Goatfell, Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya

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Its intimate size, open-plan design, gourmet dining and inviting evening log fires, make Goatfell one of the most desirable bungalow hotels in Sri Lanka.

Luxury seclusion in the lap of nature awaits you at this colonial-era tea bungalow, nestled amidst the gardens of the Concordia Estate. High up on a hill near Nuwara Eliya, the newly renovated Goatfell is a tiny four-bedroom retreat boasting top-end butler services, chic interior furnishings and expansive valley views of the phenomenal Sri Lankan countryside below.

Its intimate size, open-plan design, gourmet dining and inviting evening log fires, make Goatfell one of the most desirable bungalow hotels in Sri Lanka. With luxuriously chic – stylish custom-designed furnishings, textured fabric throws, fur rugs, and an earthy colour scheme, this historical tea house is a hidden gem like no-other. Take a dip in the infinity pool under the midday sun, before enjoying sundowners in the opulently dressed lounge or around the garden fire pit with friends, family and other hotel guests.

At an elevation of 2,000-metres above sea level, Goatfell flaunts jaw-dropping vistas of the valleys beyond. Beyond the buildings charm and lavish splendour, the ancient temples and terraces of Nuwara Eliya await. Offering the perfect balance of luxury and adventure, Goatfell promises to tick all the boxes for your special Sri Lankan getaway.

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Highlights:

  • Sun-down cocktails around the firepit
  • Complimentary fresh fruit platter on arrival
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cookies
  • 4 indulgent bedrooms
  • Spectacular mountain views
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Lounge and fire place
  • Sundowners / Meals by the Fire Pit
  • Complimentary Tea Factory Tour

Fine-Dining:

The kitchen at Goatfell promises locally sourced, freshly cooked food, served to you in an upcountry tea bungalow atmosphere. Butlers prepare your favorite beverages, offer afternoon tea in the garden and serve up gourmet meals on the cozy indoor dining room or outside on the veranda, making you feel at home.

Accommodation:

All 4 bedrooms are incredibly spacious and private, decorated in soothing natural tones and a stylish mix of hand-sourced antiques and custom designed contemporary pieces.

A Little Extra:

USD 50 voucher per room for in-house excursions per room per stay.

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Location:

The hotels fabulous hill country views in Kandapola's elevated region, basks in radiant sunshine. Located on the Concordia Estate, and walking distance from Finlay's Tea Factory, Goatfell enjoys spectacular vista panoramas.

Nuwara Eliya, is an ancient Sri Lankan market town nestled at the bottom of a bowl-shaped valley beneath Pidurutalagala Mountain, Sri Lanka's loftiest peak.

Nuwara Eliya, commonly known as Little England, is a rural town in Sri Lanka's Central Province dating back to the mid-nineteenth century and was where British tea planters would meet to socialize, relax, and enjoy more weather-related country activities such as deer hunting, golfing, polo, and cricket. For those wanting to explore the region, sights such as Hakgala Botanical Gardens and the Sita Ella Hindu Kovil, sit on the towns outskirts.

Additionally this is Sri Lanka's garden city. On terraces and in tiny home gardens, neatly organised vegetable plots are producing leeks, carrots, beans, and cabbages that will be consumed across the island. The island's major milk-producing zone is also located here.

Overview:

Previously, this century-old house was the Managers of the Concordia Estate and is now a boutique hotel in Kandapola with four atmospheric rooms designed for the discerning contemporary traveler.

Bedrooms are furnished with a mix of hand-sourced antique and custom-designed modern pieces, including soft beds, sitting areas, private gardens, and terraces with stunning estate and valley views. What's more, bathtubs for warm relaxing soaks are available in en suite bathrooms with steam showers.

All, bedrooms are equipped with heaters, rugs, blankets and hot water bottles for cooler Kandapola nights.

Kandapola - Concordia Double Bedrooms

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Garden View

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite Bathroom With Rainshower & Bathtub

Something Unique

Opens directly onto the lawn and infinity swimming pool through a set of French windows.

