The Mudhouse
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The Mudhouse

153 Pahaladiulwewa, Anamaduwa 61500 Sri Lanka
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#1 of 1 ranch in Anamaduwa
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The Mudhouse offers a range of rustic accommodation in private, individually designed huts providing a secluded retreat in the heart of the forest, where our guests can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, awaken to bird song and delight in the hospitality of rural Sri Lanka. Our accommodation comes with full board meal package, drinking water, tea and coffee. Meals are prepared fresh on site utilising produce from our organic farm. There is no menu but all tastes can be catered for. All local excursions with experienced guide are included for your enjoyment and we also provide bicycles for your own personal exploration of the region. Though you may wish to simply relax in one of our many hammocks or take a stroll through the extensive grounds spotting wildlife as you go. Environmental sustainability is our core focus and we make every endeavour to protect our natural surroundings, use only what we need and minimise waste. We are suitable for couples, groups and families
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Restaurant
Bicycles available
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Airport transportation
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Lake View

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153 Pahaladiulwewa, Anamaduwa 61500 Sri Lanka
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Sigiriya Air Force Base Airport
78.6 km
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport
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Leo C wrote a review Jan 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myself and my wife decided to give this place a try and were so glad we did. The English/ Sri Lankan duo who own the place have clearly devoted a lot of time and care into creating the ambiance here. The mud houses are extremely well built and felt adventurous while at the same time being super comfortable. We stayed in a hut that overlooked a large expanse of jungle. All the huts felt surrounded by wildlife and spending time on the balcony relaxing to the hum of it in the background while peacock watching was an absolute highlight, (the whole area would be a bird spotters paradise btw). The whole experience was a much needed way of winding down after what had been quite a transient trip up until that point.
In every aspect really it felt the management had gone to the trouble to make this place a wonderful and relaxing experience- the food was among the best we had in Sri Lanka, there was a beautiful octagonal pagoda space which we used to practice yoga each morning, and Tom, (a very charming English bon viveur, and one of the owners), arranged for us to go on day trips. One day we went on a bike rides with a pic-nic and on another day a mini-hike up a colossal monolith looking out onto breathtaking views. All in all a highlight of our 4 week trip, we really hope to come back here.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from TheMudHouse, Public Relations Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Hi Leoc121 Thank you to you and your lovely wife for coming to stay with us at the Mudhouse. We are pleased to read you enjoyed the acitvities and our food preparations and the relaxed vibe which we have striven to create. We certainly hope to see you both again and thanks for noting that we were a highlight of your visit to Sri Lanka best wishes from us all
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ninakent wrote a review Apr 2024
Tighnabruaich, United Kingdom118 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all, it is important to say that it was HOT. 38deg C. I have a redhead skin, so this is absolutely not for me. Kumar, the cheery co-owner who rushed up on his bike when we arrived to guide us to our accommodation, apologised for the heat and said it was normally more like 32deg C at this time of year. I’d read the review that said there were no fans on site, and I was braced for sticky nights, but actually there were nice members of staff lugging electric fans wherever we went, so that took the edge off.

We were in the original Mudhouse, whose construction Kumar explained to us. It was quite cool inside at night with the thick mud walls and the said fans. I LOVED the outdoor shower area, whee we showered in cold water accompanied by various jungle creatures. There are hammocks and bean bags everywhere, as well as binoculars and bug spray, all useful. Talking of bugs, once dusk came there were critters EVERYWHERE! Frogs on the handles of the rooms and all over the loo, spiders on the walls, imperial pigeons stomping around our little courtyard. Fab. Definitely not for the squeamish though.

The heat did mean that we weren’t really able to take full advantage of the activities on offer. There is also some building and refurbishment work going on so things like yoga were off the table for now. But we did the early morning birdwatching walk with Ossi (pardon me for misspelling his name) our young and very talented wildlife guide, during which we spotted all manner of bird life. We also did a nocturnal walk and saw the grey slender loris, as well as mouse deer, nightjars and other fauna. Anil and Ossi were our guides, and Anil had an almost supernatural spotting ability! Martin did an early morning bike ride which he pronounced to be great, and I had a cookery lesson with Gunna. But what I liked best was lying in a hammock somewhere, listening to the sound of the wildlife, watching birds skid across the lake, kingfishers diving, peacocks howling ethereally, sitting in their trees with their impossibly impractical tails.

