Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereigh - Hatton
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Ceylon Tea Trails is the world’s first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the UNESCO World Heritage Central Highlands. This award-winning boutique resort comprises of four restored colonial era tea planters’ bungalows, offering period furnishings, exquisite butler service & gourmet cuisine. Bungalows vary from 4 to 6 rooms & suites; 21 rooms in all. Each of the four bungalows is unique - lakeside Castlereagh & Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views and Tientsin, the most traditional colonial.This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. Those who seek indulgence could simply observe life on a working tea estate while being pampered by your personal butler, choose a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool.

Each house comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys and from 4 to 6 rooms each – Master Suites with a separate living room and private gardens, Garden Suites with verandahs to private gardens and spacious Luxury Rooms of great character. Rooms are named after past tea planter occupants.


Travelers approaching Castlereagh from the road can glimpse tantalising views across the lake of this magnificent symbol of the glory days of colonial life. Nestled in a wooded dell close to the water, this century old bungalow offers unrivalled water views and superb garden suites to suit every taste. Elegant parquet floors all around with open fireplaces in the dining and drawing rooms, evoke recollections of the life and times of the tea planters who once lived here. In the extensive grounds summerhouses can be found where tea is served and a good book enjoyed until the sun goes down over the water and it’s time for sundowners on the terrace overlooking the lake.

Garden Suites

  • Baker
  • Alston
  • Palmer

Luxury Rooms

  • Jamieson
  • Tate

Baker garden suite: 45 sq.m, king size bed, bath with rain shower, view of tea fields & mountains, private verandah private garden.Alston garden suite: 46 sq.m, king size bed, bath with rain shower, view of tea fields, private verandah and garden.Palmer garden suite: 36 sq.m king size bed, bath with rain shower, view of tea fields and lake, private garden.

Jamieson luxury room: 40 sq.m, twin beds, bath with rain shower, view of lake & tea fields. Tate luxury room: 41 sq.m, king size bed, bath with rain shower, view of lake & tea fields.


  • Swimming pool
  • Summer house
  • Library
  • Garden dining

Things to do

  • The Tea Experience

This is the essential Tea Trails experience. The Resident Tea Planter will show you first hand the age-old tea making process. First, follow the trail of the planters of old Ceylon, as they trekked through the dense jungle looking for the best slopes on which to plant tea. Then on to watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands. Then to the factory where the all-important conversion to “made” black tea happens. The machinery used is of very traditional British design, some as old as 100 years. The process is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. The daily complimentary tour ends with a tasting of different grades of this great brew. Together with tea-infused cuisine, tea based spa treatments and trekking trails that traverse tea-blanketed hills, you can literally lose yourself in tea. You will leave Tea Trails with a newly found appreciation of this wonder herb “Camellia Sinensis” & the terroir of Ceylon Tea.

  • Scenic Walks and Hikes

A leisurely walk or an adventure trek is a delightful way to experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the sweet rhythm of life in a tea garden. Take in vistas of mountain lakes, manicured tea gardens, forests and doll’s house villages. A guide can be provided or self walk on marked trails. Many of the guests walk from one Tea Trails bungalow to another for a meal or cup of tea.

  • Mountain Biking

Ceylon Tea Trails has opened up a world of adventure and discovery in the Bogawantalawa Valley at an altitude of over 1500 metres. The unspoiled beauty of the surrounding valleys and hills are a great biking experience. There are mountain bikes in the bungalows for complimentary use. For longer rides it is recommended that you take one of the guides along.

  • Croquet

All bungalows have a croquet lawn where you can unleash devious tactics against family and friends, a Pimms No 1 in hand. A Mr Woolcott is rightly quoted in The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations as saying “It is no game for the soft of sinew and the gentle of spirit. The higher and dirtier croquet player can use the guile of a cobra and the inhumanity of a boa constrictor.”

  • Spa Treatments & Luxury Baths

Enjoy special aromatic baths to begin or complete your day…or just as an indulgence whenever you so please. Choose from Cinnamon Spice, Green Tea, Black Pepper & Orange, Jasmine or a Bergamot & Geranium Bath. Or luxuriate in a spa treatment in the privacy and the comfort of your room after a hike or bike ride and soothe any aches and pains away…treatments include the Tea Trails Signature Massage, Deep Tissue Massage & Reflex Zone Therapy.

  • White Water Rafting

After coming off the slopes of Adam’s Peak, the clear waters of the Kelani River wind their way through the Hill Country of Sri Lanka before emptying into the Indian Ocean. Your adventure starts at a beautiful nature base in Kitulgala about 75 minutes from Ceylon Tea Trails. After a safety briefing and a few pointers on rafting technique, you’ll jump right into the action. Seven high quality, class III rapids and warm water make the Kelani a premier introduction to the sport of whitewater or an exciting choice for experienced rafters

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