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Taylor's Hill

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  • About this holiday

    Taylor’s Hill in Sri Lanka’s Hill and Tea Country is a welcoming and homely country retreat with all the impeccable touches of a glamorous boutique hotel. Timeless and historic at the same time, the rooms are touched with colonial detail and ambience that matches the striking stone façade that looks out across the hills. Sri Lanka’s oldest tea estates surround the grounds, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy is just a stone’s throw away. An enviably convenient and idyllic location makes this stunning boutique hotel the perfect option for both couples and families travelling to this region of the island.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,480 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1899

    Our opinion

    Incredibly family-friendly, but also glamorous and peaceful enough for couples or friends travelling together.

    Hotel description

    Named after James Taylor, who historically began the cultivation of tea in Sri Lanka, Taylor’s Hill is an intimate boutique hotel that has all the charm and warmth of a beautifully preserved colonial house. Its porch, stone façade, and pitched roof are reminiscent of an old English country mansion, accessible via a gravel drive that winds through green lawns. On the grass, white iron chairs and tables look out across the sublime Hill and Tea Country, sheltered by blooming trees, and accompanied by a stunning freeform swimming pool, perched right on the hill edge. Guests are welcomed in by the excellent, friendly in-house staff, through the arched red front door, into the world of colonial Sri Lanka. Take breakfast and lunch in the light, florally decorated Morning Room, where the elegant 1950s vibe transports you back to the house’s beginnings. The rooms are designed with glamour and homeliness in mind, and each with its own unique flavour. The plush purple velvet of one room is contrasted with the flowing muslin drapes and golden ornamentation of another. Attention to detail is key on every surface and in every intricate pattern. A games room, cosy lounge with log-burning fire and chandelier, and organised trips to tea plantations are bound to get you into the Sri Lankan mindset. When dining in the Morning Room, enjoying Afternoon Tea on the lawn, or sampling a fine, multi-course dinner, you can be assured that only fresh, local ingredients are used. Try traditional Sri Lankan curry and local Kandyan specialities, or more broadly Asian dishes such as tamarind potatoes and kittul jiggery, all of which are expertly prepared by this exclusive boutique hotel’s own chef. Taylor’s Hill is a beautiful, charming retreat in Sri Lanka’s most rurally picturesque region; cultural and historic sites are just on your doorstep, as is an abundance of natural beauty, walking paths, and scenic spots for picnics and sunbathing. We would recommend spending at least two nights here before moving on in order to soak up the regal, historic atmosphere of the place.

    Location

    In Deltota, situated between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    77 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    5 rooms with private en-suite bathroom, daily housekeeping, sitting area, garden and country views, and modern amenities.
    Pattiyagama – double room with king-sized bed and additional connecting room that can be used for families.
    Loolecondera – double room with king-sized bed and sitting area that can be converted to accommodate children.
    Taylor – twin room with queen-sized beds.
    Le Cocq – standard room with French style and king-sized bed.
    Lipton – standard room with floral decoration and king-sized bed.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Swimming pool, tennis court, lawns, snooker room, TV room, wifi, library, and bicycle hire, Morning Room.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Snooker, badminton, tennis, cycling, croquet, and bird-watching.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    It is essential to visit the nearby Loolecondera Estate and Tea Factory, where James Taylor first cultivated tea in Sri Lanka and birthed the tea industry. Then, perhaps head into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy, visit a tea museum, the garrison cemetery, Peredinaya’s Botanical Gardens, or the elephant orphanage.

    Sports nearby

    Walking, and hiking.

    Children

    The Loolecondera room has an adjoining living area which can be converted into a twin bedroom for families travelling together. The Pattiyagama has an exclusively interconnecting room for use of families with children. Alternatively, the villa can be hired as a whole. Taylor’s Hill is very family-friendly, with a range of sports and games to entertain children and adults alike.

    Minimum stays

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