Helga’s Folly Kandy, Sri Lanka

“Basil Fawlty meets Kubla Khan in Helga Blow’s decadent chic home. A red 1930s building surrounded by jungle. Dark muralled rooms full of historical paintings, photographs and antiques. Home cooked food and a well stocked bar. A truly eccentric stay that should be on everyone's 'to visit' list. ”

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“Up the hill from the city’s Golden Temple this 40-room hotel divides travellers between those who love it and stay frequently, and those who can’t take the shock. A red 1930s building surrounded by jungle, it manages to boast the only cold swimming pool in Sri Lanka. Monkeys abound and Helga herself makes an entrance at all times of the day and night. All the rather dark muralled rooms are full of historical paintings , photographs and bizarre antiques. Candles drip wax like stalactites. The mood is 1930s gothic, helped along by jazz and swing music. Love it or loathe it, just don’t miss it: truly eccentric; one of the sights of Kandy. ”

Written by  Lincoln Seligman

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Helga's Folly

"Gandhi stayed here and Paula Yates loved it. A handsome mansion built in the 1930s, run by the eccentric Helga De Silva, the property is now a faded but incredible Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Hammer-Horror bohemian ghost ride experience."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

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Facilities

Air conditioning
Free wifi
Parking
Free parking
Bar
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Outdoor dining
Wifi
Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Lovely Outdoor Pool
Garden
Sitting Room
Suites

Activities

Wildlife Area
Spend a day at the nearby elephant orphanage, a must for any animal lovers.
Great walks
Wake up early and take a leisurely stroll aound Kandy Lake.
Sights nearby
Visit Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Museums
Visit the National Museum in Kandy in a building that once housed concubines and now memrobilia from the pre-colonial days.

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16 rooms from $171 per night

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Quirky and fascinating- every inch is covered in paintings, frescoes, sculptures etc reflecting the hotels artistic life.

Activities

Wildlife Area
Spend a day at the nearby elephant orphanage, a must for any animal lovers.
Great walks
Wake up early and take a leisurely stroll aound Kandy Lake.
Sights nearby
Visit Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Museums
Visit the National Museum in Kandy in a building that once housed concubines and now memrobilia from the pre-colonial days.

Other highlights

Free wifi
Views
Owner managed
Lively
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Full of character
Charming
Restaurant
Historic
Quirky

Hotel size

16 rooms
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