Stafford Bungalow

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Hidden amongst some of the finest tea fields in Sri Lanka, the colonial-style Stafford Bungalow is a family heritage holiday home, originally built in 1834 by a Scottish plantation manager. Though there are still echoes of its original old warm charm, the bungalow has been tailored towards contemporary expectations and alongside the period antique furniture you’ll find modernized interiors and renewed bathrooms.
Perfect forUnwinding among the tea bush– families exploring a working tea plantation in style.
In the know
  • There’s a ‘hang out den’ for kids looking for a hidey-hole filled with games
  • Set on 50 acres of working tea plantation
  • Exclusive use of the 130-year-old bungalow
  • Unique tastings and classes with Tea Superintendent

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Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Set within a 50 acre working tea plantation on the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya- near quaint ‘Little England’.

Rooms at Stafford Bungalow

The bungalow has four bedrooms, each with its own character and en suite bathroom. All of the rooms have teak furniture and hardwood flowers and are decorated with beige fabrics, intricate carpets and landscape or wildlife-themed artwork.
The Family Suite is sectioned off to sleep up to four, perfect for parents with small children, while the Master Suite is furnished with a beautiful four-poster bed and has a private sit out area. For views overlooking the gardens and tea plantation, bag one of the Deluxe rooms.

Food and drinks

Offering a bit of colonial flavouring, breakfast is traditionally western with eggs, a selection of fruit and a bread basket and afternoon tea, served on the lawn, is a wonderful spread of freshly baked scones topped with liberal helpings of butter, homemade jam and cream, and an assortment of sandwiches and cakes, all washed down with a cup of aromatic country tea.  
Lunch and dinner are more Sri Lankan in style and the locally-sourced courses usually feature curries and rice with a selection of vegetable and meat dishes.


Within the main house, there is a large morning room with a corner fitted with satellite TV and DVDs, perfect for a lazy wake up with the kids, a cosy study with big reading chairs and a comprehensive book collection and a warm living room, complete with crackling fire and plenty of board games.

Activities at Stafford Bungalow

You can keep active with a game of tennis or by taking the property’s bikes around the cycling tracks that forge through the tea estate. In the mornings, take a sack and head for the tea gardens to hand pick the best shoots, which by the late noon (after a trip to the factory) will become your afternoon ‘cuppa’. Take a tour around the local tea factory to watch the entire process first hand or enhance your tea tasting skills with the Tea Superintendent who’ll teach you the ‘slurp, roll, twist, spit’ technique.

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Hotel location

Stafford Bungalow is 1 km from Ragala and 20km from Nuwara Eliya’s city centre.

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