Having not researched the hotel before, I really did not know what to expect when we arrived at the Lavender House but when I walked into the garden it was one of the most breathtaking views I had seen for a long while. I was already beginning to wish that we were staying here for longer than 2 nights in the old colonial bungalow.
Pool & Garden Area: The pool and garden area is absolutely gorgeous. The pool area was a perfect size and perfect to lie by and read your book. The infinity pool really added to the setting and we reguarly had breakfast and afternoon tea sat out at the tables by the pool.
Rooms: The bungalow was incredibly uniquely decorated which gave a great insight into the heritage of the colonial residence. There was a billiards room, a classical sitting room along with a formal dining room with mahogany furniture. You really felt like you were in Downton Abbey when you dined there! The bedrooms were in similar style and incredibly grand. The only downside I will say is that there was no AC in my room, only a fan which did get quite hot especially as the fan was noisy at night so we tried to avoid putting it on.
Food: The food here was absolutely fantastic and the best one our trip. I also loved how involved the chef got with the day to day running of the hotel which I think is a real rarity. My mum had already read all about the infamous afternoon tea's so we made sure that we ordered one as soon as we arrived and we were not dissapointed. Freshly baked scones, sandwiches, butter cake with a choice of icings and lots more treats meant us worried how we were going to fit in dinner. Dinner was a real experience in the colonial dining room and there was always a choice between a Western and a Sri Lankan menu. Both of my parents had the Sri Lankan curry which they said was the best on their trip and I had the Western menu both nights which was very nice including a fantastic steak and flourless chocolate cake.
Service: The service here was absolutely fantastic and I would say the best we recieved during our whole two week trip of Sri Lanka. Staff were always there when you needed and there were always willing to go the extra mile whether it meant altering a menu dish slightly or choosing where you would like to have your afternoon tea. We really felt looked after during our stay.
Overall, this is an absolute must for anyone visiting the tea plantations. With only five rooms, a perfect location and excellent service, it is the perfect place to stay. We only wished we were staying another night and didn't have to go back on the road!
- Also Known As:
- The Lavender House Sri Lanka/Katukitula