We reached at Tea Bush in the late afternoon. While I was busy with check in at the front desk, rest of our group were enjoying rainbow from the hill top backyard of the hotel. Very soon I joined them and enjoyed the view of colorful sky, small scattered houses on the distant hills and lake beyond the zigzag road. Entering into the room I was rather surprised by not seeing any provision of air conditioner of fans. There was a room heater instead and at night it was very useful in chilling Nuwara Eliya. The management and the staff, specially the kitchen staff were very friendly and cooperative with the guests. My daughter and my nephew had a chat with the head cook and they managed to get foods of their liking changing the set menu!
In Nuwara Eliya, we met one of our friends with his family just by chance and next morning they joined us in the breakfast. Finally our friend cancelled booking of their first hotel and stayed in Tea Bush for the next night.
Earlier I thought that the tea plantation was abandoned there and only the tea bushes (and Hotel Tea Bush) remained. But when I got up early in the morning there were tea girls plucking leaves from the garden. So, this was a rare experience of staying in a star marked hotel surrounded by a living tea garden. If I ever go back to Nuwara Eliya, I would love to stay at Tea Bush.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tea Bush Hotel is a boutique type hotel of 10 comfortable rooms, situated in Nuwara-eliya, the little England of Sri Lanka. The original planter’s granite bungalow, “Shelborne”, as it was then known built in the 1800’s, where most of the hotel rooms are housed adding to the old world charm of the hotel, was the residence of the superintendent of Haddon Hill Tea Estate.All rooms are provided with hot and cold water and room heaters are optional. Ample parking space coupled with drivers’ quarters is a boon for the tour operators. The large well appointed restaurant serves delicious food for both in-house guests as well as walk-in guests. Room service is also available on request. The limited number of rooms makes every guest a special one for the hotel. The high elevation of the hotel above the town makes the view from the rooms and the restaurant of the surrounding hills, Nuwara-eliya town and the Lake Gregory to be quite breathtaking. Mt. Pedro or Pidurutalagala, the highest peak in the Island is close at hand. One could get a grand view of Adams Peak or Sri Pada, the famed holy mountain by climbing the Single Tree Hill just behind the hotel.Guests on their own may visit the Victoria Park and the Lake Gregory which are just walking distance from the hotel, while hiking trips may be arranged by the hotel to the surrounding hills. Guided day tours may be arranged on request to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens with its famed rose beds or to the Horton Plains, the National Park among the clouds at an elevation of 7000 feet, and perhaps a peep down the Worlds End, the 3000 feet sheer precipice.All this would make your stay at the Tea Bush Hotel linger in your memories for long years to come. ... more less
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