We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Stunning location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castlereigh Family Cottages

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Dickoya
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Castlereigh Family Cottages
Save
You added Castlereigh Family Cottages to your Saves list
Norton Road | Dickoya, Dickoya, Sri Lanka   |  
Hotel amenities
Exeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
246 reviews 246 reviews
75 hotel reviews
Reviews in 103 cities Reviews in 103 cities
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
“Stunning location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is a guesthouse in a tea growing part of Sri Lanka located close to the Castlereigh reservoir which affords stunning views.The building itself is of a Colonial type with high ceilings and fireplaces.
Access is easy as it is situated just a few kilometres from Hatton which is a major stop on the railway. There are frequent buses from Colombo and even more frequent buses from Kandy. Just get to Hatton and hire a tuk-tuk to get to this guesthouse! If you want to do things in style hire a van to take you around the reservoir.
Access to the guesthouse is easy and there is even a wheel chair!

The rooms are comfortable and big with good bathrooms. The whole place is neat and tidy and the staff are very helpful.

The food, which you need to order in good time, is excellant and cooked to order. We had Sri Lankan style food.
There is no bar but there are plenty of liquor shops in the nearby town of Bogawantalawa. The staff will provide ice buckets!

It is a relaxing sort of place and a good place for walking or you can sit and watch the tea pluckers at work.
The gardens are well maintained with lots of exotic flowers.
Please note that this is a guesthouse and not a hotel. So don't expect the usual amenities like wi-fi, spa, massage and souvenir shops.

Room Tip: The front rooms afford a good view with doors opening onto the verandah.
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

35 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    23
    9
    1
    2
    0
See reviews for
10
11
Solo
0
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (7)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed in one of the four Castlereigh Family Bungalows called Summerville for 2 nights.

From the moment we arrived, I fell in love with the place, so much so that I thought my husband and I should move there!

When I saw Relais and Chateux on the front of the Bunglow, I knew not to expect anything but excellence and they most certainly delivered. Everything was of the higest quality, our food, our tea, our wines and most importantly the staff.

Our complimentary high tea at the Castlereigh Bungalow was a really nice touch. We had orignally planned to go by boat across the river to have our high tea at the Castlereigh Bungalow, unfortunately the weather was not on our side, but I thought it would have been very romantic!

We also had a complimentary tour of a tea factory and were taught the art of tea tasting and shown how tea is made from the very beginning! Our guide (he also works at Summerville) who took us for the tea tour was very knowledgeable and well versed.

The staff at Summerville were wonderful. They made us feel very welcome and spoilt us rotten! Our rooms were always spic and span and very comfortable.

The two days we had at Summerville didn't seem enough, we really wished we could have had a lot longer there.

Although the Bungalows are somewhat quite far out and out of the way, once you get there, it will be completely worth it! I would definitely recommend a stay at the Castlereigh Bungalows, esp if you just want to unwind, put your feet up and forget about the world!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Beachmere, Australia
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We have just spent two nights in the 2 bedroom cottage perched amongst eucalyptus trees above the reservoir on a tea plantation. The cottage was comfortable, both bedrooms had a double bed with mosquito net and ensuite bathroom. There was a lounge and a dining area with TV and a pleasant verandah to sit and watch the ladies picking tea or the fishermen in their tiny boats on the water.
There is a kitchen behind the two cottages where Viki produces breakfasts and any other meals that are required and someone sleeps there at night for security. We really enjoyed the Sri Lankan food and the chats we had with Viki - he is a mine of local information and very willing to reveal the secrets of the kitchen.
I would recommend the cottages to anyone wanting a really peaceful couple of days.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Stayed in October with 5 friends as part of our visit during the T20 World Cup cricket. Warmly greeted by friendly staff who arranged a wonderful Sri Lankan lunch.

Stayed in large cottage with two bedrooms on ground floor with six single beds and a double bed available in the attic. Two bathrooms with hot showers. Verandah overlooks the stunning Castlereigh Reservoir and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing lunch/dinner or the locally produced tea. Separate sleeping accommodation also provided for our tour guide.

I understand that air taxi service (seaplanes) can be arranged separately from Colombo and will looking to arrange for our next trip as a special way to arrive.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
colombo
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We've stayed here many times now and keep coming back for more. The view of the reservoir is just beautiful. The only sounds are the wind in the eucalyptus trees, birdsong and temple drums at night. There is absolutely nothing to do apart from admire the view, go for walks in the surrounding tea gardens or visit the gorgeous little Anglican church in nearby Dikoya.

The staff are excellent. Always on hand to meet your needs, but know when to leave you alone too. We've only ever eaten the rice and curry. The food is good, though not wildly exciting (this would be my criticism for the whole of Sri Lanka though).

The smaller cottage is much better furnished and decorated than the larger one. There is talk of building more cottages. Personally, I think this would destroy what is so great about the place. Go now before they change it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Location is stunning! its situated amidst a tea plantation by the reservoir. The view of the reservoir is simply amazing. Weather is cool with a nice breeze in the evening.
Place has two cottages, one small and one big. We stayed in the small cottage, which has two double rooms which can accommodate 4 people. Each room has an attached toilet. With a small living room and verandah. Ideal for four people! It appears to be recently renovated as the bathrooms are new and beds are comfortable.
Meals are provided and the cook was great! he was very obliging and the food tasted really yummy! He did a super BBQ for us. We will definitely come back. HB per person per night would cost you about US$35-40.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Darwin
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
134 hotel reviews
Reviews in 108 cities Reviews in 108 cities
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

Three of us shared the clean 2 bedroom cottage for 4 nights at half board.
The outlook sitting on the verandah is just lovely as the cottages are located on a tea plantation by the reservoir a few kilometres from Dickoya.
Frequent local buses run past so getting into Dickoya / Hatton is very easy.
There is a 24 hour cook available and the food and beverage service is excellent.
Day trip to World’s End was easily arranged.
We would absolutely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Castlereigh Family Cottages? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Castlereigh Family Cottages

Address: Norton Road | Dickoya, Dickoya, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dickoya
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Dickoya
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Castlereigh Family Cottages Sri Lanka/Dickoya

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Castlereigh Family Cottages, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.