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Planters Bungalow Ella

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Karandagolla, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
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Planters Bungalow Ella
Ranked #17 of 71 Ella B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice setting with a beautiful garden and a lovely swimming pool, which is a nice respite from the heat. Delicious and generous breakfast, that includes both western and Sri-Lankan food. However, the place suffers from multiple maintenance problems, including: plumbing problems, ant infestation, lamps that didn't function and hangers that fell off the wall. The owner was nice enough to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to escape to and enjoy the beautiful scenery around Ella. John, the owner, will provide you with plenty of tips, great conversation and unbelievably delicious food (the best we had in Sri Lanka). The rooms are perfect and the beautifully garden and swimming pool a real bonus.

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East Sussex, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the Red Room (enormous and beautiful family suite) for 2 nights in August, on the recommendation of friends who'd been there a couple of years earlier. We were not disappointed, and loved every minute of our stay! As everyone says, John is a charming host - and fascinating to talk to about his time living in Sri... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last month, my group of 6 from Australia and London stayed at Planters Bungalow, and I must say, it was a welcome escape from Colombo's hectic city and I was just the perfect accommodation. From the sleek style accommodation overlooking an amazing valley view, to the homely kitchen and the most amazingly helpful and skilled staff, this was the highlight... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Our 3 night stay at Planter's Bungalow in August 2014 was a major highlight for us and our 3 teenage children on our Sri Lanka tour: the friendly peaceful atmosphere, generosity of the owner John, beautiful gardens, fabulous views from the new apartments, and the best food of our holiday. Ther swimming pool is now finished and is truly the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The planters Bungalow was a wonderfully peaceful place to spend time. John made us feel welcome, was chatty and informative and the staff very helpful. Make sure you are good and hungry for breakfast and dinner because they are excellent and substantial - the food just kept on coming. raf amato and family

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Sadly we only had one night at Planters Bungalow which was arranged last minute during our trip. We stayed in one of the new apartments which are fantastic. The standard of the accommodation, views and facilities are superb. The pool is a delight to use and we cannot sing the praises of John the owner highly enough, he is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A restored planters estate house in the hills 10km and a 700SLR ride down the hill from Ella. House and gardens are immaculate and the food is particularly special although it would take a special kind of person to finish the plates offered. John is a very interesting host having spent much time in Sri Lanka, both before and after... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is definitely a great place to stay. John, the boss is friendly and staff is great. Food is just incredible in quantity and quality. However no airco in the rooms so quite hot to sleep and problems with hot water. They are now building a swimming pool.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We loved our 2 nights here, relaxing and eating. Sammi and the team took excellent care of us (I hope John is now well again) and we really recommend eating dinner here at least one night. The curry with garlic cloves is outstanding. However, you may need to climb Ella Rock BEFORE breakfast to make room for it all. We... More

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Address: Karandagolla, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Planters Bungalow Ella Hotel Ella

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