Camellia Hills

Wonderfully located in the very heart of Sri Lanka’s famous Tea Country, Camellia Hills is a charming bungalow surrounded by dramatic country roads, rolling green hills and panoramic tea plantations.

The beauty of the location really can’t be overstated – the road journey to get to the bungalow wends through the hills and along tracks, arriving finally at the bungalow and its truly spine-tingling vistas out over Castlereagh Lake and the surrounding valleys. Guests can also choose to travel to Hatton by train, or arrive at Camellia Hills by seaplane.

This is the perfect place to stay for those on a Sri Lanka tour, or those keen to learn more about the island’s storied tea culture. Bicycles are available for guests, and are perfect for heading out and about to explore the local plantations. There’s also a lovely infinity pool that overlooks the lake, as well as a relaxation ambalama and beautiful gardens.

Butler service makes a stay here that much more special, with home-cooked meals, drinks and snacks brought to you around the property. Camellia Hills has its own vegetable and herb patch, from which many of the European and Sri Lankan delicacies served in the dining room are made.

There are five bedrooms in the boutique bungalow, which can be booked altogether for families or groups travelling together. The property also welcomes guests of all ages, and offers a dedicated menu for children.

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Accommodation Options

There are just five timber-floored bedrooms at this boutique property, each individually designed. Each room enjoys a soft muted palette and picture windows looking out over Castlereagh Reservoir or the lush surrounding hills. Facilities include in-room tea/coffee facilities, Wifi and butler service, while all rooms with the exception of Osbourne can accommodate an extra bed/baby cot. We recommend families travelling with older children book Osbourne with the opposing Maskeliya room.

Norton Bedroom
Located at the front of the bungalow, this king bedroom overlooks the jaw-dropping Castlereagh Lake. As well as a sitting area and en suite bathroom, this room enjoys a lovely four poster bed.
Maskeliya
This twin room has a private garden-view terrace. The room faces south over the verdant hillside.
Dickoya
The bungalow’s largest room, Dickoya is perfect for families. Sit on the terrace’s wicker armchairs and enjoy spectacular views of the Tea Country landscape. The large bedroom connects with a single bedroom with pull-out bed, perfect for families of up to four.
Osbourne
Enjoying a corner location, this room benefits from both lake and mountain views, as well as a private garden terrace and a gorgeous bathroom with bathtub.
Warleigh
Nestled below the main bungalow close to the pool, Warleigh opens up directly onto the manicured lawn. This secluded enclave is perfect for honeymooners or those on a romantic escape.

Restaurants and Bars

The bungalow’s wooden-beamed dining room is cosy, while guests can also head to the open-air terrace to dine with wonderful lake views for company. À la carte cuisine includes both Sri Lankan and European options, and dining is a relaxed and personalised affair.  There’s no bar here, though drinks are available on the terrace and in the dining room throughout the day.

Activities and Entertainment

Camellia Hills guests can cycle through the local plantations to explore the beautiful scenery, various natural landmarks and colonial churches. Nearby experiences include tea factory guided tours, walks through the beautiful tea trails, a picnic at a waterfall, and a Sri Lankan cookery class.

Other local attractions include Horton Plains National Park, boat trips on Castlereagh Lake, and hikes to Adam’s Peak.

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