This bungalow is owned by Anilana who have several properties in Sri Lanka. Go to anilana.com and follow links. Ignore the advice on some websites which says the bungalow is closed until further notice as this is out of date. We paid US$500 per night for the bungalow including breakfast. Free flow bottled water was included in the rate, which was a nice touch.
Our party of 7 adults and 1 infant (7 months) stayed at Craigbank for 2 nights in February 2013. We arrived just before dusk and the bungalow was pretty easy to find (just up the road from St Andrews Hotel), but it could be a bit tricky if you arrive in the dark as it's up a narrow road and the sign is quite small.
We were greeting by the staff and led inside for a much needed cup of tea! The bungalow is set in immaculate gardens and has a good view over Nuwara Eliya. Stepping inside felt like being transported back in time! We loved the oldie worldly charm and the fact that each rooms was unique. Some of the fixtures and fittings were a little dated, but comfortable / functional and appropriate to the setting. The rooms were a little dark as they were lit by sidelamps rather than a room light, but this added to the charm.
We decided that we would eat in the bungalow that night and we had the choice of ordering off the limited menu (Sri Lankan curry or meat and veg) or we could request anything else we wanted! We had a chat with the chef who was extremely accommodating and gave us some good suggestions and after a lot of deliberation we decided on lamb chops for 5 of us and lamb curry for the other 3, followed by 5 portions of chocolate biscuit dessert (highly recommended!!) and 3 traditional Sri Lankan desserts. The staff went to buy all the ingredients for us whilst we relaxed and we paid based on the value of the receipt (excellent value). They were also able to pick up some beer for us too. We brought our own wine and spirits from overseas, but they mixed up the most delicious pimms and lemonade (with all the trimmings) for us, as well as G&T's, which we had in the front living room with a fire lit. Food was delicious! We all agreed that the lamb chops were the best we had had in a very long time.
Hot water was a little sporadic due to the fact both solar and gas heaters were used and the staff had to sometimes switch between them. But the staff were very helpful and if there was a problem this was easily fixed. Water pressure was good.
Overall a really enjoyable stay. Thank you to everyone at Craigbank. Highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Anilana Craigbank Hotel Nuwara Eliya