Yes, as everyone says, this place is totally unique! Don't go expecting a 5-star hotel or the typical hotel stay. This is a home full of character. The history of Helga's family decorates the walls. What an honour to be in a place associated with famous politician George De Silva, Agnes Nell De Silva and Fred De Silva.. Not to mention that we got to stay where Mahatma Gandhi stayed! The pictures and house also tell of Helga's extended family, including her sister-in-law, princess of Yugoslavia and daughter, a UK fashion designer. There is plenty to look at in every corner of the house, including photos, unique Sri Lankan artwork and china plates on the walls. The atmosphere is truly special. Situated on a hilltop, there is a lovely view over Kandy. You can enjoy being surrounded by beautiful plants and birds - as well as some cheeky monkeys! We were there at off-peak time so enjoyed the peace and quiet and individual attention, though I understand they do the same when there are more people. The staff were friendly and hospitable and gave us good service, presenting our meals at times to suit. It was lovely to meet Helga and Desmond and hear about Helga's family history and life. (She must get sick of explaining, though it doesn't show! A written version is available!) Also enjoyed selecting a movie to watch in the theatrette and a comfortable night's sleep. If you're up for something different and interesting pictures to show your friends, unlike anything else in Sri Lanka, Helga's Folly is the place to go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
- Helgas Folly Kandy
- Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy