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Amba Estate

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Farm-stay on peaceful tea estate
- Rural setting with splendid views
- Simple, rustic accommodation
- Hiking, cycling, estate tours

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Overview

Amba Estate is an organic farm and guesthouse in the remote Uva Highlands region of southern Sri Lanka. This rustic and charming property sits in a verdant valley with wonderful views of the iconic peaks of Ella Rock and Lipton’s Seat. The estate offers simple and comfortable accommodation in a picturesque location surrounded by nature and will appeal to travellers seeking an atmospheric stay and an authentic slice of rural Sri Lankan life.

Meals are served communal style, with a focus on traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, using organic ingredients grown on the estate. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily, with picnics provided upon request. Whilst the property does not hold a licence to serve alcohol, guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks should they so wish.

Activities include cycling, with complimentary bike hire available, and hiking. The surrounding plantations, hills, and valleys provide a choice of routes, ranging from gentle strolls to more challenging hikes. The estate is home to a variety of bird and wildlife including peacock, humming bird, and kingfisher, plus wild boar, monkey, civet and mongoose, and binoculars are provided for wildlife spotting. Sri Lankan cookery lessons are available, and tours of the estate are offered, including an introduction to artisanal tea processing methods. A selection of books and board games are also provided. Further afield, the spectacular Buddhist statues at Buduruwagala, and the Dowa Rock Temple, are well worth a visit.

Accommodation is spread out across the original farmhouse, the former tea workers quarters, and two newly-built properties. Over a century old, Amba Farmhouse comprises four double or twin rooms, with two shared bathrooms. The ‘line rooms’ originally housed the estate’s tea workers, and comprise three double or twin rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Eagle Rock Villa offers one double and one twin room, and a two-room family unit, all with ensuite bathrooms. Last but not least, Clove Tree Cottage has one family suite and one triple room, both with ensuite bathrooms. Each property has its own kitchen, lounge, and dining room, and all have wonderful views across the valley.

Children of all ages are welcome. The cottage and villa both offer family suites comprising interconnecting double and twin bedrooms, a private ensuite bathroom, and a private terrace. Alternatively, the farmhouse, villa, and cottage can each be rented on an exclusive basis, a good option for families or groups requiring additional space and privacy. Due to the rural nature of the property’s location, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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