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Spacious, antique and luxurious, Somaland is the place to be to relax and allow yourself be taken care of.

Price is for the whole villa. Ask us about availability on private room basis.

The space

The Somaland Estate was created more than a hundred years ago by an immigrant from the Galle region. He arrived in these hills with nothing more than a bull cart, a Southern knack for trade and a dream. Within a relatively short time he owned the whole valley and built himself a dream estate among the trees.

Antique, authentically Sri Lankan and tastefully decorated, this house feels like every owner it's had has loved it very much. Although it's old, it is very well kept and has bags of character, much of it derived from its owners. With many spacious but intimate rooms, this place is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. Many of the original features are still present, including the detailed woodwork and the traditional Sri Lankan kitchen that is still in use today. Even the garden is full of surprises. You'll see...

Interaction with guests

Your Host Mr Gamage is a descendant of the man who built the house all those years ago. Every nook and cranny holds a story which Mr Gamage will tell (if you ask him). Mr Gamage takes care of the house, garden and can take you to and from the Gampola train station for a charge in the Land Rover. Mrs Gamage keeps the house clean and cooks up some serious curries if you'd like (you will!). And not to mention the avocado smoothie she makes?

The space
Bathrooms: 4
Bedrooms: 4
Bed: 5
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 41 / night after 5 guests
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Santiago User Profile
July 2017
Amazing place! A running tea plantation from the 1900s, located 1hr away from Kandy. Great base to explore the tea region.

Hanaa User Profile
July 2015
It was avery nice experience. The house is a piece of antique 100 years old . Me and my kids enjoyed our time there. The host Gamage was very kind and his wife also kind and an excellent cooker. Only one thing the pool dose not have filtration system, so it's not clean . I really recommend it.

Kim User Profile
February 2015
What a fantastic place and a real step back in time in this wonderful Colonial style bungalow set amongst an old tea plantation. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming and went over and above what we expected in taking care of us. The food was amazing and we loved the egg hoppers. Thank you/Diolch yn Fawr.

Meena User Profile
January 2015
We had a wonderful stay at Gamage's, wish we could have stayed longer. The house and grounds are beautiful and extensive. My husband and father were perfectly content to just stay on the property. My two young children didnt want to leave. They got to play with the dogs, feed the chickens, chase cheeky monkeys, grate fresh coconut and help keep the fire going in the kitchen. Simple luxury. I really hope we get to visit again.

Benjamin User Profile
November 2014
The house was more than we expected. Not too far from Kandy (30min from Botanical garden), it is located is a lovely small village with smiling people all around. We did a great walk up the mountain with amazing views, in between tea plantations. That was just perfect, being escorted by local boys who wanted to show us the way. The house, a 100y old building, has definitely a rustic feel and it was amazing the feel the ambiance. There is a pool than we did not use to the weather, but it looked good. The best part was definitely Mr Gamage and his wife who took just perfect care of us. The food they cook and served us on both diner, in the stunning diner room, was the best we had in the entire holidays. The were just so helpful and lovely people, they made sure we were always ok!

Warren User Profile
November 2014
What a great place. Beautifully preserved house and gardens not far from Kandy. My family stayed for two nights... but would really have loved to stay much longer just relaxing and soaking it all up. We were very well attended to by Mr Gammage and Nilani,.who cooked beautiful food for us for both breakfast and dinner. Both were helpful and available without being intrusive. A terrific couple of nights for us, and for me, one of the highlights of our trip. Warren

Cissy User Profile
October 2015

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Neverbeen offers a wide variety of rare homes off the beaten track, from fisherman's huts and tree houses to heritage homes and tea estates. Our team hand-picks and visits every home and meet all hosts to make ensure guests have a positively memorable stay in places they've never been.

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As such, Neverbeen works for a world in which everyone has the chance to earn income by renting out their home, regardless of language, internet access and tourism experience.

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