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Taylors Hill began life as a British planter’s house, over a century ago. Today, this boutique hotel is a stylish, modern property, in the heart of tea country in Sri Lanka. The hotel even takes its name from Brit James Taylor, who introduced tea production to the country at the neighbouring Loolecondera estate in the 19th century.
There are just five charming guestrooms at Taylors Hill, each individually designed, and with tea inspired names, from Loolecondera, to Lipton. In a nod to the colonial period, guestrooms feature high backed armchairs, sumptuous fabrics and four poster beds, and this is combined with vibrant colours, patterned wallpaper and modern design touches (we particularly love the tree design of the four poster bed in the Pattiyagama room). Guestrooms are on the upper floor of the house, with views of the gardens and surrounding countryside.
Dining options at Taylors Hill include an a la carte menu of Asian Fusion dishes, using local ingredients, and taking influence from Kadyan and Tamil recipes, as well as British fare. And of course whilst in Tea Country, one should indulge in Afternoon Tea. A variety of freshly baked cakes and cookies are offered to guests, complimented by a range of tea infusions.
Guests of Taylors Hill can spend a leisurely afternoon by the swimming pool, or indulge in a game of tennis, badminton or croquet. The hotel also offers two sitting rooms, a TV room with DVD library, a dedicated snooker room, and also a childrens play room, so there are plenty of indoor retreats to hole up in.
Away from the hotel, guests are well placed for exploring the history of Sri Lanka's tea industry, with its origins at Loolecondera being right on the doorstep - the original tea bush planted is still used in production today. Other fascinating Kandy sites including The Temple of the Tooth, and Botanical Peredeniya Gardens are within easy reach.