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10 of the Best Villas in Pussellawa, Hill Country

The Pussellawa region is famed for its beautiful green tea-cloaked hillsides, gushing waterfalls and scrubby mountains that form the beginning of the steep climb into the Central Hill Country. Situated roughly half way between Kandy (32km) and Nuwara Eliya (35km), Pussellawa’s elevation of 855m has a pleasant cooling effect on the climate; whilst days are typically hot and sunny, the evenings might be chilly and the mornings misty. The village of Pussellawa is small – with little more than a couple of banks and a 65-year-old Government Rest House that is a popular stopping point for its excellent rice and curry lunches – but has a magnificent setting. Paths through tea estates can be ambled along in appreciation of this picturesque region, tea factories may be visited and the work of colourful tea pluckers admired as they nimbly pick the top two leaves and a bud of these historic bushes to fling into a wicker basket on their backs. To the west of Pussellawa is the Kothmale Reservoir where you can visit a viewpoint overlooking the hydroelectric dam, whilst to the south is Ramboda Falls which cascades 109m down three sheer rock faces in a cooling sheen of spray and mist.

The Lavender House

The Lavender House

Sri Lanka  »  Hill Country  »  Pussellawa

We liked that The Lavender House blends authentic colonial hospitality with contemporary living as this resulted in just the right balance of comfort and personality. The location too, though isolated, complements the experience as views are of endless tea fields and mountains. As a couple, its privacy and seclusion felt romantic; however I imagine that the bungalow would be great, if not better for bigger groups. Families will appreciate the bungalow’s spaciousness; large lawn, big pool and generous grounds hosting a jogging track and clay tennis court provide plenty to entertain different members of the family; there are also many places both inside and out where pockets of privacy can be found – each suite’s own private garden is a delight. Aside from walking the tea trails and visiting a factory, there was little else to do in the immediate local area, making it was a good place to concentrate on thoroughly relaxing rather than feeling the pressure to explore – take some good books. Rooms are generously sized and although the master bedroom is a little larger than the others each room is tastefully decorated; we particularly loved the dreamy cushioned window seat in the twin room. The bathrooms were a real delight and we loved the generous selection of toiletries. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the cellar’s selection of wine (including bubbly) and full bar; there’s more quantity and range than we have found elsewhere in the region. The staff were always professional and the chef’s cooking was excellent; we liked the fact that we could go into the kitchen and watch him prepare our meal or have an impromptu curry demonstration. Guests can use the kitchen too if they wish although given the quality of the food we feel this is unlikely. It was great being able to plug our iPod into the Bose sound system and listen to our own music even when down by the pool.
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