We have renovated the old Priests house keeping its simplicity, allowing people to enjoy the outstanding views over the Victoria Dam and Knuckles mountains.
There are 7 acres of gardens, orchards and nature paths leading to the Knuckles Range National Park which is a Unesco world heritage site,
The house its self has 1 double bedroom, 1 triple bedroom with connected bathroom and place for 5 more to sleep on the 1st floor loft room.
There is a large living room with a simple kitchen and huge covered terrace to relax in the shade and enjoy the view.
There is a housekeeper and cook (Shamarla) meals are prepared and served in the restaurant unless you wish to cook for yourselves.
The Old priests house is situated in central Sri Lanka so most of the tourist attractions are within driving distance we offer several tours with our driver Sanjewa throughout the Island as well as Trekking in the Knuckles mountains.
We dont have a swimming pool but just 10 mins away through the tea plantations is a natural bathing pool by the waterfalls.
Our aim is to give you what you want just ask as its said in Sri Lanka 'everything is possible in Sri Lanka'
A little taste you can ride elephants, trek, white water raft, learn to cook Sri Lankan food,whale and dolphin watch, Visit the rich cultural centers of Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiria and Anuradhapura.
Visit the beaches for surfing and sunbathing.
´The restaurant and lounge have WiFi and free tea and coffee whenever you want, you can often pick your own fresh fruit for breakfast from the fruit orchards otherwise all food is sourced locally..
I am 54 and English, but have lived with my wife and 3 children in Demark for the last 15 years.
I travel to Sri Lanka 4 times a year for a month at a time as I am completly besotted with Sri Lanka and its people.
Michael Davis purchased this house in 2011
We brought this property by chance we had come to Sri Lanka to look at another house but in true Sri Lankan style it had been sold 3 days before we arrived by chance this property had just come on the market and we fell in love with it. My connection to Sri Lanka was made in 1984 when I was travelling and ended up in Unawattuna on the beach for 3 mths.This my home run by a family that
I trust 100%, part of the project is to help Sri Lanka get over its last 30 years of war and the terrible tsunami by helping the local people we support the local school and local buisnesses.
Many of our guests use Welikande as their base for visiting the central district of Sri Lanka and for Trekking in the Knuckles range of mountains.
Its relaxing to know you can get good food in lovely surroundings away from the turmoil of Kandy yet close enough to take a local bus or tut tut.
The views are simply fantastic you can watch the sun come up over the mountains often with the valley filled with clouds and then the sun set over the Victoria Dam reservoir. The wildlife and particually the birds (we have a game over breakfast of how many different breeds we can spot 21 is the record).During the day you can watch the eagles fly by at eye height.
The weather is idyllic- cool in the evenings and rarely above 28C during the day, if it rains its in the late afternoon accompanied by thunder and lightning.The very best thing is the service Shamarla and the unflappable Jeyakumar give without being obsequies just plane old fashion curtersy.
Welikande Guest House We stayed 2 weeks in Welikande Guest Housse, which is a newly established place and just opening up for guest. It is a wonderful and very cosy place. The location in the jungle mountains about 1 hour east of Kandy is an ideal place for vacation. At an altitude of about 900 meters the climate is wonderful, not too hot, a slight breeze, clouds against a blue sky. There is a true ”botanical” garden on the premises and magnificent views over the Knuckles Mountain Range and the Victoria Dam, and it is also a bird-watchers dream. However, also the ideal place for relaxation and ”watching the grass grow” or just enjoying the views over the mountains and valleys. The guest house is an ideal base for one day excursions, which they arrange with their expertise as to local, careful drivers, either in tuk-tuk or in a taxi. We did a 3-day excursion to the ”Cultural triangle” up north with a local taxi bus, also arranged by the guest house manager. There are only 4 rooms, but we understand that a few more will come. They are of nice, stylish simplicity with a large bathroom and coffee and tea facilities, and so is the sitting/dining room. All food served is a delicacy, and we tried almost every fruit and vegetables found on the island. It is reallyworth a try and we recomend it wholeheartedly.
Space and tranquility the views and gardens and house were worth the money.
To sit with a cup of coffee in the mornings, hearing and watching the birds on the covered terrace was just perfect, Shamarla (housekeeper) looked after us and the house so well it was hard to leave.
We went trekking in the knuckles mountains and site seeing with Sanjewa (driver) throughout the center of Sri Lanka over to the beaches in Trincomalee.
As a base for exploring Central Sri Lanka or just hanging about we can completly recommend this well run property.
At the beginning of August we spent some wonderful days at the Old Priest House with our family of seven. The location is stunning with beautiful views and a lovely garden. The place is an ideal base to explore the Knuckles Mountains, for a daytrip to Kandy or if you just want to spend a day relaxing on the veranda.
The meals were outstanding, and we especially recommend to take cooking lessons from Shamaria . She is a great cook. It is a wonderful experience to first go shopping for all the ingredients with Sanjewa and than to learn how to prepare several Sri Lankan dishes. Sanjewa speaks excellent English and is always on hand to help and to arrange trips like a trekking in the Mountains. The owner, Michael, is very friendly and helpful and provided us with all the information we would need. Meals are served in the main house, where you can also meet with other guests, use Wi-Fi or have some coffee.
We had a great time here and hope to come back one day.
Trekking in the Knuckles range mountains Cultural tours, surfing, swimming,whale watching. Birdwatching, cookery courses, train journeys etc.......
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