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The Planters House

Monarakanda Estate Road, Koslanda 90190 Sri Lanka
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#2 of 3 small hotels in Koslanda
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The Planters House is a spacious colonial plantation house located in the beautiful hills of the Uva Province. The hotel is surrounded by the tea plantation and majestic mountains, with a wonderful view over the south of the country. This idyllic setting provides an opportunity to completely relax as well as to explore the working tea estate and the spectacular natural surroundings. The estate was part of the Lipton estates and it is situated below the Lipton Seat. The design, which takes its inspiration from Sri Lanka's colonial past, is simple and stylish. There are five recently refurbished bedrooms, all of which have en-suite facilities. You can take a walk in our extensive garden, relax in the infinity pool or enjoy a game of badminton or croquet. We also offer a range of indoor games and guests are welcome to make use of our extensive DVD library. The pleasant climate is arguably one of the best in Sri Lanka. There are many beautiful walks in the area - from a leisurely stroll to a more energetic hike.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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haythamdk wrote a review Dec 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark3 contributions3 helpful votes
We are i a round travel in Sri Lanka ond our stay in planters house hotel was very unique in everything from the location to the hospitality and also the food Thanks for everyone in the hotel I recommend this hotel for everyone
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AlanEGriffin wrote a review Jan 2022
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates4 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and simply loved it. The house and grounds are so beautiful and so well kept. The location is amazing and it feels like you have died and gone to heaven. We walked, relaxed, played croquet on the lawn and swam in the pool (which is gorgeous). We drank tea and ate breakfast outside and even watched movies with a log fire blazing away. The staff even prepared us a proper Christmas dinner (which was yummy). We totally recommend it. The staff are very attentive and extremely helpful. There are a couple of things to note though. The drive up to the house from the road is about 45 minutes on an extremely bumpy path and the linens need a little attention. We also thought that the bathrooms could do with a spruce up. BUT because of where you are you understand. BUT any negatives melt away because of where you are and you can let the world melt away in this idyllic setting. Utterly gorgeous.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Mark G, Owner at The Planters House
Responded 18 Jan 2022
Many thanks for your lovely review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the house and that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas with us. I note your couple of comments; these are due to be rectified. We have new linens arriving shortly; they should’ve been with us before Christmas, but due to covid delays, we are expecting them this month. The bathrooms are in the process of being repainted, along with the rooms we closed over the Covid period. So hopefully, if you come back to stay with us again, the house will be looking even more ‘gorgeous’! Many thanks again and best wishes, Mark
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Rukshika M wrote a review Apr 2021
Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka11 contributions25 helpful votes
We booked this property through Ceylon Haven, for 3 nights for a family get together. The staff lead by Malinda, was excellent, always obliging, serving with a smile and went the extra mile to make us comfortable. The property is situated at the very top of a mountain and the views are breathtaking. The drive to the top, from the turn off from the main road is treacherous. It’s only about 7-8km and it took us over 1hr to cover that distance. The road is just stones rock and soil. The hotel provides a Safari type jeep to get you to the top should your vehicle is unable to go in the road. Even if your vehicle could, I suggest not to as it damaged all the vehicles we went in, this was only because we were told by the person from the bungalow who came to meet us at the turn off, that our vehicles can go on this particular road. The house was poorly maintained. The owner’s cottage and the garden suite were not cleaned properly. They smelt musty, had dust and had insects on the beds. My aunt had to get hold of the cleaning lady and supervise her to clean both these rooms! The rooms lack basic amenities a room and toilet should have. Heavy rain will flood the downstairs toilet. Mobile Network is almost non existent at the top and their wifi works very very poorly, just to a few selected spots in the main bungalow. The hike up to Lipton Seat was one of the highlights of our stay. If the owner’s can maintain the bungalow, it is in fact a beautiful location with lovely staff.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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RMaha wrote a review Feb 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka19 contributions20 helpful votes
We stayed at Planter House with a group of friends stayed for 2 nights and the bungalow was well maintained and had amazing views of the valley, the sunset and the stars. Malinda, Amila and the rest of the team were attentive and always around to ensure we were well taken care of.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jehanabhay wrote a review Dec 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka14 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed here two nights with family and friends and loved it! The scenery is absolutely amazing, the bungalow is tastefully decorated with attention to detail, the rooms in the bungalow are gorgeous; we stayed in the cottage which was nice enough but could be a bit better decorated. Lovely garden at the back through. The bungalow is spacious and has lots of lounge areas with fireplaces etc. The service was fantastic - all the staff - Malinda and Amila and the whole team, were so helpful, welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The food was yummy and always arrived quickly and without fuss. The garden is beautiful, with croquet and a massive trampoline, gorgeous pool (cold!) and loads of games in the house. We did the 13km round trip walk to the Lipton Seat which was amaaaaazing! The most incredible scenery. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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kostam2000 wrote a review Apr 2020
Athens, Greece43 contributions50 helpful votes
