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Warwick Gardens

Ambewela,  East Hill Country

Overview

This elegant old stone house has all the atmosphere and appearance of a Home Counties country home. Arrive after a breathtaking journey climbing nearly 6,000ft  through the hills to a warm welcome from your host at this haven of peace.  From the colourful garden, scents of flowers, herbs and spices fill the air, which is  delightfully warm and clear after the humidity of the coast.

The spacious, lofty rooms show a great lightness of touch.  An uncluttered style with comfortable, cosy  seating and simple, elegant soft furnishings in neutral tones underlines the feeling of peace and relaxation. There is plenty of room and opportunity to mix with your fellow guests but many private corners to read or have a  quiet cup of tea. Before exploring the many attractions round about you may like to browse the extensive library, though you will find your host/manager, Mr Faris, has a bottomless store of information on many subjects.

The 5 double bedrooms have all the 'mod-cons' you could wish for, with the bonus of a priceless view from each window.

A most experienced chef prepares all your meals from wonderfully fresh ingredients; fruit and vegetables from the gardens, milk from the resident Jersey and fresh eggs from the farm. Traditional cuisine is delicious and varied, with optional cookery lessons if you so wish.

Long established as a favourite retreat in colonial days, the area was once known as 'Little England', there are many interesting walks and outings. Picturesque strolls take you by gushing waterfalls, via the lively sight and sounds of a local village school, to the Botanical Gardens. Binoculars are a must if you are a twitcher, the endemic and visiting birdlife is rich and varied. For more energetic pursuits there is hill walking and the nearby golf course and for the completely foolhardy there is mountain biking!

Such a restful 'out of the way' spot you may be reluctant to move on.

   Solo Traveller
   Fine Dining
   Child Friendly
   Bird Watching

Rooms

There are 5 double rooms with modern en suite bathrooms.  Rooms are spacious with pleasant neutral decoration, modern comfortable furniture and large beds. There is a generous sitting area with upholstered sofa and chairs, small table and desk. Lighting is gentle from wall lights and lamps. The icing on the cake is relaxing in a fragrant bath whilst glorying in the magnificent mountain view.

Dining

Chef brings his 17 years experience  to work with his friendly and efficient team in creating tasty, home style meals. Manager , Mr Faris, has planned much of the garden to provide the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs needed by the kitchen  Hoppers and pittu, thosai and idli areserved with all their traditional spices and curry accompaniments.  A selection of fine wines is available, and of course, unlimited classic, single estate Ceylon tea.

Things to do & local tips

  • Laze in the gardens or beg a guided tour from the manager to explain the 'how and 'why' and 'what', and his interesting plans for the future.
  • Walk through the estate tea bushes, past waterfalls to the Uva basin and Haputale gap
  • Take a bird watching tour - spot the Bulbuls, flycatchers and doves.(borrow the house binoculars)
  • Mountain biking for the adventurous 
  • Afternoon tea in the garden with homemade scones and jam
  • Board games and cards for the evenings
  • Library, sat. tv or piano for some homespun entertainment
  • International golf course nearby in Nuwara Elyia (all equipment available to hire)
  • Invite the local barber to give you a shave and relaxing massage in the garden; instead of a mirror you admire the view.