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.
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.
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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