Luxury hotel holiday Governor's Mansion Dickoya

In the foothills of Dickoya in the central hill country region, Governor's Mansion is a grand country home, tea estate and luxury boutique hotel. Exuberant in its traditional, colonial-style interiors, the property was built in the 19th century and offers a gracious service with an elegant dining room, clay tennis courts, a fishing pond surrounded by terraced tea plantations. 
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Governor's Mansion, Dickoya

The Governor's Mansion is a grand, boutique hotel in the beautiful surroundings of the tea hills. The beautiful gardens, delicious cuisine and luxurious colonial-style atmosphere offer guests a truly tranquil and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 30-miles from Nuwara Eliya

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo International Airport

Distance from airport Colombo International Airport, 77 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Room service, Clay tennis court, Fishing pond, Snooker table, Piano, Satellite TV, 24-hour Reception.

Land sports

Tennis, Fishing

Out and about nearby

Warleigh Church in Dickoya, Local tea estate visits, Nature trails, Temple visits, Reservoir, Adam's Peak.

Sports nearby

Hiking, Cycling, Golf at Nuwara Eliya International Golf Course.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury room for 7 nights

From about

£2,360

Holiday Code EXH1609J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Governor's Mansion, Dickoya

In the foothills of Dickoya in the central hill country region, The Governor's Mansion is a grand countryside home and tea estate in a picturesque setting. A luxury boutique hotel surrounded by terraced plantations, the colonial architecture harks back to its 19th century origins and a history of illustrious royal and aristocratic guests. Surrounded by fragrant blossom-strewn gardens and manicured lawns, the building itself is grand and stately, standing on an elevated spot which surveys the rolling landscape. Adam's Peak can be glimpsed from the distance. Guests can enjoy the leisurely ease of the wonderful gardens, wander among the tea bushes and observe the tea-picking practices. Other outdoor pastimes are made available by facilities like a clay tennis court and a fully-stocked fishing pond. Interiors exude the luxurious and gracious style of the colonial era, with rich dark wood floorboards, antiques and wood-panelled walls. The lounge features low-slung beamed ceilings with traditional chandeliers overhead and gleaming, polished wood floors and rich carpets underfoot. Plush arm chairs, heavy drapery and a warming log fire give a home-from-home feel that is evocative of an English country home. There is a snooker table here to keep guests entertained. Decorated in a similar vein, there are 11 spacious guestrooms to choose from at The Governor's Mansion, each with anglicised names such as Edwardian, Regency and Kensington. Soft furnishings of rich silks and cottons add a regal air, and each is fitted with all the luxuries of contemporary accommodation. Served in a lavish and traditional dining room, Sri Lankan and Continental cuisine is accompanied by a list of world-class wines. Full board is included in your stay. A luxury boutique hotel in the tea country of central Sri Lanka, stay at The Governor's for a special tea estate experience amid spectacular views.

Room descriptions

Governor's Mansion has 11 suites with four-poster beds and room service.

Luxury Room
Governor's Suite
Queen's Suite
Victoria Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury room for 7 nights

From about

£2,360

Holiday Code EXH1609J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Governor's Mansion, Dickoya

Additional information

Children: Children aged 2-12 years stay at a reduced rate in parents' suite.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury room for 7 nights

From about

£2,360

Holiday Code EXH1609J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Governor's Mansion, Dickoya

About Tea and hill country

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka’s Tea Country incorporates the best of this diverse and exotic region. Popularly known as the High Tea Country, the temperate highlands of southern central Sri Lanka are wonderfully scenic with stunning mountain and valley vistas almost everywhere you go, and of course, often carpeted in tea bushes. Thanks to the multitude of micro-climates, the landscape is constantly changing, and it is an incredibly beautiful mountain area, worth visiting for the scenery as well as the tea culture. It is also Sri Lanka’s heartland for market gardens and dairy products; endless rows of vegetables and strawberries hug the slopes, vying for space with the tea bushes. Kandy, the royal capital of the hill country is a UNESCO world heritage site, built beside a placid lake surrounded by hills. This is certainly a thriving cultural capital with its universities and centres for Buddhist learning and the arts. Kandy is home to one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, as well as a number of other historical and cultural places of interest.

