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Overview

The house is only 5 minutes drive from the centre of Kandy, up into the hills surrounding the town. The house is beautifully decorated and consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fitted western style kitchen. There is a large garden facing fantastic panoramic views over the Knuckles range of mountains and the Mahaveli river. It is a bird watchers paradise and is ideal to use as a base to travel around Sri Lanka.
Can sleep up to 9 people.
We also offer Sri Lankan packages and refund full/half of the booking charges charged by this website. Please see our optional services for more information.

More about the house
The house is situated in a quiet and secluded location overlooking spectacular panoramic views and you can wake up to the sounds of birds and other wildlife. To the back of the house is a large 3 tier garden facing views of the Knuckles mountain range and the Mahaveli river. The sun shines on the garden for most of the day as it faces west, north and east. The garden has plenty of room for fun and games or just to relax and get a tan. You can witness exotic birds and butterflies and beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of your room.

We can also offer other optional services such as home made Sri Lankan meals, traditional Ayurvedic treatments and head massages. Ask on site for more information.

The price includes water, electricity, bottled gas, local taxes and linen (bed sheets and towels) based on 6 people sharing.

Amenities in Kandy Town Centre (5 minutes drive):

Supermarkets, banks, Post Office, train station, bus station, churches, mosques and temples (Buddhist and Hindu),



About Kandy
Kandy is 100km (62miles) north east of Colombo and although the town lacks an airport, there are a number of buses and trains running between the two destinations.

It is Sri Lankas hill capital and, at 488 metres above sea level, has a much cooler and more pleasant climate than Colombo or the southern towns. Kandy is classed as a World Heritage City by UNESCO and is home to the famous tooth relic of the Lord Buddha.

Kandy is the venue of the Esala Perahera, easily the most colourful festival in Asia, held in July/August each year, in honour of the tooth relic. The torch-lit streets are filled with elephants and costumed dancers as they pay homage to the casket of the sacred tooth relic carried by the king of the elephants. The procession moves along the streets for seven consecutive nights and concludes on the day of the August full moon.

The tooth relic is housed in a golden temple known as the Dalada Maligawa - the Temple of the Tooth. It is home to wonderful architecture and paintings, thanks to the patronage of the Kandyan kings.

Other attractions in Kandy include walking round the large and wonderful botanical garden, watching elephants bathing, taking in an evening show of Kandyan dancing and traditional fire walking, to say nothing of the museums, historical buildings, and the lovely views of the mountains and the lake.

Summary:

Fully furnished, holiday home in Kandy, with beautiful panoramic views. Last minute, long stay and early bird discounts available.

Facilities

Property type: Villa

Room details

Bedrooms:

4 bedrooms, sleeps 9

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 4: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 single sofa bed located in Sitting/TV room, 1 cot
Seats:
Room for 8 in the dining area
Room for 8 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
Computer
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet
Radio
TV Languages in English, Local
Leisure:
Table tennis
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Balcony or terrace
Parking
Private garden

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Pets

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Mountain Biking
Swimming
Tennis
Walking

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
1st December 2014 to 28th February 2016 2
1st May 2016 to 28th February 2017 2
1st May 2017 to 28th February 2018 2

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 12 Months 10%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 1 Weeks 15%
1st January to 31st December 2 Weeks 10%
1st March to 30th June 1 Weeks 20%
1st March to 30th June 2 Weeks 10%
1st July to 31st August 1 Weeks 10%
1st September to 30th November 1 Weeks 20%
1st September to 30th November 2 Weeks 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 3 Weeks 10%
1st May to 30th June 1 Weeks £30.00
1st July to 31st August 1 Weeks £35.00
1st September to 30th November 1 Weeks £30.00
1st December to 31st December 1 Weeks £35.00
1st January to 30th April 1 Weeks £35.00
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 15%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Home cooked meals (mainly Sri Lankan dishes), lunch or dinner -Adult All year £ per person per meal

Paid locally

Daily cleaning services All year N/A £5.00 per night

Paid locally

Airport taxi service (both ways) - Large van suitable for 4-8 people(Please note prices may vary slightly as the vehicles are rented locally with an independent third party. We are not responsible for the prices set or for any other aspect of the rental) All year N/A £70.00 per booking

Paid locally

Airport taxi service (one way) - Large van suitable for 4-8 people.(Please note prices may vary slightly as the vehicles are rented locally with an independent third party. We are not responsible for the prices set or for any other aspect of the rental) All year N/A £40.00 per booking

