Picturesquely perched amidst vertiginous upcountry terrain near Kandy, Taylors Hill is situated just seven kilometres from Loolecondera Estate, the birthplace of Ceylon Tea. Fittingly, this stylish five-bedroom hotel takes its name from James Taylor, the pioneer of commercial tea production in Ceylon.
Standing proud amidst several acres of lush border-fringed lawns, Taylors Hill is a two-storey granite plantation house dating back over a century. The interiors are fresh and stylish; bold hues highlight the five first floor bedrooms while the hotel’s ample living space includes a TV room, a lounge with open hearth and a kids’ playroom. Guests dine on Asian fusion fare freshly cooked by the hotel chef.
Families and honeymooners will enjoy the hotel’s rambling gardens, home to a hillside swimming pool and alfresco afternoon tea spots. There are also plenty of trails to walk, bicycles to borrow, a croquet lawn and tennis/badminton courts. Indoors, the hotel has its own dedicated snooker room with full-sized table.
Although the main attractions of this tranquil destination include nature walks, hiking, mountain biking and exploring historic and little visited tea estates, Kandy is within reach and attractions include the Temple of the Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the British Garrison Cemetery.