|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
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 £200/night
2 rooms occupied £280/night
3 rooms occupied £360/night
4 rooms occupied £440/night
5 rooms occupied £520/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.
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Elephant orphanage in Pinnawella. For the adventurous climb Bible Rock. Visit Kandy to see the famous Temple of the Tooth.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
20 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$100 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$100 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$191|