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1 room, 2 adults

Hill Forest Cottage

2.5-star2.5 stars
Abesiriya, Medapathana, Ella, Badulla District, 90090, Sri Lanka

No-frills Ella guestrooms with balconies
  • Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

Restrictions related to your trip

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  • Wonderful views and room, the only downside is getting to it. Need to walk the last few…Jul. 26, 2018
  • Please do not go to this so called cottage. It’s inaccessible, below average and does not…Apr. 3, 2020

Hill Forest Cottage

from A$52
  • Double Room, Mountain View
  • Triple Room, Mountain View
  • Family House

What’s around Hill Forest Cottage


  • Kinellan Tea Factory - 28 min walk
  • Nine Arches Bridge - 2.9 mi / 4.7 km
  • Ella Rock - 5.3 mi / 8.5 km
  • Little Adam's Peak - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory - 4.6 mi / 7.4 km
  • Ravana Falls - 5.2 mi / 8.3 km
  • Secret Waterfall - 7.9 mi / 12.7 km
  • Amphitikanda Tea Estate - 13.8 mi / 22.2 km

Getting around

  • Ella Railway Station - 24 min walk
  • Haputale Railway Station - 47 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 2 rooms


  • Check-in time noon-noon
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Sri Lanka may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms



  • Free self parking on site

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Barbecue grills
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Garden
  • In-room accessibility
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counters/sink
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Things to enjoy
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Fridge (on request)
  • Daily housekeeping

Hill Forest Cottage’s small print

Also known as

  • Hill Forest Cottage Guesthouse Ella
  • Hill Forest Cottage Guesthouse
  • Hill Forest Cottage Ella
  • Hill Forest Cottage Ella
  • Hill Forest Cottage Guesthouse
  • Hill Forest Cottage Guesthouse Ella


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-out is available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

The property affirms that it adheres to the Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines.

This property accepts cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Hill Forest Cottage

  • Does Hill Forest Cottage offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Hill Forest Cottage does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Hill Forest Cottage?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Hill Forest Cottage?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Are pets allowed at Hill Forest Cottage?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Hill Forest Cottage?
    You can check in from noon - noon. Check-out time is noon. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Hill Forest Cottage?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Adam's Breeze Restaurant (2 mi).

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 26 reviews

Very good 8.0
Great views, a bit of a trek to get there
Beautiful location at the very highest point in Ella. Sweet family that owns the place and is expanding the hotel to have more rooms and a restaurant. With that in mind, they are still building the road up to the hotel. They have a jeep that will take you up (5 min drive or 10 min walk). It is unpaved and pretty steep, so I would caution anyone who is afraid of off-roading or mobility limited. But, if you're up for the adventure, the view is worth it! The rooms could use a bit of updating for the price, but we had a nice shower and a nice sleep there.
Kaley, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
One of the best hotels I’ve stayed in, super friendly service, breakfast was delicious and we were served a variety of food. Great location with a beautiful view of the mountains. Hope to come back and stay here again!
Mona, in2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Off the beaten path
We had a great stay. Dinner and breakfast were amazing, and the views were second to none. The room itself was very clean, but the walls retained the damp which caused it to smell a bit. The taxi also couldn’t get up the mountain because the road was so steep. Overall a really nice place-we would stay here again.
Rachel, us1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Lovely family run place.
Lovely room and even nicer family that run the place. Beautiful views. The home cooked meal and breakfast were the nicest we had in Sri Lanka. The only thing to be aware of is it’s a bit remote (can be a positive or a negative depending on your viewpoint) so u need to get a 5 minute tuk tuk back from Ella centre at a cost of approx 500 rupees. Very good value for money.
Gareth, gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Mostly echoing what the other reviewers have said. The location is very picturesque, the food and the hostess are amazing, the climb up the hill is arduous. Hot water for showering was an added bonus for our stay, as they'd just added solar water heaters. The only thing that prevents Hill Forrest Cottage from getting a perfect score, is the silicon they used to seal the windows in our room wasn't mould proof, and as there's a lot of condensation on the inside, it's gone a bit mouldy and gives the room a musty smell. It's an easy fix though, hopefully, it'll be done by the time you visit :)
as2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Brilliant hotel & hospitality!
We had an AMAZING stay at Hill Forests Cottage. The room was very large & the view was breathtaking - exactly like the photos shown on hotels. Service wise, it was just brilliant. The free breakfast consisted of 5 different options, all served to us on our balcony overlooking Ella. If you have the opportunity to have dinner there, do it! The host was a brilliant cook & she make us a delicious curry with 9 different side dishes. We were completely taken aback by the kindness of the hosts and wish we had stayed longer.
Gemma, ca2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Spectacular Mountain Views
The views of the mountains are spectacular at the hotel. It’s quiet and relaxing, away from the partying of Ella. The owners are sweet and will go out if their way to make you comfortable. The Sri Lankan breakfast and dinner served was some of the best I’ve had. She will serve it at anytime you ask and LOTS of it. So much variety! The rooms were clean and spacious, with huge wrap around balconies and outdoor seating. Amazing place to sit and eat or just stare at the view. Tips: Arrange a tuk tuk with the owners before you arrive. Not all of the drivers at the train station are willing to go up the mountain. It’s nit far distance wise (5 minutes) but it is steep. Easy to walk down the mountain though to hang out in Ella, but hire a tuk tuk 300-400 rupees for the ride back up unless you want a leg workout :). Bring a light sweater for the cool mountain nights. And bring your appetite. The WiFi is spotty but that is typical of Sri Lanka.
Lia, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Absolutely Amazing!! The family who owns this is truly friendly and caring. And they make the best food in Sri Lanka! We had both breakfast and dinner and I can guarantee you don’t get disappointed. It is tasty and a lot! There is about 2 or 3 min walk from the road but no problem at all. It is stairs and a road and signs where to go. We would gladly come back and stay here again! And the room is large and has a wonderful view from the room. Don’t hesitate to go here! They also helped us with renting a motorcycle and arranging taxi for our next destination. A very nice family and place to stay at!
Malin, us4 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Nice location, excellent service, Great food, looking forward again. I give 5 star
sg1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Great views and friendly family
This is not an easy place to find, so persevere! It's basically a family run operation; you get a bed, a shower, breakfast, and a fantastic view! Not much more than that. The family running the house are lovely and very helpful. If you want easy access to Ella (i.e. be in the middle of the place), don't stay here, but if you want something laid back and with a fantastic vista, this is the place for you.
Chris, gb2 night trip

Hill Forest Cottage