- 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
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019