Paid locally

PACKAGE OPTION 1 (Ref: HOTR01) 2-4 people: Airport pick-up and drop-off in a large van (or pick-up and dro p-off from anywhere in Sri Lanka).3 return short trips around the Kandy area.Visit to 3 destinations (with or without a guide) to either Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, Yala, Down south, Shopping trip to Colombo or any other destination. A welcome Sri Lankan meal (lunch or dinner). Optional visits to trusted Gem stores and spice gardens .* Please note that this price is additional to the rent of the house ** Does not include entry tickets All year N/A £205.00 per booking

Paid locally

PACKAGE OPTION 2 (Ref: HOTR02) 5-8 people:Airport pick-up and drop-off in a large van (or pick-up and dro p-off from anywhere in Sri Lanka).3 return short trips around the Kandy area. Visit to 3 destinations (with or without a guide) to either Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, Yala, Down south, Shopping trip to Colombo or any other destination. A welcome Sri Lankan meal (lunch or dinner).Optional visits to trusted Gem stores and spice gardens. * Please note that this price is additional to the rent of the house ** Does not include entry tickets All year N/A £250.00 per booking

Paid locally

PACKAGE OPTION 3 (Ref: HOTR03) 2-4 people: Airport pick-up and drop-off in a car or a small van (or pick-up and dro p-off from anywhere in Sri Lanka)Return short trips around the Kandy area when required. Visit to 5 destinations (with or without a guide) to either Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, Yala, Down south, Shopping trip to Colombo or any other destination** 2 Sri Lankan meals (lunch or dinner). Optional visits to trusted Gem stores and spice gardens. * Please note that this price is additional to the rent of the house ** Does not include entry tickets All year N/A £265.00 per booking

Paid locally

PACKAGE OPTION 4 (Ref: HOTR04) 5-8 people: Airport pick-up and drop-off in a large van (or pick-up and dro p-off from anywhere in Sri Lanka)Return short trips around the Kandy area when required. Visit to 5 destinations (with or without a guide) to either Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, Yala, Down south, Shopping trip to Colombo or any other destination** 2 Sri Lankan meals (lunch or dinner). Optional visits to trusted Gem stores and spice gardens. * Please note that this price is additional to the rent of the house ** Does not include entry tickets All year N/A £310.00 per booking

Paid locally

Home cooked Sri Lankan breakfast -Adult All year per person per meal

Paid locally

Home cooked meals (mainly Sri Lankan dishes), lunch or dinner- Child All year child per meal

Paid locally

Home cooked Sri Lankan breakfast -Child All year per Child per meal

Paid locally

Western Breakfast (Adult) All year per person per meal

Paid locally

Western Breakfast (Child) All year per person per meal

Paid locally

AA- Full Board (adult) All year £ 7 per unit

Paid locally

AA - Full Board (Child) All year per child per day

Paid locally

Half Board (Child) All year per child per day

Paid locally

Half Board (Adult) All year per week per person

Paid locally

Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest bar: 1.5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Anuradapura: 138km
  • Polonnaruwa: 140km
  • Sigiriya: 92km
  • Nuwara Eliya: 77km

