Sri Lanka, Hill Country
Info : Weir House
The Weir house is located in Ulapane, only 45 minute drive from Kandy, so its an ideal place to explore both the stunning tea country and the all activities that Kandy has to offer. Its located far enough from the main road to feel isolated and walk around the acres of tea estates that surround the house, but close enough that you arent driving endlessly whilst exploring.
The house itself is beautifully furnished mixing modern and tradition Asian style furniture, and surrounded by 6 acres of tropical, well maintained gardens. From every view in the house youll see a lush landscape and a new area of the gardens to explore. In the living room youll find a 270 degree panoramic view from large reclining doors and windows, which is stunning to say the least.
In the main house there is 2 double rooms and 1 twin, all extremely comfortable and pleasantly decorated. Each has an en suite bathroom. There is no A/C, but as you are in the tea country, its not really needed. If you were a couple renting the entire house privately, you can chose which ever bedroom you wish. Downstairs (not attached to the main house) is a huge bedroom, featuring 2 double futon beds and en suite this room is absolutely perfect for older children, or a couple wanting more privacy.
During your stay, you will be looked after by a house manager, cook and 2 other members of staff. The cook will provide you with all your meals on a half board basis, blending both eastern and western cuisine. There is a pantry and cooker situated next to the dining room which is ideal if youd like to cook your own meals.
The Weir house is absolutely perfect for a group of friends, or a family who want to spend some time right in the hill country. With its great spaces to relax, a pool, tv/dvd system in the living room and very attentive staff, youll feel well looked and never get bored in this private retreat.
Villa - The 'Villa' is a similar concept to the 'holiday home' in Europe, with some key differences. Our villas in Asia are always fully staffed with cooking and service provided for you. Staff will generally cook meals to your specification and purchase food and drink for you at cost price. They are generally pretty smart and luxurious too and feel in many ways like a small private hotel. Nonetheless, your villa is still effectively a home and therefore you cannot expect the same level of training, English speaking or slickness that you might expect from a hotel at a similar cost. As the owners are not generally holiday professionals we cannot guarantee the quality of a villa matches expectations in a way we can with hotels. That said, the personal local touch means villas are generally much more friendly and interactive than hotels and have much to recommend them. The privacy and space makes them wonderful for families, groups of friends or couples looking for privacy and relaxation.
We hadn't opted for the luxury hotels but gone for good quality. I wonder what luxury is like because all our hotels and rooms were fantastic. All spacious and well appointed, the staff were all very helpful and friendly.