Hiring the whole house

In certain circumstances it may be possible to hire the whole house for a larger group, with or without the separate Garden Room (Kingfisher).


The maximum number of people the house can accommodate is 12 without the Garden Room and 18 including the Garden Room. These numbers include two people using folding beds; if everyone is in a “proper” bed the maximum numbers are 10 and 16 respectively.

Unfortunately due to previous experience we do not accept all male groups.

Minimum period

Jungle Tide is our home so if a party rents the whole house we have to move out and find somewhere else to stay. For that reason we now have a minimum period of 7 days for whole house hires.

At certain times of the year when we are in the UK we will consider longer-term hires of one month or more. At present this is likely to be between July and October. Please contact us for a discussion if this interests you.

Room arrangements

There are four bedrooms in the house and a fifth separate room in the garden. All five are en suite and all the house rooms have their own section of veranda. Three of the house bedrooms are next to one another:

Woodpecker is a family bedroom with views to three sides and sleeps four – one double bed and two singles.

Barbet is a twin room with space for an extra folding bed if needed so sleeps 2-3 people.

Coot is a double room with space for an extra folding bed if needed so sleeps 2-3 people.

Minivet is the bedroom we use and is at the opposite end of the house. It is a double room only.

Kingfisher is our garden room which is in our lower gardens close to the swimming pool. There are 48 steps down from the house to the lower gardens so this room is not suitable for people with mobility problems. There is a double bed and four bunk beds so sleeps 6 people.


Jungle Tide is a staffed bungalow. Our housekeepers, Martin and Rani, live on site and will keep everything spotless. They will do your laundry, manage the pool and gardens, provide meals (if required) wash up and generally deal with everything – so you can relax! They can even arrange transport for you if required.

Eating arrangements

You can choose to buy and prepare all your own meals or to have Rani and Martin cook Sri Lankan food for you but please tell us in advance which option you choose. If you want our staff to prepare your meals you simply have to pay them for the ingredients plus their three-wheeler hire for going to Kandy to buy them (there are very few local shops). Or you can buy the ingredients yourselves and give them to Martin and Rani to cook. They are both excellent cooks of the local cuisine and delight in cooking things that you particularly want to try out…..

The dining table seats 12 people maximum but an extra table can be brought in if needed.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions will be provided when you book. The essentials are:

  1. A Security Deposit of Rs30,000/- is required This is payable when you pay the balance for your stay, 14 days in advance of arrival. It is repayable no later than14 days after your departure date if your group has complied with the main requirements of the house, which are:
  2. Respect for our staff. Jungle Tide is their home and they need time off and to be treated at all times with respect. If our staff report behaviour which we consider to be exploitative or inappropriate your entire security deposit will be forfeited.
  3. Reasonable care not to damage our property. Of course we expect occasional breakages but if our staff report that damage was caused either deliberately or by negligence on the part of anyone in your group, including children, replacement costs will be deducted from your security deposit.

Making your booking

We are very happy to discuss your requirements on the phone but bookings must be confirmed in writing via e-mail jungletide@gmail.com. Once we have your written confirmation we will hold the house for a period of up to 7 days pending receipt of your booking deposit (20% of the price). If the deposit is not made in that time all rooms will again be made available on our and other websites. The balance including security deposit is due no less than 14 days before your arrival date. If your booking is made less than 28 days before your arrival date we will require the full amount (including the Rs30,000/- security deposit) to be paid to confirm the booking.

Prices per week

Whole house without Garden Room                     Rs270,000/-

Whole house with Garden Room                          Rs340,000/-

These prices include free accommodation for up to two drivers/guides but you will need to pay Martin and Rani  Rs1,000/- per day for each person’s meals.


We have our own dogs; but if you want to bring your own pets and are prepared to manage them so that they will be OK with our dogs; we may be able to agree this, but please discuss arrangements with us first.

We really want you to enjoy your stay in Jungle Tide – so please do feel free to contact us directly with any questions and if we can help, we certainly will!

Best wishes, Sally and Jerry