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.
- 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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