Colonial appeal meets Vogue tropical-photo-shoot-style at Rosyth Property Home. Two hours north of Colombo airport, Rosyth Property Home is the proper soft-landing spot for a Sri Lanka arrival.
House owners Farzana and Neil Dobbs creatively mix the retro model of the unique 1926 tea planter’s bungalow with up to date design aptitude.
Set inside the 62 acres of a tea and rubber plantation, Rosyth gives a spread of onsite Sri Lankan experiences: early morning yoga, cookery lessons, a plantation stroll, spa remedies, tea-tasting at their new tea-factory and very good domestically impressed delicacies.
Rosyth Property organized for a driver to satisfy us on the airport and ship us to this luxurious boutique resort a few miles from Kegalle.
While porters take baggage to our suite, we’re welcomed with a calming ginger and cinnamon tea. Plus a therapeutic massage for drained toes.
Many a weary traveller, soothed by the masseur’s fingers, instantly ebook their first spa remedy.
Clove crops, wrapped with pepper creeper, and tea bushes appropriately line the trail to the Tea suite. Jack tree wooden, simply mistaken for the wealthy deep tones of mahogany, frames the big home windows and doorways.
Each line of sight inside the mild room focuses on a dramatic plunging valley of mahogany, palm and but extra clove and tea bushes. White wisps of cloud partially obscure a distant craggy peak.
Textured oriental rattan runs from the bedhead, by the suite and out onto the chairs and sun-loungers on the terrace. A gentleman’s valet stand, with a drawer for cufflinks, is a Somerset Maugham days-of-empire contact. Burnt orange blinds convey dashes of color to the easy color scheme.
A wall behind the mattress gives storage and successfully a dressing room. A discreet alcove neatly homes the fridge in addition to the tea and low amenities. Nothing is allowed to detract from the principle attraction: the panoramic view.
The inside lavatory has two wash foundation and a bathe.
Outdoors, on the terrace, an indulgent deep tub once more seems to be out over the valley.
Recent fruit platters alongside Sri Lankan egg hoppers are the celebrities of breakfasts served within the eating pavilion. Burgers, salads, soups and wraps can be found all through the day.
Within the evenings, a staff of skilled cooks run by a repertoire of conventional Sri Lankan favourites. Dinner for Sri Lankans isn’t just rice and one curry of beef, hen, fish or greens however an array of maybe bean, aubergine, purple lentil and spinach curries in addition to a sambal speckled with chilli flakes. And, then in fact, a dahl too.
Keep three or 4 evenings and also you’ll benefit from the flaming food-theatre of Sri Lankan avenue meals, as cooks’ chopping knifes conflict like cymbals.
Solar-loungers encompass a sapphire of a swimming pool. Choose a ebook from the library and loosen up for an hour or two.
Take a plantation stroll with naturalist Hetti previous the natural vegetable gardens. Then he’ll reveal how the property’s rubber bushes are tapped. A few of that rubber will discover its manner into latex surgical gloves.
A 20 minute drive results in Pinnawala the place you may stroll with elephants and feed them an outsize fruit salad. A mere aperitif for the 150kg of meals they eat on daily basis. Assist with elephant tub time too.
Kandy, dwelling of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth with its artifical lake, is simply an hour away. Cowl your legs and shoulders, rent a information and take off your footwear for an introduction to the legacy of the twenty eighth Buddha. Our information emphasises that followers don’t pray. They worship.
A free tour spherical Kandy’s Herb and Spice gardens is an in depth introduction to the side-effect-free wonders of Ayurvedic drugs however chances are you’ll want to withstand the gross sales pitch on purple oil for arthritic knees, child pineapple for weight reduction and treatments that work to clean pores and skin.
“No Nivea, no Ponds,” exhorts our information eyeing up our wrinkles. On a grander scale there are the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kandy.
Different good touches
That is light and honest Sri Lankan hospitality at its highest. Half the employees emerge to wave goodbye, as if we have been royalty.
The Dobbs supplied work on the property to the 70 households who had misplaced jobs when the close by tea manufacturing unit burnt down, regardless that they weren’t the homeowners. They proceed to provide breakfast for native faculty youngsters 3 times every week.
Hetti, the naturalist, is aware of the whereabouts of each frog and gecko across the property home, understanding too when the pond lilies will open their flowers.
The perfect bit
The Dobbs are working to revamp one small a part of Sri Lanka’s troubled tea business. More and more, recruiting pluckers, keen to obtain a mere £3 a day for lengthy hours in robust tropical situations, is turning into troublesome.
Rosyth’s pluckers choose one leaf and a bud, reasonably than the standard two leafs and a bud, to provide a hand-rolled artisan tea. Earnings from this high-end product are shared between the staff.
Visitors on the tea-tasting expertise, studying easy methods to roll and slurp, transfer by inexperienced tea to medium high quality teas and eventually to a pink-rimmed clear amber liquid freed from any bitter hints. Far faraway from on a regular basis builder’s day that is the Dom Perignon of teas.
A 3 evening keep in off-season begins from £390 per individual, based mostly on two sharing a Basic Room, excluding flights and transfers.
The ultimate verdict
Rosyth’s 10 rooms vary throughout budgets from the unique easy rooms within the bungalow to the uber-luxurious Rock Villa.
That includes very good Sri Lankan meals, Rosyth Property Home is an opulent base camp for a tour of the island or for a ultimate few days of rest earlier than heading for the airport.
Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Rosyth Property Home.