Pooja Kanda

9.3/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)

Asia villas / Sri Lanka / Koggala Lake and surroundings / Koggala

5 5 10

from

USD 490

per night

Latest reviews

Average rating of 9.3/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)
10/10
tripadvisor
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A FlipKey verified reviewer

Stayed: December 2013

Wonderful Sri Lanka

we spent a wonderful holiday thanks to a great staff and an exceptional manager (Loku), which has been able to make our stay magical.Very quite and wild location , just a few minute from an amazing beach.
Stayed: December 2013
10/10
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Luma M
Luma M

Stayed: September 2016

A perfect first trip to Sri Lanka, We never wanted to leave this villa!

I arranged a surprise trip for my husband's 30th birthday for a group of 10, and this villa exceeded our expectations. Booking and arranging everything through Elite Havens was easy and the team was very helpful. The villa staff was eager to help with everything from arranging transfers, dinner bookings, even a special dance and dinner party for the first night we got there. The staff is really want made our stay 10/10. They were beyond friendly, sweet, and accommodating. They made sure we had everything we needed at all times. Thank you Loku and Sunil! We will def. be back again! xx
Stayed: September 2016
10/10
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Sara O
Sara O

Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends

Amazing Experience

We were welcomed by the team of friendly staff who explained everything about the villa on arrival. The villa has a colonial style and look with an open verandah around the villa allowing the breeze to flow through the villa all day. The furnishings are a mix of antiques and one off pieces that add to the charm. The chef was amazing and the menu had a mix of Sri Lankan favourites and western dishes. The staff purchased meals based on our requirements. Dinner was served in the main dining room which actually opens up over the living room. We actually didn't eat out at all and stayed in for all meals. Why wouldn't you? I mean if you have a personal chef looking after you then there is no point eating out at all! The bedrooms are comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and aircon. I think this villa is a great option for those who want to experience Sri Lanka in style.
Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends
10/10
tripadvisor
ActionAl
ActionAl

Stayed: October 2016

Colonial Villa Dream Come True

Pooja Kanda is precisely the villa experience I was hoping to have in Sri Lanka. The villa oozes a modern Sri Lankan colonial style. It fuses beautiful period details and traditional artwork with modern furniture and every comfort you need to relax in style. The building itself has nooks and crannies, private terraces as well as an office and media room. This meant we could all find our own space to send emails, read or simply unwind in solitude. I loved this. The other highlight is Pooja Kanda's position atop a small hill. We had a lovely breeze flowing through the villa every day so we didn't have to retreat to air conditioning. This was exactly the colonial villa experience we were hoping for! Thank you Rob and Loku for your warm hospitality and travel advice. You've helped us get even more out of our Sri Lankan adventure :)
Stayed: October 2016
10/10
tripadvisor
Tim W
Tim W

Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends

Nothing but the best at Pooja Kanda – The Great Gatsby would be proud!

Standing on top of the hill towering over its neighbours, Pooja Kanda truly is an impressive sight as you come up to the entrance! We were greeted by the Villa Manager Rob, an engaging chap with a long history in the region, who was more than happy to take us through all of the facilities of this glorious mansion in a whirlwind tour showcasing the amazing style and decadence that he has somehow managed to keep looking beautiful and fresh throughout the property. The bold white pillars, the open-space living, lounge and dining area design, the carefully-chosen artworks and furnishings, as well as the endless side rooms with different spaces to be discovered everywhere for you to spend time in and relax are all truly remarkable and give the residence almost its own personality. We ate like kings throughout our stay (best chicken curry you can find in Sri Lanka!), and were always served with a smile by the attentive staff. Sri Lanka is fast becoming known for hidden gems like this, and I daresay Pooja Kanda is one of the prime examples of villas done well in the entire country. I only wish we had more time there! Will definitely come back again.
Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends

Facilities

Available for longterm
Available for weddings
Suitable for children
Suitable for elderly
Suitable for wheelchairs
Smoking allowed
Pets allowed
Security
Maid
Chef
Swimming pool
Internet/Wifi

Bedroom facilities

  • Personal safe
  • TV
  • Sound system
  • Baby cot
  • Air Condition
  • iPod dock
  • King Size bed
  • Queen Size bed
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV

Bathroom facilities

  • Bath tub
  • En-suite bathroom

Business facilities

  • Telephone
  • Local mobile phone or card available

Dining facilities

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Blender

Living facilities

  • Sofabed
  • Lounge seating
  • Ceiling Fans

Outdoor facilities

  • Garden
  • Parking available
  • Terrace / balcony
  • Sun beds / chairs
  • BBQ / Bar area

Location

Located just inland from Koggala. The beaches of the southern region are only a short drive away. Other attractions in the Koggala area include the lagoon, the Martin Wickeramasinghe Museum, a turtle hatchery, spice gardens and a tea factory. Galle and its historic Fort are only a 20 minute drive away. Distance from Colombo; four hours by car, one hour by air.

