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Ceylon Tea Trails
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hatton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 May 2010

We stayed at the Norwood bungalow, one of 4 belonging to the group. Although it could accommodate 5 couples we had the bungalow to ourselves. It is set in beautiful countryside amongst the tea plantation. The views were spectacular, the setting peaceful and the bungalow was beautifully decorated in a retro tea planter style. We had our own cook who we discussd our menu with and he produced the most amazing food. All drinks, four meals a day ( including tea with cucumber sandwiches, cake and scones) and laundry were all included in the cost of the room. We had our own butler who brought us early mornig tea in bed and offered to run a bath for me! The atmosphere was amazing and we reckoned this was the best place we had ever stayed in as did all that wrote in the visitors book. An exquisite place to stay, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

Lots and lots of glorious food, if you enjoy food and drink then this will be a good place to visit. The setting feels very different to other places in Sri Lanka. We stayed in castlereigh for 3 nights. I think 2 nights may have been enough or perhaps we should have changed bungalows for a bit of variety. The bungalow grounds are quite small as is the pool so although the setting is nice it can get a bit monotonous. The room we had was large and really clean and cosy for relaxing. I think a garden suite would have been nice as you can use your private garden for breakfast or just relaxing. Otherwise outside space is via the veranda and not at all private so sitting in the garden without having to get ready would have been an advantage. We went on the bike ride which was quite intense it was a shame that you could not feasibly ride or walk to other bungalows as I had understood (this would have been quite a task long distances over hilly rocky ground) you could though ride through the village and see the children.
All the food we had was nice but my favourite was the pear and blue cheese salad, cashew nut chicken and bannanna fritters. Afternoon tea was nice but the cakes did not vary and sanwiches were toasted. clotted cream would have been even nicer with the warm scones.
The pool is quite small for swimming and not heated so you have to build up to getting in. The pool at Norwood was a lot larger so if you like to swim you may prefer that bungalow. There was no TV but games were available it was a shame that there were a few cards missing from the card pack which the staff knew about but they had not been replaced. The staff were really good and attentive. We enjoyed the pre dinner drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee was available on request and it was nice not having to worry about the final bill if you felt like a late night port or another pot of tea. This was my husbands favourite stop and one of my highlights.
The tea tour is very interesting but very intense so be prepared for a long talk and take some water as the factory was hot.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2010

We stayed at Castlereagh for two nights as part of a longer holiday. The two luxury rooms were perfect with views of the lake, and no smaller than the garden suites. The brilliant reviews of the place are well justified and it is hard to find fault, although if I was being very picky service at mealtimes was sometimes slightly slow. The food was excellent and they tried hard to cater individually for my vegetarian daughter.
it is well worth going on the tea factory tour. Andrew is as knowledgeable as he is charming and he converted us all to the correct way of drinking tea. This place is understandably expensive, but certainly worth splashing out on.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2010

•The product offering at the bungalow was exceptional. The decor, furniture, room layout, view, amenities etc has been very well thought out.
•The staff were very attentive, knowledgeable, extremely service oriented and made every effort to delight us.
•The food offering was sumptuous, beautifully presented, individually tailored and would be the envy of every premier hotel.
Well done...Tea Trails....

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

we stayed in the Tientsien Bungalow. an old converted english cottage. absolutely fantastic, we had a garden suite. huge room, great views, fantastic bed, perfect bathroom and the service....wow. everyone should treat themselves like this at least once in their lives. personalized butler, wait staff and cook. couldn't be more impressed. perfect stay, i'd say more, but honestly a little speechless. worth way more than 5 stars.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

We spent two nights of our honeymoon at Norwood bungalow and it was a truly memorable experience. The food was fantastic (the chef checks with you before each meal that you are happy with the planned menu - you can ask for something else if not), the scenery is stunning and the environment is very peaceful. We had a fantastic room with doors opening out onto a garden which is tucked away so feels quite private. There are quite a few activities on offer but we whiled away the time swimming, playing croquet and generally relaxing. The staff cannot do enough for you and are extremely pleasant. We wish we had stayed for an extra night and will definitely plan a trip back there.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

It's hard to say anything that hasn't been already said, stayed for one week at castlereagh bungalow where the views were stunning, along with the service and the food, a real dream escape of peace and tranquility, but be warned they do take bookings for children so that solitude could be ruined!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Dunkeld Estate, Hatton 22000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Hatton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hatton
Price Range: £661 - £727 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ceylon Tea Trails 5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort, is a collection of five colonial era tea planters' bungalows restored to impeccable style, offering a taste of gracious living in 27 suites and rooms, with butler service and original furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals. Walking trails connect the bungalows which are from 2km to 15km apart. Follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. Rates are fully inclusive of gourmet meals and drinks, including spirits and wines. Even service charges, taxes and laundry are included. We won't bother you with bills. ... more   less 
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