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“If you want to get away from all of it ....Tranquility pure”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ashburnham Estate

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Ashburnham Estate
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Elkaduwa
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“If you want to get away from all of it ....Tranquility pure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2010

This what was one of the most impressive places we experienced over the years in Asia. If you want to get away from all of it, this will be the place I will name. I put location on top marks, however, it will be a big disappointing for those who are looking for entertainment and late night parties.

Carol and Rex are lovely hosts and the three dogs Ash and Burne and Ham (guess where these names are coming from) are caring companions while you are hiking down the plantation trails to the waterfalls and smaller jungles. There is plenty to do to keep you active and time has it's own rhythm over there with breakfasts on the terrace overseeing the valley in front of you, afternoon teas and dinners with all guests on the long dinning table sharing their stories and life over a nice wine or Gin Tonic. It is a bit of warping back to the old times where entertainment was mainly driven by sitting together and talking and exchanging stories.

It is clearly on my plan to be back once in a while to hang my soul into the wind.

Carsten

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2010

Paradise. Everything was faultless. Wonderfully cared for by the staff and thank you Carol for some splendid meals. The venison was unforgetable. The curries my family indulged in exceptional. A wonderful start to a great family holiday! We loved your dogs and hope those beautiful puppies have found good homes. Wish we could have taken them home!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2010

Blown away the moment we arrived, the colonial house with its amazing gardens, hammock and pool overlooking the tea plantation and hills makes for an unforgettable introduction! You will see some of nature at its rawest and most stunning from gorgeous sun sets and fireflies lighting up the midnight sky to green leafy hills and warm waterfalls. There is even a waterfall waterslide which is quite something. The uplifting love for life the locals and tea pickers have is inspirational and refreshing. Giggling children on our walks through the hills on our way to the old tea factory and everyone waving at you saying ‘hello’ makes it impossible not to soak up happiness, joy and peace!
The team onsite will certainly look after you and I wouldn’t doubt that each visitor has a completely unique experience every time.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

Stayed here twice during a tour of Sri Lanka and couldn't have enjoyed the experience more. The staff and owners go out of their way to fit in to your needs and provide a mixture of excellent local cuisine and familiar European dishes in a stunning setting overlooking the valley of Kandy and the mountains of central Sri Lanka. Watching the sunset every evening was the highlight of magical days that involved rides on the plantation's guest elephant and swimming in a waterfall located on the property. If you get the chance make the walk up to the top of the hill next to the house and see a 270 degree view of the whole area.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

A big thanks to the maneger and all the staff workers ., ..all the best fresh foods that given, amazingly wonderfull place and view, never knew a fresh place rather then this one..!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2009

This was the third time I stayed at Mahatenne, and this time we had 10 family members as part of our Christmas break. It was the highlight of our visitors stay in Sri Lanka. Mahatenne is a beautiful place and you get the chance to stay in an old planters house on a working tea estate. It's a great place to walk or bike, and the pool and waterfall are perfect for kids. I would not hesitate to visit again.

  • Stayed December 2008
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2009

I have been reflecting on some of my travel highlights of 2008 and it would be no exaggeration to say that top of the list came my trip to Sri Lanka in late October – and in particular my visit to Mahatenne House on the Ashburnham estate.

The guest house is situated on a working 70 acre tea plantation on the side of a mountain in the Knuckles Range, close to Elkaduwa. It is run by an ex-City whizz highflier type who (ahead of the credit crunch curve) reassessed his priorities in life and stepped off the London treadmill to go and live The Good Life on the other side of the world.

It is futile to try and convey the magic of my experience in words, but I will attempt to paint a picture with a few broad brushstrokes.

The day typically starts with breakfast served on the verandah while the morning mist and clouds unfurl to reveal the breathtaking view of rolling green hills and valleys, carpeted with tea plantations.
You will not be short of things to do during the day (children and adults alike): go for an exploratory wander around the estate – the ultimate Swallows and Amazons fantasy; take a power shower under the most beautiful 60ft waterfall at the bottom of the estate, reached by a 400 step path; anyone for a game of tennis on the newly refurbished court?; go and watch the daily weighing of tea; enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool and lounge by the poolside catching up on all that holiday reading; or just sit on the verandah and breathing in the intoxicating air whilst contemplating life in peace and serenity. For Doctor Doolittle fans there are four resident dogs, a lake full of fish (which also yields some great meals), wild chipmunks that scurry through the trees, an array of beautiful birds and butterflies scattering a kaleidoscope of vivid colour everywhere (as far away as you can get from London’s monotone shades of grey), but most delightfully of all, Menike, a beautiful female elderly elephant, enjoying a peaceful retirement on the estate, her most arduous task these days carrying the occasional bare back passenger down to the waterfall. Sitting out after dark in planters’ chairs listening to the nocturnal chorus of cicadas under a canopy of glittering stars is mesmerising – the perfect lullaby.

The host is a very gregarious and generous character, and the staff are incredibly friendly and attentive (but unobtrusive) – you will be left wanting for nothing. The home-cooked meals are delicious and the (few) rooms are clean and quiet – not aiming to be top notch “boutique hotel” but very comfortable, and the rates are a real bargain.

This place really made an indelible impression on me – the memories of my trip will stay with me forever. Whether you are a lone traveller in search of something slightly off the beaten track, or a family looking for a package that will keep the children entertained whilst giving adults a peaceful break, I urge you to seek out this piece of paradise and complete the picture for yourself (apologies for plagiarising the previous submission).

Note: All the clichés contained in this account are statements of fact; all the superlatives are an understatement

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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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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