Rangala House is situated on the edge of the Knuckles Forest Region - now classified as a world heritage site. This area is up-country from Kandy on the North Eastern side. Coming from Kandy , the journey (slightly more than one hour) takes you through Digana, Teldeniya and then left, through Udispattuwa and onto the Duckwari tea estate. At an altitude of just under 1000 metres above sea level, the situation is significantly higher up in the hill country than Kandy (500 metres) and the climate is noticeably cooler and fresher.
“It’s a fabulous place - incredible views, marvelous sunsets, tremendous food, utterly relaxing - PARADISE!”
GB - Taplow, England
The house faces almost due West on a steep jungly hillside. Spectacular sunsets are common. The view from the verandah is enormous - a 180º panorama from Hantana mountain to the South right round to the Duckwari tea estate and Knuckles Hills to the North and North East. Far down below in the valley, paddy fields give way to further hillsides and, on a clear day, you can even see Bible Rock many miles away. At night the lights of Kandy can be seen twinkling in the far distance. Behind the house, the tea estate rises steeply and is attractively dotted with shade trees and huge igneous boulders - common hill country features.
The house is situated on the Teldeniya - Rangala mountain road, about 25 minutes up from Teldeniya. Cars are not often seen, traffic being mainly composed of three wheelers, country buses and estate tractors. The road is mostly in excellent condition up to Rangala House and beyond, but the section through to Corbett’s Gap is impassable to vehicles.
There is a large sitting room with double French windows, a stone fireplace and spacious dining area. The LED TV has many satellite channels as well as all the local stations and there is also a DVD player. For music lovers, there is a high quality sound system (classical and jazz CDs available) and a Roland electric piano. Broadband wifi is available in all room and is free of charge. Adjacent to the sitting room there is a western-style kitchen, fully equipped with all mod cons and finished in solid mahogany. Guests are welcome to come and talk to the resident chef - and perhaps pick up some tips on cooking curries Sri Lankan style!
“Pure good fortune led me to Rangala House and how fortunate I felt as I stepped onto the terrace to behold one of the best vistas in Sri Lanka. My days trekking with cardamom gatherers in the Knuckles, my wanderings through the tea plantations, punctuated by cold beers and cathartic conversations on the verandah - all remembered with fondness. My only complaint - that I couldn’t stay for a week longer!”
NJ - London, England
The 50 ft verandah tends to be the favourite living space. The view is panoramic and the furnishings allow for lounging, reading, writing, eating, snoozing or just gazing! There is a stone-built barbecue and, for chilly evenings, an open fire. Table tennis and darts are both available.
Other features include a traditional entrance hall, a cloakroom and a utility room. The mains power supply has generator backup
There are three bedrooms in the main villa and one more, ‘The Studio’ in a building which is immediately adjacent.
All rooms are ‘en suite’. The hot water in all bathrooms is solar heated, with electric back-up. The First Bedroom has a bathroom with bath tub as well as shower. The others have showers.
All the rooms in the main villa are twin or double. That is to say, they contain two 3ft beds which can be put together to make a 6ft double as required. These beds have been specially designed to fit together closely with no central gap.
There are photos of all rooms in the photo gallery.
The First Bedroom has large bay windows looking out across the mountain view and also French windows leading on to the verandah.
The Second Bedroom (‘The Garden Room’) has its own small terrace and shady garden. It is slightly away from the main verandah but still near to the First Bedroom. Families with children often like to take these two rooms together.
The Third Bedroom also has access directly to the verandah via French windows. Normally twin/double, this room can be converted to a triple by the addition of an extra bed, as required.
The Studio is a larger room, slightly separated from the main villa, with its own private balcony affording spectacular mountain views. There is sleeping accommodation for a maximum of 4, comprising a four-poster double bed plus a further double bed (or two singles) on a raised gallery, accessible via a loft ladder.
It has lounge facilities, satellite TV and a mini kitchen bar with fridge. There is also a collection of contemporary Sri Lankan art on show. By arrangement, guests can choose to have their meals served here, instead of the main villa verandah.
This room has proved to be very popular with couples & young families.
The upper gallery accommodation is not suitable, however, for small infants or the elderly / infirm.
THE HOUSE AND GROUNDS
The single storey house is set in its own grounds, a short distance from the nearest village. It is tucked away below the lane and approached down covered steps which connect the double garage to the main house. The gardens are steeply sloped and a stream runs through, providing fresh water for the fish pond. There is a delightful terrace, shaded by a passion flower trellis, where you can snooze in a hammock or a rattan swing. Above the spice garden (vanilla, peppercorn, coffee, nutmeg, cardamom etc) a small practice net allows golfers to brush up their chip shots. In addition, there is a steep, mixed woodland with plenty of well-established tropical fruit trees including avocado, breadfruit, banana, jack, mango, rambutan, papaya, etc. The attractive swimming pool (approx 20 X 40 ft) has covers on at night so the temperature for most of the year is around 26 - 29C. It has its own sun terrace and the adjacent summerhouse provides a good spot for a lunchtime drink. There are two separate smaller buildings in the grounds which provide accommodation for the proprietor and staff.