Located in the hill
country retreat of Diyatalawa, this quaint heritage home is surrounded by
vineyards, vegetables plantations and gardens. Cranford Villa is an idyll for a
peaceful holiday up in the hills, while you contemplate the blue capped
mountains and winding mists. The journey from Colombo will take approximately
three and half to four hours.
Cranford Villa is
located in what used to be a favoured retreat for the British during colonial
times. Thus, it still retains its old world charm and offers a rustic
alternative to city style holiday options. The villa itself is a carefully
restored bungalow which draws inspiration from Sri Lanka’s rich past. There is
a light and airy verandah, an authentic fireplace and teak four poster beds,
all of which add to the overall effect.
There are five newly
refurbished bedrooms on offer. Each of these has en suite bathrooms and the two
deluxe rooms have their own TVs with local and international channels. The beds
are four poster and made out of dark teak wood, adding richness to the room.
There is a chef among
the staff at Cranford who will prepare a mixture of both eastern and western
cuisine and is able to accommodate most dietary requests. There is no fixed
time for dining, and the choice of when, where and what to eat is left entirely
to you. You can indulge in a BBQ, outdoor tea, picnics and even a romantic
dinner for two. Room service is also available. Cranford Villa produces most of
its own fruits and vegetables so you can be assured of only the freshest of
produce.The extensive garden is ideal for evening walks and there is also a hot
water Jacuzzi, which can be a refreshing treat in the sometimes cool climate.
Cranford has outdoor sports such as basketball and badminton and indoor games
such as carom, darts, playing cards as well as an extensive DVD library.
The villa is located only 20 minutes away from the Ella gap,
3km from a traditional tea estate, where you can take a tour of how the finest
Sri Lankan tea is produced. Three main waterfalls are also in close proximity-
Diyaluma, Dunhinda and Rawana Ella. 30 km away is the Bogoda Wooden Bridge
which is believed to be the oldest wooden bridge in the world. For a full list
of activities visit our Hill Country Destination Profile.