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Ashburnham Tea Estate

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- Fabulous mountain setting
- Set in a 100-acre tea estate
- Waterfall swims, tea picking, cycling, hiking

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The Ashburnham Estate is an impressive 100-acre tea estate set in the hills near Kandy, in the very heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle with stunning views of the Knuckles Mountains. Nearly two-thirds of the estate is made up of well-tended tea fields and this pristine property sits at an altitude of 800 metres so while the weather is generally very pleasant, some periods of rain are to be expected. Dating back to the 1930s, much of the property’s colonial-style features have been beautifully preserved, making the hotel a very charming place to stay with plenty to do both on the expansive estate and further afield.

There are just six bedrooms, each with a unique design. The rooms are on-the-whole bright and airy, with large windows admitting plenty of natural light and opening out onto spectacular views of the surrounding mountain scenery. There are four double rooms, plus a designated family room and the Ashburnham Suite which is considerably larger than the others. All rooms come with a ceiling fan and complimentary tea, coffee and cake provided throughout the day. Note that there’s no air conditioning, though given the high altitude, this is of no huge concern.

One of the main draws to Ashburnham is the chance to spend time exploring the lush, unspoiled estate. Swimming at the secluded waterfall is a wonderful highlight, plus there’s a lovely pool to enjoy. It’s possible to learn all about the tea cultivation process and have a hands-on look at how it’s all done. Mountain biking on the estate is very popular, as are hiking and walking through the rugged, undisturbed landscapes. A little further afield there’s the culturally rich city of Kandy to explore and visits to Sigiriya, the ancient and astounding near-vertical rock fortress, and the Dambulla cave complex with its fascinating collection of statues, paintings and murals, are a must.

Families are welcome, and while there are no child designated activities as such, children will love the pool which has a shallow end just for younger ones and there’s plenty for them to do both on the estate and beyond.

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  • 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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