Ceylon Tea Trails, Castlereagh Reservoir

Nestled in “The Golden Valley”, Ceylon Tea Trails will not only give you a new appreciation of tea, but a deep insight into the rich culture and history of Sri Lanka.

Your Tea Trail will lead you around the breath-taking scenery of Castlereagh Reservoir – set high in the central uplands of Sri Lanka – to stay at five characterful bungalows. Each bungalow has its own unique style, but all offer a taste of colonial-era luxury with plush beds, period furnishings, timbered ceilings, log fires and antique touches. Not to mention awe-inspiring views over the mountains, glistening lake and tea fields.

When you’re not drinking in the splendid vistas, you’ll find tennis courts, a croquet lawn, outdoor pools, white water rafting and scenic hiking and biking trails to enjoy. You’ll also be able to take leisurely strolls through immaculate tea gardens; watch the dexterity of tea pickers and learn all about the ancient process and history of tea-making from the resident planter.

Ceylon Tea Trails, at a glance

  • Five luxury bungalows, each with four to six rooms
  • Tientsin Bungalow, built in 1888 is a historical landmark, set 4,600 feet high in the hills with astounding views
  • One master suite, three garden suites and two luxury guestrooms
  • Norwood Bungalow, built in 1890 and rebuilt in 1950, has fantastic views over the Bogawantalawa Valley
  • One master suite, three garden suites and two luxury guestrooms. Many with four posters and elegant bathrooms
  • Castlereagh Bungalow, built in 1925 has a superb wooded setting close to the water
  • Four garden suites and one luxury guestroom
  • Summerville Bungalow, built in 1923 is set high above the lake with far-flung views
  • One master suite, three garden suites and a luxury guestroom
  • Dunkeld Bungalow, built in 1925, enjoys panoramic views of the lake and Great Western mountains
  • One standalone bungalow, one master suite, two garden suites and one luxury room
  • Relais & Chateaux property

For leisure and pleasure

  • Delicious gourmet cuisine and afternoon tea prepared using fresh, home grown ingredients
  • Mountain biking against a stunning backdrop of lakes, tea plantations and mountains 
  • Enjoy scenic walks and hikes to experience the region’s rich landscapes and exotic bird and plant life
  • Learn about the tea making process from the property’s resident tea planter, including a tour of the tea factory 
  • Stroll through glorious English rose gardens
  • Tennis court and croquet lawn
  • White water rafting adventures
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden dining
  • Excursions include Kandy, Adam’s Peak, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains and Udawalawe National Park 
  • The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    DC, Spain, 2014