We stayed at Sir John’s Bungalow early June, to say it was good would be an understatement. the staff, the view, the food and the bungalow itself all combined to make it a very memorable holiday. The staff were ccourteous and and helpful, even the dog was a friendly fellow who happily accompanied us on our walks.
The drive there was a little hard with strong winds and the occasional drizzle of rain making visibility a bit of a problem, the place is marked by a very nondescript marker, difficult to make out unless you have prior warning.
The room we stayed in (last room on the terrace) was basic but well furnished, both clean and comfortable, the same is true of the bungalow which has been well maintained and exudes an air of old colonial comfort. The food was also very very good, the cook is versatile and we had our choice of dishes, breakfast and dinner were especially good while lunch was alright :)
One inconvenience that we faced was the lack of a reliable electricity supply, while this makes for a romantic setting, charging electronics is a mission and and connectivity with the outside world was at times an issue.
The real selling point would be the panoramic view of the the knuckles mountain range,which can be appreciated from every angle, the bungalow is also perfectly located for walks and exploring, though we didn't take advantage of it. The staff are very knowledgeable about the area and are happy to help with all excursions.
Overall the two of us had a lovely time at Sir John's and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a beautiful and relaxing holiday spot.
- 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. ---------------------------------Accommodation Tastefully 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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