The interior of Warwick Gardens has been stylishly and lovingly designed by the owners in keeping with the history of the house and comprises one bedroom on the ground floor, and a further four, including the master suite, up a grand teak stairway enveloped by Rajasthani carpets that hang from the walls. French windows lead from the cosy sitting room with open fireplace, baby grand piano, plump sofas and brightly coloured paintings onto a furnished stone terrace overlooking a grassy lawn with verdant valley views southeast towards Uva. The burgundy-hued dining room features a mahogany table illuminated by candles and a beautiful Italian chandelier. A breakfast room and side patio overlooked by agapanthus offer further locations for atmospheric dining.
Guests are invited to make Warwick their home; wander into the kitchen and watch the chef at work crafting dishes which use as much fresh organic produce as possible from the Warwick Farm garden. The resident manager Dr Faris is a mine of information on anything from agriculture and botany to the history of Nuwara Eliya and his presence along with the four other personable staff members really enhance your stay. Go wildlife spotting, tea factory touring, help in the farm or make a cultural visit to the tea estate’s line housing to witness first-hand the way of life and genuine hospitality of the island’s Tamil plantation-workers.
Warwick – Master Room
This room is the Master Suite. It features a king sized four poster bed and open fireplace and boasts magnificent views from the front of the house over the garden and valley. The spacious bathroom has a shower and tub.
Netherleigh – White Room
Also known as the White Room, this spacious uncluttered living space is secretly reached through a carpet curtain off the teak stairway. It features a double platform bed, white titanium cement floors and views into the valley from the front and side of the house. As the most private suite, it is perfect for romancing couples.
Glenoch – Deluxe Room
This double room on the first floor has rear-view mountain vistas, an open fireplace and is cosily furnished with a four poster bed and has an en-suite bathroom with a tub.
Braeburn – Deluxe Room
This cosy twin room on the first floor overlooks the organic farm and is especially atmospheric of the colonial era. It has an open fireplace and an adjoining bathroom with a hot water shower.
Oakleigh – Deluxe Room
Located on the ground floor, Oakleigh is the smallest guestroom. Featuring an open fireplace and a bathroom with hot water shower, it overlooks the rear 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
While meal preferences are discussed daily with guests for their lunchtime and evening meals, breakfasts typically consist of a western, continental or Sri Lankan spread. Homemade jams are a particular highlight – try the Chinese guava jam made from fruit picked from the estate’s own garden. Delicious! Sit outside on the side patio at the reclaimed bakers table beside purple agapanthus blooms to take in the rich scenery at breakfast or on rainy days make use of the breakfast room where the numerous varieties of tea produced on the estate are displayed.
Lunches often consist of authentic Sri Lankan rice and curry spreads with numerous bowls brimming with deliciously flavoured curries that force you into a satisfied afternoon siesta. Dinner may feature four courses and include a soup, a salad, a main and a delicious dessert. Chef Nuwan is very experienced in creating wonderful dishes exactly to guests liking.
The most atmospheric place to dine is in the burgundy-hued dining room at the long mahogany table that seats up to twelve. At night when the table is laid with silver and lit by candles, it is delightfully reminiscent of the colonial era. Mealtimes are left up to guests as they are encouraged to treat the hotel like their own home.