About this listing
Authentic colonial planter’s bungalow set in a in a lush, tropical setting.
Somaland Estate is off the beaten track and far from the madding crowd, offering seclusion and serenity, yet is close to Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Location: South of Kandy, near Gampola
Number of Bedrooms: 5
House rate: US $ 250 per night for 2 people. An additional US $ 25 per person extra a night
Somaland is a beautiful working estate of approximately 10 acres with tea and spices such as pepper, clove and nutmeg.
The 5 bedroom Sri Lankan style villa and its annex buildings are set in a well kept botanical garden.
The main house offers 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms to share, a vast living area and reception hall, with separate library and dining room. Breakfast is served on the verandah of the inner courtyard. The villa is tastefully decorated with traditional Sri Lankan furniture and colonial antiques.
Set in the garden one finds a separate bungalow offering a comfortable suite with individual bathroom.
A garden path leads up to the plunge pool.
Friendly staff will see to your every need. Gamage has been a driver and guide for one of Sri Lanka's largest tour operators and knows every nook and cranny of the island. His wife Nilani is an excellent cook and loving caretaker.
The property can also be rented exclusively, with a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Somaland Estate offers the perfect stay for the discerning traveller wishing to explore the Central Highlands in style.
The property is just a forty drive from Kandy with its famous Temple of the Tooth and Royal Botanical Gardens.
A further 15 minute drive east of Kandy lies the award winning Victoria Golf Course.
A 1,5 hour journey through vast tea plantations leads to Nuwara Eliya, a favourite retreat of the British during colonial times, earning it the name ‘Little England’.
-Airport-Somaland :4 u
-Kandy-Somaland : 3/4 u
-Gampola-Somaland: 20 min.
-NuwaraEliya-S. : 1 1/2 u.
We truly enjoyed our stay in Somaland. A place with Dutch roots, as we happened to learn ... We had a wonderful time in this very special and authentic place. The children enjoyed the magnificent garden and the spacious area. Gamage, Nilani and the house staff were extremely hospitable, prepared nice local dishes and provided us with useful tips to appreciate the surroundings (tea factory, viewpoint in Gampola / Ambuluwawa environmental conservation, Alocal cricket ground etc).
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