Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At 2 kilometers above sea level, the views over the lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable. Enjoy them as you enjoy high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. Welcome to Heritance Tea Factory where the kettle is always on.
Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At 2 kilometers above sea level, the views over the lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable. Heritance Tea Factory is nested in the mountain range that is considered the birthplace of the world’s best tea. The original tea factory was constructed in the days of British Raj. A cup of hot spice tea greets you upon arrival for you to taste your first sip of a unique and unmatchable experience, offered exclusively at the Heritance Tea Factory. The atrium is latticed with steel, color coded in green to show the original metalwork, and red to show which supports were added during the conversion in 1996. Above your head, two giant brass-capped wooden fans remind you that the bedrooms used to be the withering lofts, where the tealeaves were laid out to let the moisture evaporate.
Enjoy splendid views of the Hethersett plantation or the Randenigala valley from the comfort of the armchairs in your Superior Room, while sipping a cup of tea made from leaves grown in the hotel’s own plantations. Room amenities include a King size or twin beds, a digital safe, free wireless internet access, a bathtub with overhead shower, tea/coffee making facilities, a TV with satellite and local channels, a hair dryer and free toiletries.
The Heritance Tea Factory’s main restaurant is the former sifting room of the old tea factory. Most of the original girders and ironwork remain intact, while the service stations are decorated with some of the factory’s packing cases. Tables by the windows provide a view over the surrounding tea plantations. At night, candles on the tables and live piano or guitar music add to the ambiance. There are special menus for vegetarian and Jain diets, as well as for children - please ask the reception or restaurant manager for details.
From the moment the railway master blows his whistle to welcome you aboard, you know that you’re in for a unique dining experience. TCK 6685, a third-class carriage of the Udapussellawa narrow-gauge railway line that used to transport tea but closed down in 1950, has been converted to a fine-dining restaurant. Its former passengers would marvel at today’s menu, with its range of top-quality ingredients from around the world – smoked salmon from Norway, beef and lamb from Australia, duck from the USA. And of course, there’s an international wine list to match your dish. The executive chef himself takes your order to discuss any particular preferences you may have. Then it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride through six courses, or “stations”. With candlelight reflected in the gleaming teak and brass, it’s a delightfully nostalgic experience.
As a hotel resident, you have free access to the gym next to the spa in the basement. The gym contains two treadmills, two cycling machines, a step machine, a rowing machine and a selection of free weights. The cool breezes and breathtaking landscape around the hotel are perfect for exploring the area by bike. Most of the tracks around the hotel are virtually free of traffic, so you can concentrate on enjoying the views. The hotel’s excellent mountain bikes are well suited to the rugged terrain and are regularly checked and maintained for your safety and comfort. Please ask the reception if you are interested in hiring a bike. The small putting green next to the Mini Tea Factory is free to hotel guests. Ask the reception if you would like to borrow the putting equipment. There is a pool table located in the Goatfell Bar. Board games including Monopoly, Scrabble, Carom and Chess are available from reception.
Heritance Tea Factory is hardly a noisy scrum of activity, but if the weather closes in or you want an even quieter retreat, visit the cozy library perched above the Hethersett Bar. Here you can settle in a cane chair to catch up with events in the daily paper. If you fancy some light holiday reading, there are shelves of bestsellers and a selection of magazines left by previous visitors, or you could devote some serious study time to the history of Sri Lankan railways or local bird life!
Misty Morning Spa’s philosophy is simple: to make you feel better and more beautiful. The three fundamentals are professional expertise, professional treatments and professional products. The spa’s own line of blended pure massage oils and genuine herbal cosmetics are made in Sri Lanka from the finest natural ingredients. Misty Morning Spa offers a complete range of services to pamper you. Choose from massage therapies, body treatments, facial and nail care. There are three treatment rooms, a small steam room and a Jacuzzi. The water comes straight from the hotel’s own mountain spring.
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