We had a tour of the area, where Kumar is doing something special, saw the ingredients which went into our curries, some really unexpected and unusual but very delicious - papaya curry, banana blossom and cashew curry were new on me. The farming is organic, and everything is done with an eye to conservation and biodiversity. We planted Mee tree #23 at the end of our stay.

Be aware that the luxury here comes from the way you are treated and not from the accommodation, which is rustic and natural. But the team really couldn’t have been more helpful, friendly or welcoming. We felt nurtured and welcomed. Great stay, heat notwithstanding.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Melb0urneCaz wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My adult sons and I recently stayed at The Mudhouse for a family holiday and we were all very impressed with everything!
The accommodation was very comfortable, very clean and well maintained.
The staff were exceptional in their service and friendliness.
We had delicious food every single meal and loved the fact that much of the food was grown on the premises.
There was always plenty to do with personalized activities offered each day, we particularly loved our bike riding excursions to see the local sights. The guide for all the activities, Douglas, was funny, friendly and very knowledgeable.
I would not hesitate to recommend this place!
It was fantastic!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from TheMudHouse, Public Relations Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Hi MelbourneCaz Thanks to you and your sons for joining us at the Mudhouse, we are pleased you all had a good time and enjoyed the activities with Douglas guiding you along the way... he is a rock star! Hope fully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back here some day but in the meantime we wish you all well and happy travels, from all the Mudhouse team
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Exploration59118 wrote a review Jan 2020
Pilton, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the minute we arrived at the Mudhouse we knew it was special. Everyone was extremely welcoming and that didn’t stop for the five days we were here. Mahesh, Douglas and Duna the amazing chef gently guided us to wonderful experience after wonderful experience. From early morning birdwatching (what abundance!), a guided tour around this wonderful set up with its kitchen garden, amazing houses, ponds and native forest, swimming in the fresh water ponds, to cycling on the brilliant bone shaker bikes to the ancient rock temples near by, cooking lessons and night walks to spot the loris, roosting birds and night time animals. Even a trip to the atm was an adventure which took in roosting fruit bats, painted storks and close inspection of the fish and sweet corn sellers by the side of the road. We had the place virtually to ourselves and felt totally spoilt by the end of our stay. Such attention and care! Our house was huge and extremely clean and comfortable- but the tree frogs did like living in the loo and jumping from the sink making teeth brushing an excitement, giant snails, land monitors and Lucy the dog also added to the night time fun. Our four year old daughter loved it!
If we had our time in Sri Lanka over we would base ourselves entirely at the Mudhouse and take longer trips from there. It is a truly special place and one I am so grateful to have experienced. Thank you to everyone at the Mudhouse for taking such care of us and making our stay so special.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from TheMudHouse, Public Relations Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Hi Exploration! Well it certainly seems we have lived up to your expectations and that your 5 days with us was a wonderful experience for you. So are so pleased to know that you enjoyed your time with us and that the team looked after you so well. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back again, but in the meantime we wish you wonderful trips with your lovely daughter, From all at the Mudhouse
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jandcafer wrote a review Mar 2020
Sudbury, United Kingdom80 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
No mains electricity so no fans or a/c, so boy was it hot! That said accommodation was great, food was authentic and staff willing to go the extra mile. We really enjoyed our stay in this remote but friendly place.
This is a picture of our accommodation, separate sleeping and sitting areas, open shower and loo, and dining area. Finally if you’re in to yoga this is for you.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from TheMudHouse, Public Relations Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 10 Apr 2020
HI jandcafer, Thanks for taking the time to leave us your review and for choosing to stay with us at the Mudhouse. We are pleased you enjoyed yourselves and our team wentthat extra mile for you. Lovely photos too, we hope to see you again from all at the Mudhouse
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ParadisePrincess67 wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was so beautiful it had amazing accommodations birds and lagoons with water Lilly’s. Spectacular landscapes and walking . The staff were friendly so lovely like family . The food was first rate Sri Lankan home cooked wow .
