The Kandy House


Kandy, Central


The ancestral home of one of Kandy’s most influential aristocratic families, Ratwatte Walauwa was built by Chief Minister Ratwatte Adigar in 1804. It is located on the eastern hills of the town on a spice estate.

This beautifully restored manor house still retains the atmosphere of a private country mansion of the British Raj while providing seclusion and serenity in a lovely countryside setting amidst a spice estate of rolling hills on the edge of Kandy. The luxury boutique hotel has nine suites set around a magnificent central courtyard.

The Kandy House in Pictures


The bedrooms are the finest in Kandy, with four-poster beds, soft white linen, concrete-washed bathrooms and antique bathtubs. Nine luxury suites are filled with Dutch antique furniture, each with a colonial character brought to life with contemporary silks and cottons. Four poster beds are provided within each room and floor to ceiling shutter windows overlook the gardens. The modern en suite bathrooms feature showers and a Victorian bathtub.

The two main villas are linked by a charming central courtyard. Meals can be eaten in a communal dining area, but are often served privately on your own verandah. There is a large garden with coconut groves. Relatively safe swimming is possible in the sea about 400m to the south

Deluxe Rooms – Monkey Puzzle Sunbeam and Lime Butterfly Spacious rooms on the ground floor.

Super Deluxe Rooms – Indian Red Admiral Cornelian and The Pioneer Three main Gallery Rooms with en suite bathrooms that circle the atrium courtyard…

Ultra-Deluxe Rooms – Black Rajah Garden Suite, Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke Rooms To the front and sides of the house are 3 Verandah Suites that are very spacious and boast their own verandah overlooking the front pepper estate


The main house is on two stories with a central atrium courtyard, typical of many colonial homes to circulate the air. There is a sweeping Jack wood staircase and the central sitting room opens on to the verandah where the sun streams in during the early evenings.

There is a stunning swimming pool landscaped into the surrounding paddy fields. The estate is a wonderful place to relax and unwind with beautiful landscaped gardens around the master house containing roses, avocados, Jack wood, papaya and Sri Lankan oranges. The nearby spice gardens can also be explored and admired. Yoga and massage are available on request. Guests can dine in style in the wonderful original dining room or less formally on the verandah overlooking the Kandyan hills.