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Helga's Folly

70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 50 Hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
Carlymacd Bray, Ireland
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bray, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Perched on the side of a hill looking down onto Kandy with the jungle encroaching into the garden sits this wonderful Folly created by Madame Helga. Have been trying to get there for a number years and finally made it. I wasn't disappointed. There are all kinds of paintings done on every available surface including the bedroom ceilings,curtains made out... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Others have tried to capture the spirit of this place with theatrical comparisons ... I'll go with Addams Family meets Sunset Boulevard (and a touch of the Time Warp from Rocky Horror). A very positive description I hasten to add. We were looking for a restaurant on our first night in Kandy and were underwhelmed by the options until we... More

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

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, and the quote from one of my favorite movies, another bonus! Glad that you were able to understand her. All much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been with us for many, many, many decades! Sorry that we could not meet, perhaps... More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Utterly charming and totally bonkers. Husband and I went in off-season for late supper (9.00pm) nobody else there but sweet old maître-d' opened the kitchen for us. Served a great (strong!) cocktail as we gawped at the surroundings (press cuttings to photos to pictures to bric-a-brac thrown together into most exotic mish-mash.) Food was good, set menu idea with a... More

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

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review here. Much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many, decades.. So glad that you were able to understand the house. All the very best from us all. Take care. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most extraordinary place. i absolutely loved everything about my stay at Helgas magical folly and will definitely go back again and again! It was both peaceful and exciting! and i felt very much like a princess in another dimension floating about this incredibly eccentric home. The folly has a truly lovely energy about it, and Helga and her husband... More

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

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review which is very much appreciated by all the Folly family. Some of whom have been here for many decades. So very glad. Thank you and all the very best. Take care. More

2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Don't think of this as a hotel, think of it as an invitation into Helga's life. It feels like you have stepped back into old Hollywood glamor/ Alice in wonderland/the Addams family. We had an amazing night at Helga's folly- so much to look at, and an amazing story to learn. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.... More

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

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So glad that you were able to understand 'her'! Thank you again, and all the very best. Take care. More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Helga's Folly is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is not a hotel, not even a boutique hotel, but a home - Helga's home, which we are all invited to. This important feature of the Folly is made very clear when you arrive as one is greeted by endless newspaper clippings and photographs of all the members of her family. Every part... More

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

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many decades..HF is home. All the very best. Take care. More

Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Visited Helga's for lunch whilst staying in Kandy. It is an absolutely beautiful home with much character, set lunch menu was fantastic value and we experienced exceptional service. Would have loved to stay overnight however had already booked alternative accommodation. Will absolutely be booking on my next visit to Sri Lanka! A must see...

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

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write about us.All very much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many decades. Home. Thank you again and all the very best. Take care. H. More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a must visit place with amazing arts and decorations. It has a rich history with paintings and wall arts that u just could not take your eyes off. Visited this hotel as a tourist instead of staying there. I Should have stayed instead for the candle night.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write what you thought of Helgas Folly. We all are delighted that you could understand our home, which it is to many of us, who have been with the family for decades. Look forward to having you back, a warm welcome awaits. All the best. More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Was to spend a night here. The day and night managers are both lovely. We stayed in the nut cracker suite for our honeymoon. The decor throughout is unique and eclectic, though the place does smell musty and look tired in parts. Our bathroom was modern-in the 80s. The suite had a private dining area outside the main bedroom, but... More

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

Dear Mr Brownfeet. We are all indeed very sorry that you left Helgas Folly distressed. We gave you the 'Nutcracker' suite with a 50% discount, as you were on your honeymoon, on a budget and desired it, last minute booking by telephone. The new waiter Bandara who was responsible in putting another couple at your table in the adjoining dining... More

Perth, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a comment (with pics and artwork) left in the ledger-sized comments book - and it sums up Helga's Folly perfectly! A 5 star hotel it is not - but it is so much more. The house has been in Helga's family for generations - the blue dining room was her mother's bedroom (with views down across the lake)... More

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

Dear madame Kinsley. Thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to write your lovely, long, happy review, which is so very much appreciated by all of us. Always a joy when guests truly understand our home, which it is to many of us who have been here for decades. We much look forward to seeing you... More

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Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 40
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