This really feels like a step into another age, but with modern comforts and really top notch hospitality. Life immediately drops a gear the moment you step over the threshold, and you can immerse yourself in the history and tune into the colonial ghosts. Michael is a marvel: attentive, polite, interesting and with a great eye for detail. And the kitchen turns out delicious, light, fresh Sri Lankan food. The lawn is something of a miracle, and in the morning or evening light a perfectly smooth sheet of glowing green - made for croquet, and surrounded by manicured borders. The location, so close to the centre of this thriving and unspoilt hill station - like town is perfect. The golf course, Victoria Gardens and the bustle of the markets beckon. You might be able to get the bits and pieces on offer individually for less, but Ferncliff must be unique, if for no other reason than nowhere else has Michael.
- 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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