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Ashburnham Estate
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Elkaduwa
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Didn't want to leave”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We loved our stay at Ashburnham Estate, so much so that I was taken kicking to the car on our departure! Everything about our stay was perfect, the welcome from Vij and Reegi, our first pot of tea overlooking the estate, our homely and spacious room and our first lunch on the balcony of fresh salad and quiche (so delicious that I had a cooking lesson with the chef and felt privileged to have him share his secret recipe with me). The weather was drizzly so our host Andy, much to my joy, set an open fire around which enjoyed scones and jam and tea. Bliss! Our evening meal, was just as wonderful. We shared great conversations with other guests, Andrea, Simon, Lily and Finn over wonderful curries and pudding. What could be better, other than sweet cuddles with baby Neo, the manager and his wife's very new baby. Thanks Carrie for sharing. Would I stay here again? Absolutely! Would I recommend staying here? In a flash. It is one of my most favourite memories of Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Stair, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Just came back from Ashburnham Estate a week ago. I had such an amazing time. Ate one of the best Sri Lankan curries i have ever had. Best thing to do while you are there is to go on a long walk around the tea estate and visit their cascade pool and waterfall. Just a perfect little gem tucked up in the hills of Elkaduwa. Not only that but everyone there was extremely kind, helpful and welcoming. I will be suggesting this place to anyone who plans on visiting the hill country of Sri Lanka. Its so much more than a place to stay and I don't have a single complaint about the place.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

The brochure really doesn't lie when it says that Ashburnham Estate is 'heaven on earth'. I was lucky enough to stay there over a weekend in early July and my only regret was not being able to stay longer. The views from the bungalow are absolutely breathtaking and offered the perfect atmosphere for some much needed rest and relaxation. My friends and I were lucky enough to be given a tour of the tea estate and we greatly enjoyed swimming in Ashburnham's very own waterfall. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all fantastic with the highlight definitely being the feast of Sri Lankan rice and curry we had on our last night. Regis, the chef, cooks probably the best brinjal curry on the whole island. A special mention must go to Andy and Carrie, an extremely amiable English couple who look after the bungalow. They were very welcoming and regaled us all with their stories of travelling around Asia. There is so much to do on the estate itself and it is also within a comfortable distance of Kandy, Matale and the Knuckles range. I have stayed in a lot of places in Sri Lanka but this is definitely the best so far. If you want somewhere beautiful, tranquil and friendly to stay then this is where to go.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

No doubt, every Englishman's house is his castle! David- the owner of this beautiful holiday bungalow is married to my Srilankan friend Indee.

We had the good fortune of spending the day at their estate over the weekend and what struck me first was how breathtakingly beautiful it is! Andy and Carrie, a lovely English couple who help take care of the bungalow, made us feel completely at home. It simply exudes class and comfort and yet effortlessly gives off an atmosphere of homeliness.

It is THE place to base yourself if you want a quiet, relaxing and perfect holiday! Can’t wait to go back!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

If you're looking for a beautiful, peaceful place to stay, with the warmest welcome, delicious food, spectacular views and wonderful walks, then this is it. Carrie and Andy made us feel right at home, from the delicious afternoon tea when we arrived, to the loan of a hairdryer, use of their guidebooks, and the games of Rummikub with them at night. Our room was beautifully done with colourful local fabrics, and a romantically-draped mosquito net - they even let us borrow their insect repellent for the walk down to the waterfall (highly recommended, especially with the dogs who love to come and keep you company). We had to drag ourselves away, very reluctantly to continue our trip. We'd definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed in some wonderful places in Sri Lanka and this was our favourite.

We were originally booked for a single night but ended up staying three. It's a bit of a windy road up from Matale, and if you have a driver it's worth making sure they call ahead for directions, but we had a lovely welcome when we arrived and it set the tone for a fantastic stay. Carrie and Andy couldn't do enough for us, and it was a real pleasure being their guests. They are extremely knowledgeable as well, and were able to help us out with ideas for the rest of our trip.

The estate, including the villa itself and the plantations around, is beautiful and secluded, with stunning views, and everything you could want from the tea country.

Even if you're staying elsewhere, it's also worth a day trip from Kandy - we recommended this to friends that followed us and they really enjoyed it. There is a great circuit to walk that takes you through the tea nurseries to an old tea factory and lake (the lake costs a few SLR to visit, Carrie and Andy can give all the details). It's so beautiful and peaceful, and takes you through villages of smiling faces and waving children. There's also the waterfall and plunge pools for a more relaxed few hours.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The views are breathtaking. It is amazingly tranquil, a fantastic setting. We drove up from Matale and our poor taxi driver got horribly lost and was very nervous on the narrow roads. The road from Kandy is easier. However, the views on the way up are amazing. Carrie and Andy are charming, interesting and excellent hosts. The first day we arrived we were the only people there. We were exhausted after a couple of nights camping in Wilpattu and a long journey. We got a lovely welcome, and had dinner on the terrace watching the sunset. We slept like logs. I did a huge bag of laundry for a very cheap price. The next morning we walked down to the waterfall and swam in the cool water with only the two of us there - and the wonderful dogs who accompanied us on our walk through the tea plantations. We had lots of swims in the pool (including sliding down the slide which I haven't done since I was 12!). In the afternoon we went on quite a long walk to visit the ladies picking the tea - very interesting and stunning scenery.

That evening wasn't as quiet as there were more people staying, but it was very friendly and informal. I wish we could have stayed longer to do some more walking. Two nights wasn't enough. It is a great place to chill after all the travelling around. There is Internet. I would have loved to just rest, walk and ponder.

The room was lovely and we had our own little terrace. The food was fine - not the best we had in Sri Lanka by any means but nice enough and tons of it.

Staying here was a thoroughly great experience and I have recommended it to my friends. It is a working tea plantation, not like some of the huge commercial places tourists get taken to. Really special. And we loved the dogs and the giant squirrel! Carrie was really helpful when we were booking by email, as it was our first trip to Sri Lanka (not our last).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ashburnham Estate
Address: B416 - Elkaduwa Road, Elkaduwa 21012, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Elkaduwa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Elkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the foothills of the Knuckles Mountain Range, between the Cultural Triangle and Kandy, our 98 acre tea estate, offers guests a perfect location for exploring Sri Lanka's famous sites.Alternatively Ashburnham Estate, offers you the perfect spot to unwind. Relax on the veranda and enjoy the stunning views and magical sunsets. Or cool off in our swimming pool, 60 foot waterfall or Cascade Pool.With such lush natural surroundings there is ample opportunity to walk through our working tea estate, and help the ladies picking, or onto the hills to enjoy spectacular views.Our original 1930’s Principal Planter’s bungalow, offers 4 double rooms, a family room and our luxurious Ashburnham Suite; all beautifully decorated to offer unique character.So, what are you waiting for, come and enjoy the beauty of Ashburnham Estate. ... more   less 
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