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Tucked away amid tropical Gardens, Stone House sits on a secluded plateau in the hills of Kandy, enjoying views of rolling green hills and valleys. The hotel is just a short hop from the historical heart of Kandy, and the sacred Temple of the Tooth.
Stone House began life as a colonial mansion originally owned by a Kandyan family, but after an extensive refurbishment in 2014, it is now an exquisite boutique villa with just five guestrooms. The spacious private gardens provide ample relaxation space, and so the bustle of Kandy's streets feel a world away for guests. Rooms can be booked individually, or the whole house can be booked out for families and groups of friends looking for a secluded retreat near the city.
The three guestrooms and two suites are individually styled and named: Dumburu, Sudu, Ran, Thamba and Kalu. Each room features unique artwork, commissioned by a local artist, TV, DVD player and mini bar, en suite with shower, and a private terrace. Polished hardwood floors in all rooms, and original 19th century lithographs in the Thamba suite hark back to the house's colonial origins.
Guests can dine at Stone House just when they please - there are no set meal times here. It's also possible to enjoy meals in the air-conditioned dining room, in the privacy of rooms or suites, or al fresco in the tropical gardens. Rice forms the staple of many dishes on offer, coming direct from the owners private rice mills, and the menu features both Sri Lankan and European dishes. As a further nod to its colonial history, Stone House serves Afternoon Tea to guests, including savoury and sweet treats, and Ceylon tea.
For relaxation, guests can enjoy spa treatments, or relax by the outdoor swimming pool, or in the tropical gardens. The library and lounge provide further respite on cooler evenings. For those looking to explore further afield, it's just five minutes from central Kandy, where bustling city streets and markets await. The 4th century Temple of the Tooth is within easy reach, and plays host to 'pooja' ceremonies with traditional music and drumming each dawn and evenings.