By Shafiya Nawzer
I have wanted to travel for quite a while, recently I stay at The Lavender House by Reveal and my stay was nothing short of fantastic. If you are travelling to the hillside and on the lookout for the perfect juxtapose between luxury holiday and relaxation, this is the ideal place. Situated in Pussellawa, it’s 2.2 km from the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple.
Located in total privacy on top of the hills overlooking the stunning tea plantations. Pussellawa is known for its calming and soothing atmosphere. Dotted with tea estates and misty mountain tops, it is said that the location was loved by the English back in the day. Decades have passed by since they were last here, but Pussellawa still has a strong colonial charm that is inviting to those who want a secluded hideaway in the hill-country of Sri Lanka.
I took the train from Colombo Fort to Gampola; a drive would take you accurately four to five hours. I personally decided to take the train because I wanted to have a well-rested journey and enjoy the scenic view. I was in contact with the hotel and they arranged transport for me, the hotel was 45 minutes to an hour drive from the Railway Station. We reached the property was welcomed with a refreshing cold mocktail.
Blending the old with the new, The Lavender House is a combination of a colonial and a state-of-the-art modern English-style bungalow. Featuring artsy interior decorations and nature-inspired details, with ample natural light, the hotel features rustic interiors of chestnut brown and grey, along with contrasting white bring out the perfect atmosphere for a cosy and restful stay. The stunning interior is inspired by the beauty of nature and the surrounding vista and flora, the furniture and designs are comfortable and luxurious. The expansive rooms and property feature bespoke artwork and crafts, guests can enjoy the attention of a concierge and curated culinary dishes throughout their stay.
The Lavender House has been opened to the public since January 2022 as part of the Brown’s Group of Companies. Restoring the English-style bungalow that is over a century old, the property has undergone renovations with great pains taken to protect the original structure and features of this property’s rich character and history. It has had some new additions including an outdoor, elevated restaurant space and multiple other architectural efforts such as raised ceilings and a stunning outdoor pool that overlooks the vistas of the hill country. With a capacity of up to 10 to 12 packs with kids, guests can either book a single room or even the entire bungalow. Brown’s Hotels and Resorts Group General Manager Eksath Wijeratne stated, “The property is cut off from the rest of the tourist areas. If you are looking for complete relaxation, guests can also explore the area and other outdoor activities, waterfalls, ample greenery. We take pride in providing the best comfort, service, and food.”
Tastefully furnished, the interior stands out on its own. The walls are adorned with decorations. The property is a work of art and can be utilised for photoshoots. Trademark style extends to all living spaces. The contemporary approach to decor truly soothes the senses and the well-thought-out floor plans allow in plenty of light and makes you feel energised. There’s a cosy homey and laid-back vibe to the atmosphere.
I stayed in the violet room; the room was luxurious, spacious, and comfortable. They are furnished tastefully with soft furnishings and statement pieces of beautiful antique wooden furniture. The ensuite bathrooms are exceptionally large, all equipped and the best part is the modern tub. The décor is pleasing and creates a homely and comfortable ambience. It is evident from the design and ergonomic features of the room and bathroom that great emphasis has been placed on the comfort of the guests. The property is home to five luxurious bedrooms designed to ensure lavish comforts and lounge spaces with a calming ambience. The room combines and embodies the concepts of luxury and homeliness to give guests a pampered vacation. The rooms are equipped with vintage chairs perfect as a cosy nook to pen down your thoughts or read a book, and seating facing the astounding scenic view.
One of my favourites and the most iconic spot of The Lavender House is their infinity pool overlooking the most picturesque hill country tea plantation. You can easily indulge for hours by the poolside taking in the spectacular views, or even doing yoga or meditation. I caught the most beautiful sunset while enjoying a lavish high tea.
A combination of the lust nature, period features, charming ambience, wooden furniture, and excellent service make this one of the most desirable luxury properties. The ambience and aura of the place create an extraordinary fabric that lures travellers. The site is scattered with lush greenery and nature surrounded; blending with great finesse to give a contemporary atmosphere that works well with the natural feel of the property.
The restaurant is also open for dining for everyone; however, prior reservations are encouraged. The dining options are varied and they specialise in fusion cuisine. The chefs use local ingredients to prepare delectable Sri Lankan cuisine and an assortment of international fare. Just recalling the food makes my mouth salivate, I really enjoyed all the food served during my stay. Some notable mentions are the curated evening high tea with some delicious pastries and pol pani pancakes. Dinner was quite a unique experience, where we got to cook our meats on the spot using the hot cooking stone. I also enjoyed a hearty Sri Lankan lunch. For breakfast, we indulged in eggs benedict and pancakes.
The Lavender House is perfect for anyone looking for a quality vacation. If you want to get away, destress and detox. They ticked all the right boxes for me; a perfect location secluded and serene, great food, great accommodation, and amazing service. I would like to mention a special thank you to the property manager Mahen, for the hospitality he and the staff offered. I have done a fair bit of travelling around the country, and it’s safe to say that this place captured my heart. I would love to revisit the place any day!