We were there for 2 days and we loved the location and friendly staff. The house has a nice colonial feel to it with the tea plantation around it. Birds, squirrels and monkeys are regular visitors in the lovely garden. Our room was clean and comfortable. Shower is modern and new.The little river that runs not far from the property is clean and very pleasant to swim. Food was basic and tasty and they did try to cater for our preferences. The boys that run the place do try their best but sometimes things can be slow, not that it mattered to us..the place is best suited to people who like to relax and explore the national park of Sinharaja near by. There is nothing else around so don't expect restaurants etc. Internet was coming and going but honestly, look where you are and these things are not important. On the last evening they have set a fire and candle lights outside and we had a very romantic dinner al fresco. Thank you all for a very comfortable stay.
As I understood from the Niron Jansen, it took about 13 years to build the lodge. It means the very dream of the host of an ideal home.
The property is very near to one of the entrances of Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Such proximity shall be good for long range hikers and bird watchers who may have to reach to the forest as early as like 6am.
The room we were in is spacious with a mezzanine half floor of two more beds for children. It is absolutely enjoyable to sit at the balcony facing the forest reserve with a cup of tea listening to the sounds of water streams and the birds as well as in the early morning seeing the mists flowing slowly from one side to another. Also what making the lodge different was the very homemade style of food which was delicious of good balance in taste.
Thanks for the hospitality from Sam and Niron. We are looking forward to coming back again.
Well the comments in the visitors book say so and we agree. Carefully and thoughtfully renovated with a slight Colonial air. The rooms are clean and the food is good. This is a quiet and very comfortable place to stay, particularly if you are not a hard core birder and wish to relax for a couple of days. Our wives did just that. The Verandas are very inviting and offer good views. Has to be one of the best places to stay in Sinharaja? We would have given full marks but our room wasn't serviced during our stay (2 nights) no big deal but a bit unusual. Anyway still very happy to recommend it.
Sam and her husband run a beautiful property with lots of character in an absolutely stunning location! We really felt sorry we could not stay another day. Everybody was really friendly and we were looked after very well. The food was excellent.
We felt very welcome. I can't imagine a better place to explore the Sinharaja rainforest from or chill out with the sound of the river in the background.
This place is truly unique - beautifully built, comfortable rooms, great facilities and garden and stunning location in the midst of the rainforest and in close proximity to the entrance of Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Simply awesome to sit at one of the many outdoor seating places, suck up the intense green of the rainforest, listen to the birds, the river and the chirping of the crickets while drinking a cold beer. There is also a small river running through the property where you can have a refreshing bath - how often do you get the chance to have a swim in the rainforest? The owners and all the staff are outstanding and the home-cooked - mainly Sri Lankan - dishes the best we‘ve had on our entire trip. Once you made it there, you don‘t want to leave.