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Goatfell, Tea Country

Gourmet cuisine, butler service and an enchanting location amidst Sri Lanka’s rolling tea fields combine at this century-old bungalow on the Concordia Estate.

Formerly the estate manager’s bungalow, Goatfell today is still steeped in the charm of a bygone era. Perched 2,000-metres above sea level on the fringes of Kandapola, this luxurious four-room boutique offers an intimate base from which to immerse yourself in the delights of the hill country. Stylish furnishings include dark-wood four poster beds, plush armchairs, writing desks and spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. Plus, private gardens and a terrace overlooking the estate. 

Aside from admiring the views alongside complimentary afternoon tea, you can enjoy a guided tour around the local tea factory, wander the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, swim in refreshing waterfalls or cool off in the property’s own beautiful infinity pool. The charming colonial-era hill station of Nuwara Eliya is just a 25-minute drive away, whilst the surrounding hills are a joy to explore on foot with spectacular views awaiting at every corner. 

Goatfell, at a glance

  • Century-old, colonial-era boutique hotel set on the working Concordia tea estate in Kandapola 
  • Perched some 2,000 metres above sea level 
  • Attentive butler service 
  • Four tastefully appointed and individually designed bedrooms with garden verandas
  • White-tiled ensuite bathrooms with bathtubs 
  • Exquisite views of the surrounding tea-covered hills
  • Feast on gourmet breakfasts, tasty ‘planter’s lunches’ and delicious a la carte dinners served in The Dining Room or alfresco on the terrace or in the garden 

For leisure and pleasure

  • Enjoy sundowners in the lounge or around the fire pit 
  • Large garden and croquet lawn 
  • Cooling infinity swimming pool and veranda with breathtaking views 
  • Cosy log-fired sitting room 
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of the tea production process with a visit to Finlay’s Tea Factory 
  • Discover the attractions of nearby hill station Nuawa Eliya
  • Summit Tothupola Kanda or Adam’s Peak 
  • Enjoy picnics in picturesque locations
  • Visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens or Horton Plains 
  • Follow numerous scenic trails leading to pretty viewpoints and waterfalls

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