Ellerton Bungalow

Imperialists, Historians and Wanderlusters

PRICE: Affordable

RATING: Big thumbs up

Ellerton Bungalow, a former plantation manager’s bungalow (we’re not talking bungalows in Bournemouth here; this is a REAL colonial bungalow), is perched high in the hills – in fact very high, at 2,400 feet, above Kandy in Sri Lanka. The sheer simplicity of Ellerton makes it feel like a home from home.

There’s no pretence, there’s no fussiness, just genuine warm hospitality that makes staying here a truly memorable experience… and it’s no coincidence that Ellerton is one of the few hotels in Sri Lanka that has a following of loyal guests that return time after time.


We come to Ellerton for a plantation vibe which is found here in spades, with a mix of antique furniture, not least the grandfather clock that never fails to chime and the spread-eagle zebra skin rug that decorates the floor.

What the rooms lack in mod cons, they make up for in tasteful, eclectic furnishings. From oriental rugs to silk cushions and from antique furniture to beds formed out of polished concrete (but don’t worry you’ll lay yourself on a fantastically comfortable mattress).

Owners Luca and Iromi Poloni aim is to give you the feeling you are staying with friends rather than an impersonal hotel, an ambition they achieve with hospitable skill. The divine food served up in the alfresco pavilion is superb and the willing chef is always prepared to knock something special together if there is something you particularly fancy. Ellerton is set in beautiful gardens and with just eight rooms, you can be sure that there will never be a rush to get loungers around the infinity pool.

Yonder Insight

Ellerton offer a fully-inclusive drinks package, meaning you don’t have to worry about signing for drinks...nor about the size of your bill at check-out.

On your doorstep

Some of the best biking we have done is at Ellerton. The paths and roads around the hotel are superb for covering ground and seeing the spectacular countryside.

Thoughts on a postcard

Kicking back by the pool and looking out over the plantations beyond, we spared only the briefest thought for all those doing the daily grind back home.

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Kandy House

Exceptionally pretty old manor house, skilfully converted into a boutique hotel with style and charm. The number one hotel in Kandy, it only has nine rooms and competition for a reservation is intense. Aperitifs on the lawn are a delight.