Adventurers with a sense of whimsy, for a small well noted heritage, art hotel, in Kandy Sri Lanka


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  • Description


    Learning art and exploring your inner child art wise!!!
    Learning about the food and culture.
    Helping our local staff.


    Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, mostly local vegetarian, and as 98% of our volunteers have been strict vegetarian we have had no problems!!
    *️️️️️️If you hanker after chicken everyday, lobsters etc, you will be required to buy these and we will be happy to cook it for you, or you can do so in our kitchen.

    We have spots for souls interested in gardening and not afraid to getting their hands dirty. Art is on hold for a while although sculpturing is still on the menu.

    *Our local staff many of whom have been with the family for many, many decades , one over 40 years, are family and treat volunteers with respect, and we would like you to please reciprocate and live up to it..Most of you do.. Politeness goes a long way!!! Just saying!!!Thank you..

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️All our local male staff members are married men with children, please be aware and do not flirt please!!
    * Remember too that you are in the East and wearing suggestive clothes that would be ok in the West, would not be appropriate here. A long skirt and shawl for visiting the temple is a must.
    *Knickers that are longer than your not!

    * Would also like to add that you must be able and happy to do what you say you can do to help.
    Thank you.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Our lovely volunteer daughter Sydney has made a most magnificent cement lion in the garden in memory of my parents ..

    *We have 6 local staff members includes [1 lady manageress, two cooks, barman, room boys], some of whom have been with my family for many, many decades. We expect our volunteers to treat them all with respect, and not arrogantly bang doors in their face when asked if they could lend a hand! Although 98% of our lovely volunteers 'daughters of the house' have nested well and connected well too with our other volunteers and local staff and have been respectful and also extending their stay with us, we have had a couple sadly who have not wanted to connect and have taken kindness as a weakness..One who did graffiti on one of our volunteers murals..
    *Please do not come if angry with the world and not want to see the 'light and happiness of others'!!!
    Not the hours one puts in but what is done during those hours.

    *PLENTY of time to sunbathe by the jungle pool, but we need to help our local staff and other volunteers first!

    All work must be done with love.

    Some hospitality experience an advantage.

    An opportunity to stay in "one of the most extraordinary hotels of the world. with much color and some island and family history, the owners family were involved with gaining Sri Lanka's Independence and her grandmother Womens Rights.

    We are unable to take drama queens who are rude and do not wish to connect with our other volunteers or other inhabitants of the house!!!The spirits get miffed!!

    Please also remember we all have ups and downs. We need happy, polite and positive souls, no sulks allowed!!!

    Minimum stay at least one month. Preference given to those who wish to stay and nest for 3 plus months.

    Very exciting 'goings on' here, our lovely American volunteer daughter of the house who was with us for 4 months completed her exciting mirror work.

    NO DRUGS!!

    No smoking drugs of any sort!!!

    Use of the hotel cinema, and swimming pool, which is surrounded by jungle and guarded by fairies AFTER work!!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Artist with a sense of whimsy who is capable of helping us with an ongoing wall murals and mosaic work. If interested please send examples of your doodles. Thank you.

    Welcome happy souls, with a sense of WHIMSY, and adventure, who would like to help us for 5 hours a day, and two days off a week with
    Exciting FANTASY wall 'doodles'.
    IF NOT AN ARTIST hospitality experience .. Bed making, dancing with broom and duster a must, or inclination to learn!
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are ALL hands on here, and nothing would be asked, that we are not prepared to do ourselves!
    We have a skeleton staff of 'ancients' who have been with us for many, many, many decades, couple over 35 years and although not related by blood, are very much part of the family.

    We are a noted, small, whimsical, Heritage Art Hotel with some island history.
    Board and lodging with attached bath, with hot and cold water, provided in leau of 5 hours helping a day, with two days off a week.
    Use of the beautiful jungle swimming pool, guarded by fairies, and our movie theater.

    We all work as a team here. 'Hands on, and are much blessed with our team of loyal local helpers .
    Our home, which it is to many here is a 10 minutes walk from the ancient kingdom of Kandy, overlooking the golden roofed Temple of the Tooth, lake, magnificent mountain scenery, is flanked by jungle, and is now a small art hotel catering for adventurers looking for somewhere different to stay, and 'nest' .

    Kandy is famed for her Arts and Crafts and is the center of the ancient cities.

    We are not a starred emporium, which our website clearly states.
    " We are a Sri Lankan home with some color and island history open to guests looking for somewhere different to stay and eat"!
    Hence we have very interesting guests!

    Our aim is to keep our guests happy, and leave inspired, and wanting to come back, which many of them do.
    A house which is much loved and understood, or misunderstood and disliked, by those looking for a regular hotel experience!
    The house was designed in the 30's by my mother.

    Hosting many celebrities.

    Walls of the house are covered in murals, newspaper cuttings, family paintings, and photographs and tells the history of our home, the art hotel.

    Time off and What to do?
    Much to see around Kandy, famous Botanical gardens, Golden roofed temple of the Tooth, day trips to the ancient cities. Tea gardens, tea factory, elephant orphanage, and much more.

    Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.
    Some hospitality experience an added advantage.
    Priority given to volunteers male or female who can stay long!

    Safe travels, and exciting cultural adventures!
    Warm regards.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Art, helping a charity, History. Kandy is in the cultural triangle..Much to learn.

  • Help


    Looking for a sculptress and one who can help with some TILING and PLUMBING!
    Hospitality experience an added advantage.
    Doodling/ wall murals!
    Welcoming guests.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Comfortable hotel bedroom with bathroom attached.. Hot and cold! Use of swimming pool and in house cinema.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Kandy was the last kingdom and is part of the cultural triangle.
    The magnificent Botanical gardens,' touted' as the finest in the East, was once the playground of the kings.
    There is much to do, love and see in our beautiful city.
    Beautiful jungle swimming pool.
    In house cinema.
    The tea gardens are not that far away.
    Elephant orphanage.
    Spice gardens.
    Tea factory.
    Boating on the lake.
    We welcome 'those' with an open mind who like to experience our way of life, and help with our wild wall 'doodles'!!
    Look forward to hearing from all you 'Dali' inspired artists!!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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