This is the romance of Sri Lanka as you imagine it with your eyes closed. Salmon pink sunrises, misty mountains, purple thunderheads, cool verdant-green terraced tea plantations as far as the eye can see, huge exotic flowers drenched in vivid colours, trees groaning with tropical fruits, tea pickers in bright sarongs and saris with broad crimson betel-stained smiles and the kind of peace and tranquility that slows your heart rate to a gentle melody.
WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT RANGALA HOUSE?
SCENERY: This is the best you will find in any of the hill country offerings in Sri Lanka.
HOSPITALITY: Genuine. Nothing gushy. Honest concern and a desire to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
SERVICE: Discreet and observed. Don't expect a hovering helper buzzing around you. You simply create the space with a gesture or a look and someone is there in an instant.
FOOD: Honest, simple, wholesome, Beautifully prepared at your request and presented with style and care. Try and find that on a 5 star hotel buffet.
ROOMS: I hate home from home. Why would I go away if home turned me on that much? This is dream-home with the most spectacular setting on the planet. Ok, so the shower is in the bath and the hot water takes its own time to arrive, but while you wait you can see umpteen birds birds flit from flower to flower and study Phoebe's (Rangale's cat) hopeless stalking technique.
FACILITIES: The pool is big enough and deep enough. A huge bonus when you're tired after a long walk. There are also loungers, hammocks,cable television, darts, great books, etc yadda, yadda, yadda.
FITNESS CENTER: The walks on the surrounding tea estate are spectacular.
SUMMARY: If you like the predictable; group tours, hotel chains, tour buses, scheduled restroom stops and other classic human herding experiences this is not for you.
WHAT IS BAD ABOUT RANGALA HOUSE?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coming from Kandy , the journey (slightly more than one hour) takes you through Digana, Teldeniya and then left, through Udispattuwa and onto the Duckwari tea estate. At an altitude of just under 1000 metres above sea level, the situation is significantly higher up in the hill country than Kandy (500 metres) and the climate is noticeably cooler and fresher. Rangala House is situated on the edge of the Knuckles Forest Region - now classified as a world heritage site. This area is up-country from Kandy on the North Eastern side. The house faces almost due West on a steep jungly hillside. Spectacular sunsets are common. The view from the verandah is enormous - a 180º panorama from Hantana mountain to the South right round to the Duckwari tea estate and Knuckles Hills to the North and North East. Far down below in the valley, paddy fields give way to further hillsides and, on a clear day, you can even see Bible Rock many miles away. At night the lights of Kandy can be seen twinkling in the far distance. Behind the house, the tea estate rises steeply and is attractively dotted with shade trees and huge igneous boulders - common hill country features. The house is situated on the Teldeniya - Rangala mountain road, about 25 minutes up from Teldeniya. Cars are not often seen, traffic being mainly composed of three wheelers, country buses and estate tractors. The road is mostly in excellent condition up to Rangala House and beyond, but the section through to Corbett’s Gap is impassable to vehicles. ACCOMMODATION There is a large sitting room with double French windows, a stone fireplace and spacious dining area. The LED TV has many satellite channels as well as all the local stations and there is also a DVD player. For music lovers, there is a high quality sound system (classical and jazz CDs available) and a Roland electric piano. Broadband wifi is available in all room and is free of charge. Adjacent to the sitting room there is a western-style kitchen, fully equipped with all mod cons and finished in solid mahogany. Guests are welcome to come and talk to the resident chef - and perhaps pick up some tips on cooking curries Sri Lankan style! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rangala House Sri Lanka/Makuldeniya