Ferncliff has the most comfortable beds and the staff placing a nice hotwater bottle at the foot of the beds before bedtime is very much appreciated. Being so high, Nuwara Elyia gets very cold and guests MUST take warm clothing. The place has a lovely fireplace which is most welcoming to guests arriving late in the afternoons. The staff had great trouble lighting the fire during our visit and then once the fire was lit, they kept leving the front door wide open each time they went out for any reason - sensless really.
The property has been tastefully refurbished with a sucessfull blend of old and new.
Gardens are spacious with wide sweeping lawns.
The breakfast was nicely done and tasty however during our visit the chef was on leave. Due to the cold weather we opted to eat dinner in which was a mistake. There are some good restaurtnast in neighbouring hotels with good food reviews which would be a better idea until the chef returns.
Unfortuantely this property does not offer driver accomodation or meals creating a difficulty for guests.
This is really a bed and breakfast property which is pleasant and comfortable but overpriced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ferncliff perched on one of the highest points of Nuwara Eliya commands a view like no other of 'Little England'. This includes being set against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Pedro (Pidurutalagala), which at 2524 m (8,281 ft) is Sri Lanka's highest point. Just ten minutes walk from the Grand Hotel and the Golf Club, Ferncliff is uniquely placed to be the centre of your Nuwara Eliya universe which includes Horton Plains National Park, Tea Plantations and other locations of interest in the hill country. Deeds for the Ferncliff lands predate the founding of the first Nuwara Eliya settlement by Great White Hunter and Explorer, Sir Samuel Baker in 1846. The bungalow, now a heritage site, had its beginnings in the 1850s and the ghosts of Samuel Baker and his ilk still walk our expansive lawns hunting elephants, deer and wild boar to near extinction in the lush Nuwara Eliya valley. Today, with restorations that have retained its rustic charm, Ferncliff offers comforts that few bungalows in town can aspire to, and our team led by our chef with over 30 years of experience in the hotel trade, will ensure that your time with us will be comfortable and relaxed. Rest assured that although Ferncliff is centrally located, once inside her gates the hustle and bustle of the town is forgotten. Enjoy a game of croquet, a round of boules, or just wander around our extensive grounds which include a young rose garden and very soon, orange and pear orchards. Look no further for what promises to be a truly authentic Nuwara Eliya experience. Kindly note that, accommodation for drivers and guides are not available in the premises. ... more less
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