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This century-old colonial planter's bungalow and the surrounding Aislaby Tea Estate was owned by a British planting family - the Bostocks who arrived in Ceylon in 1884 – before the property passed into Sri Lankan ownership in 2010. Kirchhayn’s old world charm remains. Spacious rooms are decorated with historic photographs and fireplaces are still lit on a cold night. The swimming pool is set amidst colourful gardens. Some staff members have been here for generations. Venture off on a trek through the tea plantations, play a game of croquet or tennis, and by night relax with a drink by the fireplace until dinner is served. Kirchhayn bungalow is rented by the room on a BB basis.
Five suites open on to the gardens and have a sitting area and ensuite bathroom with h/w showers. The suites are furnished with twin or double beds fitted with mosquito netting (some are canopied four poster beds) and some have working fireplaces.
Bostock Suite: This master bedroom has direct access to the croquet lawn and swimming pool. Interior is furnished with a king-sized bed and has an open fire place.
Pyman Suite: Has two double beds and a sitting area. Windows open out to the rolling hills of the front lawn.
Lushington Suite: Opens out to a private enclosed terrace where meals are served on request. Room is furnished with a queen-sized bed and a day bed.
Wickwar Suite: Has a queen-sized bed and opens on to a private enclosed terrace.
Taylor Suite: This room is smaller in size and opens on to a private terrace. It is furnished with a queen-sized bed.
The living room opens out to a terrace and gardens beyond. A second lounge has sofas, working fireplace, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, and board games. Candlelit dinners are laid out in the dining room served by staff in traditional crisp white jacket and sarong. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the veranda or in your room. Sri Lankan and western dishes are served prepared with fresh vegetables from the garden. Packed lunches available. The gardens at Kirchhayn are a treat with rolling hills and manicured lawns that kids will love playing on while the adults relax by the poolside. Other facilities includes Wi-Fi, a small library, outdoor games including cricket, croquet, and tennis; swimming pool, and a helipad: the Helitours helicopter service is run by the owners. The bungalow manager, chef, and housekeeping staff are at hand.
Kirchhayn is a refurbished planter’s bungalow set amidst the 50-acre Aislaby tea estate in Bandarawela. Surrounded by mountain peaks in the breathtaking southern highlands, Kirchhayn is a peaceful haven. Bandarawela can be accessed via Ratnapura or Nuwara Eliya. About six hours from Colombo, although you could avoid road travel altogether and arrive from Colombo in style by helicopter and land at the bungalow’s own helipad. You can also head to the south coast via a daily sea plane service between Hatton and Koggala.
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