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Helga's Folly

#10 of 52 Hotels in Kandy
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70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dear Souls Thinking to Come to Helga's Folly, This is the 5th time that I have come to Helga's Folly. I have just spent six weeks at the Folly, recovering from the passing of my wife of 60 years, knowing that Helga's Folly, where we both enjoyed so many happy times over the years, would help and fill that gap... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Very dear Charlie. Thank you so very much for your lovely poignant, straight from the heart review. Knowing 'that' ghastly numbing nightmare road on which you travel, and hope to awake from, 'that' pain, 'that' half person one becomes overnight. Touches all our hearts here to feel that you found some sort of solace, and some healing here. HF is... More 

Glossop, United Kingdom
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241 reviews 241 reviews
61 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't stay here but wanted to visit after reading about it being gaudiesque/daliesque. Tbh it's more Addams family than that, basically a big ego trip for the owner and her family. Cant deny its not interesting and worth a visit though. Go by tuktuk or it's a sweaty walk uphill. Entrance is 400 rupees or 3 dollars.

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Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Sir. Thank you . Glad that you found the house interesting although not what you may have expected. As our website says: "Helgas Folly is just a Sri Lankan's home with a bit of the islands history and some color! HF does not pretend to be anything more! Madame Helga likes to call the house a "nursery", where some... More 

1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After feeling a bit gloomy after three days of constant rain since arriving in Sri Lanka our driver recommended afternoon tea at Helgas before heading off to Adams peak. We also saw in the lonely planet. Negotiating the Tuk Tuk up the steep path w went in for green tea and chocolate and banana toasties!!!! As we were not staying... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam Morgan. Thank you for visiting us and for taking time to write your nice review. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy 'our' home which it is to many here. Look forward to welcoming you back. All the very best. Warm regards from us all at the Folly. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wish people would stop reviewing Helga's if you have not stayed there!!! Widely different experiences. Visit, take some great pics..it photographs brilliantly, but do not stay or look too closely at anything. It's a Sri Lankan Faulty Towers. Service shocking, food...Wow...Not sure what they even served us but we left the dining hall mid way (our son vomited onto... More 

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Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam. We are very sorry to read your unhappy review. We regret that you had not spoken to us or written at the time, so that we could have held a full inquiry at the time, as we had taken in some extra help during Christmas to help service the crowd we had. Raymond was in charge of all... More 

Ascot, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited Helga’s Folly on several occasions, magnetised year after year by it’s unique, alluring charm. As a guesthouse of the fabulously eccentric Madame Helga, it is clearly and proudly stated (on the equally eccentric website) that this not a regular hotel experience by any means, which is as promised, true. As a firm believer that there is more... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Miss Alice. Thank you so much for taking your precious time to write your lovely long and very helpful review, which is very much appreciated by all at the Folly. Always a joy to have you miss Alice. Thank you again for your loyal patronage of 'our' home. All the very best and look forward to your next visit. More 

Bendigo, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an incredible afternoon spent in the crazy world of Helgas Folley!. We had seen this place online and was intrigued just for a look but ended up staying for a drink and then one of the best lunches we had in Sri Lanka!. My eyes were treated to such a feast, there are so many things to look at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Meapus Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review which is very much appreciated by us all. So very glad that you were able to understand our home, and much looking forward to welcoming you back. All the very best from us all at Helgas Folly. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another 200 rupee tuktuk ride (they were all 200 rupees) took us to Helga's Folly. (I like the Stereophonics and that Kelly had stayed here was another draw.) Helga and her family have led interesting lives and to read the old Hello magazines and other articles around the place was fascinating. Some of the art was fantastic, some disturbing. It's... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Sir. Thank you for writing your kind review. We like to keep the old wax laden 'Miss Haversham' candlestands, as they have become sculptures in their own right over the years. Some of them however have become top heavy, and so we have been securing them with breeze blocks which in time will be covered in wax, as we... More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in to helgas folly to look round. Ended up staying all afternoon and having a wonderful 3 course lunch. It's well worth the visit to see the eclectic mix of art old photos and meet the charming staff. So nice that helga made time to chat to us herself.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear madam. Thank you for taking your precious time and trouble to write your nice review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So glad that you enjoyed your meal and understood the house, which is home to many. Glad too that you had the opportunity of meeting and having a chat with our madam Helga. All the... More 

Ballajura, Western Australia, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place, we came across the by accident and cancelled our 2nd night at our booked hotel to stay here. I just wish we'd had more time to explore, take in all the photos, memorabilia and scrap books of newspaper cuttings. If you can't stay here, then I suggest that you at least go, pay 300 Rs just to have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear sir. Thank you so very much for your kind and gracious words,which are very much appreciated by us all at the Folly. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy 'our' home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many of us here who have been with the family for some... More 

Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
10 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There's a reason this place is famous (or is it infamous). It's outrageous. Ok, so Lonely Planet says it's a bit tired (but frankly I found the Lonely Planet guide to Sri Lanka a but tired too - but I digress) but that's part of its quirky charm. We only went for dinner so saw it in subdued lighting with... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking your valuable time and the trouble to write your nice review, which is very much appreciated by us all at the Folly. So glad that you could understand and enjoy what Helgas Folly has to offer.. Thank you for visiting us, and look forward to seeing you again. All the very best from us... More 

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