Sri Lanka, just four hours from Colombo by car to the Castlereagh
Lake, lies the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea
and home to old Ceylon, replete with rolling green hills, plantation
bungalows, high tea and exquisite service.
solitude, at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level, lies Ceylon
Tea Trails, four colonial era tea planters' bungalows , infused with a
new and decidedly gourmet vibe. Each villa, built between 1890 and
1939, offers a taste of gracious living thanks to butler service &
authentic period furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals.
absorbed into life on a working tea estate, whilst reveling in
five-star luxury. Tea Trails will teach you everything you need to
know about the perfect brew. The unique Tea Experience tour with the
tea planter in residence will show you the wonders of Camellia
Sinensis (the botanical name for tea).
bungalows offer the upscale traveler both traditional and modern
comforts in a "non-hotel" atmosphere. Each bungalow has a Manager,
Chef, Butler and support staff to welcome guests as at a planter's
home. Meals are based on fresh produce, cooked to order and range from
western fare to tea infused dishes and of course traditional Sri
walking trails link the properties [which are from 5 to 15 km apart],
offering views in all directions. Trekking along the Tea Trails takes
you through the heart of the magic Ceylon tea country.
variety of activities and excursions are available including climbing
the famed Adams Peak mountain, part of the Central Highlands World
Heritage area, day trips to the ancient hill capital Kandy and golfing
in Nuwara Eliya.
At Ceylon Tea
Trails every day is an adventure!
Each of the four bungalows is different.
Summerville with an air of a country cottage, Castlereagh with an
eclectic style of its own, the high colonial Tientsin; one of the
first planter's residences to be built in Ceylon and the more modern
Norwood; abounding with 60's character. Summerville and Castlereagh
are situated opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh
lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley about 15 minutes away
by car and Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley.
Each house comes with its own manager,
chef, butler and houseboys and from 4 to 6 luxurious Master Suites,
Garden Suites and Luxury Rooms. You can book a room or the entire
Follow the Tea Trail from one unique
bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in
one. Trek and picnic at spectacular locations each day in cool
comfort. These four bungalows realize your dreams in a "non-hotel"
atmosphere. Heritage with a contemporary style is the hallmark of the
Tea Trails experience.
Norwood Bungalow -
bungalow at Norwood commands a fine view of the eastern end of the
Bogawantalawa valley and rests in the shelter of one of the finest
bamboo stands to be found anywhere. The suites are oversized with
imposing colonial style furniture, some with four-poster beds and
very elegant bathrooms. A spacious lounge and well-stocked library
lead out to a croquet lawn, a large swimming pool and sun deck. It
is here where planters of the past invited friends to enjoy the
pristine air and glorious outlook. You too can wander the gardens
unchanged since yesteryear, soaking up the atmosphere of a time gone
Summerville Bungalow -
above the lake at the edge of a tea plantation, Summerville stands
sentinel. This four-room bungalow enjoys magnificent views of the
water and beyond to tea planted hills in the distance. Some suites
open to private gardens and all accommodations have easy access to
the cozy lounge where picture windows provide a backdrop to a
roaring fire as the evening mist draws in. Summerville offers
individual accommodation or the entire bungalow can be booked for a
group to enjoy the very personal atmosphere of this great house.
Castlereagh Bungalow -
approaching Castlereagh from the road can glimpse tantalizing views
across the lake of this magnificent symbol of the glory days of
colonial life. Nestled in a wooded dell close to the water, this
century old bungalow offers unrivalled water views and superb garden
suites to suit every taste. Elegant parquet floors all around with
open fireplaces in the dining and drawing rooms, evokes
recollections of the life and times of the tea planters who once
lived here. In the extensive grounds summerhouses can be found where
tea is served and a good book enjoyed until the sun goes down over
the water and it's time for sundowners on the terrace.
into the world of Tientsin and step back in time. Named after the
Chinese village from which the original tea seedlings came, this
very British residence is a historical landmark. Six glorious rooms
and suites open onto magnificent English gardens still standing
loyal to the colonial planters' wives who created 'a little bit of
home' in a far away land. Wander the glorious rose terraces and hide
away under a leafy arbor to the myriad sounds of the many birds that
make their homes there. Each suite too is faithful to the original
design with polished wooden floors and high ceilings; some with
Tea Trails Ltd.,
46/38 Nawam Mawatha,
Colombo 2, Sri Lanka.
Tel - +94 11 230 3888, +94 11 476 7222.