When we arrived at Ferncliff, in the rain ( the hotel in August is above sea-level and spends time in the clouds ) we were a bit depressed. Lots of heavy wood panelling and few lights on. The manager Michael was a relief to meet. He is a gentle, hospitable and generous soul who is the perfect host. He arranged cake and ginger tea while we confirmed our other bookings and showed us to a lighter room. Ferncliff is an oasis of calm in Nuwara Eliya which i thought existed in a parallel universe. We ate at the Grand which was full of veiled Qatari and Saudi Arabians. Bizarre.
if you have to go to this throwback to colonial days stay at Ferncliff - not the Grand and be lulled into tranquility.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ferncliff perched on one of the highest points of Nuwara Eliya commands a view like no other of 'Little England'. This includes being set against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Pedro (Pidurutalagala), which at 2524 m (8,281 ft) is Sri Lanka's highest point. Just ten minutes walk from the Grand Hotel and the Golf Club, Ferncliff is uniquely placed to be the centre of your Nuwara Eliya universe which includes Horton Plains National Park, Tea Plantations and other locations of interest in the hill country. Deeds for the Ferncliff lands predate the founding of the first Nuwara Eliya settlement by Great White Hunter and Explorer, Sir Samuel Baker in 1846. The bungalow, now a heritage site, had its beginnings in the 1850s and the ghosts of Samuel Baker and his ilk still walk our expansive lawns hunting elephants, deer and wild boar to near extinction in the lush Nuwara Eliya valley. Today, with restorations that have retained its rustic charm, Ferncliff offers comforts that few bungalows in town can aspire to, and our team led by our chef with over 30 years of experience in the hotel trade, will ensure that your time with us will be comfortable and relaxed. Rest assured that although Ferncliff is centrally located, once inside her gates the hustle and bustle of the town is forgotten. Enjoy a game of croquet, a round of boules, or just wander around our extensive grounds which include a young rose garden and very soon, orange and pear orchards. Look no further for what promises to be a truly authentic Nuwara Eliya experience. Kindly note that, accommodation for drivers and guides are not available in the premises. ... more less
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