Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

​Built between 1890 and 1939, each of the five restored colonial era tea planter residences is unique, but they all combine classical and contemporary style and a taste of gracious living.

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Ceylon Tea Trails comprises of five restored colonial era tea planter residences, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. Combining classical and contemporary style and a taste of gracious living, each residence is unique and offers guests the non-hotel, private house ambiance that is the hallmark of the award-winning Tea Trails experience. Features including period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine create an ambiance that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury in Sri Lanka.

Summerville has the air of a country cottage, Castlereagh boasts an eclectic style of its own, the high colonial Tientsin was one of the first planter's residences to be built in Ceylon and there is the more modern Norwood and Dunkeld.

Each bungalow comes with its own manager, chef, butler and house staff with between four and six rooms each, a separate sitting room, sweeping lawns, swimming pools and English gardens. Rooms are named after past tea planter occupants. It is possible to walk between each bungalow to appreciate the beautiful scenery.

This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you prefer to unwind, observe life on a working tea estate while being pampered by your butler, enjoy a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool. Or explore the lush tea fields & visit a century old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea.

Why we like it

  • Butler service and authentic period furnishings in a private house ambience
  • Sri Lanka's first Relais & Châteaux resort
  • Delight in time-honoured planters’ traditions
  • Experience tea-based spa treatments
  • Learn from the resident tea planter of the journey from two leaves and a bud to cup

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