This bungalow is situated way up into the clods of the Knuckle mountain range. You pass through some incredible scenery, drive for kilometers along narrow bendy roads until you get to the old colonial bungalow perched on the side of the mountains with breath taking views. As this was a private home it is run off a generator and solar panels for lighting, hot water and electricity. Hot water is switched on for when you need it and electricity will come and go. The dinner was delicious and served by candle light round the communal dining table. Very hilly roads for running along if you are doing any exercise and lots of leeches. Amazing mountain ranges for trekking.
No wifi or clothes washing facilities, the bedrooms are large but basic. Very very damp as you are in the hills. This is not a hotel by any means but a magical private guest house. Stay here for a minimum of 2 nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering sweeping vistas of the North Eastern Knuckles mountain range, an area that is celebrated for its striking peaks, pristine waterways, bewitching cloud forests, and diverse flora and fauna, Sir John’s Bungalow is situated at the threshold of a land before time.Built by the British during the colonial era as a residence for the Superintendent of the 1,300 acre Laggala tea estate, the Bungalow was once the holiday home of Sir John Kotalawala, the third Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. As the area is within the Knuckles conservation zone tea cultivation was abandoned thirty years ago allowing the jungle to reclaim its bounty.The planter's misfortune has thus become a dream come true for trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and all seekers of the sublime. During the dry months of June to September, elephants from the plains of the nearby Wasgamuwa National Park roam the estate in search of water and food. Wild buffaloes are in abundance, with leopards and fishing cats making occasional nocturnal visits, and the sounds of the timid barking deer echoing in the surrounding forest.Committed to an ethos of environmentally sustainable hospitality, Sir John’s Bungalow is carbon-neutral, harnessing solar energy for electricity and recycling all waste matter. ---------------------------------AccommodationTastefully appointed with modern conveniences, Sir John’s Bungalow also retains its old-world charms and comforts, including roaring fireplaces in the living and dining rooms. All bedrooms feature king-sized beds, elegant teak floors, and attached bathrooms with hot water showers. Both the Riverstone suite and Sir John's suite have four-legged cast iron bathtubs that can be filled for a long, relaxing soak. ... more less
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