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Located in the little-known yet historic village of Eladetta just an hour from Kandy, this grand mansion harbours stories of days gone by. Surrounded by tea plantations, paddy fields and gardens growing a large variety of fruits, flowers and vegetables, the Eladetta Walauwa was built in the late 1800s by a Kandy chieftain who was the Chief Custodian of the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Today it has seven comfortable rooms and is restored to reflect much of its olden-day glory. The living spaces and verandas have been decorated with portraits and paintings dating to the Kandyan period and are a testament to the history behind this home. Eladetta is the village where British sea captain Robert Knox lived in captivity for many years and his book titled ‘’An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon’’ published in 1681 contains references to some parts of this 40-acre property the villa is situated in.
With high timber roofs and polished red cement floors, the rooms at Eladetta Walauwa provide a comfortable blend of history and luxury. The seven rooms consist of two suites, four double rooms and one single occupancy room. Each room has mosquito netting, hot water, hair dryer, tea/coffee service, safety locker and toiletries. There is Wi-Fi in the dining area and the ground floor bedrooms.
Tropical Paradise: This spacious suite comes with its own living room and opens out to the front garden. The room is furnished with a flat screen TV, king-sized four-poster bed and a sofa. Two children under the age of 11 can be accommodated in this room. The room is air-conditioned and the attached bathroom includes a bathtub.
Red Velvet: This suite is a spacious bedroom overlooking the front garden. The room is air-conditioned and is furnished with a four-poster king-sized bed with the possibility of accommodating an additional bed and also has a flat screen TV. The bathroom includes a bathtub as well as a shower.
Tiffany: This cosy bedroom decorated in pastel shades is furnished with a king-sized four-posted bed and has air-conditioning as well as a fan for when required. The attached bathroom has a shower and a bathtub.
Saffron: Furnished with two antique-style single beds, this standard room is a comfortable space with air-conditioning and includes an attached bathroom with a shower.
Emerald: This is a smaller room designed to occupy a single bed. The room is equipped with a fan and the attached bathroom consists of a shower.
Tropical Moss: Furnished with a king-sized double bed and equipped with a fan, this room is located upstairs and shares the bathroom with the Mulberry room. The two rooms can be used for families. It can also be used as an individual double room if preferred.
Mulberry: Ideal for being coupled with the Tropical Moss room, the Mulberry room, located upstairs, shares its bathroom and consists of a double bed and a fan. It can also be used as an individual double room if preferred.
Being situated in the midst of a working plantation and surrounded by tea estates and paddy fields, there is much to do while at Eladetta Walauwa, especially if you are a nature lover. Grab a bike and head out to explore the village including a few small yet significant temples in the area or head to Kandy to visit the town and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Eladetta Walauwa also has a nine-hole golf green, a large snooker table, table tennis and badminton as well as lots of reading that is possible. Guests can also walk around the plantation to see the variety of fruit, vegetables and spices being grown. Meals are mostly cooked using fresh produce from the garden which guests are free to pick whenever possible. Guests can enjoy Western or Sri Lankan cuisine and can even join the chef to help cook it all up.
Eladetta Walauwa sits hidden between tea plantations, paddy fields and gardens, about 45 minutes from the heart of Kandy. Reaching this manor house from Colombo would take about three hours. Nuwara Eliya is roughly two-and-a-half hours away as you can avoid the Kandy city.
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