Sri Lanka, Hill Country
Info : Planters Bungalow
For solitude and charm, the Planters Bungalow Ella offers quaint and cosy lodgings, nestled in the tea plantations. The property consists of two houses available for rent separately, the Planters Bungalow and the Planters Cottage. Constructed by tea planter Malcolm George from Scotland in the 19th century, the property has since been renovated and fitted with modern amenities. Each room now contains a private terrace and a bathroom.
Situated on an old stable site, the Planters Cottage has a cosy double bedroom, complete with a four poster bed. The private terrace has a little summer kitchen with cooking facilities and a fridge, plus a dining area. There’s a patio area next to the garden with plenty of sunbathing and picnic opportunities available.
Two fantastic apartment-style rooms are the newest addition to the Planters Bungalow Ella, with self catering facilities, spacious rooms and of course, stunning views throughout. These can sleep up to 4 people each.
Dining at the Planters Bungalow Ella is all about authentic country food from the hills, interspersed with diverse international cuisine. The menu changes daily, and meals are often served on the verandah. The room rate includes a hearty breakfast.
Nature lovers will appreciate the walking possibilities within the grounds, and the surroundings are spectacular. Waterfalls and mountain trails wind through Ella, and Horton Plains National Park is a worthwhile day trip, as well as the characteristic country towns Haputale, Badulla, and Bandarawela. For a cosy and inviting mountain holiday, the Planters Bungalow Ella is a great choice.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
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