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Planters Bungalow Ella
Ranked #19 of 157 Ella B&B and Inns
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Zurich, Switzerland
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic guesthouse with a great owner”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Everything about the Planters Bungalow is fantastic. It's a very relaxed guesthouse about 10min from Ella. John (the owner) is a great personality and he makes you feel so welcome in his guesthouse. Also the staff, all local people, are very helpful and friendly. They prepare lots and lots of very delicious food and you don't want to leave this place anymore.

Next time in Sri Lanka, we will definitely come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We had a wonderful 3 night stay in the Red Room. The set up, 2 double beds and a large sofa area, with a bookshelf crammed with excellent titles, was perfect for our family of four. The quiet location allowed us to totally relax, with the only distractions being the resident frogs, large squirrels and hairy caterpillars. The meals were crazy good and we still dream about the best tomato soup we've ever had. Mealtime is with anyone else who is staying and eating there that evening, which is a fun way to meet other travellers. John was a wonderful host who was always there to make our stay more comfortable without being intrusive.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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107 reviews
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Our only regret was that we only booked one night. This place is special, tucked away in the hills, and the owner John, is a delight. The home cooked dinner was simply amazing - bryiani, chicken curry, pumpkin curry, fish curry soup, cocktails, bottle of wine and delicious dessert. The breakfast was a feast in itself, the best we've had here. The local staff so pleasant and customer focused. Impeccably clean rooms, manicured gardens and trails to hike all day. Wish we had more days to spend there!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Paris, France
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2012

An adorable place, hidden in the middle of nowhere, 15 minutes from Ella by car... With the most amazing staff and owner, who personnaly cooks for his guests every night and every morning. The breakfasts are CRAZY and incredibly good. The rooms are nice, quiet, great taste in decoration (60* / night, breakfast included). We had such a great time !

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We are a family of five who stayed at the family room. The bungalow is a bit out of the way (about 20 minutes from Ella by car). But was well worth the extra schlep -- the rooms are beautiful, the garden is lush and special and the food, oh the food... some of the best we've ever eaten. As a family with little kids we especially appreciated the kindness and professionalism of John and Nalin who helped us in innumerable ways.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Dumfries and Galloway
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15 reviews
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We spent one night at the Planters Bungalow in August and unfortunately the host wasn't there due to an emergency. We were well looked after, however, and I've got to say the breakfast was just outstanding. The Jak (?) fruit curry was awesome, would love to get the recipe. Beautiful gardens with flowers everywhere. Rooms were clean if a little warm despite the outside temperature and it is a bit of a way out of Ella but easy enough to get there if you want to. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had 3 nights at Planters Bungalow in August. First impressions are of the beautiful location, attractive room and privacy (we had the double room tucked away) and the rest didn't disappoint. It was particularly pleasant being outside of Ella and so just a tuk tuk drive away. Overall the food was great, John the host is an excellent guy and great to spend time chatting with, the staff are friendly and welcoming and the location is beautiful. The bathroom plumbing could do with some tlc but that doesn't detract from this being a lovely spot to kick back, relax, eat great food (the communal dining is a nice plus) and have some tasty arrack.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Planters Bungalow Ella

Property: Planters Bungalow Ella
Address: Ella | 10 Mile Post, Uva- Karandagolla Ella, Srilanka, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Planters Bungalow Ella 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique location where you can relax, in true hill-country style. The climate is rated as one of the best in Sri Lanka - cool evenings and warm days offer a respite from the heat of the coastal resorts and is enjoyed by many Sri Lankans as well as foreign visitors. We are high up here at 1000 metres surrounded by the vast panoramas of the Ella Gap. Karandagolla is slightly lower down than the cooler tea gardens of Badulla giving us a more tropical air and richer variety of exotic plants and fauna. There is much wild country to explore on foot. Many and varied excursions can be arranged. The more active may engage with nature by climbing Little Adams Peak or visiting our local organic tea plantation. Alternatively you can just chill out and enjoy the fine food and comfort of the 'Bungalow', sip chilled drinks on the verandah of an evening, stroll in the grounds or slump in a hammock! ... more   less 
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