This place is a must
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from TheMudHouse, Front Office Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 10 Apr 2020
Hi Paradise Princess, Thank you for giving us a 5* review and for coming to stay with us at the Mudhouse. We hope to see you again, All the best from the Mudhouse
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grsmith47 wrote a review Jan 2020
UK45 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
9 of us stayed there just before Christmas where we had 3 huts and the whole thing pretty much for ourselves. Really brilliant place to disconnect and totally get what they wanted to create here. Everyone working there was great, food brilliant - couldn’t have been better. You are close to nature (two feral dogs overnighting in the adjacent hut, a conra that swam across the pond and a 3 foot monitor lizard that liked our shower) but we really enjoyed the Mudhouse and the local area. Couldn't recommend more highly.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from TheMudHouse, Public Relations Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Hi grsmith47 Many thanks to you and your group for choosing to stay with us at the Mudhouse, we are so pleased to read you all hada good time and bought into the back to nature concenpt - certainly can be a little more nature than some people expect! We hope to see you all again when you return to Sri Lanka, Best wishes from all the team
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Jill A wrote a review Mar 2020
9 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the second 2nd and 3rd night stops for my Discover & Connect Yoga and Meditation Retreat. The accommodation, staff, atmosphere were 2nd to none. I could not recommend this more highly. If you are seeking a true authentic Sri Lanka experience don't pass this by.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from TheMudHouse, Public Relations Manager at The Mudhouse
Responded 10 Apr 2020
Thank you for ocming to stay at the Mudhouse as part of your yoga and meditation retreat. We are so pleased you were able to enjoy the experience that our unique eco-lodge has to offer. Please do visit us once again, Best wishes from all at the Mudhouse
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ConnecticutTravelfan wrote a review Nov 2012
Connecticut8 contributions8 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Two of us were the only guests during our stay November 2012, It was one of the worst experience in my long travel history to places off the beaten track. I wanted to leave Sri Lanka right there for the comfort of my home. We arrived in a tropical rain shower which continued relentless for our two day stay and everything was just MUD. Taken a cold shower in relentless rain on a concrete slab, brushing teeth in a dark WC, no hooks for garments, walking on dirt floors inside the mudhut and through deep mud to the 2nd bed outside in poorly lit courtyard, was a challenge for both of us. On top of this we both got sick from bad food running for the dark WC in tandem. Since there was not enough light to read a book, we went to the "beds" early evening wondering what we have gotten into.
I also found the cushions on chairs so dirty, that I removed them in order to sit down. The only highlight was the staff who tried to do everything to make us feel better.
Granted: we are of the well traveled older generation and used to comfort but this eco/nature place needs a lot of help!
It maybe ok for backpackers or families with curious adventourus children but not for ladies used to comfort and clean accommodations.
