We stayed at the Norwood bungalow for 2 nights in February. There are currently 4 bungalows with a fifth being renovated. Norwood has a maximum of 5 bedrooms / 10 quests. The journey by car from Kandy isn’t great, but the awful journey seems worth it to get to stay in this spectacular part of the country. Damien (the butler) met us on the doorstep and took us to the dining room where we were served a fresh lemon drink, we then met the chef who offered us lunch and said what he would be making for the 4 course dinner. We were then shown us to our room where the luggage was already delivered. Up to this point we had been travelling around Sri Lanka for 5 days and the weather had been dreadful so we had quite a bit of laundry which we put in the basket provided. It was returned 24 hours later in perfect condition and all included in the price.
On the first evening canapés and drinks were served in the drawing room. Dinner was a vegetarian tart, carrot soup, tea smoked roast chicken (divine) & date and ginger pudding. We retired back to the drawing room for a glass of port. On the second evening we had Sri Lankan food. We were served 8 different dishes. Damien came to see if everything was OK with the food and we told him that the chicken curry was our favourite - before we knew it another dishful appeared on the table.
Norwood has gorgeous gardens and a large pool. It is also very close to the tea factory. They do a daily tour of the tea factory which we found really interesting. Andrew, the guy who takes you on the tour, is so passionate about tea. After the tour we had lunch then relaxed by the pool for a couple of hours.
The whole place is magical and so relaxing If we were to visit Sri Lanka again this place would definitely be on the list for another stay.
- 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