Craig Appin Bungalow Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.2
Reviewed:
09-Nov-2012

We really liked Craig Appin. The rooms are all very comfortable and the four-poster beds in the two front rooms certainly look very grand. Although most of the furnishings are new, their style is redolent of the past. Bedrooms 4 and 5 are situated closest to the kitchen so in the morning, the noise of the staff preparing breakfast can sometimes be heard. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a bathroom (you need to walk through bedroom 2 to reach it) although there is a guest WC along the corridor that occupants of bedroom 3 can use during the night. Having two living rooms was handy, so everyone can find their own space. We found the staff to be efficient, and meals were always served promptly, however only the chef spoke an acceptable level of English. Siri, the bungalow manager, drops by daily and is available at all times by phone, so it’s better to communicate any complicated requests to him, and he’ll relay the information to the staff. Lunches and dinners tend to be quite formal three-course affairs (pick from a limited set menu or let Siri know if there’s anything you would particularly like), featuring British style dishes and Sri Lankan cuisine. We preferred the local dishes, and particularly enjoyed the Sri Lankan breakfast curry spread.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:7
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:6 Facilities:5 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

It’s so easy to feel at home here, as Craig Appin is roomy and yet cosy at the same time. The two living rooms along with the furnished veranda allow for plenty of private space. The cooler climate of the hills is a highlight for anyone pining to escape into the great outdoors and learn about the lush tea estates that surround the bungalow.

Surprises

The bungalow comes with few entertainment facilities, aside from a cable TV, and there’s no swimming pool. If the heavens open, as they often do here in the Hill Country, you may be grateful for a few books and board games to keep you occupied so make sure you come prepared, especially if you have kids in tow. The nights are fresh and often cool at this elevation so you may need to pack a light jumper or two. The bungalow does have WiFi, but the connection is a little patchy.

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7.2 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. We really liked Craig Appin. The rooms are all very comfortable and the four-poster beds in the two front rooms certainly look very grand. Although most of the furnishings are new, their style is redolent of the past. Bedrooms 4 and 5 are situated closest to the kitchen so in the morning, the noise of the staff preparing breakfast can sometimes be heard. Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a bathroom (you need to walk through bedroom 2 to reach it) although there is a guest WC along the corridor that occupants of bedroom 3 can use during the night. Having two living rooms was handy, so everyone can find their own space. We found the staff to be efficient, and meals were always served promptly, however only the chef spoke an acceptable level of English. Siri, the bungalow manager, drops by daily and is available at all times by phone, so it’s better to communicate any complicated requests to him, and he’ll relay the information to the staff. Lunches and dinners tend to be quite formal three-course affairs (pick from a limited set menu or let Siri know if there’s anything you would particularly like), featuring British style dishes and Sri Lankan cuisine. We preferred the local dishes, and particularly enjoyed the Sri Lankan breakfast curry spread.

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