Hill Forest Cottage is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Ella, offering a budget friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.
Close to some of Ella's most popular landmarks, such as Kinellan Tea Factory (0.3 mi) and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela (1.1 mi), Hill Forest Cottage is a great destination for tourists.
Guests have access to a 24 hour front desk and room service while staying at Hill Forest Cottage. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.
While in Ella be sure to experience local shrimp favorites at AK Ristoro.
Best of all, Hill Forest Cottage makes it easy to experience some great Ella attractions like R. M. S Antique And Brassware, which is a popular natural history museum.
Enjoy your stay in Ella!
Nilanthi the host is an amazing lady, very customer centric and immediately makes you feel like home, the amazing dinner and breakfast she cooks, and that instantaneous smile she has on her face makes you stay here forever, I recommend this place to all visitors in Ella, this is a Place like no other! 👌😍
Sampath is a fantastic host and also has a great van which we used around Sri Lanka we used him for 5 people but he could more 8 comfortably more with a squeeze or big European. If your are in this budget you'll love it but if your expecting more for a low budget, pay more money. The views are to die for. Fantastic stay.
This place is far from the town so the cars cannot climb to the cottage and clients had to walk atleast 30 mins. Food is not ok and cleanliness wise also. If there is no electricity then no hot water.
We as a group of 6 travelled together to Ella and we had already booked this place based on the previous reviews given by the travelers. Little did we know that the road up to the property was in a poor condition so both our cars went for a very tough ride with heavy damages to the buffer area. Leaving that aside, we were conveniently offered the services of tuk tuk for the hill ascend/descend to and from the main road which help our cause somewhat. The property itself was very clean and spacious, with large rooms and comfortable sleeps for all of us. The view from the topmost part of the property was nice and easy for someone had come from Colombo. Regarding the breakfast, I wouldn't say it was bad, but it definitely could have been better as it kind of was off expectations in terms of a basic Sri Lankan menu. We managed it either way. The second day of our stay; when we came back from a tiring hike up the little Adams peak and a thrilling zip liner experience, the property had no power and resulting in a subsequent water cut which put us in quite a mess. The owner of the property did nothing but kept on blaming the authorities for the water cut, and only on my persistent request did I get a bucket of water to help my cause. Hot water did not work, and the room at the highest point did not have any pressure in the shower at all. Despite all of the above, the day of checkout presented a very unpleasant experience to us as the owner showed her true colours in treating us during our checkout. The amount on the bill was more than what the booking.com portal confirmed with us, and when we politely inquired as to what the difference is all about, the owner behaved in an unruly manner saying that the foreigners don't ask these questions to them, and asked us to leave without paying if we wanted to. Repeatedly we were accused of creating trouble where we just wanted to clarify the difference in the booking fee, and eventually we paid the amount shown on the app and left for Colombo. The level of unprofessionalism the owner lady showed us was unacceptable as we felt she behaved in such a manner only because we were locals, and as she wasn't in a position to answer to our queries. I'd recommend anyone who plans to stay at this property to think twice before you book as there are many other cottages/home stays with a very pleasant experience as a home stay, as what's the point in staying somewhere nice if the owner doesn't treat you well??? PS - The lady who served us food was very welcoming and accommodative to our needs, and it was the owner lady who behaved in such an irresponsible manner towards her guests. I'd rate this property 'terrible' purely based on the owner's rude attitude towards us.…
The panoramic windows in rooms 1 & 2 are amazing. The windows point pretty much East and so, if you leave the curtains open, you’re woken at 6am with a glorious sunrise. The private balcony also boasts the same incredible views and provides an amazing backdrop both at breakfast time and whenever you just want to chill and absorb the natural environment. You really feel remote and part of the landscape. However, there is an issue with the tuk tuk rides up from Ella. The driver of our first trip up from the train station seemed reluctant and said the route was steep. As we turned off the winding main road (usefully signposted Hill Forest Cottage) he was right. It was so steep that with 2 bags and 2 normal size passengers he couldn’t make it. I therefore had to get out and push. Twice. During our visit we had 3 tuk tuks refuse to attempt the steep climb (so we had to walk from the main road - only five minutes) and 2 that made it, only with me having to get out and walk two small steep 30m sections. A slight warning: if you struggle with walking this accommodation is probably not for you. On our visit the lady owner wasn’t around for our first two days. She returned on our last day and we jumped at the chance of dinner on the balcony. Her food was fabulous and plentiful. The fish curry and pumpkin curry particularly stood out. Breakfast had good Sri Lankan influence in the form of string hoppers, potato curry and local ‘honey’ pancakes. Other positives included a spacious room, a hot shower and a comfy king sized bed. Some of the decor was a bit quirky and brought a smile to our faces. A suggested improvement would be to add a wardrobe and chest of drawers to hang and store your clothes. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and it represents strong value for money. The family provided great hospitality and we would recommend Hill Forest Cottage.…