- Secluded colonial property with superb views
- Pool, restaurant, yoga sala, spa
- Guided nature walks, mountain biking
- Community visits, tea factory excursions
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Rosyth Estate House is an upmarket boutique hotel in a stunning hillside setting just outside the town of Kegalle in western Sri Lanka. This tranquil and elegant property offers spacious and stylish accommodation in nine colonial-style rooms along with a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a spa. Surrounded by 62 acres of private estate, Rosyth House is a high-end rural retreat boasting glorious panoramic views of the surrounding hills.
Built in 1926 as a colonial planter’s bungalow, the property is set out across an extensive estate which houses working tea and rubber plantations. There are several terraces interspersed with courtyards, fruit trees, tropical plants, and manicured lawns. Communal areas include a lovely swimming pool with loungers, a spa pavilion, and an outdoor yoga ‘sala’. Meals are served in an airy dining pavilion overlooking the pool, with a focus on traditional Sri Lankan dishes incorporating home-grown fruits, vegetables and spices.
The accommodation comprises seven bedrooms in the main house, and there are a further two rooms in a nearby detached annexe. Each unit has double or twin beds, air conditioning, overhead fans and a spacious ensuite bathroom with WC, basin, and rainfall shower. Some of the larger ‘deluxe’ rooms come with four poster beds and a private outdoor terrace or balcony, whilst the two largest suites boast delightful outdoor baths on the terrace.
Activities include walking and mountain biking along the estate’s winding trails, and daily guided walks with Rosyth’s knowledgeable estate superintendent. The verdant grounds are great for bird and wildlife watching; grey hornbills and crested serpent eagles can be glimpsed, along with langur monkeys and wild deer. Daily yoga sessions take place in the designated ‘sala’, and private lessons can be arranged. Guests can indulge in a massage or beauty treatment in the spa pavilion, or enjoy a Sri Lankan cookery class. Community visits to the local village and schools, and excursions to the local tea factory can also be arranged. Trips further afield include the spectacular Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, or it’s a 30 minute drive to the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy is about an hour’s drive away.
Children are extremely welcome at Rosyth Estate House. Staff organise treasure hunts for younger guests for a nominal fee, with proceeds going to a local school. Several of the bedrooms can be interconnected to make up a two-bedroom suite, ideal for families or groups travelling together, and cots and extra beds can be provided on request. Given the extensive nature of the grounds and the unguarded pool, parents are reminded that children must be kept under adult supervision at all times.
- 5-room boutique hotel
- Spectacular lake and mountain views
- 10-metre infinity swimming pool
- Lush garden edged by tea bushes
- Historic, colonial bungalows
- White water rafting, nearby golf club
- Scenic train rides with waterfall views
- Visit Ella and climb Adam's Peak
- Luxury property with sumptuous, colonial feel
- Pool, tennis courts, mountain bikes
- Tea plantation tours and nearby lake
- White water rafting, sea plane trips
- Unpretentious, pristine property
- Located in a thriving tea plantation
- Hiking, birdwatching, plantation tours
- Archery, helicopter rides
- Contemporary property, rustic feel
- Field archery, tea plantation and waterfall visits
- Pool, spa, gym, yoga
- Well equipped games room
Thank you, Lisa! Our trip was wonderful even with the weather disruption. We loved seeing so many different parts of the country, meeting people and experiencing the culture. The desert was surely a highlight for our boys and the creativity and artisanship of everything from food to crafts were a highlight for me. A special shout out to our guide and driver, they became a special part of our trip and we will forever be grateful for meeting them and learning from them. I cannot believe we had to wait three years for this adventure but it was certainly worth the wait! Thanks for all your help building the itinerary, modifying it and troubleshooting during our stay. Leslie B
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Hi Lisa and everyone at Tourdust,
We've had a wonderful time on our holiday and wanted to pass our appreciation to you. Everything has been expertly planned and executed, allowing us to enjoy the holiday to its fullest. Special appreciation to Muhammed, Ibrahim, and Omar, our Atlas guide, cook, and muleteer, who couldn't have done more for us and were just generally wonderful and hardworking. Riad Hanane is a perfect base in Marrakech to complement the trekking as it's ina less touristy area of the medina, which we appreciated. The staff and accomodation was superb.Thank you again for a trip to remember!
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Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
Kind regards, Carol
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