Reviews

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9 out of 9 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Wednesday 05 February 2014 with Friends
Het is een prachtig huis, met veel ruimte. ligging is perfect. heel vriendelijke en behulpzame mrs Meegaswatte.
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Stayed Tuesday 06 April 2010
The House on the Rock was our last destination in Sri Lanka. Before we arrived Yohan (the owner) was very helpful in giving us information about what to see and arranging meals and transfers ( we took one of the inclusive packages offered). The house beautifully located on top of a hill and built in an unusual circular design taking advantage of the great panoramic views. We found the house to be clean with a modern new kitchen with a hob, fridge and microwave although there was no oven. The bathrooms both had wet room showers although the shower pressure was low it functioned fine. The house was very clean and well cared for but we did share it with a fair number of bugs. There are geckos which make a chirupping noise at night and the open design of the house means that moths, spiders and other insects do get in. Just a word of warning! The meals here are delicious and we felt very well looked after - thank you. In summary the House on the Rock is amazing value and a nice place to relax or a good jumping off point for touring - just watch out for the bugs!
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Stayed Saturday 27 March 2010
We spent 10 days here and found it great .. the plusses were the view , the kitchen and the house itself, the food offered was generous and pleasant, although not exceptional,and the taxi service they offered down town. The minuses were a distinct lack of privacy( you are actually only renting the larger part of the house, and 2 ladies live in the other section), quite a severe language barrier for English speaking ( we are Australian), the worst internet service I have experienced, very unreliable hot water and water pressure in general, and no shops of any nature nearby. The major problem was language though .. an example was the lady came demanding final payment at 6.15am the day BEFORE we were due to settle, even though I thought I had explained that we had to go to a bank that day to draw out the money. However, dont be deterred .. the view is to die for and the house amazing .. just trying to give some helpful hints for when you book, and try to learn a bit of Sinhalese !!!
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Stayed Saturday 20 February 2010
Very beautiful, well equipped and a value for money house, situated in one of the most beautiful places in Kandy. Very romantic place and was ideal getaway. Mrs M who lives next door looking after the house and cooks is so kind and very generous she makes the best Srilankan Curries we ever had. The pol roti with pumpkin and pol sambol was to die for. The packages the owners offer were reasonable and made our trip hassle free. The only negative aspect of the trip was that we felt that people at private tourist sites tried to over change foreigners, especially when they charge extra to give a commission to the guide or driver you go with, however this is a common occurrence thought Asia and the extra charges are not much compares to European standards. Overall, we had a great time in Srilanka and at House On the rock.
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Stayed Friday 29 January 2010
This is our 3rd trip to Sri Lanka and our second stay at the house. We had a great time in Kandy visiting the elephant orphanage, the botanical garden and other sites. Staying in House on the rock was very convenient as a base to travel around Kandy and to the cultural triangle and up country. Even though last time we visited it took 5 mins to drive from the city centre to the house, this time it took 15 mins as we had to go all the way round the lake due to temporary security blocks near the temple of the tooth. The house was as before, clean, well equipped and beautiful. The surrounding is breathtaking with lots of birds and butterflies flying by the garden. The garden is much bigger than last time and was ideal for our 2 kids to play around and the owners have done much more to the house to improve it for guests. Although we had one night where our hot water didn’t work, it was fixed promptly the next day. The place is really good value for money with loads of facilities and optional extras available, especially compared to European prices. We mostly ate at home eating what Mrs Meegswatte prepared as the food was so nice and she always gives loads - one meal generally lasts for two ! We will definitely return to the beautiful country, city and the house.
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Stayed Thursday 07 January 2010
The highlight of this property is actually the owners mother who lives next door. She is an ayurvedic doctor, and is charming, helpful and interesting. Renting the house gives an escape from the (sometimes overwhelming) bustle of Kandy and the views are magnificent. Yes, it is quite far from the centre but we managed the walks back several times and there is always a cheap tuk tuk. The only negative is that the bathrooms could do with a bit of updating but they were very clean and that was the most important thing for us. The house itself is airy and a wonderful construction. The cooking was simply the best we have ever had of Sri Lankan and curry cooking anywhere in the world. Actually it was quite astounding in its delicacy and flavour!
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Stayed Thursday 28 December 2006
The House on the Rock has THE most spectacular views from its balconies and garden. If you stay here you will gain an insight into the everyday life of Sri Lanka as well as enjoying the "buzz" of nearby Kandy city. The house itself is light and airey and a great place to chill out. Don't expect the height of luxury but do enjoy the simple pace of life in this idyllic location.
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Lage: Wunderschöne Aussicht. Zum Einkaufen ist nichts in der näheren Umgebung. Ausstattung: Schöner Garten. Gut ausgestattete Küche. Matratzen sind sehr dünn. (Hat aber nur mich gestört) Viele bequeme Sitzgelegenheiten, keine richtigen Liegestühle für den Garten. PC vorhanden aber Internetverbindung un- brauchbar. Architektur sehr interessant und luftig. (Dadurch immer angenehme Temperaturen aber etwas hellhörig und offen für Insekten, Geckos usw.) Betreuung: Frau M. lebt direkt im Anbau und kümmert sich jederzeit herzlich um ihre Gäste. Die Verständigung war manchmal etwas schwierig und es kam zu einigen Mißverständnissen. Die von ihr organisierten Fahrer sprachen meist kein Wort Englisch, auch das Aufschreiben von Ausflugszielen war wegen der anderen Schrift sinnlos. Man war also darauf angewiesen was Frau M. mit dem Fahrer vereinbarte, kurzfristige Änderungen schwer durchführbar. Frau M. hat zweimal für uns gut und reichlich gekocht. Wir hatten package 3. Man überlege sich ob man wirklich so viele Ausflüge machen möchte da die Fahrten doch sehr lang und anstrengend sind.Und die Eintrittspreise extrem hoch. (Z.B. Sigiriya 25 US Dollar) Insgesamt hat es uns gut gefallen und wir können dieses Haus empfehlen.
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Sarah and I visited Sri Lanka in August / September 2008. It seems to have taken me a while to get around to submitting a review. Too chilled out after the holiday I guess. So first things first - the house on the hill. This is superbly located on one of the many hills around Kandy. The views are spectacular with unspoilt forrest and jungle in every direction. We found ourselves bird, insect, reptile and monkey watching on a regular basis. The accommodation itself is very clean and comfortable, which left us wanting for nothing. Further, with Aunty Chandra close by to help advise and suggest trips we felt as though we had our own personal tourist information office. Although the house is on a hill we often chose to walk both into and out of Kandy. This took approximately 25 minutes and was always an enjoyable experience, giving us plenty of opportunity to practice our limited Sinhalese. A big thanks to Auntry Chandras schooling is necessary here. The few phrases we learnt were always rewarded by cheerful responses. The city of Kandy is a fascinating place. There are the sites of special interest, obviously worth a visit, but just walking around town is equally rewarding. The hussle and bussle, sights and smells make a refreshing change to those of the UK or mainland europe. Never once did we feel unsafe or awkward. You must visit the central market. Get there early and go out the back to the vegetable and fish areas, its great. This brings us nicely onto food. There are literally dozens of places to eat, from street vendors to five star hotels. Even the latter represent excellent value. The pineapples are terrific, have one prepared for you on the street, and if thirsty get a king coconut. Of particular note was Aunty Chandras cooking. Be this breakfast or an evening meal. In all honesty it was better than anything we ever bought when out. Finally, as the house on the hill is roughly in the centre of Sri Lanka it makes a great base from which to explore the rest of the country. Independent travel is easy but all travel takes time: you need to slow down to the pace of the country and enjoy the scenery. Sri Lanka is an excellent holiday destination offering everything you could possibly want.
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Stayed 13 Jan 2008
We were guests at the property in January 2008, and our hosts had done the hard work of getting things sorted out. Even so, it was a salutary reminder that in Asia, just as in Africa, one must accept that standards are not like Europe, and if you expect or want European standards of comfort, then you must stick to five-star hotels and be ready to pay. Have a look at the Trip Advisor website for the inside story!
Owner reply:

