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Shaunagh

Member since: 2015
Speaks english

Sri LankanTropical Retreat Guava House

4 Reviews
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Nuwara Eliya holiday house

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms With Spectalar Views - Paddy Fields, River and Mountain

The house comes with all the luxuries, hot water showers, huge comfortable 4 poster beds, freshly laundered towels.

The pool is an architectural reflective plunge pool. It is about 5 foot deep (small children cannot stand in it) and does not have steps, so can be a little difficult to get out of the for the less able.

The whole retreat can accommodate 9 comfortably. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house, 2 double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all with attached bathrooms. Then a further two bedroom villas built into the side of the sloping terrain which add an extra dimension of privacy and peaceful relaxation and can accommodate 2 guests in each. An open mezzanine area can be used for yoga, and table tennis.

HOW IT WORKS

Guava House, has 5 bedrooms. Rates vary depending on how many rooms will be used. It is always let out on exclusive use, full villa basis.

1 room occupied US $300/night

2 rooms occupied US $425/night

3 rooms occupied US $550/night

4 rooms occupied US $675/night

5 rooms occupied US $750/night

For the more active there are 4 mountain bikes on which you can explore the village area, or simply stroll through the paddy fields and along the river or climb up through a wooded glen for more spectacular views. Bible rock is around 5kms away and a challenge to climb for the more adventurous.

Staff

During your stay you will be looked after by Jeyanthi and Sudharma who live in a small house next to Guava House, they will be there to do all the cleaning and washing-up daily. Either buy and cook your own food in a modern well-equipped kitchen, with stunning views or ask Jeyanthi to prepare Sri Lankan rice and curry.

The Neighborhood

Guava house is located on the borders of the Sri Lankan hill country. It’s within easy reach of the famous elephant orphanage (about one hours drive), and close to the ancient capital Kandy (one and half hour drive). Day trips to a 'up country' tea estate can be arranged.

Getting around

We can arrange a known driver to meet you at the airport and drive you to Guava House (not included in the price). During your stay your driver can sleep in a separate cottage on the estate. He will be available to take you on day trips to the surrounding area. Alternatively a van and driver or 3 wheeler from the local area can also be arranged when needed for trips to the nearest town Mawanella for food supplies or other day trips.

Other Things to Note

Guava House is family home which has been designed and built by the owner architect, to blend in and compliment the surrounding nature outside, the roof is thatched in “iluk” (a Sri Lankan reed) and the floors and walls are mango wood and teak.

Guava House is situated on top of a hill surrounded by rubber trees, paddy fields and mountains. The beauty of the place is the secluded and remote location, however along with this comes with the occasional area power cuts which usually last for a couple of hours. We have plenty of torches to hand and gas hobs and oven to cook on. Unfortunately we do not have a generator, so the fans will not operate while the power is off.

Sometimes fully packed vans have difficulty going up the hill all the way to the house, (especially if has been raining) however they can park at the bottom of the hill and you can walk up to the house, our staff will be on hand to bring all the luggage up.

The pool is an architectural reflective plunge pool. It is about 5 foot deep (small children cannot stand in it) and does not have steps, so can be a little difficult to get out of the for the less able or elderly.

In this tropical rural area there are an array of wild insects, including mosquitoes, butterflies, beetles etc. Remember to bring mosquito repellent. However we provide mosquito nets on all the beds.

During rainy periods, it is likely that you will encounter leeches in the land around the house and chalets. They are harmless, but if bitten by one you may feel a slight itch for a few days. In the house we have a list of tips for avoiding them!

Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage is about 45 minutes drive and Kandy the ancient capital city

Please handle the bi-folding glass doors with care as they are fragile and there is certain technique to opening and closing them (Ask Jeyanthi for assistance)

This house is not suitable for very young children for various reasons (If you would like further information about this, contact Shaunagh.)

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shaunagh (Property Manager)
Member since: 2015
Speaks english

About Shaunagh

I grew up in England, lived the early part of my married life in London and in 1999 my husband and I moved to Sri Lanka with our two children. We have lived in Sri Lanka since then and my architect husband built our dream house in 2008. I am a yoga teacher and welcome any yogis and other nature lovers to our home.

