We arrived at The Firs after a mix up had been made with a booking at another hotel. We were not sure what to expect as it was last minute and we knew nothing about this place. The moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and the manager explained how this bungalow/guest house was once the summer home of the prime minister of Sri Lanka and still owned by his grandaughter. There were many interesting photos of the family on the walls.
We were the only guests that night (4 of us) and the rooms were extremely comfortable (apart from lack of hot water in the evening but OK by the next day). There was a cosy fire in the room which you needed high up in Nuwara Eliya!
The evening meal was quirky to say the least! My husband and son were seated facing the kitchen door and they kept seeing the chef peering out to see if we were enjoying his food! We felt a little pressure as we were the only people there - but the food was good and the service impeccable.
Tea was served in our rooms in the morning and breakfast was served in the summer house outside as the weather was good. The pancakes with local honey were delicious.
All in all I would recommend this guest house as it really shows a side of colonial life gone by and you are treated like royalty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Firs is a heritage bungalow located in a picturesque hillock in Nuwara Eliya. The original bungalow was built nearly two centuries ago, but the Firs ensures every modern comfort while retaining the ambience of a time-gone by.The Firs is all about luxury and offers two spacious suites and three deluxe rooms as accommodation options. Each of the two luxuriously comfortable suites has a private dining room, bathroom with jacuzzi, a fireplace, Cable TV and a king-sized bed. The three deluxe rooms also have a fireplace, Cable TV and queen sized bed in each room.This enchanting bungalow is a perfect place to relax and unwind in a cool climate. For those who want more vigorous activity, there are boat rides on Lake Gregory, numerous walking and Nature tracks around Nuwara Eliya, the golf course at the Victoria Golf Club or an afternoon exploring Nuwara Eliya town. It’s a great place to base yourself as you explore other areas of the hill country.The Firs is a cosy place to relax if you prefer to stay indoors, and has a dining area, a Game room (offering pool, darts and various card games) as well as Phillip’s Attic Bar and Cigar Room which offers a range of local and foreign brands. ... more less
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