Helga De Silva Blow Perera is the owner of Hellga’s Folly a 10 minute stroll from the ancient kingdom of Kandy in Sri Lanka. Designed by Helga’s mother the artist, Esme De Silva in the 1930’s the hotel overlooks the jungle and the Kandy lake. In their own words about the hotel,” people are taken aback when they first step inside Helga’s Folly”.
The 40 rooms are linked by random staircases and narrow corridors. Hardly an inch of the structure has been left untouched by Helga. Each room is an explosion of flamboyant colours, rich fabrics and gaudy furnishings. Signs of the zodiac beam down from the ceilings. Stag Heads, peacocks and antique weaponry clamber up Brahminesque blue washed walls. In the visitors book it is written that Stereophonics single Madame Helga was inspired by Hellga’s Folly it reached number 4 in the UK charts.
We did not meet Helga when we booked to dine at Helga’s Folly, we did hear laboured footsteps overhead during the meal, and decided that Helga was in the house but not receiving guests. For your own health’s sake do not eat at Helga’s even a Gin and Tonic was a tall order, ice out of the question. But definitely visit the place it is hilarious. They still have a website, but honestly I’m not sure if the place still operates as a Hotel ….. my god if these walls could talk.
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