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“Old England in the Tea Country” 4 of 5 stars
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Anilana Craigbank
48 Water Field Drive, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #15 of 112 Nuwara Eliya B&B and Inns
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“Old England in the Tea Country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

This old bungalow is over 150 years old, but has been totally renovated within the last 10 years. It is set behind the St Andrews hotel and has just 3 large bedrooms and one very large suite. The gardens are nicely laid out and are wonderfully quiet to just sit in and relax. Service was brilliant with cups of tea and cold drinks being served whenever we wanted them at no extra charge. A word of warning though as no alcohol is served. If you want a beer, then buy some in town and they will put it in the fridge for you.

If you wish to eat here they serve the most sublime Sri Lankan curry. We had 13 dishes, all of which were beautifully cooked. We asked for medium hot curry and that is what we got.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

We stayed at Craigbank Bungalow for a night when visiting the tea hills of Nuwara Eliya.
The bungalow is so pretty and makes you feel like you've arrived in the English countryside. A real world away from the rest of Sri Lanka!
Craigbank is nicely situated just above the main town. The surrounding gardens and grounds are beautiful and wonderfully kept. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon sitting outside in the garden sipping tea and chilling. Bliss!
You'll notice the resident dogs Gin and Tonic running around the grounds occasionally which adds to the character of the place.
The staff are friendly and helpful but allow you your own privacy too.
There are only 4 rooms in the bungalow, which ensures you get great individual service. The staff encourage you to enjoy yourselves, relax and treat the place like your own.
There's a great casual TV room, more formal sitting room and impressive dining room where we had breakfast.
We stayed in room 'East'. All rooms are individually designed and decorated and the bathrooms are really quaint but with great luxurious touches too.
We wished we'd been able to stay for longer. A great little place!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 48 Water Field Drive, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 112 B&Bs / Inns in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 4
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