Ragala - Concordia Double Bedrooms

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Garden & Estate View

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite Bathroom With Rainshower & Bathtub

Something Unique

Large, lavish, and luxurious

Summerhill - Concordia Double Bedrooms

Beds

1x Four Poster King-Size Bed

Views

Garden & Estate View

Occupancy

Maximum of 5 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite Bathroom With Rainshower & Bathtub

Something Unique

Option of being connected with its neighbouring twin bedroom, Park, to make a Family Suite.

Park -Concordia Twin Bedroom

The heated Concordia Twin Bedroom, Park, is cosy and chic and tucked off the central hallway. The bedroom, which is adorned with four poster twin single beds dressed in warm duvets, an armchair, desk, and walk-in closet, as well as a table and chairs on a private veranda for absorbing the fresh air and garden views. The bathroom features a soak in the tub. This chamber may be linked to a neighbouring Concordia Double Bedroom to create a Family Suite.

Beds

2x Twin Beds

Views

Garden View

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 Guests

Bathroom

En-Suite Bathroom With Rainshower & Bathtub

Something Unique

Direct Access to Garden

Fine-Dining:

The kitchen at Goatfell promises locally sourced, freshly cooked food, served to you in an upcountry tea bungalow atmosphere. Butlers prepare your favorite beverages, offer afternoon tea in the garden and serve up gourmet meals on the cozy indoor dining room or outside on the veranda, making you feel at home.

Expect to eat a hearty breakfast before tucking into a Planter's Lunch, which is a mix of daily curries, and thereafter an afternoon tea. After that, you'll have an a la carte dinner before retiring for the night. The rates are all-inclusive, so please, eat your heart out.

The daily charge also includes all snacks and beverages, which are best enjoyed beside the warm crackling fireplace of the pleasant sitting room.

Open Hours: 7:00am to 10:30pm

Other Experiences:

This beautiful location, situated among the lush green hills and tea estates, is ideal for getting out and experiencing nature.

The bungalow's own tea plantation is a great start, and you may explore hedge-lined estate roads flanked by waist-high tea plants on your own or with one of the butler guides. Finlay’s Tea Factory, an authentic working tea factory, is within walking distance of the bungalow and you can learn all about the production of the world’s favourite brew on an absorbing manager-guided tea factory tour.

Explore the historic colonial-era hill station of Nuwara Eliya or trek through the reserve's open grasslands and high-altitude cloud forest at Horton Plains. The Sri Lankan wilderness is home to a number of other mountains, including the Tothupola Kanda, which is Sri Lanka's third-highest peak. It's also a less popular mountain whose route to the top goes through mossy forested regions with views across Horton Plains toward Nuwara Eliya and even as far as Adam’s Peak.

Other highlights include picnics in scenic locations, visiting the Hakgala Botanical gardens and swimming in cool waterfalls.

Essential Information

Visa:

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Tourism and government officials had approved a proposal to grant visa-free entry to Sri Lanka, for multiple countries across the world, which was set to begin May 1st, 2019.

Unfortunately, this service has been postponed in consideration of the current security situation. Please check with the Sri Lanka Embassy or Consulate in your country for up-to-date visa information.

Due to the heightened security threat, most nationalities will require a visa to visit Sri Lanka. The fee is approximately $35 USD and an E-Visa can be obtained at the following website: www.eta.gov.lk

For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the Sri Lankan embassy in your country or visit the official website.

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What does this new booking policy mean for me?:

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Our flexible booking policy includes:

(a) Free date changes up to 45days prior to departure - with no interest or added fees

(b) Full refund giving if you have to cancel the trip due to any COVID-19 related issues or international restrictions.

(c) You can now lock in your trip with a small refundable deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees.

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The GoKo Earth Preservation has been set up to protect and preserve the natural habitats of our planet and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of threatened environments and endangered species around the globe. This is achieved through rewilding, reforestation and marine conservation projects, alongside local community support.

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