Highlights of Tea Country

Kandy market; Kandy area – handicrafts villages and workshops – brass, musical instruments, basket weaving, batik, painting; Kandy evening cultural show; Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage; Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; Mahaweli River and Victoria Dam; Tea estates; Drive to Nuwara Eliya and around the tea plantations, visiting a tea factory; Hantana mountain and Hantana tea plantations - walks and museum; Buddhist sites near Kandy – Gadaladeniya, Hindagala Vihara, Embekke Divale, Lankatilake; Mahiyangana – Rajamaha dagoba; Aluvihara Buddhist temple; Aluvihara Heritage Centre (Ena de Silva batik art and workshop and Sri Lankan rice & curry lunch); Knuckles Mountain Range - scenic drives and walking; Rubber plantations; Spice farms; Rail journey to Tea Country; Relaxing in the lush tropical hills; Treat your body, mind and soul to a programme of Ayurvedic massage and herbal treatments; Golf at the Victoria Golf course; Riding at Victoria Saddle Club; Walking and trekking; Cycling; White water rafting at Kitulgala.

Cultural highlights of Tea Country

Places of interest in Kandy include the Temple of the Tooth, the sacred Buddhist site which holds the tooth of Lord Buddha which is said to have been brought from India in the third century. The Temple lies within the Royal Palace complex along with the National Museum, the Audience Hall and a museum dedicated to the famous elephant, Raja. British legacies remain in central Kandy, in the form of grand old buildings and hotels, St Paul’s Church and Royal Palace Park. It is possible to walk most of the way around the lake besides which Kandy is built, where you can see the Royal Bathing Pavilion and the royal summerhouse which is on an island in the centre of the lake.). There is a lively market and a plethora of shops, gem showrooms and arts & crafts workshops. There are also several nightly cultural shows that showcase traditional Kandyan drumming, music and dance and the city boasts a fine international cricket stadium. Other highlights of the region include Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned or injured elephants are cared for; Nuwara Eliya, a hill town with many British influences; the mountainous scenery and tea plantations around Ambewela and Bandarawela; the Highland Railway between Kandy and Badulla; and Tea Experience and Tea museums, an essential part of any visit to this part of Sri Lanka.

Festivals in Tea Country

Kandy - Esala Perahera Festival - July or August (depending on the date of the Esala full moon). This spectacular cultural pageant is held over 10 days with the processions and celebrations getting more elaborate and longer each day. Although in ancient times this was a procession to honour Hindu gods, during the reign of King Rajasinghe it was decreed that the procession should be in honour the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Each night, dancers, drummers, flute players, whip-crackers and elephants form a procession around the streets and Kandy lake. The ornately decorated elephants increase daily in number to 100 on the last night, the finest of them being the Maligawa Tusker which carries the Sacred Tooth Relic, led by the Chiefs of the Temple in traditional silver and gold ceremonial dress. The Nuwara Eliya season runs from April to June. Horse racing in High Tea Country (trotting) in January, February, April, August and December. Bandarawela Perahera on full moon day in June.

Climate in Tea Country

Climate in Kandy: The daytime temperatures in Kandy and the surrounding hills range from around 22° C to 31° C, with cooler evenings averaging 17° C. It is fairly humid and misty in the evenings with short outbursts of rain. Heavier rainfalls occur during the south-west monsoon from May to August. Climate in the High Tea Country: At an elevation of above 4,000 feet the climate is cooler and less humid with cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings. Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 20s Celsius and at nights can drop to around 10° C. The driest part of the year is between December and April, and September is normally quite dry. The rainy season is May, June and July, and October and November due to the north-east, south-west and intermediate monsoons, and July is generally the coldest month. February and March are usually dry and around 20° C. Micro-climates exist from valley to valley. The weather at Warwick Gardens, for example, is around 16° C at night and can reach 26° C during the day, whilst the temperature at Bandarawela goes from 12° C to 20° C.

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