Elephant Stables is a 7-room & suite boutique villa set on a hillock in Kandy’s outskirts. This is a quiet and peaceful destination from which to experience Kandy’s ancient cultural heritage. Elephant Stables was the original ancestral home of Sir Cudah Ratwatte, a Ceylonese nobleman from Kandy. In days gone by, elephants owned by the family used to graze in the gardens. Over the years, the house has remained within the Ratwatte family and following a complete refurbishment was converted into a boutique hotel. Elephant Stables is a 7-bedroom & suite boutique villa that provides Kandyan hospitality amidst a tranquil setting on the fringes of the Knuckles Mountain Range. Interiors are decorated with a blend of contemporary design, antiques and Kandyan artefacts that give a flavour of this region. After a long day of sight-seeing, relax by the poolside and enjoy the mountain views. Elephant Stables is booked by the room and welcome families with children.
The hotel features a collection of 7 rooms and suites that uniquely combine colonial flavor and ambience with chic designer elements. Their bedrooms feature some of the best interior design in Sri Lanka. The main house has the original Colonial Wing and a New Wing. Suites and rooms are well-furnished with a colonial period four-poster bed, a wardrobe and lounge chairs. In-room facilities include a 42-inch TV with satellite channels, Blue Ray DVD player and film library, an iPad and iPhone docking station, tea/coffee facilities and an electronic safe. Wi-Fi is also available. En-suite bathrooms with h/w showers also contain a bathrobe and slippers.
Meals are usually served in the large open sided Dining Pavilion. The Pavilion has a seating area providing a shady corner retreat to read or just admire the view down the valley. Ellerton has two excellent chefs. Dinner is a menu of three courses with a choice of a curry or non-curry main course.
The large infinity pool in the garden offers sweeping views across the hillsides around Kandy. There is an attractive small library lined with prints of British seaside resorts from the 1930s. Guests may choose from several restored vintage cars to undertake city tours. A yoga teacher is available upon request. Mobile phones with local sim cards are provided to all guests so they are able to contact the hotel and be picked up free of charge at any time when out and about in Kandy. Guests may also purchase locally-made souvenirs displayed unobtrusively around the common areas of the hotel. Staff will help organize day trips to nearby site, and are generally relaxed but helpful.