Serene four-bedroom bungalow Goatfell enjoys a lofty position on the top of a mountain near Kandapola, a 30-minute drive from Nuwara Eliya. Surveying an easterly panorama of hills, verdant tea estates and distant Ragala town, the bungalow epitomises the character and beauty of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Although its extensively refurbished interiors have a fresh contemporary feel, the atmosphere of this century-old former tea manager’s bungalow retains its nostalgic colonial-era atmosphere. Bedrooms open directly onto the lush gardens, and the bungalow’s seclusion makes stays here feel private and exclusive – perfect for gatherings.
Relax on the convivial garden terrace and dip into the infinity swimming pool, which offers some of the best views in Sri Lanka. The lawned and wooded gardens wrap around the house and melt into the neatly manicured tea bushes of the surrounding Concordia Estate. Walks through the surrounding tea estate and to secret viewpoints are some of the activities on offer here, and the bungalow’s team of butlers promise to pamper groups with their high levels of discreet personalised service.
Each bedroom at Goatfell has a private furnished terrace and an ensuite bathroom with a tub for warm soaks. The open-to-the-garden terrace is the venue for sampling Sri Lankan dishes and international fare, while an open hearth in the lounge is the pefect spot for sipping pre-and post-dinner drinks with friends. At this elevation – 2,000 metres – the climate is warm during the day yet feels much cooler at night.