I have to stress that the Planter's House is one of the most magical places I have ever stayed at - and I have traveled a lot in my life, especially in South Asia. The location is breathtakingly beautiful and the colonial era house is absolutely delightful, straight out of a James Ivory film. I cannot even begin to describe the class, charm and nostalgic atmosphere of this place! I also have to say that the staff are all extremely kind, polite and helpful. Nothing is trouble to them. The food is delicious and the crystal-clear pool is to die for! I also took a private tour in their jeep to Lipton's Seat which was marvellous! Overall, a paradise in the most gorgeous and emblematic Sri Lankan landscape, surrounded by magnificent trees, tea plantations and absolute peace. However there were some minor issues that need to be addressed: The house, while immensely charming, was somewhat unkept. The sofa coverings were worn and looked somewhat dirty. There was a heavy unpleasant smell coming from the kitchen. I had to ask the staff to keep the kitchen door closed because of this and because of loud and noisy chat in the kitchen. A long bookcase shelf in the library drawing room was broken and hanging in mid-air, as was the hat of the floor lamp. Overall, there was an air of neglect about the house. Minor things one might say, but nevertheless somewhat spoiling the perfect ambience of such a place. There were also tiny ants in our room, even on the bed. However the fantastic staff immediately changed all the sheets and even ironed the fresh ones, so the problem was solved. Last but not least, I have to express our gratitude to the manager and staff who managed to arrange a car in the evening without prior notice, in order to take us directly to Colombo Airport, since we had to urgently change our return flight and leave immediately due to flights cancelled and airports closed because of the coronavirus crisis. Luckily for us, all went well. I will fondly remember the Planter's House and wish to return some day.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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djoulsbab wrote a review Feb 2020
Paris, France3 contributions3 helpful votes
Planters house is absolutely amazing and the garden and swimming pool an absolute delight. The setting is grandiose and everything down to each and every detail is full of taste and refinement. We have been fortunate to visit many places in the world and seldom have seen such a perfect place. Planters house really has managed to create a unique experience for fortunate guests like us up in the tea country and we are really grateful for the few days we spent there.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Craig W wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
Once you hop in the Jeep to the house and start your journey on the long windy road you get the sense you are In for something special. 50 minutes later you arrive at a gorgeous colonial property that is magnificently furnished and immaculately looked after. The rooms are gorgeous as well as the many common areas to relax. The infinity pool the most special I have been in with a remarkable mountain setting . With a trampoline for the kids we didn’t need to leave for 2 days. To top it off the food was delicious and near faultless. A truly unique and fulfilling experience.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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David B wrote a review Jan 2020
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We spent 3 idyllic nights at Planters, and can’t recommend enough - Malinda and team were so welcoming, and attentive without being overbearing during our stay. The start of the stay involves a 35 minute journey from the main road up the hill to the venue - it’s quite a bone-shaker, but the views during the drive more than make up for it. And of course once you arrive at the beautiful 1930s building with a warm welcome from the manager, and you see the vista that PH offers - you realise how necessary the drive is to get those kinds of views. Checking in was a breeze - passports, welcome drink, ‘what time would you like to dine, and what would you like to eat?’ and then a tour of the building and site. The whole building (rooms and the various lounges) is furnished very stylishly - it’s like stepping back in time, but with mod-cons including WiFi, power shower (and bath), premium shower products, filtered water and infinity pool. Things you will definitely enjoy: Malinda and the team’s perfect level of service - ‘hands off’, ie always there for you (including fixing drinks and food at any time, sorting out your arrival to PH and your onward journey), but not in-your-face; the surrounding gardens and the infinity pool area with its (for us) mountain views, hundreds of butterflies, beds, huts and log fire; the breakfast and dining on the terrace, always with outstanding views. Things you will hopefully enjoy: the scent of the jasmine (stronger in evening for some reason) from the gardens; the migrating butterflies that fly over you by the pool; star-gazing with little/no light pollution; cows, goats and (the occasional) wild elephant in surrounding grounds; the hike to Lipton’s Seat - allow 5 hours for a round trip, but the views on the way and the food at the peak is most definitely worth it. We took train to Haputale train station from Kandy, and a cab (3000R - we didn’t haggle) from station to the PH pick-up point - and would recommend this route.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Mitesh2014 wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom30 contributions15 helpful votes
We had high expectations of the place after seeing all the pictures and really hoped it was true after the long journey - we were not disappointed! Such a beautiful place, the building and rooms were well thought out and decorated, and the surroundings were amazing. We went on walks around the surrounding areas, including Lipton seat which was beautiful (and a long walk so be prepared!) Plus a chilled afternoon at the pool with some wine. The staff were very helpful and always around, although not pestering which can be the case at many other places we visited. They were thoughtful enough to give us water for our onwards journey and little touches like that made us feel welcome and appreciated. The food was great and they were able to adapt our orders based on preferences, for example one morning they made us egg hoppers which were super tasty. I would recommend anyone wanting Sri Lankan food to give it a try there as there was so much variety and tasted so good! To top off the amazing few days we had, there was a knock on the door one morning with Malinda (the general manager) asking if we wanted to see the wild elephants. We then drove a few minutes and got to see one! Such a great experience - something completely different to seeing a wild elephant on your door step than a safari.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Planters House
Which popular attractions are close to The Planters House?
Nearby attractions include Lipton’s Seat (3.9 miles), Diyaluma Falls (1.5 miles), and Upper Diyaluma Waterfall (2.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Planters House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Planters House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Planters House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Planters House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sunrise Restaurant, Lettuce & Cabbage, and Mint Of The Mist.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Planters House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Planters House have airport transportation?
Yes, The Planters House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to The Planters House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lipton’s Seat (3.9 miles).