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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a Wi Fi connection, however it is not unlimited. It is sufficient for sending emails and limited internet use. The Wi Fi connection throughout the country can be intermittent.
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.)