Despite Craigbanks’s nostalgic atmosphere, modernity seamlessly blends with the indulgencies of the past as each bedroom is enhanced by sumptuous beds and spacious en-suite bathrooms with sensuous tubs. Wide screen TVs and stacks of DVDs provide entertainment for a rainy day. Rooms have been painted different colours so that they reflect and personalize different parts of the house. Low lighting, squashy sofas and plenty of interesting coffee table books in the Drawing Room offer the perfect place to whittle away the early evening hours before dinner is spectacularly served atop the magnificent teak table in the grand high-ceilinged burgundy-hued Dining Room. The kitchen at Craigbank is very modern and a delicious combination of Sri Lankan and European cuisine will keep you sufficiently satisfied throughout your stay.
Craigbanks’s verandahs offer serene places to pass the day as you curl up in a chair and read a book or contemplate the beauty of the lavish garden and the wildlife that soaks up its gentle ambience. The villa staff is very efficient and the house very child friendly so you can relax as the kids run up and down the verdant lawn playing at will. Nuwara Eliya town is only a short walk away whilst activities such as golf, riding, trekking and visits to tea factories can all be arranged so you are never short of something to do!
The Garden Room is located a short distance from the house, near to the kitchen. With a double bed, a shower room and French windows into the garden, its independence and sense of adventure makes it a popular choice for teenagers.
The Master Bedroom at Craigbank has a large double bed and open fires in both the bedroom and the en-suite bathroom while French windows open out onto the lavish garden. Two of the other three rooms, one of which is a twin, have fireplaces whilst all benefit from excellent views over the well-maintained garden.
– Climb Adam’s Peak
– Explore Adisham monastery
– Step back in time and try betting on a horse at the Nuwara Eliya races, held every April
– Cheer from the sidelines as vintage cars take part in the annual Mahagasthota hill climb
– Visit a tea plantation and factory and learn how the plant is grown, picked and processed
– Enjoy English high teas on perfectly manicured lawns
– Take time to bird-watch in the spectacular hills carpeted in tea
– Walk along trails established over the last century by tea planters and pickers
– For some exhilaration try white-water rafting
The Dining Room is the ideal location for breakfast and dinner, although you might prefer to have a table set up in the garden for lunch. Snacks are available at any time of the day, whilst the afternoon is reserved for the intricacies of High Tea!