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Date of stay: November 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from TheMudHouse, Owner at The Mudhouse
Responded 8 Dec 2012
Dear ConnecticutTravel, We are so sorry you had such a bad time here. We genuinely created this place for good times and are deeply saddened on the rare occasions guests do not enjoy it. Whilst the rain was very unfortunate and unusually heavy, The Mudhouse was clearly not the place for you. We actually have many 'older ladies' who really enjoy the sense of being close to nature and away from the modern world for a few days, but in your case it was clearly a bit too close. We’d ask any future guests to read our website and look and photos before confirming as it details very clearly what we provide and what kind of facilities we have – what is a wonderful experience for some is not for others. This is especially true during the rainy season (October – December), although many nature enthusiasts come specifically in this period. We only want people to come who will enjoy it here and have no interest in taking bookings from guests that are not going to be happy. We understand that The Mudhouse is clearly not suitable for everyone and have never claimed it to be so. We hope to launch a new website in the coming months which will go into even more detail than the existing site about the accommodation and general guest experience here. I have spoken at length to the consultant at the travel company that booked your trip to request them to be as clear as possible with clients in realistically managing expectations. The vast majority of guests love the outdoor showers and find them one of the most enchanting features but, for you, they were clearly an ordeal and that should have been spotted before confirming your decision to book here. If our information was the cause of this misunderstanding then we apologise for that too. We firmly reject the idea that our food made you ill and we (and our kitchen team) resent that assumption. We cook in the traditional way – long and slow, and we are scrupulous with hygiene. It is possible you got ill from a previous place where you may have eaten poorly cooked western food - it would not be the first time this has happened. From a management point of view we failed to realise how unhappy you were until it was too late (you could have informed us and we would have responded immediately). With hindsight we should have assisted you to move to a more suitable hotel after your first night and we apologise unreservedly for not realising or doing that. On a more positive note, there had been very little rain for almost two years and, as a result of this monsoon, all the lakes in the area are now full again, teeming with birds and suitable for swimming and kayaking. Thank you for being kind about the staff despite your obvious ill-feelings towards the place. We have all discussed this situation together at length, as a team, and made appropriate changes to try and ensure it doesn't happen again and that particular issues are directly addressed. We do hope the rest of your trip went well and that your unfortunate experience here can help others make an informed decision about if the unique concept of The Mudhouse is really suitable for them. Yours sincerely, Tom & Kumar Managers/Owners The Mudhouse
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anjmehta8 wrote a review Feb 2015
598 contributions256 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to the Mud House for a school trip and had the time of my life! It was such and amazing experience getting to know the staff, Kumar and Tom. It is completely eco friendly and I guess because I was part of the school programme we had a different experience but it was still amazing the food is so fresh and the cool dips in the lake right after yoga and the cycling everywhere is so amazing! It is different, you learn about sustainability and you learn to stay away from wi fi and gadgets etc. Because it was a school trip for me, we built one of the huts (don't worry its safe), we named it the 'Eagle Hut' after our school but it was truly an eye opening experience and I had such an amazing time!! The staff are so nice and friendly and swimming in the lake is really fun also the for is soooo good!!! We even got to prepare a meal, now I can cook at home. I didn't even miss my phone or think about Facebook or wifi.
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Every room is different and great in it's own way!!
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Gayan S asked a question Jul 2023
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Hi Can I get the contact please
Answer from TheMudHouse
Anamaduwa
Hi Michelle, The Mudhouse welcomes all ages and we love having families to stay with us. Indeed we have bicycles for children. Please feel free to email us with any further questions you may have and we look forward to welcoming you soon. Best wishes
Stevie C asked a question Aug 2017
27 contributions7 helpful votes
Does the mudhouse provide towels or do we need to bring our own?
Answer from Suranthaka
Colombo, Sri Lanka23 contributions5 helpful votes
They provide you with basic enmities such as towels, tea &a coffee facilities.
Answer from 411DavidO
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom27 contributions9 helpful votes
whole place is calm and peaceful. mosquito coils + nets on beds keep the bugs out. we did not see or hear wild animals at night. the whole Mudhouse experience is to be highly recommended
Maggie G asked a question May 2015
Telford, England, United Kingdom11 contributions18 helpful votes
Is there shelter from the elements if the weather is bad
Answer from anjmehta8
598 contributions256 helpful votes
Of course, the people there are incredibly helpful, if it is raining, they will give you as many umbrellas as you need! I went there for a school trip and it rained multiple times and they gave us umbrellas so you should be okay!
greeve2018 wrote a tip Oct 2019
Guildford, United Kingdom14 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the huts are equally well equipped but this is not hotel accommodation"
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Olivia wrote a tip Sept 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get the original mudhouse, including an excellent treehouse"
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Catherine H wrote a tip Aug 2018
Salisbury43 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for the 'tree house' with the open view across the lake"
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Paula C wrote a tip Aug 2018
Princes Risborough, United Kingdom35 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the Honeymoon and family hut which were brilliant. Direct access to the lake which was only used by us."
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wathsalalk2017 wrote a tip Jun 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are located and arranged excellent manner no need of special tips"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, The Mudhouse offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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