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“Peaceful home in Ella”
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Review of Sunnyside Lodge

Our home on the range, surrounded by a tea plantation
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Our home on the range, surrounded by a tea plantation
The view of the Lodge as you approach it
Bedrooms with queen size beds, spacious and airy
Our linen is personally chosen to make you feel at home
View from within the Octagon dinning room
Boarded sitting room with fire place
Indoor cozy dinning
Self contained pantry
Driveway to the Lodge
Bicycles are provided free for your family to explore the surroundings
Nature trails for those quiet moments
For the tennis lover, TRU-FLEX professional court
Birding is a pleasure at the Lodge
The Ella Gap is just a 15 minute walk from the Sunnyside Lodge
Betty will be happy to provide you with fresh milk!
And there are fresh eggs too from our free range layers
Enjoy the changing skyline at Sunnyside
The entrance to Sunnyside Lodge is beside the Ella signboard when coming into Ella from Bandarawela
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Ella, Uva Province

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Kate_S_Bu...
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful home in Ella”
Reviewed August 21, 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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We are a family of 6 and stayed at Sunnyside Lodge for 2 nights.

We are very pleased that we chose to stay here. We felt at home immediately - the layout of the house is great for a large family, we found the beds to be very comfortable and it's in a peaceful location. The views are stunning at all times of the day. Our children enjoyed the swings and tennis court.

The chef did an excellent job of catering for our various food allergies and the quality of food was of a high standard.

We would highly recommend Sunnyside Lodge to anyone looking for a peaceful and homely place to stay in Ella.

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Chikami T
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Pleasant stay in moutain breeze”
Reviewed April 14, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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Love the location far from the crowd. The facility of this property will be more than enough for even long stay and provided foods were awesome. The most lovely thing for me there was to live in the nature. Forest, flowers, tea garden, animals and honeybees made myself feel very peaceful. Wish to stay longer time for the next visit and lastly but most importantly show my big appreciation to Cindy, Dil and villa staffs. Thanks!

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ainslie e...
Portland, Oregon
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54 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“American senior couple, long stay 2017”
Reviewed March 2, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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We stayed at Sunnyside for three months in 2017, Jan-March. The other reviews cover the quality and ambience of this modern home. One couldn't overstate the performance of the onsite caretaker and cook. The house is a modern home not unlike a home in The US, about 1600 sgft. Beds are comfortable,although not what we're used to,in that they are firm. Living room is very comfortable with new overstuffed three piece set. Bathrooms are modern, and everything is functional. The basins are cool water only, but showers have plenty of hot water. Not a problem. Large enclosed showers. What you must be aware of is that there is no climate control, and the house is thoroughly vented by lattices over each window and door. We were amazed at the almost complete void of insects. Never had a problem. We made temporary adaptations to make ourselves comfortable in all weather. Plenty of fans are available in the house, but the weather was absolutely the most temperate climate I've ever experienced. Lows are 60-63, and highs were mostly 71-76. Depending on your home climate, you might consider this perfect. We had very little rain in three months. Ella has little to offer except as a convenience place. For a break, eat out at one of many tourist restaurants, but you won't beat the cooking at Sunnyside. Roads are excellent but winding, and other towns are 20 to 40 minutes away. Bandarawella and Badulla are good for shopping. The back roads are picturesque, and real Sri Lanka is all around you. Living is easy. We did little cooking, although we had planned to. The caretakers wanted to cook,so we let them. Great to be served. We recommend you spend a season.

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Management Response
Mar 5, 2017
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Krans, we value your sincere feedback! Our wish is that our joy is shared and you enjoy the place. We are very glad and thank you for your goodness and kindness!
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Rebecca H
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Spacious villa suitable for families”
Reviewed October 13, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

There are hundreds of hotels in Ella, we chose Sunnyside Lodge because we like having space. It is a very large 3 bedroom house with kitchen a short distance from town. The place is clean and comfortable with very good wifi and is quiet. The day manager speaks very little English but we really didn't need to deal with him except when he came into our kitchen to collect his frozen curry which we found a little odd.

He also did two loads of washing for free, many other places charge like wounded Bulls. The place is located on the downside of the towns rubbish dump making opening doors problematic-fly wires would be a very welcome addition to let the breeze in because it was still hot at this altitude. The lodge has very pleasant views and is next to a tea plantation. We would come again if the fly situation could be resolved, we heard the tip may be moved elsewhere. Here's hoping.

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Liked best: Space
Liked least: Rubbish tip smell
Traveling group: Young Children
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HumphreyH...
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable hospitable friendly stay.”
Reviewed September 3, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

All good. Nice clean rooms. Excellent service particularly the evening meals prepared by the housekeeper.
Location pretty central and a good base to do the local walks.

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CAM508
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Homely property in good location”
Reviewed August 31, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Well equipped and spacious house within walking distance of town. Children enjoyed use of tennis courts and exploring mini farm. Good contact with owner and help on hand if needed. Internet connection was unreliable but many places with wifi in town.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Unreliable internet connection
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Sheila W
2 reviews
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“Enjoyable”
Reviewed August 24, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Very comfortable, spacious villa with good kitchen facilities. As mentioned by others, the dog fights at night were annoying but if you put the fan on, it largely drowns out the noise. The flies are also rather tiresome. The use of the playground, games, tennis racquets etc really added to the enjoyment of our stay. I was a little disappointed that we could really only ride the bikes within the property as was hoping to venture out, but that would have meant riding on the roads which seemed a bit suicidal! Beautiful views and not far from Ella town. Very pleasant caretaker. Thank you for a great stay.

Traveling group: Young Children
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