Somaland Estate is a colonial-style plantation bungalow nestled amongst Sri Lankan tea plantations on the Kandy-Nuwara Eliya road. Built in the late 1890s by a businessman from the southern part of the island, the bungalow shows signs of southern architectural influence with wood lattice panels and a central courtyard, making its design one of a kind. The bungalow is now owned by a former Dutch diplomat who has furnished the house with pieces from different parts of the world where he has served, including India, China and Philippines. The owner stays at the property for approximately three months of the year, in a separate annex building. If you are lucky enough to meet him, Somaland will be brought alive by his stories. Every chair, painting or piece of furniture has a story behind it, making Somaland not just another property, but a place where guests can walk through history.
Each of the four bedrooms is tastefully-furnished with an antique double bed, almirah and vibrant paintings and photographs. Out of the four rooms, two have ensuite bathrooms, while the remaining two share a bathroom across the courtyard. The bathroom has a shower with hot water facilities. There is a separate annex with a small living area, bedroom and bathroom which is reserved for the owner when he is there.
Guests have the choice of having their lunch and dinner in the main dining area or in the garden, while breakfast is served at the courtyard. A walk around the spacious garden surrounding the bungalow will lead you to the plunge pool which has an artificial waterfall. They also have a small library with Wi-Fi.
Somaland and its grounds are managed and looked-after by the caretaker, Gamage, and his wife, Nilani. She prepares great rice and curry as well as some western dishes: speak to them if you would like to try out something different. They also have a collection of spirits and make a signature daiquiri using local arrack. Guests have the option of bringing in their favourite beverages as well.
Why We Like It
This authentic colonial-style estate bungalow still has many original pieces and is a good stopping-off point betwen Kandy and Nuware Eliya
Somaland Estate is located just 10 minutes beyond the Attabage sign board along the Kandy-Nuwara Eliya road. Close to Gampola, the villa is 45 minutes from the Kandy town. About four hours from the airport.