Stayed here for one night as part of an excellent tour with Tikalanka Tours. Hanthana House itself is spacious, clean and minimalist and the four rooms have balconies overlooking the Hanthana hills. It is peaceful (other than the abundant bird life) and secluded. There is no air-conditioning, but being in the hills the temperature is a bit lower than nearer the coast so this was not a problem for us.
The clear highlight for us was the food. Pathi, who manages the house and also operates the Sri Lankan end of Tikalanka, lives 50m down the road and meals are taken with his family, cooked by his lovely wife Suba. The family are welcoming and friendly, and the evening meal (rice and a multitude of curries) was some of the best we had during our trip. The power went out shortly before we arrived, so we ate by candlelight, which was lovely. Unfortunately our schedule meant we didn't have time for a cookery lesson, which we regret now we're home and want to introduce our friends to Sri Lankan cuisine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hanthana House is a boutique type accommodation which offers a comfortable stay in an attractive surroundings with added benefit of tasty and Srilankan Cooking which you can learn to prepare yourself!. Hanthana House consists of two en suite double bedrooms and one en suite twin bedroom and one en suite triple room, all with generous balconies overlooking the neighbouring tea estate. The bedrooms have ceiling fans, teak furniture and polished cement floors as well as a wet room with shower, basin and WC. The newly-built spacious and light dining room also has views of the tea estate and it is open to the generous new kitchen, where cookery lessons are always available! The upstairs sitting area has a comfy sofa and armchairs as well as a piano and Wi-Fi access! An organic kitchen garden is planned which will provide most of the vegetables for meals, and various walks through tea plantations and up to local viewpoints are accessed from the front door. Hanthana House is approximately 4 km from Kandy in the Hanthana hills, an area famous for cultivating some of the first tea grown on the island and the location of the Ceylon Tea Museum. Please be aware that a homestay is neither a hotel nor a guesthouse as you live and socialise with a family in their home. Think of it as an extension of your own home, with the usual creature comforts and no-one to make your bed or clean your room on a daily basis! The real experience is the interaction with a Sri Lankan family as they go about their daily life. ... more less
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