About this listing
This Building was a world war 2 British army officers mess now converted to Grand House with a breath taking views and a beautiful
river called Mahaweli ganga ( The longest river in Sri Lanka ).
Room 2 is a comfortable room has its own spacious bathroom with warm shower. And has ceiling a fan and mosquito net.
Officers Mess is a beautiful riverside building and only a 15min drive (8km) from Kandy. It's nestled in one of the few remaining old coconut estates in the area and is in the perfect position to explore Kandy and the surrounding highlights or just put your feet up with a book and enjoy the peace and quiet.
FACILITIES: 4 Rooms (See "My Other Listings" right hand side, scroll down underneath my photo)
4 DOUBLE ROOMS - With Attached Bathroom
Free excellent Wi-Fi, Large Garden, Laundry - available at reasonable rates, Iron & Ironing Board, Parking, Inside Non-Smoking.
The house was built by the British Army during the British rule in the 1940's as an Officers Mess. The house has history and now has a style all of its own.
While staying in a mixed Sri Lankan / English home, you can experience real Sri Lankan life, while enjoying the benefits of English hosts with tons of local knowledge. We are a family with young children & 5 dogs (the dogs live outside and are not allowed in the house). You can taste the variety of traditional Sri Lankan home cooking, made with fresh ingredients, with a few western dishes thrown in.
Breakfast (included in room rate)
A choice of either Sri Lankan or Continental (bread, eggs, fruit, tea or coffee).
Lunch & Dinner
Sri Lankan with dessert - Rs. 1000/-
Western with dessert - Rs. 1200/-
Tea or coffee - Rs 150
Please request meals in advance during your stay. And let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
During your stay, you will access to the living and dining areas, front verandah and spectacular large river front garden with mountain views.
Interaction with guests
My family and I live in the house along with our guests, so we interact fully with our guests. We are on hand to assist with travel questions and we like to have lunch and dinner together (private dining is also available at the guests request), while also giving our guests space to relax during their holiday.
Officers Mess is situated in a really beautiful location, outside of Kandy, away from the hustle, bustle and noise of the city. Officers Mess offers a home away from home next to the Mahaweli River, with stunning river walks, or when the river is too high, guests can take advantage of our kayaks.
We offer the advantage of being able to explore real Sri Lankan village life, while offering a peaceful family haven next to the River. Swim at nearby 4-5* Earl's Regency Hotel or watch the cricket at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
TRANSPORT: Our house is a ten minute walk to the main bus route to Kandy, with frequent buses to Kandy (journey to Kandy takes around 15mins depending on time of travel). From the bus you can catch a tuk tuk to the Officers Mess, or if we are free we'll pick you up from the main road. From Kandy you can catch a tuk tuk to the Officers Mess for around Rs 700, please call us if you need assistance with giving the driver directions.
For journeys around Kandy or exploring further afield, we can recommend a reliable driver with AC car or van to help you explore this beautiful area.
No smoking inside the house, this is the main house rule. Other than this we want our guests to relax, feel at home and enjoy their stay at Polwatte House.
We offer lunch and dinner. And guests can have complimentary tea and coffee. Also, some guests feel inspired to venture into the kitchen and learn some Sri Lankan dishes, which we very much welcome.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I'm Andrew, and half British/ half Sri Lankan. living in Kandy and renovating My family home which is also our guest house. I'm married with 2 kids, Kids are in school in the UK, Ailsa is with the kids so they come on school holidays.
The House is a old British army officers mess
While staying with us we can give you advice on your travel plans, help you sample local foods.
So staying with us means you can explore all the best places we've found and more!!