Dick Oya Bungalow Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.0
Reviewed:
09-Nov-2012

The winding road leading up to Dick Oya Bungalow promises something special at the top, and it doesn’t disappoint. From its glorious hilltop location you can eye 360-degree views and revel in four acres of private gardens. As soon as you arrive at the bungalow, you’re transported back in time. Although the bathrooms are quite basic, the rest of the house lives up to its promise of twenty-first century comforts and is wonderfully cosy. There are two generously sized living rooms, and each of the bedrooms come with sitting areas too meaning that there’s plenty of private space to hide away. The staff at the bungalow carry out their roles efficiently, if a little seriously, but this formality provides yet more character to a stay here. The dining room is elegant and meals are a formal affair – multiple courses for lunch and dinner are priced per person, and although they list a small selection of western and Sri Lankan options, efforts are made, where possible, to accommodate any request. The Sri Lankan dishes were our favourite, and were perhaps more in keeping with the chef’s abilities than the western dishes. Siri, the friendly off-site manager drops by daily to visit guests and assist with anything they need.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:7
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:5
Kitchen:6 Facilities:5 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

Soaking up the historic atmosphere of a bungalow like this is a real joy; we felt we’d been whisked back in time. The interiors are cosy and comfortable yet retain their colonial character, and the gardens are beautifully maintained and vibrantly colourful year-round. We particularly enjoyed wandering along the estate pathways and into the tea hills.

Surprises

The bungalow comes with few entertainment facilities, and there’s no swimming pool. When the heavens opened as they often do here in the Hill Country, we were grateful for a few books and board games to keep us occupied. The bathrooms have certainly seen better days. However, the management had forewarned us about this saying they plan to renovate and bring them to a standard equal to the rest of the bungalow. Since the bungalow is about 1,200m above sea level, the nights are fresh and cool so bring a jumper or two.

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7 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. The winding road leading up to Dick Oya Bungalow promises something special at the top, and it doesn’t disappoint. From its glorious hilltop location you can eye 360-degree views and revel in four acres of private gardens. As soon as you arrive at the bungalow, you’re transported back in time. Although the bathrooms are quite basic, the rest of the house lives up to its promise of twenty-first century comforts and is wonderfully cosy. There are two generously sized living rooms, and each of the bedrooms come with sitting areas too meaning that there’s plenty of private space to hide away. The staff at the bungalow carry out their roles efficiently, if a little seriously, but this formality provides yet more character to a stay here. The dining room is elegant and meals are a formal affair – multiple courses for lunch and dinner are priced per person, and although they list a small selection of western and Sri Lankan options, efforts are made, where possible, to accommodate any request. The Sri Lankan dishes were our favourite, and were perhaps more in keeping with the chef’s abilities than the western dishes. Siri, the friendly off-site manager drops by daily to visit guests and assist with anything they need.

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