village scenery for the artist and a grand view of the Hunasgiriya peak for photographers. Hosts, Bhathiya and Suzy Ratwatte, and their staff assure you of comfort, convenience and hospitality, providing delicious home made meals, cooked in the traditional way on fire wood. ... more   less 
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