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Taylor's Hill

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- Contemporary boutique hotel
- Picturesque and peaceful hillside location
- Tennis court, badminton, croquet, billiards
- Lovely infinity pool

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Taylor’s Hill is a bright and contemporary boutique hotel set in a traditional tea planters’ house dating back over a century. It’s named after James Taylor, who was once responsible for developing commercial tea production in the Ceylon area. Sumptuous and stylish throughout, its quiet hillside setting boasts scenic views of the lush surroundings.

The five rooms at this small and charming property admit plenty of natural light and are decidedly modern in appearance. Each room is individually styled with unique customised wallpaper and a fine selection of both contemporary and antique furniture. All quarters offer generous amounts of space, picturesque views of the gardens and/or surrounding forest, and an ensuite bathroom with drench shower. Some of the rooms have a bathtub.

The hotel is a great base for exploring both the surrounding countryside and the city of Kandy itself. Regarded by many as Sri Lanka’s capital of culture, Kandy has an abundance of things to see and do. It’s a decidedly historic city that showcases rich heritage and traditions. Set on a plateau amidst towering mountains, the city benefits from being located in one of the more naturally picturesque parts of the country. Some of the city’s key attractions include the ornate Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens and the extravagant Royal Palace of Kandy.

There’s plenty to do back at the hotel. The grounds feature beautifully landscaped gardens and there are numerous walking trails for anyone wishing to get up-close to the natural surroundings. Some of the many amenities include an outdoor infinity pool and a tennis court, with badminton and croquet also available. Dining experiences are a key part of any stay at Taylor’s Hill. Naturally, most of the cuisine served here is Sri Lankan, with chefs cooking up a range of appetizing local and national specialties; Asian food is also on offer, as is the occasional British dish in keeping with the hotel’s colonial history.

Taylor’s Hill is very child friendly indeed, with families more than welcome to come and stay. There’s a play room just for kids, as well as a TV room and a billiards room. Extra beds can be provided on demand and a complimentary babysitting service can be arranged with prior notice. The Pattiyagama Suite is an ideal choice for families since it sleeps up to 4 by way of a main double room which connects to a twin. Parents should note that children should be kept under adult supervision at all times.

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