The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
The Weir House, named after the weir that is located upstream, is the hill country home of a Sri Lankan family who have created a restful holiday retreat within a village setting in Ulapane. Surrounded by mountains and lush foliage, this is a blissfully peaceful spot, interrupted only by the sound of flowing water, crickets and birdsong. The house is on a six-acre estate scattered with fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, tea, coffee and flowering plants that attract plenty of birds. It is perched on a hill and is reached via a series of steps and is designed with tall glass doors that open out to broad verandas and the gardens beyond. Interiors are a mix of contemporary design with Sri Lankan and Indian touches. The Weir House can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests and is let out on room basis. It should be noted that Weir House is located on a hill and requires climbing several steps, making it difficult to access for those with mobility difficulties. It is also not suitable for children below eight years due to the surrounding downhill slopes.
There are four spacious bedrooms: two are located overlooking the mountain and the stream below, one opens out to gardens by the swimming pool and the last is a family bedroom that can sleep up to four and is set slightly away from the main public spaces. All bedrooms are comfortably-furnished with king-sized beds, wardrobe and lounge chairs. The family room has two king-sized, low wooden beds. The ensuite bathrooms have h/w showers. Overhead fans and the hill country climate help to keep the rooms cool and comfortable.
The spacious lounge is designed with tall glass windows that allow for scenic mountain views. The lounge is equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD, DVD library, music system, iPod, a library and board games. Meals are served in the dining room overlooking the mountain or on the veranda. Sri Lankan and western dishes are served here, prepared with freshly-picked vegetables from their own gardens or purchased from the nearby village. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages. The swimming pool stands in beautiful landscaped gardens with the Ulapane mountain looming over. Weir House follows eco-friendly practices and uses water from natural mountain springs, solar energy for heating the water in the bathrooms, recycles waste material and uses organic farming practices.
Weir House is a four-bedroom villa set on a hill surrounded by tropical gardens in the village of Ulapane, about 45 minutes from Kandy. The journey from Colombo’s international airport via Kitulgala will take approximately 4 hours.
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