Sunny side lodge is an interesting place to stay in. While it is only about 8min walk away from the train station and the small sleepy town, we had arranged for transport, and the owner had gotten a tuk tuk to ferry all three of us in one tuk tuk! A real experience I must say.
Upon arriving, we had the whole place to ourselves, together with a "butler". It was a ground level house with 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, a kitchen, a laundry porch, and lots of space all around. I liked that it is very spacious, and I should think that families with young kids will appreciate the playground outside, as well as the free bikes for use.
Rooms were also clean and hot water was readily available (Ella can be a bit cold in evenings). Wifi didn't work that well initially but in the end, we managed to speak to the owner's brother who got us a solution promptly.
We arrived late (trains in Sri Lanka arrive late, and run at amazing slow speeds - 20km/h?? ), so we asked the butler for food recommendations. We were referred to a restaurant in town which served nice curry with rice, but be warned, in this sleepy town, food takes around an hour to serve.
Our next morning started off well as our butler, Ramesh, had prepared breakfast based on our orders the night before, the string hoppers were well prepared. Ramesh (although very quiet), also kindly accompanied us on our little hike up little Adam's peak.
We typically enjoyed our time at the lodge as we were well taken care of. Ramesh was able to help us arrange for our visit to the tea factory, as well as our transport out to Mirissa, although I must admit that we were also cautious to check out the street prices before committing to his recommendations. His recommendations turned out well and I guess it's probably different languages and culture that got us second guessing his intentions!
I would definitely recommend this place to those who like to be well taken care of!
We loved this place. Such a beautiful setting. A well tended garden overlooking the terraces of a tea plantation. So peaceful & calm, with great views.
The house is immaculate & well maintained. Not ultra modern but well furnished.
Ramesh, who looks after the house is just lovely. A gem, a real gentle person. And his cooking is wonderful. He provided us with a 7 course curry & rice. Each dish absolutely delicious, the best we've had.
To have a home away from home, was a real treat.
This was an exceptional holiday home with all the Western world's amenities (actually reminded us of our Canadian cottage experience:)). Was well designed, with a great cook, friendly, and most of all, privacy high up in the mountains. however, Wi-Fi was also there so you could stay connected if you chose to. Very serene environment with access to the hustle and bustle of the little town Ella close by. We have 3 young kids and they thoroughly enjoyed it! Absolutely a little piece of heaven on earth. Everything you can think of has already been thought of by the homeowner. You must try this place!
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