You can’t visit Sri Lanka without going to a tea plantation, they’re often the most beautiful and peaceful places to stay, and never without the most stunning views of Sri Lanka.
The Governor’s Mansion was once the heart of 18 tea estates, but it has only one now, where they produce Sri Lanka’s speciality Ceylon black tea. A converted ex-colonial mansion it, has 11 suites decorated with a mixture of colonial antiques: large trunks, well-worn chest-of-drawers, and contemporary furnishings, creating a relaxing ‘modern-colonial’ feel.
There is some excellent hiking to be done around the plantation and it’s a great way to build an appetite for afternoon tea in the gardens. Homemade jams, scones and tea cakes, and the freshest tea you might ever have, while overlooking vast valleys of tea and the cloud-tipped Adam’s Peak in the distance.
The restaurant is at its best when serving Sri Lankan food however they also do Western dishes.