Back at the house, be treated to the simple luxuries of a bygone era. Renovated in 2010, this characterful bungalow is home to nine ensuite bedrooms, a cosy TV snug and an open plan living/dining room, and is enveloped by a lush tropical garden. The house sits at an elevation of 1,100 feet, and panoramic vistas of the misty, jungle-clad mountains of Kandy can be spied in the far-away distance from a handful of picturesquely sited verandas, hammocks and terraces, allowing you to sit back and savour the cooler climate of the hills. Although the busy market town of Kegalle is situated only 4km distant, and the cultural city of Kandy a little over an hour’s drive away, this breezy locality is immersed in blissful tranquility; the noisiest part of the day is dawn’s exotic bird (and chipmunk) chorus.
The swimming pool – tucked into a lower pocket of the garden – is a fairly new addition to the house (2012) and its inviting terrace and sylvan setting make this a lovely spot for afternoon tea. Its magnetic charms will also ensure you arrive back from any excursions in time for a dip. Additional facilities include WiFi, an iPod dock and a laundry room.
Cardamom: This double room is accessed directly from the living room of the main house. Cardamom features a king-sized bed and great views over the lush garden. Additionally, it has access onto a private side terrace furnished with rattan planters’ chairs.
Clove: Also accessed from the living room of the main house, this room has twin single beds which can also be configured as a super king-sized doubled bed. The room has a day bed which can be made into a single bed and has ample room to accommodate a cot.
Mango: With access from the rear courtyard, the Mango room has a king-sized bed and large open plan shower room and large windows that overlook a private garden.
Palm: This small room is accessed adjacent to the patio doors of the Cardamom room on the front terrace. The room has twin single beds or can be configured as a double and is perfect for older children who want privacy but also share the bathroom of the Cardamom room.
Cinnamon is tucked to the back of the house in a newly constructed building, which harmonises with the house’s colonial design. A grand four-poster king size bed takes pride of place in the room, shared with an open plan bathroom with twin washbasins and a powerful hot water shower. Windows open widely from the bedroom and bathroom onto views of the garden, pool and wooded hills.
Lime: Situated at the Lower Garden Terrace and built on the rock below the pool terrace, this is the lower room of an interconnecting duplex unit, with its own ground level entrance. the super king size bed has twin mattress which can be made up as two adjacent single mattresses. The sofa bed can be turned into two further single beds. In addition to an inside shower room, with double wash basins, there is an outdoor shower in a private garden area.
Coconut: This room is the upper part of the duplex unit, with direct access from the Garden Terrace. With a super king size four poster bed, the sofa can also be made up into one additional bed. The room opens up onto a private balcony with uninterrupted views over the estate’s rubber fields. The shower has double wash basins. When booked in conjunction with Lime, there is an internal staircase linking the two rooms.
Tea: Situated on the upper floor, this is the larger of the two suites accessed by an internal staircase opening up into a small sitting room with a day bed. The bedroom is accessed through double doors from the sitting area & has a four poster bed. Folding patio doors open up on to a large enclosed outdoor terrace/ living area with views of the surrounding area. There is a bathroom with indoor shower and an outdoor bath on the terrace.
Pepper: Situated on the lower floor, accessed from the entrance lobby, this suite has twin beds which can also be configured as a super king double bed. Folding patio doors open up on to large enclosed outdoor terrace / living area with views of the scenic landscape and with steps down on to a private outdoor garden area. There is a bathroom with indoor shower and an outdoor bath on the terrace.
Book individual rooms at the house or take over the entire property on an exclusive basis.
– Explore the estate’s tea and rubber plantations on foot or by bicycle; take Siva with you for a more informed insight into the workings of the estate
– Drop into the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage for an up close glimpse at these giant creatures. Time your visit between 10am and noon or 2pm and 4pm to see them bathing photographically in the nearby river
– Take a day trip to Kandy; visit The Temple of the Tooth, stroll around the 200-year-old lake built by the last King of Kandy and savour a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in the city’s leafy Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Later, go shopping or take in one of the evening Kandy cultural shows.
– Play a round of golf on the spectacular Victoria Golf Club course, to the east of the city; other activities include horse riding, trekking and tennis instruction
– Make this your base for visits to the Cultural Triangle – the famous attractions of Dambulla and Sigiriya are a two-hour drive away.
Both western and eastern breakfasts are on offer to start the day. The staff are very flexible so should you like to mix the two up a little, they are happy to indulge. For lunch you might like to tuck into a spread of Sri Lankan curries or perhaps pick something a little lighter, such as a soup, salad or pasta dish. More local flavors and a selection of tasty Indian dishes are on the menu for dinner. Fresh fruit, curd and cakes are just some of the treats available as snacks or desserts.