Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
Info : Ellerton
Ellerton was built for a tea estate manager over 100 years ago and it retains the character and peacefulness of that long passed time, in its present incarnation as a small boutique hotel.
Ellerton is close to the geographic centre of Sri Lanka sitting on its own hill just outside the World Heritage City of Kandy. At 2,400 feet Ellerton combines the best of Sri Lanka's weather. The sun in the day is hot, while the evenings and nights are relatively cool without the stickiness of the coast, nor the distinct chill of the hill country.
The beautiful gardens are full of interesting flowers, butterflies and birds including the the Golden Oriole, the Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, the Plum Headed Parakeet and various Sunbirds. The garden also provides vegetables and fruit for the house. The countryside around Ellerton is crossed by many paths and tea estate roads, making walking and biking easy and delightful.
Ellerton is informal and can accommodate most requirements for meals.
The Main House has a large sitting room furnished with antiques, a dining room which seats 12 and a study where you can watch international news via satellite TV. There are 3 guest bedrooms, one double and two family rooms, each with their own bathrooms.
The Valley House is near the swimming pool, and some thirty yards away from the main house. It has spectacular views and has three generous bedrooms, two double and a twin, the double bedrooms have their own bathrooms whilst the twin has a shower. A great advantage of the Valley House is the huge veranda which is a natural place to sit and read.
The 7th is called the Garden Room- this is a self-contained unit with a bedroom and a bathroom.
All in all, Ellerton is a great base for exploring Kandy and the surrounding countryside.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
Most of them were superb and we had requested quiet rooms with sea/lake views where possible. Harriet had arranged this for us and her hard work paid of as they were all granted.