Kadolana Villa grew on us over our six night stay at the end of December, 2015. It is definitely a budget level accommodation with a beautiful, small eco lodge just up the hill. You get all of the perks of the eco lodge, which is great because the villa is indeed very, very old.
There are two main bedrooms with two small double beds in each room. These two rooms are large, but only one has an attached bathroom. The attached bathroom is decent, with a new sink and toilet and a nicely tiled shower area. The second bathroom is not as nice and would be shared by all other guests. We were two families of four, with children ranging in age from 7 to 13. Each family had one of the two large bedrooms to themselves. If a third family were to join in, the remaining sleeping options are not as nice, and sharing the second bathroom might be an issue.
There is a common inside room but it is dark and dreary. The courtyard looks lovely in the photos, but it is not really designed for groups to sit in. We spent most of our early morning and evening time outside on the front veranda. Mosquitos were an ISSUE when sitting outside. We had to spray and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. There are no fans in the outside covered area.
Due to the humidity of the region, and the low air flow through the house, the rooms are damp feeling and damp smelling. Though the mattresses on the beds are new, the humidity makes the bedding feel and smell damp. The fans in the bedrooms were barely adequate for battling the heat and humidity while sleeping, but this may be due to our sensitivity to heat and humidity.
We were not pleased with the state of the kitchen. It was declared as fully functioning in email exchanges, but it was very, very dirty and not set up for self-catering meals for large groups. We hired a cook from the eco lodge restaurant to make our breakfast, and by the last day he did the cooking at the lodge and brought the food over to us, so I don't think he enjoyed cooking in the villa kitchen either. You can eat at the eco lodge restaurant but it is pricey by Sri Lanka standards. We ate twice at one of the restaurants in town (Bord'eau) and it was lovely. We also got a take away breakfast our first morning from a very "local" restaurant. Communicating was a challenge, but the resulting egg rotis, springrolls, and devilled chicken was excellent and exceptionally cheap.
We made the most of the location by getting out every day, either walking through town, cruising on the river, hiking in the jungle, and swimming in the pool.