Rangala House
Rangala House
Rangala House

Rangala House


  • Kandy (View map)
  • 11 pers. max.
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Breathtaking natural scenery of tea plantations and the Knuckles Forest region
  • Cool temperate climate, and misty highlands
  • Warm, cosy and rustic ambience

About Rangala House

Rangala House is perched high above, in the misty highlands at 1000m altitude, overlooking the sprawling tea plantations that make for a simply breathtaking view. Rangala House is a converted tea plantation bungalow on the edge of the Knuckles Forest region, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The clear night skies, cool temperatures and views of rolling hills for miles around, certainly make Rangala House a peaceful, beautiful retreat.

There are three bedrooms in the main villa, and there is another bedroom in the adjacent building ‘The Studio’. Each of the three bedrooms in the main villa have a double or twin beds that can be fitted together to form a double bed with no gap. Each bedroom also has attached bathroom with environmentally friendly solar heated water, and the first bathroom has its own bathtub.

The Studio is a slight distance from the main villa, and has its own private balcony with panoramic mountain views. It sleeps a maximum of 4 people in a unique arrangement. There is a four poster bed, and another double bed on a raised platform, accessibly by a loft ladder.

Rangala House is warm and homely, featuring a sitting room with French windows, stone fireplace. The veranda is also popular as the best spot to enjoy the cool air and admire the view.

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Customer reviews

10/10 (Average rating based on 9 reviews)
10/10

We had 7 continuous days of rain and white-outs, and yet we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rangala, thanks to the wonderful setting (even when you can't see it), all the staff and Anthony, the perfectly warm and homey and cozy vibe. The setting and the set-up are simply unbeatable. (This was our 5th or 6th year at Rangala, and every year it gets better, is never boring, and is always fantastic!)

TT (Hong Kong) stayed at Rangala House with his/her family from 15/12/2015 to 19/12/2015
10/10

We came here on a visit to the knuckles range organized by our hotel. Staff couldn't have been more helpful in organizing a walk we could do that took into account my limited mobility( as I have two artificial knees).we set off on a gloriously fabulous but gentle walk and got caught in one of the very typical short but torrential rain falls. We got back drenched to the skin and were promptly offered towels. .hairdryer etc to dry of. We then had the most fabulous home cooked lunch of pasta with the freshest tomato sauce I have ever tasted, beautiful local salads and freshly baked bread . This place is so beautifully maintained and planted it was an absolute pleasure to visit and I only wish we could have stayed .

Lynda B (Australia) enjoyed a romantic stay at Rangala House from 03/08/2015 to 05/08/2015
10/10

We stayed here for 2 nights during a 2 week tour around Sri Lanka. Set in a magical setting overlooking the Knuckles mountain range, this place is extremely special. Small boutique hotel with lots of charm. We did "Charlies walk" from the hotel. A 3 hour walk around the local hills and villages. The views are stunning and the locals are so friendly. Also well worth walking down the road for 10 minutes to the local cloth making factory. A few ladies making cloth on traditional looms. We had so much fun with them. They are happy for you to take photos and let you have a go on the looms. You can also buy their products such as sorongs, table napkins etc. which are lovely authentic souvenirs. This place is also excellent for doing a day trip to Knuckles mountains. It is a bit over priced at USD 40 pp for half a day but that seems to be the going rate. The highlight though must have been the food. The chef there is professionally trained and the food was the best we had on the whole trip. Do not hesitate to choose this place, it is extra special.

Rosanna (Bahrain) enjoyed a romantic stay at Rangala House from 01/08/2015 to 03/08/2015
10/10

Our family of 7 stayed here for 4 nights. The views were truly amazing even if the surrounding hills drifted in and out of clouds while we were there. The staff led by Amila made our stay perfect, nothing was a problem. Sebastian the chef gave us some of the finest breakfasts and dinners we have had and he was able to cater to our youngest children just as well. His 'apprentices' Chalika and Nyuen were SO polite and helpful. We hiked the 3 hr trek and were rewarded with stunning views throughout the local tea plantations.....if you stay here you should try this walk, it is a bit taxing but we'll worth it. Also, if you are up for a bit of rock scrambling get the boys to take you down to the local river where you trek into hills to find a beautiful river/waterfall. Our kids thought this was amazing. All in all this was a perfect spot to rest and unwind on our trip through Sri Lanka. One hint if you are just looking for a simple lunch, the shops across from e Ducktari Tea Factory make great snacks.

Tony G (Australia) stayed at Rangala House with a group of friends and their families from 27/05/2015 to 31/05/2015
10/10

Situated about an hour out of Kandy, this is an alternative to the day-long trip to Newara Elia to see tea plantations and enjoy some mountain air. It is an old house that has been converted to a small hotel with fairly basic rooms, but an astonishingly beautiful outlook. They provide lunch on request (need to book ahead to ensure there is space) and what we had was superb - a large and very tasty quiche, plus several dishes of vegetables and salad (enough to feed several people) plus a delightful ice cream and rhubarb dish for desert and coffee, all for about AUD20 per head. We would have paid that for the view alone, sitting on the broad terrace looking out over the expansive valley in the cool of the shaded verandah.

