Lavender House

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Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Built circa 1890, The Lavender House is a former tea planter’s residence nestled amongst the historic tea fields of Pussellawa in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – perfectly situated for exploring the picturesque tea fields of Ceylon.

This five-bedroom estate, set in 7 acres of beautifully tended gardens, oozes character and each suite is individually furnished with beautiful antiques and rich textiles. Operated more like a private home than a hotel, The Lavender House is the epitome of laidback luxury. A beautifully tended garden, home-grown vegetables and morning coffee served on the veranda overooking the tea fields give this villa a luxurious “home away from home” atmosphere.

The location of the Lavender House lends itself to all the wonderful excursions available during your stay. The highlight is the visit to the Hellboda tea factory on the doorstep of the property. Walk through the tea fields, meeting tea pickers along your way and end up at a rural tea factory for your personalised tour and tea tasting. The famous town of Kandy is just a drive away and a visit to the Botanical gardens is a must as well as a tour of The Temple of the Tooth. For the sporty there are some wonderful golf courses in the area and a tennis court on the property. It is also possible to visit Uda Walawe National Park, a must for elephant lovers and a great excursion for all the family.

There is a emphasis on home cooking, making use of the produce grown on the property. The menu is varied and due to the home from home atmosphere the chef welcomes you into his kitchen to learn how to make a traditional Sri Lankan curry and all the sambals to go with it.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Hill Country into a greater Sri Lankan holiday. Take a look at Tea Plantations and Coastal Hideaways as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

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Location & Getting There

Perfectly situated amongst the tea fields of Pussellawa in Sri Lanka's Hill Country, Lavender House is a 1-hour drive and 4-hour drive from Nuwara Eliya and Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport respectively.


The estate has 5 bedrooms, 4 kings and 1 twin, set in 7 acres of beautifully tended gardens. Each features open fireplaces, a private terrace, window seats overlooking a private garden, lounge and dining rooms with entertainment amenities such as a billiard room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and the master bedroom which boasts gorgeous views of the misty mountains.


- Running track
- Infinity swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- Snooker/pool table
- Board games
- Dining: 1 dining room, 1 wine cellar


The location of Lavender House lends itself to many wonderful excursions. Visit the Hellboda tea factory right at the doorstep, take a stroll through tea fields and do tea tasting, drive to the famous Kandy town centre, tour the Temple of the Tooth, explore Uda Walawe National Park and learn Sri Lanka recipes.


Children are welcome and extra beds/cots can be provided.

Lavender House Price Guide

3 out of 5

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Lavender House Testimonials

Hi Ying!

We really enjoyed the trip so we’re sad to be thrust back into the real world ): The decent usage of English by drivers, guides and hotel staff was a pleasant surprise.

The Lavender House is a definitely a place we want to return to. The staff were hospitable, warm and ever accommodating.

In general, we are so happy to have been to Sri Lanka. thanks for helping us plan our honeymoon!

RR, February 2013

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