We stayed there as a couple and only by luck found Dias Rest after reading a few travellers reviews. When we arrived we were met by one of the nicest and most accommodating families you will ever meet.
We were hoping to get the cottage on the cliff edge but unfortunately it was booked so we stayed in one of the other rooms. The room was spacious and comfortable and suited our needs as we just needed somewhere to crash after a long day of walking the fantastic hills and surrounds.
We only stayed in this room for one night and then the cottage was available so we took it up and what an experience. It is quite a small cottage sitting literally on the cliff edge and when with large windows at the front so it feels like you are floating. It does get very chilly at night being so highly perched on the cliff within the clouds and the windows do their best to keep the mist out but the room does get a bit moist.
You have a good variety of food to choose from for each meal and you just have to let the mother know what you want in advance and she will prepare it to your liking.
The location of Dias Rest is a good walk to the Lipton Tea Factory however you can jump on the local bus that passes at the front of the driveway which is an experience in itself. Also make sure you walk up to Liptons seat but go early enough before the clouds roll on in and the view disappears.
I would highly recommend staying at Dias Rest if you want to experience a simple yet friendly experience that gives you a good insight into Sri Lankan family life.
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