Heritance Tea Factory is rather special. Housed in a former tea factory near the small upland village of Hethersett, it occupies a remote but splendid location perched atop a hill amidst the undulating deep green of the surrounding tea plantations. The hotel has been subject to luxurious and sympathetic restoration celebrating its rich industrial heritage through the preservation of several original mechanical features. Our airy first floor suite, comprising of a useful antechamber, well-appointed bathroom, and a large carpeted bedroom with panoramic views to three sides, was nothing short of stunning. The hotel's capacious communal areas include two restaurants and two bars, which the hotel's relatively remote location pretty much obliges you to use. Baulking at the high premiums charged to eat in the TCK 6685 railway carriage, we dined in the more reasonably priced Kenmare restaurant, home to some of the largest portion sizes I've ever experienced..! The bars include the rather hokily named Goatfell Bar, home to some nice comfy armchairs and a pool table, and a relaxing place to while away the time should the weather close in. Outside the hotel are some fine terraced vantage points from which to take in the spectacular countryside and clear mountain air. Bear in mind you're at an altitude of nearly 7,000 feet (2,000m) here so the climate is cooler, and considerably wetter, than the coast. That said, if the weather is fair it's well worth taking a look around the area on foot or, as I did, by bike. A network of reasonably good trails surrounds the hotel, light brown zigzags cutting steeply up and down through the lush green plantations. I understand bikes may be hired from the hotel, but can't attest to their quality since I was using my own. As ever, the locals greeted the sight of a European on a bike with the typical mix of curiosity, wonder and bewilderment..! It was a shame our plans didn't include another night at the Heritance Tea Factory, because our residency was flawless from check-in to check-out. This really is a fantastic hotel in a stunning location. A unique, and thoroughly recommended, hotel experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Heritance Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya