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Planters Bungalow Ella
Ranked #18 of 163 Ella B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We spent a lovely 2 days with John and his friendly staff. The food was outstanding and beautifully presented and the room was spacious and charming - we could easily have spent longer in this peaceful haven. A really special place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

I hesitate to recommend John's wonderful bungalow in case it gets too well known, though John deserves it. A beautiful, peaceful haven with the best food we had in all Sri Lanka. Thank you to you and your lovely staff.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Greenfly51
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Planters is a wonderful retreat, very homely and beautifully appointed. Lovely gardens and nice walks nearby. I was treated to the family room which was a lovely treat. John was a great host and meals were something to savour. Rick Stein eat your heart out - come here for some exquisite dining and relaxation, with Ella just a short, but very scenic tuk tuk drive away.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank KatebAustralia
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We were charmed by Ella the place and couldn't fail to be charmed by John's Planters Bungalows either. John and his staff made us feel welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Yes it is outside Ella town itself but worth the drive if you can sort it (we had a driver as we were zipping all over SL). John is a fantastic chef and it's there where we fell in love with Sri Lankan food. The tastes were gorgeous and he really made such an effort in making it. See photos to see his beautiful kitchen. Gosh, I remember watching a member of staff grinding some fresh coconut using a weird but wonderful contraption and wondering what delight was going to come from that! We stayed in a room for our family of 4 which was brilliant. Lots of space and lovely decor. Anyway, sorry for the delay in writing this review but thanks John for a great stay ... a little while ago!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank JSCandCO
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Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Superb food, best we've had in Sri Lanka. Spotlessly clean room with Attention to detail. Friendly & interesting host. Great place to relax in the beautiful gardens, tropical paradise. Very tranquil, great place to get lost in a good book. No wifi.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Madeleine B
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

My husband and I have just come back from a 2 nights stay at Planters Bungalow just outside Ella. We had taken the train from Colombo Fort to Ella which is a wonderfully scenic journey. If you enjoy meeting fellow guests, chatting over dinner around a large family style table, delicious local curries and vegetable dishes cooked by the host, John, you will love Planters Bungalow. John has restored this lovely bungalow and given each room a different theme, we stayed in the yellow room which has a delightful patio overlooking wonderful trees. It is a peaceful oasis away from the bustle of Ella. There is a lovely tea estate close by and John can arrange a tuc tuc to take you there. There are scenic walks, including one to Little Adam's Peak. Can't wait to go back for a longer visit.
Philippa & Neil Singapore

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

A lovely, serene spot in the woods, a very pretty 20 minutes by tuc tuc (SLR 600) or bus (SLR 50) from the quite touristy Ella. The Bungalow is signed off the A23 between Wellawaya and Ella at the 18 km marker, at a small settlement called Karandagolla. The beautifully kept gardens and surrounding woods are full of bird life, giant squirrels, the occasional monkey and, the amazing, colourful flora. John Geoghagan is a wonderful, interesting and relaxed host who produces stunning food. The breakfast is worth the stay all on its own. Patma, Yasser and the other staff are charming, cheerful and helpful. Just note, the 'Blue Room' is rather dark, and smaller than the other rooms, but it has a secluded private area where it is nice to sit and read. Hot water is from solar panels, so you need to time your shower or bath.

Stayed: February 2014
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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 #18 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range: $101 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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