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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
  • We have travelled with The Ultimate Travel Company six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. Given our obvious satisfaction with Ultimate, we had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was unfortunately cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble. When travel becomes viable again we would definitely rebook with them.

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    DN, August 2020