Hotels we love


Sitting pretty and silent at the far end of Nuwara Eliya, almost hidden away from the buzz of the town, is Ferncliff Bungalow. Built in the 1800s on two and a half acres, this heritage hotel was built as a family home and remains so today. The bungalow still maintains its old colonial charm giving its guests the feel of what is left of the old ‘little England’ as locals refer to Nuwara Eliya by. The property has an expansive garden that is adorned with a colourful array of flowers and a large well-manicured lawn, making it a picturesque place to enjoy a morning cup of tea. The surrounding mountains add to the backdrop of the bungalow and the garden.

This property has six guest rooms in the bungalow, all named after its ancestors who built the property in 1841. Each room is unique and designed to maximise the space and lighting. Antique furniture that resembles life during colonial times is central to each room.

In each corner of the bungalow you'll discover something old and vintage. The living room fireplace with its beautifully crafted mantelpiece makes you think back to days gone by. You can almost hear the trotting of the horses at this once was hunting grounds of British masters.

The meals here are not extravagant, however, they are warm, homely and inviting to guests. Most of the ingredients used, including vegetables and herbs, are  sourced from the property’s own garden. We loved that there were many smiling and inviting faces ready to serve us. The chef carefully prepares all meals considering your personal likes and dislikes. Bernard, the property manager, really takes care of the guests and always has a smile to welcome you. If you are looking for a comfortable, homely stay with an old colonial touch, Ferncliff Bungalow is one of our best picks for hotels in Nuwara Eliya.