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“Beautiful cottage, great service but dilapidated furnishings.”
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Anilana Craigbank
Ranked #31 of 238 Nuwara Eliya B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful cottage, great service but dilapidated furnishings.”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

We stayed at the Craigbank Bungalows in April 2011 for 4 days and loved the location, high above the town of Nuwara Eliya. The cottage is pretty as a picture, full marks to the gardener! It has atmosphere and the service staff is very helpful. Loved the little den - they even serve you tea and snacks in there and its a nice, cosy place for an evening indoors. Very interesting artefacts.
MY biggest complaint is that the furnishings are in serious need of replacement. The cushions in the verandah outside apart from being filthy were going to tatters. The sitting room furnishings also showed serious signs of wear and tear. We stayed in the "Green Room"and though it was slightly better, in general, an overhaul of the interiors from the wall paper to the tapestry is required. When you are paying 4 star rates, then that quality is expected.
Overall, the charm of this bungalow is in its location and the fact that is far away from the noise of the main town. But it is pretty secluded so if you like a night out, then not really the ideal place to be in.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2011

This old bungalow is over 150 years old, but has been totally renovated within the last 10 years. It is set behind the St Andrews hotel and has just 3 large bedrooms and one very large suite. The gardens are nicely laid out and are wonderfully quiet to just sit in and relax. Service was brilliant with cups of tea and cold drinks being served whenever we wanted them at no extra charge. A word of warning though as no alcohol is served. If you want a beer, then buy some in town and they will put it in the fridge for you.

If you wish to eat here they serve the most sublime Sri Lankan curry. We had 13 dishes, all of which were beautifully cooked. We asked for medium hot curry and that is what we got.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2011

We stayed at Craigbank Bungalow for a night when visiting the tea hills of Nuwara Eliya.
The bungalow is so pretty and makes you feel like you've arrived in the English countryside. A real world away from the rest of Sri Lanka!
Craigbank is nicely situated just above the main town. The surrounding gardens and grounds are beautiful and wonderfully kept. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon sitting outside in the garden sipping tea and chilling. Bliss!
You'll notice the resident dogs Gin and Tonic running around the grounds occasionally which adds to the character of the place.
The staff are friendly and helpful but allow you your own privacy too.
There are only 4 rooms in the bungalow, which ensures you get great individual service. The staff encourage you to enjoy yourselves, relax and treat the place like your own.
There's a great casual TV room, more formal sitting room and impressive dining room where we had breakfast.
We stayed in room 'East'. All rooms are individually designed and decorated and the bathrooms are really quaint but with great luxurious touches too.
We wished we'd been able to stay for longer. A great little place!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Anilana Craigbank
Address: 48 Water Field Drive, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #31 of 238 B&Bs / Inns in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anilana Craigbank 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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