Stafford Bungalow is now open to guests to share the experience of living in this exclusive planter’s bungalow within a 50-acre working tea plantation. It is located amongst one of the finest tea fields in the world, in a private and stylish ambiance. Built in 1884 by a Scottish plantation manager, this four-bedroom holiday bungalow has old world charm and is designed with wooden floors, fire places and gabled roof. It is set on neatly-clipped lawns with colourful flower beds surrounded by the tea plantation and scenic mountain views. Upgraded in 2013, the bungalow can comfortably accommodate up to 11 guests and is booked by the room or villa. The Stafford Bungalow and tea estate are owned by the Hemas Company that does much to conserve the environment and assist the village community.
There are four well-appointed bedrooms equipped with twin or double beds, satellite TV, electric heaters, and modern en-suite bathrooms with h/w showers.
Breakfast is the traditional western style eggs with a bread basket and selection of fruits and the optional Lunch is usually a local rice and curry, with a selection of vegetables and meat dishes. ‘Stafford High Tea’ is served on the lawn with freshly baked scones replete with liberal helpings of butter, homemade jam and cream, and an assortment of sandwiches and cake, savored with sips of aromatic hill country tea which aids digestion! Dinner is a sumptuous three course meal, which includes Appu’s special ‘soup of the day’ with a basket of freshly baked bread, a main dish with wholesome vegetables and salads, and an irresistible dessert. A selection of specials from Appu’s local menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner can also be prepared on prior request.
The living room has a fireplace which is lit on a cool night. Sri Lankan and western cuisine is served in the main dining room while High Tea with freshly baked scones and homemade jams is served on the front lawn. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Other in-house facilities include satellite TV, DVD player, music system, tennis court, laundry service and butler service. Stafford bungalow has a team of staff including an experienced cook, housekeeper and gardener.