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Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow
Ranked #57 of 272 Speciality Lodging in Kandy
London, United Kingdom
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“A Step Back In Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

We stayed at the Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow more by accident than by design and never regretted it. This is an amazing place that has barely been touched since the 1930s and the bungalow has a beautiful garden overlooking the hills and tea plantations.

We were met by the manager of the house who is kindness itself. Nothing was too much and our every whim was met with a gracious smile.

We had the front room which overlooks the breathtaking view and as in the old days we slept under a mosquito net. I felt like the heroine from "Out of Africa" during our short stay there.

Remember to take a jumper and closed shoes as it gets cool in the evening.

We were invited by the owner, Mr Mohideen to visit one of his other tea factories where he gave us a personal guided tour as well as a huge packet of tea.

This is a place to go to if you want to spend a relaxing couple of days walking, reading and visiting the local area which includes the Hatale Tea Garden plantation and factory. It is off the beaten track and not easy to find (45 minutes north of Kandy) but the effort is most definitely worth it if you want to experience something different. My only hope is that Mr Mohideen keeps it exactly as it is, a tribute to days gone by.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ijaz M, Manager at Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow, responded to this review, 23 February 2013
Thank you for your kind review of Hatale Tea Gareden Bunglaow , it is a pleasure to know that your brief stay with us left you with a wonderful impression. We are glad that you feel well-looked after during your stays. Hope you pick one of our bungalows for your next visit in Sri Lanka.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed in the Hatale tea bungalow for 2 nights. The bungalow actually can fit a big family or a group of friends since it has 5 bedrooms, but we decided to treat ourselves to some luxury since it was new years.
The bungalow itself is beautiful and fully furnished with antique furniture. The location is breathtaking.
We were greeted by the cook and the caretaker who tended to our every need.
Since the cook was used to large groups, he cooked the most amazing dishes for us in very high quantities.
The only reason why the bungalow does not get an excellent is because of the limited amount of warm water in the showers (less then three minutes). For a beautiful and full serviced bungalow like this, with the combined price tag, I would expect wam water in the shower.
On all other accounts I have to say that this was a great experience!

Room Tip: This is a great place to go to with a group of friends
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ijaz M, Manager at Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay at our bungalow, and I am sorry for the inconvenience caused by the lack of hot water. Just for your information, the geezers work fine but you have to turn it on at least 15 minutes before you bathe. As a mean of energy saving we do not leave the hot water geezers turned all day.

Hope the problems is solved within your next visit and hope to see you soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

Hatale Tea Garden is simply awe-inspiring. It is set in a little piece of heaven in the town of Kandy. When regaling my anecdotes of Sri Lanka to friends, the tale of Hatale Tea Garden is always a pleasure to narrate. We had splendid food, played some cricket in the front lawn, and were treated to the finest of teas by the chef. The Hatale Tea Garden is a must for anyone who wants an authentic taste of Sri Lanka when they visit!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

Amazing and peaceful stay! The views are breathtaking. The chef and staff are very hospitable and the food was deliciouse. They went out of their way to make our stay pleasurable. We were there only for one night but wished it could have been a week. The bungalow was spacious and comfortable. The tour thought the tea factory was informative and interesting. I will be looking forward to staying there in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maryland, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

Our family just got back from a visit to Sri Lanka. The highlight of our trip was our visit to the Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow. The views are amazing. The food and service provided by the staff was excellent. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

You cannot ask for a better place for a holiday that will give you the ultimate relaxation. Perfect place for a family outing to just relax and enjoy the lush green garden that surrounds the bungalow and have quality family time!

Room Tip: "Go to Hatale Worlds End before sunrise!, you will see a spectacular view!"
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

The Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow was amazing. The view was breathtaking, and the staff was more than accommodating. This was my first time in Sri Lanka and I would definitely visit again! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow
Address: Hatale Tea Garden, Panvila, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 272 Speciality Lodging in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hatale Tea Garden Bungalow 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hatale Bungalow which was initially a Plantation bungalow on the Hatale Tea estate was transformed by the Management into a modern comfortable villa, by carrying out extensive renovation to include luxurious Bedrooms whilst not destroying its colonial and historic character. The unique location of this bungalow gives a panoramic view of Green Hills and knuckles forest range which is both pollution free and eco friendly. A Natural water fall, Swimming pool, large suite rooms with attached toilets, Hot water, fireplace, and helpful staff are part of the privileges available. Pool side Barbeque is available at request and will certainly add a bit of spice and flavour to your Holiday. An experienced Appu (Cook) is on hand to prepare tasty meals as per your request.Note:Consumption of alcohol within the premises is prohibited. ... more   less 
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