Haldummulla Estate Bungalow sits in a small walled garden amidst an organic 50-acre tea estate in Idalgashina a quiet corner of Sri Lanka’s southern highlands and is among the more value-for-money options among Sri Lanka’s tea country bungalows. It follows the classic look of a tea country bungalow in Sri Lanka’s highlands, designed in the old colonial-era style with a wrap-around balcony and bay windows. Its simple, homely atmosphere comes with traditional features such as four-poster beds and claw-foot bathtubs. Haldummulla Estate Bungalow is a good choice for active families who relish their own laid-back and unfussy space after a day spent roaming the hills. As well as great walking opportunities, guests can visit a local tea factory, or investigate the ruins of an ancient Portuguese Fort hidden within a pine forest. But many will just prefer to relax on the veranda with a good book while breathing in the fresh hill country air and watching monkeys scrambling through the trees.
The bungalow accommodates a maximum of six people plus another four in the adjoining Library Suite. It can also be booked by the room. All three rooms have shower and bath.
Double: One of the bungalow’s two double rooms, this room is furnished with a four-poster bed.
Terrace: The other double room, this room has the addition of a set of bunkbeds, ideal for young children.
Library Suite: The Library Suite has beautiful hill county views. It is separated from the bungalow with a welcoming lounge area with fireplace where you can enjoy al fresco dining. In contrast to the simple décor of the bungalow, the Library Suite has bookshelves, colourful fabrics and European antiques including a writing desk and gramophone.
As well as the bedrooms there is a cosy living area and dining room. The house is managed by a family of retired tea planters and Priya, the cook, serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and can also rustle up simple pasta dishes if requested. Alcohol is not available but guests can BYO. WiFi available. Because of its remoteness, Haldummulla is offered on a full-board basis.
Why We Like It
The sensational views and homey feel.
Situated in Sri Lanka’s southern highlands on an undulating plateau just under the high pass and quaint railway station of Idalgashinna, on the famously scenic Kandy to Badulla line.
Location: Idalgashina, Hill Country
Style: Tea Bungalow
No. of Rooms: 3
Key Features: Wrap-around veranda; European antiques; fireplace; library