Ceylon Tea Trails

AREA Hill Country
LOCATION Hatton
FROM COLOMBO 121 km - 5 hours

Introduction

The Sri Lankan hill country is one that is utterly beguiling. It is difficult to imagine that in a country of sun and beaches, that a few hour’s drive will leave you high among the mountain tops where the air is brisk, the gardens misty and influences of old colonial Ceylon remain almost untouched. The Ceylon Tea Trails collection is a highly acclaimed, super luxurious and much recommended choice when it comes to hill country accommodation. There are four bungalows in the collection, all of which routinely maintain a slice of life during the colonial times. Here it is possible to experience an era now since long past.Each of the bungalows posses a style and come equipped with butler, chef, manager and support staff. Built during 1890 and 1939, the Ceylon Tea trails collection enable visitors to marvel at the wonders of the mountainside as well as indulge in luxury.

Overview

As they Ceylon Tea Trails Collection is located at an elevation of 4000ft above sea level, the climate is a welcome difference from the bleached streets of Colombo. Though the properties themselves are authentically colonial, rest assured that you will not be left wanting when it comes to comfort. The facilities are modern and also bear in mind that planter’s bungalows, as the name suggests were built for planters- those that reigned supreme during colonial times, and thus, their every whim was catered to. It is this feeling that the Tea Trails collection attempts to convey.The surrounding views are difficult to describe- so breathtaking are they when looked upon. Either views of lush tea plantations, still waters of a lake or wonderful manicured English gardens are all on offer. A stay here will result in a visitor becoming well familiar with the process of making tea as well as everyday tea estate life. You can choose to stay in one or trek through all four, experiencing all that they have to offer.

Accommodation

Norwood
This bungalow commands dazzling views of the Bogawantalawa Valley and in nestled amidst tall and glorious bamboo. The interiors are furnished to maintain an air of colonial times with authentic period furniture and the suites and accompanying bathrooms are spacious. There is a master suite, two garden suites and luxury rooms. There is a fine lounge which will take you directly onto the croquet lawn and there is a swimming pool and sun deck too. Wandering around the extensive gardens is an excellent way to spend your days, observe bird life and even outdoor dining is an option. The well stocked library provides books which can be read out in the summer house with an evening cup of the finest brew to be found anywhere.

Castlereagh
Located in a dell and bordering the magnificent Castlereagh reservoir, this bungalow sports beguiling views from all rooms and suites. It exhibits happy sixties charm and is also furnished in period style. Castlereagh also features graceful parquet floors, drawing rooms and authentic working fireplaces which are lit every evening, for those cold up country nights. Accommodation comes in the form of garden suites or luxury rooms and of 
these the garden suites are particularly highly recommended. Other facilities remain much the same as Norwood, with a swimming pool, library, croquet lawn and summerhouses that dot the acres of garden on offer. The adjacent reservoir is a hot spot for bird life and nature lovers will delight in the species that can be observed.

Summerville
Summerville stands opposite from Castlereagh high above the reservoir. Here too, outstanding water views can be experienced as well as those of the verdant tea plantations beyond. This picturesque country cottage style bungalow features charming windows where the views can be observed, wherever in the bungalow you may be. All rooms and suites open out on the comfortable living space, which features a working fireplace. The garden suites have access to enchanting private gardens. There is a spacious master suite on offer as well. Summervilla consists of only four rooms and suites and can be booked per room or in its entirety, though a group of travelers may find it a pleasant un-hotel like alternative. Other facilities include outdoor dining, summerhouse and sun deck.

Tientsin
So named after a Chinese village from whence the first tea seedlings came, Tientsin is the oldest of the four. It was one of the very first planter’s bungalows to be built in Ceylon and at 4600 ft, it is also at the highest elevation when compared with the others. The original owners of Tientsin wanted to preserve their British ways , and thus built it to stand as a haven- reminiscent of home. The rooms and suites have changed little since those days as has the traditional English lawns. Wandering around the gardens, one can catch glimpses of many species of birds, and the rose terraces are ideal for sampling Sri Lankan tea as well as for observing a beautiful sunset. Other facilities include a tennis court, swimming pool, library and outdoor dining.

A typical day at the Tea Trails collection will leave you well satisfied. ‘Bed Tea’ is served by your personal butler- providing the perfect luxurious start to any day. Lunch consists of traditional Sri Lankan rice and curries, often followed by a full belly and a luscious afternoon nap, only to be woken for high tea- an intrinsic part of colonial life. Dinner can be taken at the long planter’s table as has been done for many years. The cuisine is scrumptious and both international and Sri Lankan fare is served.

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Excursions

The Tea Trails collection is ideally placed to explore the hill country. You can take a guided tour through the tea factories and the process of making tea accompanied by tea tasting with one of Dilmah’s experienced tea tasters. You can also do the tea trails trek, trekking from one bungalow to the next and staying a night in each one.The more adventurous will favour kayaking or white water rafting activities, or perhaps you may be interested in climbing Adam’s peak, which is only forty minutes away. The nearby hill country capital of Kandy is also in close proximity as are two of Asia’s finest golf course. For a full list of activities in the hill country visit our destination profile.

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