The view from the garden.The living room at dusk.

Entire home/flat

6 Guests

3 Bedrooms

6 Beds

Entire home/flat

6 Guests

3 Bedrooms

6 Beds

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About this listing

Nestled within a tea estate en route to Ella is a private villa with breathtaking views. This serene location is well away from the tourist area, yet only 5Km from Bandarawela town. A place where you can feel at home.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 6
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: £13 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: £4
Weekly Discount: 10%
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The space

+ Self catered. Cook provided at no extra cost.
+ Hot water showers.
+ Garden space.
+ Driver's accommodation - FREE.
+ If you have a guide in addition to a driver, please count him as a guest.
Note - Unlike most properties in Sri Lankan on Airbnb, this is not a commercial property. It is not a guest house or B&B. We share our holiday home with you in true Airbnb spirit. Please click +More.

Guest access

+ You will have access to the entire bungalow.
+ We do not give out individual rooms.
+ We accept bookings only through Airbnb.

Interaction with guests

I will keep in touch with you remotely. At any time during your stay, I'm only a phone call away. I'd be happy to share my local knowledge and give recommendations for the rest of your trip. However I will not make bookings on your behalf. I can also put you in touch with reliable local rental car companies.

The neighbourhood

+ Family owned compound within a small tea plantation.
+ Gated compound with landscaped gardens.
+ 3 other houses owned by relatives. (None of the houses have permanent residents).

Getting around

+ Nearest train station - 2Km.
+ Nearest bus stop - 0.5Km.
+ Tuk Tuk from Bandarawela town - 10 minutes (less than 500 rupees around 3.50 USD).
+ Nearest Bank/ATM, Liquor store - Bandarawela - 5 km.
+ Mini van with driver can be introduced.

Other things to note

+ Supermarket in Bandarawela town (10 minutes drive).
+ You can buy provisions (ingredients) and hand over to our chef / caretaker.
+ We recommend that you do your shopping before arrival.
+ If you come with a driver, please buy enough for him too. Most of my guests share their meals with the caretaker as well.
+ Internet access via WiFi could be weak or intermittent due to fog.
+ It can get a bit cold at night.

House Rules
No parties or events
Check-in is after 2PM

Click [+More] above. Please read the entire description.
* Shopping for ingredients is not a service provided by the caretaker.
* It is your responsibility to provide meals for your driver.
* Maximum 6 guests including children. No extra people.
* No visitors allowed.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

36 Reviews

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Laura User Profile
April 2017
The water pressure was really bad, and also the WiFi. House was clean but other than that it's not worth going there. And with the hot weather I think there should be at least a fan provided which wasn't. The housekeeper is walling around the house more than you want him to be. And the fridge did not work as well, it only works at certain times! Overall not worth the money.

Pat User Profile
March 2017
We so enjoyed our stay at Saki's home . Kamal the cook and caretaker, was very nice and the food he prepared excellent. Enjoyed walkabout the Tea Plantation and the views are incredible
Saki User Profile
Response from Saki:
Glad you enjoyed your stay. You're welcome back anytime.
March 2017

Carina User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful house with an amazing view !! Well situated (about 15 min to Ella station). The host was very kind and helpful!! I definitely recommend it !!
Saki User Profile
Response from Saki:
Glad you enjoyed your stay. See you next time!
March 2017

Ying User Profile
February 2017
The room clean and tidy, the sitting room is a very good view, housekeeper enthusiasm, hardworking. Only downside is the bathwater small and cloudy, such as can improve would be great.
Saki User Profile
Response from Saki:
Thanks Ying. The water situation was a one off. Usually our water is clean and clear. Glad you enjoyed the view and liked our place overall.
February 2017

Glory User Profile
February 2017
The house was very far up on a winding road.The room beds n pillows needs to be upgraded n the water pressure as well...proper blankets need to be kept. the place is too simple n a bit of colour n upgrading is a must. Kamal was a great host n made us a lovely dinner n breakfast.Stayed for a nite only...View was good..
Saki User Profile
Response from Saki:
Thank you very much for the suggestions. The rooms will be brightened up very soon. We could have provided extra pillows and blankets if you had asked. Glad you enjoyed Kamal's cooking.
February 2017

Barbara User Profile
January 2017
We had an excellent service! and we had a great Curry dinner! Thank you very much
Saki User Profile
Response from Saki:
Thank you for the delightful comments written on our guest book. I have uploaded a photo of it to Airbnb. Glad your enjoyed Kamal's service and cooking.
January 2017

Rupal User Profile
January 2017
Based on all the reviews I was hoping this would be a great stay, but unfortunately I was not as impressed. I've had many Airbnb stays and this one was the most different. There was a housekeeper who was very nice, but he felt more like a roommate coming and going in the house. I've had other Airnnb's with house keepers who give you the key and then stay in their separate quarters but this just felt a bit awkward. We didn't have him cook for us as we felt it was a bit more work to buy all the ingredients (even the basics like salt, pepper, sugar) than just eating out. The views were nice from the house, and not too far from the town of Ella. The only other thing about the house was the really bad odor in one of the bathrooms! We didn't use it at all because of this. The rooms were really basic too. Would have liked to give this stay better reviews but just trying to give my honest opinion as a frequent Airbnb user.
Saki User Profile
Response from Saki:
I had my doubts about accepting this booking. Despite being a US resident, I suspected that she's from a nationality we don't feel comfortable hosting. Just like Patel, previous guests from the same country haven't had anything positive to say despite having a really good time at our house. Every other review we've got is a testament to who we really are. We consistently received 5 stars for cleanliness from all our other guests from the time we started Airbnb. Our house keeper has his own quarters and he's extremely non-invasive. He comes in to the house only to serve and clean up after the guests. He cooks at no extra cost and no other guest has expected him to provide any of the ingredients. I must mention that this profile name was 'Mitch & Rupal' at the time of making the request, but changed to 'Rupal Patel' soon after I accepted the booking. She's probably aware that the reputation of people with similar names won't help her secure a booking. It's amusing how she proclaims credibility to her opinion by putting her self on par with frequent Airbnb users.
January 2017

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Colombo, Sri Lanka · Joined in January 2014
Saki User Profile

I'm a project manager by profession, but when I'm not managing projects I'm a 4X4 competition driver. I love the outdoors, adventure & photography. I've been bitten by the 'travel bug' and been to about 25 countries, making friends around the world from various walks of life.

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