This is a great place to stay – we spent three nights here at the start of our two week tour of Sri Lanka and it was a time that will be impossible to forget.
The house is set in beautiful peaceful gardens in an incredible spot up above the hustle and bustle of Kandy with views over the lake and the Temple of the Tooth. The sight of giant fruit bats silently flocking over the lake at sunset is magical. You can still hear the city chatter and the haunting morning and evening chants from the temples, amidst dazzling birdsong. Light sleepers may wish to take ear plugs, but you will miss these incredible sounds when you are back home!
Some other reviews of this place are poor, but are in contrast to our experience. The rate we paid included breakfast and was, frankly, a complete bargain. If you are hoping for five star luxury then you may be disappointed – yes the towels are not brand new and there may be a few ants in the bathroom (also an obliging gecko) – but there is nothing you won’t find in countless other guesthouses in Sri Lanka. The food is good and plentiful, don’t hesitate to take dinner here but make it known if you like it spicy as the cook cools it down for tourists.
Thank you to Ayoni and her lovely team for a wonderful stay at Castle Hill - it was the perfect beginning to our holiday in Sri Lanka and we absolutely loved it. The house is amazing, the bedrooms cavernous with good mosquito nets, the food was great and the staff made us feel very welcome and at home, it was very difficult to leave! We hope to return one day.
We had a good driver arranged through Ayoni who picked us up at the airport and made things easy for the next few days taking us to the temple sites, elephant orphanage etc. If you do the same just be clear with your driver where you want to go and where you don't, eg if you would rather change money at a bank rather than a street merchant., or eat at a local cafe rather than an expensive tourist restaurant.
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