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The Paddyfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat

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The Octagon for yoga, meditation, reading and writing, and painting
Villagers planting rice while chanting Buddhist prayers
Balcony of the master bedroom from inside the room.

Overview
3 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum 
Rental Home
The Paddtfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat is a comforting rural idyll away from crowds, noise, pollution and stress. It has an aura of belonging and welcoming. Windows, balconies and verandas overlook a paddy field that a farmer cultivates by hand, as his ancestors have done for seven hundred years. Guests have free use of the Octagon: a sublime space for calming down, for feeling well, relieved of anxiety and pressure. Designed by an Irish poet in 2012 for meditation or yoga, for reading or writing, painting or playing a musical instrument, and for sitting still. Standing on the brow of a circular tea-garden contoured with stone paths that prevent erosion in thunderstorms, the Octagon has a commanding view of wooded hills and cultivated valleys that will uplift your heart. We welcome...The Paddtfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat is a comforting rural idyll away from crowds, noise, pollution and stress. It has an aura of belonging and welcoming. Windows, balconies and verandas overlook a paddy field that a farmer cultivates by hand, as his ancestors have done for seven hundred years. Guests have free use of the Octagon: a sublime space for calming down, for feeling well, relieved of anxiety and pressure. Designed by an Irish poet in 2012 for meditation or yoga, for reading or writing, painting or playing a musical instrument, and for sitting still. Standing on the brow of a circular tea-garden contoured with stone paths that prevent erosion in thunderstorms, the Octagon has a commanding view of wooded hills and cultivated valleys that will uplift your heart. We welcome the elderly or anyone in need of special care. All our water comes from own deep spring well. We can provide full board at little more than the cost of food to visitors' taste.
House Rules
Kid friendlyNo smoking
Check with ownerPets
Bedrooms
1 King3 Fulls
Bathrooms
1 Full bath3 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Desmond R
Hosting since April 2014
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (3)
daniela T
daniela T
3 contributions
We already stayed in Sri Lanka for 2 weeks and Desmond is still the best in our hearts
We stayed for 3 nights at the paddyfield hideaway. We were 4 people and we were sharing a room and a bathroom. We had breakfast included: a lot of fruits, soup and and another type like rice & curry, pancakes, roti. We also had dinner , every single night during our stay, and was the best we tasted so far. A lot of delicious food. We always ate everything because was delicious, so we could't stop. You must try the fish for dinner and soups in the morning were on our top favorites. Thank you very much for everything, Desmond! We will definitely come back to stay at your place when we come back in Sri Lanka! Best wishes, Crina & family
Visited December 2016
Written December 23, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Desmond C
Desmond C
Thank you very much we had many different people different countries mostly every body pressed our food as a guest you all very friendly to us and help full we love to have people like you Thanks again Desmond
Written December 24, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Darrell_Varney
Darrell_Varney
Navan, Ireland4 contributions
The Highlight of my Trip to Sri Lanka..Go if you can, for a very unique experience!
I stayed here for four nights and had the most brilliant time. Desmond and Naomi are so welcoming, and the famous Irish poet who lives on the property was so interesting and entertaining. The room was beautiful and had a lovely balcony overlooking a paddyfield and temple. I cycled around on one of the complimentary bikes, and visited an ancient temple...what an amazing insight into rural Sri Lankan life.I also visited a meditation centre. Walking around the peaceful jungle villages was so different from the normal noisy craziness of the cities in Sri Lanka. This is a perfect place to chill out in nature. I loved to Octagon too...such a beautiful building perched on top of a hill surrounded by a tea plantation. Perfect for relaxing in. Go if you can, its a very different experience! Not to mention to fireflies and frogs!
Visited May 2015 Traveled solo
Written May 13, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Emilyknysna
Emilyknysna
Ponte de Lima, Portugal38 contributions
This was just what we were looking for!
A quiet restful few days away from the hussle and bussle. Idyllic site overlooking ancient paddyfields surrounded in the evening by the chorus of frogs and cicadas and fireflies. Food was traditional and plentiful and our hosts were simply delightful. Our bedroom was large and comfortable with magnificent views from the balcony. Our host arranged a lovely cycling trip to three ancient temples, through the most interesting jungle villages. This was like a step back in time. My wife enjoyed yoga in the Octagon around which they have planted their own tea. My wife also loved visiting the Meditation Centre accross the valley. Thank you Desmond and Naomi for a unique experience.
Visited May 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written May 11, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD player
  • Balcony
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Garage
  • Housekeeping included
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens provided
  • Microwave
  • Mountain views
  • Playground
  • Private yard
  • Cable television
  • Secure parking available
  • Staff on property
  • Stereo system
  • Stove
  • Swingset
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Television
  • Washer
  • Wi-fi
  • Countryside area

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About the neighborhood
We are 12 miles (30 minutes) south of Kandy in the rural heartland of temples, paddy fields and wooded hills.

Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount


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Frequently Asked Questions about The Paddyfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat

The Paddyfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat is able to accommodate up to 8 guests. See all property details.

The Paddyfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat has 4 bathrooms available. See all property details.

The Paddyfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat has 3 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at The Paddyfield Hideaway and Octagon Retreat must last at least 2 nights. See all property details.

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