Ceylon Tea Trails


Ceylon Tea Trails is an ideal base for two or more nights stay as a postscript to a private tour of Sri Lanka's amazing highlights.

Why you'll love it here

  • Historic tea-planter bungalows located in the verdant, lush scenery of Sri Lanka's UNESCO World Heritage Central Highlands
  • Three of the bungalows enjoy a lakeside setting and 2 have mountain and tea-estate views
  • Bungalows have elegant bedrooms, a cosy lounge and library with a help-yourself bar and stunning views
  • Room rates are fully inclusive with all the gourmet treats and refreshments you could think of
  • Activities on offer include a tea experience, trekking, cyling, white-water rafting, or just relax by the pool, or at the Spa


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Included in your holiday

  • Lounge passes and meet & greet service in UK airports
  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • All flight luggage allowances
  • Personal concierge service
  • 24/7 assistance when travelling
  • Full ATOL protection

Full accommodation information

As Tea Trails is at an elevation of 4000 feet, the climate is cooler and less humid than in Colombo and on the coast. Typically cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings.

The five bungalows comprising Ceylon Tea Trails are between 4 km and 15 km apart offering between four and six ensuite bedrooms each, offering luxurious comfort in the style of late Edwardian to 1930s decor, reflecting the era when they were built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj  Guests can choose to stay in one or even stay in each, experiencing the difference in decor, ambience and setting between them.

Summerville and Castlereagh are situated opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley about 15 minutes away by car and Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley.

Each bungalow is colonial in style, with beautiful gardens and sweeping lawns. Each property comes with its own manager, chef and butler. Each of the bungalows has a cosy lounge with an open fireplace for the chillier evenings, where pre-dinner drinks can be served, and a television with a selection of DVDs.

All are set in beautiful gardens with stunning views. Norwood has 5 bedrooms and a swimming pool back-dropped by two towering bamboo bushes. Castlereagh has 5 bedrooms and with it's peachy-pink facade has a romantic, feminine charm. Summerville has 5 bedrooms and lovely, sweeping views of Lake Castlereagh. Tientsin, the oldest bungalow has 6 bedrooms, with breathtaking gardens, a swimming pool, tennis court and a lily pond. Dunkeld has 5 rooms and is the closest bungalow to the Dunkeld Tea Factory. One of it’s highlights is it’s curved infinity pool with a heated Jacuzzi

Facilities in each bungalow are available to all Ceylon Tea Trails guests. The bedrooms are individually decorated, spacious and elegantly furnished. All the properties are sold on all inclusive basis – think afternoon tea on the lawn, pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner liqueurs – the food is plentiful and skilfully prepared and presented. Garden dining is optional in all the bungalows, an especially pleasant experience to enjoy breakfast with valley views!

Guests can choose from activities which include cycling and walking trails, white water rafting, a tea tasting experience or a dawn climb to the summit of Adams Peak (Dec-May). Alternatively just enjoy the peace, relax in the gardens with a book or play Scrabble! June and July can be wet months so may hamper outdoor activities.

Rooms are individually named after former British estate managers who lived in the bungalow. All the bedrooms are individually decorated with a Colonial feel.


Summerville bungalow

Summerville bungalow

4 room bungalow that enjoys views of the water. Also has a summer house, sunbathing deck, swimming pool and garden dining.
Tientsin Bungalow

Tientsin Bungalow

6 bedroom bungalow opens out onto English gardens, has polished wood flooring and high ceilings, panoramic views of the mountains are also available.
Castlereagh Bungalow

Castlereagh Bungalow

Features views of the lake and garden. Also has a summer house, swimming pool, library and garden dining.
Norwood Bungalow

Norwood Bungalow

Has a view of the eastern end of the Bogawantalawa valley. Features a spacious lounge, library, croquet lawn, a large swimming pool and sun deck.

Inclusive meal plan

Morning bed tea, cooked English or Sri Lankan breakfast, lunch (packed lunch if on excursion), afternoon cream tea, pre-dinner cocktails, 4 course gourmet dinner, house wines, name brand house spirits, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee, laundry, calls within Sri Lanka, bungalow circuit walks and other bungalow amenities.

Rates exclude premium spirits, cigars and international telephone calls.

Sri Lanka travel information

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  • Time zone: +5.5 GMT
  • Flight time: 10-13 hours
  • Recommended airlines: Emirates, Qatar Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Etihad Airlines
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Tipping guideline: Discretionary
  • Health considerations: There is a risk of dengue. There is no risk of yellow fever in Sri Lanka, however, yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (administrative), Colombo (commercial)
  • Population: 21,930,455
  • National languages: Sinhalese, Tamil, English
  • Electricity and plugs: Type D, M, G, 230V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good
  • UK passport visa requirements: You need an ETA for Sri Lanka if you have a British passport - apply online

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