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The ancestral home of one of Kandy's most influential aristocratic families, built in 1804, retains the atmosphere of a private country house, while its colonial influence, providing seclusion and serenity in its countryside setting only a short distance from Kandy.
The refurbishment of the 'Walauwa', with its airy white interiors, polished hardwood floors, Dutch-style antique furniture and careful injections of colour, works perfectly.
The house is set around a central courtyard and there is a freshwater swimming-pool landscaped into the surrounding paddy fields and shaded by tropical trees. The wide verandas are the perfect place to doze with your favourite book, and to complete the relaxed vibe, Yoga and massage are available on request.
Guests can eat in the original dining-room surrounded by ancestral portraits or less formally on the verandah overlooking the Kandyan hills. The fusion food has an emphasis on local ingredients, and there is a ten-course Sri Lankan curry feast option which is highly recommended if you can manage it.
All rooms have a colonial character updated with contemporary silks, four-poster beds with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and floor to ceiling shuttered windows overlooking the gardens.