Rates

Include all taxes - No booking fees

Season Dates Bedrooms Daily Rental Minimum Stay
Standard Rate 1 Sep 2018
30 Nov 2018
5 bedroom USD 490 2 nights
Standard Rate 1 Dec 2018
20 Dec 2018
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 21 Dec 2018
12 Jan 2019
5 bedroom USD 750 5 nights
Standard Rate 13 Jan 2019
31 Jan 2019
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 1 Feb 2019
10 Feb 2019
5 bedroom USD 750 5 nights
Standard Rate 11 Feb 2019
11 Apr 2019
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 12 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019
5 bedroom USD 750 5 nights
Standard Rate 22 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 1 May 2019
30 Jun 2019
5 bedroom USD 490 2 nights
Standard Rate 1 Jul 2019
31 Aug 2019
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 1 Sep 2019
30 Nov 2019
5 bedroom USD 490 2 nights
Standard Rate 1 Dec 2019
19 Dec 2019
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 20 Dec 2019
11 Jan 2020
5 bedroom USD 750 5 nights
Standard Rate 12 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 20 Jan 2020
31 Jan 2020
5 bedroom USD 750 5 nights
Standard Rate 1 Feb 2020
2 Apr 2020
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 3 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
5 bedroom USD 750 5 nights
Standard Rate 13 Apr 2020
30 Apr 2020
5 bedroom USD 595 3 nights
Standard Rate 1 May 2020
30 Jun 2020
5 bedroom USD 490 2 nights

Rates Include

* Daily Rates are inclusive of all taxes and service charge.
* Discounted rates for stays of 14+ nights
* Daily breakfast
* Complimentary Wifi

Rates Exclude

* Provisioning costs
* Tour & activity reservations & coordination
* Spa treatments
* Laundry

Cancellation Policy

If the Guest wishes to cancel a confirmed booking, written notice of cancellation must be sent to the manager. All cancellation notices received by the manager will be acknowledged in writing. It is strongly recommended that the Guest and all members of the Guest's party purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Cancellation of a booking includes but is not limited to:
* Cancellation of one or more days of a booking.
* An amendment of a booking so that none of the dates of the booking once amended fall within the same dates that originally constituted the booking.
* Failure of all Guests to provide the required documentation on arrival (eg. Passports or suitable identification).
* Attempt by the Guest, their party or visitors to hold an event at the Property in breach of these Terms and Conditions or breach of any rules applicable to the Guests chosen Property.

In the event that the Guest cancels a confirmed booking, the following cancellation fees will generally apply:
* 20% of the total rental amount will be forfeited if the cancellation is made more than 60 days before the start of the rental period.
* 50% of the total rental amount will be forfeited if the cancellation is made between 30 and 60 days before the start of the rental period.
* 100% of the total rental amount will be forfeited if the cancellation is made between 1 and 29 days before the start of the rental period.

The applicable amount will be deducted from the deposit and moneys paid, and the manager will refund any remaining balance to the Guest.

Please note that these cancellation terms apply for regular booking periods. Special cancellation terms may apply for peak/high seasons and will be stated in the Property description, booking confirmation or reservation voucher. If the information in any of these is inconsistent, the most recently issued terms will prevail.

Payment Terms

Payment:
When the Guest makes a booking request, the Guest must make the appropriate deposit payment to EH within 5 working days of availability confirmation. If the required deposit payment is not received within the 5 working day period, EH reserves the right to void the Guest’s booking request. The following deposit payment applicable to most villas (see individual villa terms for full details) must be received by EH:
For villas in Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka:
For rentals beginning more than 75 days after the date of the booking request – a deposit of 20% of the total rental amount is payable For rentals beginning 75 days or less after the date of the booking request – the total rental amount is payable as a deposit
Where a 20% deposit applies to the booking, the Guest must pay the remaining 80% balance not less than 75 days before the scheduled arrival date.
For all other countries:
For rentals beginning more than 60 days after the date of the booking request – a deposit of 50% of the total rental amount is payable For rentals beginning 60 days or less after the date of the booking request – the total rental amount is payable as a deposit
Where a 50% deposit applies to the booking, the Guest must pay the remaining 50% balance not less than 60 days before the scheduled arrival date.

Description

Majestic home with pool encircled with tropical gardens

Previously the home of celebrated American socialite, writer and interior designer Charles Hulse, Pooja Kanda sits majestically atop a small rise encircled by greenery, tropical flowers and hardwood trees. Located just inland from Koggala, Hulse personally designed the four bedroom house and gardens himself and lived here enjoying its peace and tranquillity for many years before moving to Galle.

The house is accessed by a private driveway that eventually creeps up to the summit of the hill, hiding it from anyone's view. A wide pillared verandah leads from the garden through tall arched doors to a series of sitting and dining rooms decorated with Dutch period furniture and antiques as well as a cosy TV room. On the first floor there are three en-suite bedrooms that open onto a shared wrap-around balcony which overlooks the garden.

The fourth bedroom is annexed from the main house while a back verandah leads to a small green swimming pool built into the side of the hill. Overlooked by verdant jungle where birds and monkeys can often be spotted between the trees, it is a particularly peaceful place to sit during the day. There are many other intimate spots for contemplation; a bridge from the first floor of the house leads to a hidden rock terrace from where you can quietly ponder the view as you overlook the pool and tropical garden.

The house is fully staffed with a steward and an experienced chef, while a nanny can also be arranged for babysitting on request. While the house offers many quiet places to sit, read and relax, the beaches of the southern region are only a short drive away. Other attractions in the Koggala area include the lagoon, the Martin Wickeramasinghe Museum, a turtle hatchery, spice gardens and a tea factory. Galle and its historic Fort are only a 20 minute drive away.

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