An intimate boutique hotel with only five rooms, your stay at Taylors Hill near the Sri Lankan city of Kandy promises to be something extra special. Set within three acres of lawns and boasting on-site facilities for croquet, badminton and tennis, there’s an old-world charm here that you’ll feel as soon as you arrive.
Set amongst the plantations of the Petiyagama Tea Estate, Taylors Hill is surrounded by lilting valleys and verdant countryside whilst still being in easy driving distance of the cosmopolitan city of Kandy.
A colonial country house whose exterior belies the contemporary decor within, Taylors Hill was built by a British planter over a century ago. The colonial history remains a key part of the hotel’s character (hence the wealth of racquet sports that can be played here) but your stay will be peppered with modern touches.
A day of tennis or exploring the gardens via bike can give way to an evening relaxing by the hotel’s rooftop cabana, where spectacular sunset views warm the vista of the surrounding valley. Once the sun has set, head to Taylors Hill’s on-site restaurant to dine on a feast of freshly produced local cuisine.
Children are very welcome at Taylors Hill, and the hotel is equipped with amenities to keep them entertained during their stay. Babysitting can easily be arranged with a day’s notice; the hotel will be happy to help.
There are only five rooms at Taylors Hill, ensuring that all holidays spent here retain a cosy and boutique atmosphere for their guests. The rooms vary in size, but all have been thoughtfully decorated in unique and distinctive ways. Every room has an en suite bathroom and a seating area, as well as a safety deposit box and hardwood floors. Room service is also available.
Each room is named after a central figure in the local tea trade, adding to the historic reverence this hotel has for its recent past. Here’s what you need to know about the five rooms at Taylors Hill.
The hotel’s restaurant serves Asian fusion and traditional Tamil recipes, using locally-sourced ingredients. There is no alcohol served at Taylors Hill, but guests are welcome to bring their own and the staff are more than happy to keep it chilled.
Activities and Entertainment
Taylors Hill sits within three acres of garden, and the active amongst you will find plenty of ways to stay entertained outdoors: a tennis court, croquet lawn and hire of bicycles are all available to hotel guests. Wander around the beautiful gardens or explore the scenic terrain on two wheels and then spend the afternoon lounging by the outdoor pool, where views over the lush countryside roll into the distance. The tea plantation that Taylors Hill calls home offers scenic walks, too.
Inside, you’ll find snooker and television rooms, a DVD library, and a children’s playroom. The hotel is fully Wifi equipped.
There’s a wealth of history in the vicinity of Taylors Hill, with the Loolecondera Estate, where James Taylor planted the seeds for Sri Lanka’s tea industry, a mere ten-minute drive away. The estate offers factory tours, and guests can sample the fine tea leaves that are still harvested there to this day.
The city of Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with enough history and culture to fill a day trip. Key sites include the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, the manicured botanical gardens of Peradeniya, and the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Other sites that you might want to check out during your visit include the Galmaduwa Temple (8.4 miles away), the Ceylon Tea Museum (8.5 miles away), and the Kandy View Point (9.5 miles away). The Victoria Golf Club is found 9.1 miles from Taylor Hill.
1/12 - Exterior, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
2/12 - Pool, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
3/12 - Pattiyagama Suite, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
4/12 - Taylor Room, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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8/12 - Loolecondera Suite, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
9/12 - Le Cocq Room, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
10/12 - Pool Area, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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12/12 - Garden, Taylors Hill, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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