Ellerton’s six rooms are spread out between the Main House, the original planter’s bungalow, and the Valley House, a newly constructed building a short distance from the house that was built on the site of an old tea factory. The views from here are unrivalled and even better from the cool depths of the spectacular infinity edged swimming pool, as the vista takes you between the trees to gaze as far as 20 miles down a verdant valley overlooked by mountain peaks. Tranquillity reigns; there are many places to peacefully unwind, quietly read a book or even be inspired to write one. At 2,400ft above sea level, the climate at Ellerton combines the best of the island’s weather where sunny days are fresh and evenings are cool but not chilly.
Guests dine at the open-sided pavilion adjoining the main house. The cosy Sitting Room opens to the garden, the library is filled with interesting books and magazines while a TV and DVD player is located in the Study. The garden hugs the property and is full of interesting flowers as well as being a haven for wildlife, especially birds such as the Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, the Golden Oriole and the Plum Headed Parakeet. Walks have been created through the garden, while the many paths and tea estate roads that traverse Ellerton offer opportunities to explore the local villages, temples, tea plantations and paddy fields on foot, or, for more coverage, on one of Ellerton’s mountain bikes.
The Valley House, which overlooks the swimming pool, comprises three spacious guestrooms which are light and airy. Two, a double and a twin, are located to the front and open onto the poolside verandah whilst a larger main guestroom featuring a king sized four poster bed, a lounging area and an en-suite bathroom with twin vanities, a shower and a bath is situated at the back. The twin bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a shower whilst the double has a bathtub as well. All of the rooms have ceiling fans, mosquito nets and beautiful garden views.
Each cosy room is spacious, has a comfortable double or twin bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower and bathtub (except the Valley House twin which only has a shower). The rooms in the Valley House are more modern than those in the Main House, which have more of a colonial feel.
– Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in the Botanical Gardens
– Walk around the lake built by the last King of Kandy in 1807 and soak up the atmosphere of this leafy university town
– Walk in and around the surrounding tea estates and country side
– The bungalow is a great base from which to explore Kandy
– Play a round of golf on the spectacular Victoria Golf Club course
Guests can eat at any time of their choosing and dinner is normally served in the dining pavilion which has open views and is surrounded by a tropical garden but guests can also choose to eat in the elegant dining room in the main house. Guests are encouraged to bring their own wine with them (purchase in Kandy), which can be kept chilled in the kitchen, although there are small fridges, for guests to use, in both buildings.