The contemporary design of The Weir House celebrates its surroundings. Tall folding doors in each of the living room, dining room and bedrooms open widely onto the outdoors. From the valley below, the gurgle of the stream echoes throughout the house and is immediately soothing. Deep verandas furnished with relaxing chairs enable you sit back and survey the scene in front of you – chattering squirrels chasing each other up trees, colourful birds flitting between branches and the occasional mongoose or monitor lizard scampering across the lawn. By dusk, the ascending chorus ofcricketsand fleeting appearances of luminous green fireflies make a particularly magical backdrop for dinner.
The Weir House is an ideal retreat for families and groups of friends and even for couples and honeymooners. The main part of the house is home to three ensuite double bedrooms, with the fourth bedroom – a twin – situated on a lower level below the house. In the living room are a satellite TV, DVD player, stereo with iPod attachment and stacks of books and magazines. Further back in the house is a dining room with modern pantry, which spills onto a granite-tiled valley-view veranda. The house is fully staffed, and included on the team are Lucien, a welcoming manager, and Leslie, an enthusiastic chef.
– Stroll down to the Raja Ela (stream) and wander along the shady pathway bounding this tributary of the Mahaweli Ganga, the island’s longest river.
– Ask Leslie to pack you a picnic to enjoy in the tea fields of the nearby Mahawila Plantation before visiting the tea factory on an educational tour.
– Make for Kandy to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the Hantana Tea Museum and other notable sights.
– Adventurists should head to Kithulgala for a spot of white water rafting
– Make time for a hike up Adam’s Peak. Treks up this sacred mountain are started in darkness so that you arrive at the summit for sunrise.
House breakfasts are a choice of western (waffles or omelettes) or Sri Lankan, and can be catered exactly to your needs, even if you’d like a bit of both. A favourite breakfast with guests is string hoppers (steamed rice flour nests) served with fish curry, dhal curry and zesty sambols. Lesley will chat with you daily about your choices for lunch and dinner (usually a three-course menu) and create an Asian fusion menu based on your requirements and his suggestions.
Specialities include spicy chicken in tomato sauce, fried fish and Sri Lankan rice and curry. Lesley’s barbecues are also another highlight of the house. Soups include pea, potato and mint soup, and there are also a selection of healthy salads. For dessert, options include chocolate mousse and lemon self-saucing pudding. Most guests stay on a half-board basis, as there are no restaurants nearby. No pork is served, and guests should bring their own alcohol. A free flow of tea, coffee and fruit juices is offered complimentary throughout the day.