- Secluded colonial property with superb views
- Pool, restaurant, yoga sala, spa
- Guided nature walks, mountain biking
- Community visits, tea factory excursions
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
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023