Kandy & The Hill Country
Rosyth Estate House

Indulge in a little nostalgia by immersing yourself in the peaceful setting of this beautifully refurbished planter’s bungalow, reminiscent of Sri Lanka’s colonial past.

This fully working tea and rubber plantation is found nestled high in the hill country with sweeping terraced views out and across to the misty mountains in the distance. Whilst its elegant design, outstanding cuisine and facilities offer all the delights of a 5 star stay, the emphasis is firmly on a welcoming and warm home-from-home experience. The cultural attractions of Kandy are also only an hour away.

Facilities & Activities

Enjoy the stunning vistas from your hammock on the cool terraced veranda or enjoy a dip in the swimming pool with its lush tropical garden setting. Hop on one of the mountain bikes to explore the surrounding area or join the resident naturalist Hetti on an estate walk through the tea terraces and rubber fields, spotting the resident monkeys along the way. Back at the house there is a daily morning yoga session to enjoy along with an extensive library and elegant lounge for relaxing with board games.

Several times a year, Rosyth also hosts yoga retreats where twice daily yoga sessions are combined with massage, health workshops and relaxation to re-focus the mind and body, please ask for more details and dates.

The estate is also well-based for some great excursions, starting with the newly built artisan tea factory where guests can enjoy a short visit and sample the hand-crafted teas or enjoy a more immersive experience from picking the leaves to crafting their own tea!

Just over an hour from the Estate House, the brightly coloured city of Kandy (a world heritage site) is top of the tick list; immerse yourself in its history, take a stroll around the lake and visit the sacred Buddhist sites. On the way back perhaps stop off at the beautiful botanical gardens of Peradeniya that date as far back as 1310.

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Dining

Home-cooked and fresh, the emphasis here is on locally-sourced and seasonal produce – much of which is grown on the estate. The profusion of coconuts, mangoes, papaya, jack fruits, peppers and cloves are carefully blended with fish, meats and spices of Sri Lanka and served up house-style. Guests tend to eat together, although you can choose your own setting and time to eat if you prefer.

There are cooking lessons and demonstrations from the chef and guests are encouraged to take a tuk-tuk to the market in Kegalle to select their own produce and soak up what is a very authentic experience.

Rooms

Named after the fragrant local fruits and spices, the charming rooms have been individually designed and furnished to reflect the colonial style of the property.

Classic Rooms (Cardamon, Clove, Mango and Palm) are found in the main house, while the Deluxe Rooms (Cinammon, Coconut and Lime) are a little more indulgent and open directly onto some outdoor space. Cinnamon is found next door with lovely views over the courtyard and swimming pool, or the more private Lime and Coconut Rooms have entrances from the rear gardens and are spread across 2 floors with large king-sized beds and luxurious day beds from which to view the spectacular mountain vistas beyond.

The 2 Plantation Suites enjoy an even more private setting, a few metres from the house with stunning views. Each suite has an outdoor bath on the terrace or balcony.

For the ultimate experience, stay in the Rock Villa, perched high on the hillside with incredible views. The villa consists of the Rock Master Suite and interconnecting Banyan Suite and extends over 226 meters squared . The 2 Suites can be sold independently or when combined guests have exclusive use of the whole villa.

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Family

The estate is very family-friendly and guests will enjoy the home-from-home atmosphere. There’s plenty to keep them entertained – from splashing in the pool, to spotting monkeys and exploring the pathways and lush tropical gardens. When the sun goes down, the cosy snug offers a haven for little ones and is filled with DVD’s, books, toys and board games.

The menu can be tailored to small appetites and the chef is very happy to accommodate special requests.

Interconnecting rooms are also available such as the Classic Rooms in the Main House as well as Lime and Coconut or the Plantation Suites set over 2 levels.

Sustainability

The ethos of Roysth’s owners is to run an estate with minimal impact on the environment, whilst ensuring that the families living on the estate have an improved quality of life. A proportion of the profit is used for local community initiatives such as supporting the 2 local schools with new uniforms, equipment and ongoing repairs. Guests are invited to get involved and support the children’s education by bringing educational items including books, pencils and educational toys which can be used in the classroom or helping to sponsor bigger project.

Location

The estate is perched high on the hillside, just a 10-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Kegalle and 2-hours from the Airport. Tranquil and quiet, it is also the perfect base from which to explore the delights of the Cultural Triangle with the city of Kandy just over an hour away.

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