Rangala House - Kandy
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Overview

RANGALAHOUSE is a converted tea-planter's bungalow offering top class accommodation in the Hill Country of central Sri Lanka, on the edge of the Knuckles Conservancy Region.

The Knuckles Mountain Range (known in Sinhalese as DumbaraKanduvetiya, meaning "Misty Mountains") is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty and has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Conservation Area. Despite this, the region is still undeveloped for the tourist industry and Rangala House remains the only luxury class guest house in the area. Visitors often comment on the glorious hill country location, away from it all, yet only a short journey from Kandy or the world-class Victoria Golf Course. The scenery is spectacular and the weather wonderfully temperate.

Accommodation

There is a large sitting room with double French windows, a stone fireplace and spacious dining area. The LED TV has many satellite channels as well as all the local stations and there is also a DVD player. For music lovers, there is a high quality sound system (classical and jazz CDs available) and a Roland electric piano. Broadband wifi is available in all room and is free of charge. Adjacent to the sitting room there is a western-style kitchen, fully equipped with all mod cons and finished in solid mahogany. Guests are welcome to come and talk to the resident chef - and perhaps pick up some tips on cooking curries Sri Lankan style!

The 50 ftverandah tends to be the favourite living space. The view is panoramic and the furnishings allow for lounging, reading, writing, eating, snoozing or just gazing! There is a stone-built barbecue and, for chilly evenings, an open fire. Table tennis and darts are both available.Other features include a traditional entrance hall, a cloakroom and a utility room. The mains power supply has generator backup

There are three bedrooms in the main villa and one more, ‘The Studio’ in a building which is immediately adjacent.All rooms are ‘en suite’. The hot water in all bathrooms is solar heated, with electric back-up. The First Bedroom has a bathroom with bath tub as well as shower. The others have showers.All the rooms in the main villa are twin or double. That is to say, they contain two 3ft beds which can be put together to make a 6ft double as required. These beds have been specially designed to fit together closely with no central gap.

The First Bedroom has large bay windows looking out across the mountain view and also French windows leading on to the verandah.

The Second Bedroom (‘The Garden Room’) has its own small terrace and shady garden. It is slightly away from the main verandah but still near to the First Bedroom. Families with children often like to take these two rooms together.

The Third Bedroom also has access directly to the verandah via French windows. Normally twin/double, this room can be converted to a triple by the addition of an extra bed, as required.

The Studio is a larger room, slightly separated from the main villa, with its own private balcony affording spectacular mountain views. There is sleeping accommodation for a maximum of 4, comprising a four-poster double bed plus a further double bed (or two singles) on a raised gallery, accessible via a loft ladder.

It has lounge facilities, satellite TV and a mini kitchen bar with fridge. There is also a collection of contemporary Sri Lankan art on show. By arrangement, guests can choose to have their meals served here, instead of the main villa verandah.This room has proved to be very popular with couples & young families.The upper gallery accommodation is not suitable, however, for small infants or the elderly / infirm.

Facilities

  • Three twin / double bedrooms, all en suite
  • Large living room / dining room with stone-built fireplace
  • 50 ft verandah
  • Solar-heated swimming pool
  • Satellite TV
  • Golf driving range, table tennis
  • Fully staffed
  • British - Sri Lankan management

Things to do

Birdwatchers at Rangala House will be richly rewarded. Even without leaving the premises, numerous species can be seen and the Knuckles region itself is famous for the richness of its bird life. A telescope and tripod are available for use on the verandah.

Victoria Golf Course is just 45 minutes away from Rangala House. It is worth a visit even if you are not a golfer, for the setting is superb - glorious, green, palm-dotted fairways next to the lovely Victoria Lake, with a backdrop of mountains beyond. The course is of international standard and has gained a reputation as one of the most attractive and well maintained golfing venues in South Asia . The new clubhouse is a very pleasant spot for a drink and lunch. Sam Gunaratne (co-director at Rangala House) is a member of VGC and will be delighted to organise all your golfing requirements.

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