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Clingendael

Coconut Hill, Rajawella, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We are in the hotel business and as such, are fortunate to have stayed in many luxury properties around the world. This was our first trip to Sri Lanka, organised by Sri Lanka in Style, who did a great job. It was a family holiday with our children aged 8, 11 and 13. Clingendael was by far the best hotel... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

This newly built small hotel, about 25 minutes outside Kandy, is kitted out with the original furniture and accessories from a 200 year old Dutch colonial house. It is in a lovely elevated position and our room was very comfortable and homely, and the staff are eager to please. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is one of the most incredible plaaes we have ever stayed in and we travel all over the world. From the moment we arrived, to the time we left 5 days later, we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble. It is very similar to an old colonial mansion and there are little bells everywhere to summon... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Set on a hillside this former colonial mansion must be one of the best places to stay at in the Kandy area. I have to say that I really loved the design and feel of the place. We were lucky enough to stay in the Red Room which is delightfully furnished and on two levels. The room has it's own... More

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Swansea
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26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Loved it! Fabulous welcome, superb staff - attentive but unobtrusive. Exquisite food - leave your diet at home. Fabulous room - the Brown Room. The only one with a bath, but don't book it for that - it's so big it would probably take half a day to fill. The room was brilliant, though - very colonial. Nice private balcony... More

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Nr Frome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We were the only guests at this small boutique hotel and felt totally at home there. The staff were extremely friendly and could not do enough for us, including ironing shirts at a moments notice. The setting was totally relaxing and the food was a very high standard. It's always the little things that set the best hotels apart from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Location: This secluded hotel, nestled in greenery, overlooks a beautiful valley. Quiet, peaceful, it feels like a mountain retreat. It is about 45 minutes away from Kandy, so if you're looking to venture into town a lot, you may find the driving distance tiring. If you're just looking to get away from it all, you will be perfectly happy. Staff:... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This place is something marvellous. Colonial feeling with beautiful setting on a hillside (called Coconut) with professional and very kind staff. The chéf prepares fantastic Sri Lankan food, the rice and curry and the prawn soup were the best we have tried in the country. A very good idea to have the set menu and the a la carte at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

5 room old style colonial guest house high up in the hills overlooking Victoria Golf Course. I stayed in the blue room, which was absolutely lovely, though it didn't have a bath tub. There isn't a lot to do here if you aren't a golfer, but I used it as a base to explore Kandy and the surrounding area. The... More

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rkokshoorn, Owner at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your much appreciated constructive and overall very positive review. Clingendael is indeed primarily a place to unwind, in an atmosphere of bygone days in delirious privacy, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday's increasingly hectic life. Please accept our apology for the night where you missed out on your regular sleep. The electrical - fuse- trip... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

An immaculately restored charming intimate colonial type hotel with just 5 rooms. We had the red room with our own private dining terrace - every room has its own dining space I think. Relax in a planter's chair on the veranda with a cocktail and take in the view over the hills, golf course and lake. Service is from your... More

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rkokshoorn, Owner at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and we do welcome your comments. Clingendael is indeed a place of tranquility in an atmosphere of delirious privacy. A great escape for those who seek to get away from the hustle and bustle of an increasingly hectic world and who seek the comfort and service of glorious bygone days. The adjoining Victoria Championship... More

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Address: Coconut Hill, Rajawella, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Rajawella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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"Clingendael" is located in the Kandian Hills on the premises of the Victoria Golf & Country Resort, some 20 minutes from Kandy the ancient and historic hill capital of Sri Lanka.This large stately home, built in Dutch Sri Lankan style with materials dating back to 1782, with its spacious "wrap around verandahs and colonnades", allows one to relive the colonial atmosphere of comfort and service of glorious days gone by .The Clingendael Resident Manager, the in-house chef and permanent staff of 8, will be there to cater for your exclusive needs.Situated on a hill at an elevation of some 80 meters, the visitor to Clingendael will enjoy a 230 degree, breathtaking view, over the reservoir of the Victoria Dam, as well as the 18 hole international championship golf course, with in the background the “Knuckels” mountain range.The property provides 7 different locations for intimate and private dining, whether on one of its cool verandahs, in one of its garden pergolas, overlooking the pond, the pool or the golf course or in the vacinity of one of the water features of the gardens situated on the hill at the back of "Clingendael". ... more   less 
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