JR (Australia) enjoyed a romantic stay at Rangala House from 13/04/2015 to 16/04/2015
10/10

Situated about an hour out of Kandy, this is an alternative to the day-long trip to Newara Elia to see tea plantations and enjoy some mountain air. It is an old house that has been converted to a small hotel with fairly basic rooms, but an astonishingly beautiful outlook. They provide lunch on request (need to book ahead to ensure there is space) and what we had was superb - a large and very tasty quiche, plus several dishes of vegetables and salad (enough to feed several people) plus a delightful ice cream and rhubarb dish for desert and coffee, all for about AUD20 per head. We would have paid that for the view alone, sitting on the broad terrace looking out over the expansive valley in the cool of the shaded verandah.

Chris G (Hong Kong) stayed at Rangala House with his/her family from 07/04/2015 to 10/04/2015
10/10

We stayed at Rangala for two nights and loved it. Our room was simple but very comfortable, and opened onto the wonderful deck with views forever. Sam and his staff were friendly, very natural and eager to help at all times. A delight. The recommended walks through the tea plantations were excellent, the best we had in Sri Lanka. We will remember them for a long time. Eating on the deck with the other guests was very enjoyable. Sebastian's food was top-class, with the wild boar casserole a highlight of my husband's trip. A great escape among the tea plantations, and great value for money. We would love to go back.

RB (Australia) enjoyed a romantic stay at Rangala House from 08/02/2015 to 10/02/2015
10/10

My two friends and I spent two nights here and enjoyed every moment. We shared one room and found the bedroom spacious and very comfortable. Everything about our stay was perfect. We had spent the previous two weeks travelling round Sri Lanka so wanted some peace, quiet and comfort before we flew back to Ireland and Rangala House provided all of these in spades. The location is spectacular and the view from the veranda just amazing. The house has been beautifully restored with great taste shown in every aspect of the decor ( there are well-stocked bookshelves as well). The final cherry on the cake was the swimming pool where we were able to cool down after our walks. The garden is a delight as well - beautifully maintained and carefully planted and full of bird life! Walking through the tea estates was one of the highlights of our stay here and Sam gave us great printed directions which made getting lost impossible, We liked to get up really early and go for a walk ranging from 1 1/2 to 3 hours before it got too hot - then we would come back to a gorgeous breakfast on the veranda. We spotted some very unusual birds on these walks - but had to keep an eye out for leeches in the long grass! No mosquitoes though at this altitude. Sam and his staff were courteous, charming and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The cook in particular was first class and we enjoyed all of our delicious meals eaten on the veranda. All in all, Rangala House was everything we had hoped it would be and I just hope some day I can go back and sample its delights all over again!

HW (Ireland) stayed at Rangala House with a group of friends from 04/02/2015 to 06/02/2015
10/10

We spent 2 nights here. Unbelievable views form the verandah. Anthony, the owner was always interested in us and gave great advice on where to walk and what to see. Did 2 great walks into the tea plantations which were almost our SL highlight. My only gripe is that this was the only place in SL where we didn't get a Queen bed but 2 singles pushed together. Even in other Asian hotels we quite often get the two beds pushed together but at least they give us Queen sheets over the top. At Rangala the beds were even made up as singles. For the money we are paying I think they could perhaps have King sheets to go over the top. A small hassle but other places manage to get it right. Sebastian and Charlie were fantastic in the kitchen.

Rossa (Australia) enjoyed a romantic stay at Rangala House from 08/01/2015 to 10/01/2015

Services & features

  • Facilities:

    • Additional bed (extra cost)
    • Back-up generator
    • Pets allowed
    • Swimming pool
    • Terrace
    • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Transport:

    • Airport transfer (extra cost) (contact us)
    • Driver (extra cost)
  • Entertainment:

    • CD music player
    • DVD player
    • Satellite television
    • Stereo
    • Table tennis table
    • TV
  • Meals:

    • Chef (extra cost) (contact us)
    • Daily breakfast (extra cost) (14 USD/person)
    • Dinner (extra cost) (20 USD/person)
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Lunch (extra cost) (14 USD/person)
  • Services:

    • Housekeeping
  • More information:

    • Pers. max.: 11
    • Staff:
  • Terms and conditions:

Rates

Minimum stay 3 bedrooms 4 bedrooms
from 13/09/2017 to 20/12/2017 Low season 2 nights GBP £ 314 GBP £ 434
from 20/12/2017 to 02/01/2018 Peak season 3 nights GBP £ 345 GBP £ 477
from 02/01/2018 to 01/05/2018 Low season 2 nights GBP £ 314 GBP £ 434
from 01/05/2018 to 20/12/2018 Low season 2 nights GBP £ 314 GBP £ 434