Shaunagh purchased this house in 2008

Why Shaunagh chose Central Province

When we first saw our plot the land we were taken at how very magical and holistic the area was, with sleeping rubber trees, 360 degree views of surrounding mountainous range, with Bible Rock protecting it at a distance.

My husband dreamed of creating a special retreat for our family and friends, to be more in tune with nature and all it’s surroundings. A place to escape to, from all of the busy pressures of city life.

In 2005 we bought the land and by Dec 2008 the house was complete.

What makes this house unique

The sense of staying at Guava House is that of simple ‘open-plan’ living and kitchen area, open to the breezes and extensive views that the terrace and infinity pool have to offer. It is a thoroughly peaceful environment in which to chill, relax and regain a perspective on what is important in life. It’s a truly wonderful place to just do nothing and spend time talking, discussing and contemplating. Two, separate thatched chalets, built into the side of the sloping terrain add an extra dimension of privacy and peaceful relaxation and can accommodate a further four guests in addition to the three bedrooms in the main house. An open-plan first floor area can be used for a variety of communal uses including additional sleeping area, yoga, exercise classes and games area.

Reviews

5
based on 4 traveller reviews

Sri LankanTropical Retreat Guava House
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
5

A uniquely unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, secluded little hide out where you can just completely unwind and relax. Loved the ambience of the early morning misty mountains and the amazing food cooked by jeyanthy. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a relaxing break from the hectic hustle and bustle of every day life. Thank you Shaunagh for letting us stay in your beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Glorious architecture and unforgettable food

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 wonderful days at Guava House - the house and its surroundings were so impressive, we switched off the internet during our stay and made full use of the space for cooking, reading and relaxing. The pool was also fantastic for a quick cool-off on those hot days and energising morning swims.

The house was a marvellous find: off the beaten track location, great setting and totally authentic. The local village of Hemathagama is charming and has a few shops for basic supplies. We also ventured into some of the bigger local towns to buy a few extra luxuries and ingredients.

Jeyanthi the cook, won our hearts with some of the best food we experienced in Sri Lanka. We looked forward to every meal, enjoying fresh fruits, health salads and a fantastic range of curries (The okra dish and brinjal proved to be our recurring favourites!)

There were just 2 of us but we could easily imagine coming back and filling the house and separate dwellings with lots of friends and family - there are plenty of spaces and areas conducive to different activities (yoga, reading, swimming, cooking, exploring etc etc).

Thoroughly enjoyed our time here and we look forward to coming back someday!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great having you to stay, please do come again!
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5

an idyllic retreat in the country

  • 5 of 5

I spent a wonderful four days at Guava House over new year 2014. We went en famille - seven people - and found ourselves spread over not just the house itself, walking straight out of the kitchen into the swimming pool, abut also in the two beautiful little cottages tucked into different corners of the estate.

The house sits at the summit of a rubber plantation, up in the treetops, with glimpses through the leaves of the mountains above and the rice paddies below. At night its noisy with every type of creature you can imagine.

We spent our time doing as little as possible, except walking into the local village, Hematagama, with its market (and an excellent barber...) and going for walks around the countryside lanes, finishing up at the hopper stand at the end of the lane for egg hoppers at sunset.

Jayanthi, the cook rustled up superb meals at our request, and looked after the place for us.

This is a wonderful place to go - quiet, and completely off the beaten track, and the closest you'll get to seeing what the countryside of the Sri Lankan hill country is really like.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolute heaven.

  • 5 of 5

The most stunning property I have ever stayed in. Simplicity combined with luxury, with great attention to detail. Set among the treetops, the views are stunning. There is a veranda right around the house, providing plenty of quiet places for private meditation or contemplation. Cooking in the kitchen is bliss, looking out to the hills beyond. Absolute heaven.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed staying at our home in the treetops. We look forward to welcoming you again one day.
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Kadugannawa
Nearest Beach
92 Kilometres
Negombo Beach
Car: recommended

Elephant orphanage in Pinnawella. For the adventurous climb Bible Rock. Visit Kandy to see the famous Temple of the Tooth.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas 2016
20 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$596
A$5,113
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$107 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$409
A$3,749
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$89 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$205

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 single bed
  • Bathroom ensuite, orthopaedic King size bed, ceiling fan, and mosquito net.
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming