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House On The Rock

Villa with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in Kandy, Sri Lanka

From £293 per week

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

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.

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15 out of 16 people recommend staying here

Friends from Heerlen, Netherlands Feb 2014

Het is een prachtig huis, met veel ruimte. ligging is perfect. heel vriendelijke en behulpzame mrs Meegaswatte.

From Dharhan, Saudi Arabia Apr 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!

From Kewarra Beach, Australia Mar 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 !!!

From Haverigg, United Kingdom Feb 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.

From Otley, United Kingdom Jan 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.

From St Andre De Chalencon, United Kingdom Jan 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!


13 other reviews

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!

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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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Location

Distances to locations

Nearest bar 1.5km Nearest restaurant 15km Nearest supermarket 15km Bandaranayeka Int Airport 150km Anuradapura 138km Polonnaruwa 140km Sigiriya 92km Nuwara Eliya 77km

Local activities

Boat hire 15km Cycling 15km Fishing 45km Golf 45km Mountain biking 15km Swimming 15km Tennis 15km Walking 15km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 15km Local food market 2km Museum 15km Shopping 15km Theatre 45km Cinema 45km

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Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 1 September 2016 - 28 February 2017: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 1 May - 19 August 2017: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 30 August 2017 - 28 February 2018: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 1 May - 19 August 2018: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 30 August 2018 - 28 February 2019: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 1 May - 19 August 2019: the minimum stay is 2 nights.

Early booking discounts

  • Receive 10% off if the booking is made 12 months before the arrival date.

Late booking discounts

  • Receive 15% off if the booking is made within 1 week of the arrival date.
  • Receive 10% off if the booking is made within 2 weeks of the arrival date.
  • Arrive between 1 March - 30 June and receive 20% off if the booking is made within 1 week of the arrival date.
  • Arrive between 1 March - 30 June and receive 10% off if the booking is made within 2 weeks of the arrival date.
  • Arrive between 1 July - 31 August and receive 10% off if the booking is made within 1 week of the arrival date.
  • Arrive between 1 September - 30 November and receive 20% off if the booking is made within 1 week of the arrival date.
  • Arrive between 1 September - 30 November and receive 10% off if the booking is made within 2 weeks of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Receive 10% off if the booking is for 3 weeks or more.
  • Receive 15% off if the booking is for 4 weeks or more.
  • Arrive between 1 January - 30 April and receive £35.00 off if the booking is for 1 week or more.
  • Arrive between 1 May - 30 June and receive £30.00 off if the booking is for 1 week or more.
  • Arrive between 1 July - 31 August and receive £35.00 off if the booking is for 1 week or more.
  • Arrive between 1 September - 30 November and receive £30.00 off if the booking is for 1 week or more.
  • Arrive between 1 December - 31 December and receive £35.00 off if the booking is for 1 week or more.

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

Optional extras

  • Home cooked meals (mainly Sri Lankan dishes), lunch or dinner -Adult

    £ per person per meal, paid locally

  • Daily cleaning services

    £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)

    £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)

    £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

    £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

    £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

    £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

    £310.00 per booking, paid locally

  • Home cooked Sri Lankan breakfast -Adult

    per person per meal, paid locally

  • Home cooked meals (mainly Sri Lankan dishes), lunch or dinner- Child

    child per meal, paid locally

  • Home cooked Sri Lankan breakfast -Child

    per Child per meal, paid locally

  • Western Breakfast (Adult)

    per person per meal, paid locally

  • Western Breakfast (Child)

    per person per meal, paid locally

  • AA- Full Board (adult)

    £ 7 per unit, paid locally

  • AA - Full Board (Child)

    per child per day, paid locally

  • Half Board (Child)

    per child per day, paid locally

  • Half Board (Adult)

    per week per person, paid locally

Facilities

Bedrooms

4 bedrooms, Sleeps 9:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 single sofa bed in Sitting/TV room, 1 cot

Bathrooms

2 bathrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Entertainment

CD player, Computer, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable

General

Living area seats 8, Dining area seats 8, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Balcony or terrace, Parking, Private garden

Leisure

Table tennis

Suitable for

Infants, Pets

Extra information

A Portable AC available if necessary Baby cot and high chair. Ceiling and standing fans. Deckchairs, Telescope, Private parking. Internet and telephone services available as an optional extra. Please note that the house does NOT possess an oven, dish washer and has NO separate accommodation for maids or drivers rooms.

Yohan

Average rating from 16 reviews

Private Owner From Kandy, Sri Lanka Member since Apr 2004

Past bookings: 74 bookings

Last logged in: a year ago

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