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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2014 via mobile

Nice place to stay.....................nice friendly staff........................the food was great. I would stay there again. ........... I loved the decor ........................................not a bad location however the road upto it is very very dark so it can be intimidating if your alone.

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2 Thank Paul W
Blythspirit77, Public Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write your kind review Paul. So very glad that you were able to understand HF and were able to enjoy 'her'. Take care, and hope to see you back again. All the very best for Christmas and the coming year, from all at Helga's Folly. More 

Sydney
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2014

I think it is a safe bet to say that there is nothing in the world quite like Helga's Folly. Once you leave the main road and snake up the drive, you are transported into a fantastical world of the imagination, full of fun, whimsy and allusion. We called into Helga's for lunch, but stayed for hours and only left... More 

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4 Thank PaulineRSydney
Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Pauline. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your very lovely review, which is much appreciated by us all at HF. We are delighted that you were able to understand and enjoy our home in the hills. Although sadly we were not to meet, I was very glad that I was able to have a few... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2014

If in Kandy go visit Helga Folly, a wild, intriguing and an interesting place. Every corner you turn you will come across more and more fascinating art work here and there...if you have opportunity ask if Madame Helga is around, she is so great, so mad, so exciting...mesmarising..

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4 Thank Rainu J
Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you Rainu, for taking the time and the trouble to write your kind and 'flattering' review, which is greatly appreciated by all at HF. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy our home in the hills. Take care and hope to see you here again. All the very best for Christmas and the New Year,... More 

Bray, Ireland
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26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2014

Perched on the side of a hill looking down onto Kandy with the jungle encroaching into the garden sits this wonderful Folly created by Madame Helga. Have been trying to get there for a number years and finally made it. I wasn't disappointed. There are all kinds of paintings done on every available surface including the bedroom ceilings,curtains made out... More 

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Blythspirit77, Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Carly Mc Thank you so very much for taking the time to write your gracious review, which is much appreciated by all. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy HF. Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year, and look forward to having you back. From all at HF. More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2014

Others have tried to capture the spirit of this place with theatrical comparisons ... I'll go with Addams Family meets Sunset Boulevard (and a touch of the Time Warp from Rocky Horror). A very positive description I hasten to add. We were looking for a restaurant on our first night in Kandy and were underwhelmed by the options until we... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, and the quote from one of my favorite movies, another bonus! Glad that you were able to understand her. All much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been with us for many, many, many decades! Sorry that we could not meet, perhaps... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

Utterly charming and totally bonkers. Husband and I went in off-season for late supper (9.00pm) nobody else there but sweet old maître-d' opened the kitchen for us. Served a great (strong!) cocktail as we gawped at the surroundings (press cuttings to photos to pictures to bric-a-brac thrown together into most exotic mish-mash.) Food was good, set menu idea with a... More 

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6 Thank Emma M
Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review here. Much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many, decades.. So glad that you were able to understand the house. All the very best from us all. Take care. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

The most extraordinary place. i absolutely loved everything about my stay at Helgas magical folly and will definitely go back again and again! It was both peaceful and exciting! and i felt very much like a princess in another dimension floating about this incredibly eccentric home. The folly has a truly lovely energy about it, and Helga and her husband... More 

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4 Thank Daisy R
Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review which is very much appreciated by all the Folly family. Some of whom have been here for many decades. So very glad. Thank you and all the very best. Take care. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2014 via mobile

Don't think of this as a hotel, think of it as an invitation into Helga's life. It feels like you have stepped back into old Hollywood glamor/ Alice in wonderland/the Addams family. We had an amazing night at Helga's folly- so much to look at, and an amazing story to learn. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So glad that you were able to understand 'her'! Thank you again, and all the very best. Take care. More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

Helga's Folly is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is not a hotel, not even a boutique hotel, but a home - Helga's home, which we are all invited to. This important feature of the Folly is made very clear when you arrive as one is greeted by endless newspaper clippings and photographs of all the members of her family. Every part... More 

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5 Thank V282014
Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many decades..HF is home. All the very best. Take care. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

Visited Helga's for lunch whilst staying in Kandy. It is an absolutely beautiful home with much character, set lunch menu was fantastic value and we experienced exceptional service. Would have loved to stay overnight however had already booked alternative accommodation. Will absolutely be booking on my next visit to Sri Lanka! A must see...

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write about us.All very much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many decades. Home. Thank you again and all the very best. Take care. H. More 

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more   less 

Additional Information about Helga's Folly

Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range: €88 - €141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Helga's Folly 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
Helgas Folly Kandy
Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
#14 Family Hotel in Kandy
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“Monkeys try to get inside, (especially when the bread rolls are baking), so keep the door to the balcony closed!”
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“Ask for rooms that overlook the Kandy valley.”
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“The bathrooms have slots to the floor.”
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“If there are some empty ones - have a look around, they are glorious!”
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“Each room is different. The bath in room 2 needs replacing but it is compensated for by the the beautiful view from the balcony.”
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