I stayed two nights in Castlereagh Bungalow which had an eclectic style of its own. It overlooked the beautiful Castlereagh Lake and I had a front room with beautiful views and mist when I awoke. An absolutely amazing experience and the best boutique style hotel I have stayed in. Exceptional decor, knowledgeable and very professional staff, and exquisite food. The ambience impossible to simulate probably anywhere. On arrival you are greeted by your own Butler. Millroy looked after me exceptionally well. I was brought a cup of tea into my room on awakening and from then on the service didnt stop. Beautiful breakfasts on the shaded verandah, followed by mid morning tea, cakes etc , then delicious 3 course lunch , high teas once again on the verandah and exquisite 3 course meal at night, all meals were garnished with two leaves and a bud from the tea plantation which added a special touch. And all and any drink you desire. Amazing service and sheer decadence. Millroy would check with me in the morning and enquire what I would like for my meals and nothing was too much trouble. During my stay there were travellers from UK, Geneva and other parts of Europe, all sophistcated travellers and we all mingled after the evening meal with more drinks and exchanged travel stories etc. The staff kept offering drinks and there was no indication from them that they wanted us to retire to our rooms.
There are walks you can do through the tea plantations taking up to two hours, leading through deep valleys and high mountains draped in hues of moss and jade. You can also hire bikes and ride to the other properties owned by Ceylon Tea Trails. Another option is visiting Summerville Bungalow by boat accross the lake.
Included in the stay is a visit to Norwood Tea Factory by our guide Andrew Taylor. A charming, witty and exceptional knowledgeable gentleman. His ancestral linkeage dates back to Sir James Taylor the founder of Ceylon Tea. It is a tour not to be missed.
All in all an unforgetable stay and one I will treasure. I have recommended this beautiful property to my friends in Australia and my wish would be to return for a much longer stay, perhaps staying two nights in each of the Bungalows. Thank you Ceylton Tea Trails, Millroy and all the staff for a wonderful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort, is a collection of five colonial era tea planters' bungalows restored to impeccable style, offering a taste of gracious living in 27 suites and rooms, with butler service and original furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals. Walking trails connect the bungalows which are from 2km to 15km apart. Follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. Rates are fully inclusive of gourmet meals and drinks, including spirits and wines. Even service charges, taxes and laundry are included. We won't bother you with bills. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton
- Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka/Hatton