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Our 3rd visit to Kandy and the House on the Rock. Kandy is a great place for touring around, there is such a lot to see and do - and the nights are much cooler here than on the West Coast or in Colombo, so sleeping is easier! If you are worried about the troubles in Sri Lanka - don't be - there are road blocks here and there, but all the trouble is in the far north of the island. We didn't have a problem. This time we had a friend who cannot eat chillies and Mrs M. prepared the same food for her , but without the chillies - absolutely scrumptious she said. She is also a vegetarian and was never short of a choice of wonderful dishes. The hotel Thilanka at the bottom of the road does a wonderful buffet for about £3.50 - and the 5 star Earls Regency not far away also does one for around £5.00. If you eat in the hotels( plenty of 4 & 5 star to choose from) you can usually use the pools free - most have spectacular views too. This time we wanted to visit the famous Cultural Triangle and we asked the owner to recommend a reasonably priced hotel, which he did. We stayed at the Gimanhala Transit Hotel in Dambulla. It was very reasonably priced, and the pool and restaurant look out over open countryside at the rear. Excellent food too. We loved the new bird baths and all the other improvements to the house and garden.Thanks for yet another memorable holiday - we will be back - most definately.
Jackie Otley, London - UK"The house was as described. The picture of view from balcony does not do it justice. Great watching the birds and squirrels. Mrs Meegaswatte was very friendly providing such good food I never ventured out to eat. My stay was all the more enjoyable by having Mrs Meegaswatte’s dog (bonju?) with me. Would hope to return next year."
Probably one of the most outstanding views in Sri Lanka – quite breathtaking. House comfortable and clean, caretaker friendly and helpful. The bird life was great round the house too. Wished we could have stayed longer…….. so good to be able to self cater. Many thanks to you both!
Fantastic house with great views. Excellent services and the food of Mrs Meegaswatthe is to die for!!! Will definitely return.
Ted Sánchez, Kingweston, England.“I really enjoyed the villa: the views were fantastic and it was a great base to explore Kandy and the surrounding areas.”
Peter and Anne Robinson- Dumfries and Galloway, UK:"Superbly situated house, a bird watchers' paradise. Excellent home cooked Sri Lankan food."
Mr Niranjan Patel and friends- London, United Kingdom and India:‘I can honestly say that the views from the house are breath taking, the house had a good character, but above all the food was exceptional. I definitely hope to return in future, GOD WILLING!’
Mr Dugmore and friends- London, United Kingdom:‘Waking up in the house and watching and listening to dawn break was amazing. You really feel like you are in the middle of the hills with the animals and birds and the sound of monks chanting. A great cultural experience.’
Mrs Vickers and family- Leeds, United Kingdom:'Beautiful views and a lovely house. Wonderful food by Mrs. M. Highly recommended'
Mr and Mrs Rupasinghe - Dubai, United Arab Emirates:'A romantic and beautiful place for an ideal honeymoon. Sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. Will definitely return'
Smith Family- Birmingham, United Kingdom:'Such a peaceful location. Fantastic holiday'
Hodges family- Yorkshire, United Kingdom:‘Lovely house, great views. Had a wonderful holiday and hope to return.’

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