Set in a 62 acre private working tea and rubber estate, The Estate House at Rosyth, offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of rural Sri Lanka. Escape into a bygone era, built in 1926, as a tea planter’s bungalow and at the time a 350 acre estate, it has been owned by the same family for the past 35 years.
Cooking from the heart:
Their food is a delight of tastes and aromas. The menus are designed to offer fine Sri Lankan cuisine and an opportunity to experience some of the most popular Sri Lankan dishes utilising mainly local ingredients as well as organic produce grown on the estate. They offer cooking demonstrations before dinner or full cooking lessons which must be pre-booked. Cooking lessons can be combined with a visit to the local market with one of the team. The stunning dining pavilion, surrounded by lush vegetation provides the perfect place to enjoy the fine cuisine.
Discover rural Sri Lanka like no other area of the island:
Rosyth is a small working estate. Tea is plucked by hand and sold to the nearby tea factory, whilst latex is tapped, treated and sold to a local rubber factory. Coconuts, fruits, spices and other produce are grown on the estate and are, wherever possible, used as part of the menus. Guests are free to explore the estate, join the ladies plucking two leaves and a bud from the tea bushes, or to see how the rubber is tapped. Equally take a walk down to the river and discover the small waterfall or to the local paddy fields and enjoy meeting with the local villagers. The Estate contains walking trails mountain biking routes and staff will be happy to guide you through the tea terraces, rubber plantation and paddy fields.
A private and authentic tea factory experience:
The tea Factory, just a few minutes’ walk from the house is the local tea factory & whilst not part of our estate, guests are welcome to visit the factory and understand how the tea they grow is turned into fine tea for export. Many concur that Sri Lanka Tea is the best in the world. The tea grown at Rosyth is particularly popular in the Middle East. The old orthodox method of tea processing produces the liquor of the Broken Flower Orange Pekoe in its most superior grade. You will have the opportunity to purchase tea at the factory to take home. A short tour will take through the factory where the fresh leaves are dried by fans on withering troughs to reduce the moisture content and then rolled and pressed to express the juices which coat the leaves. The leaves are then left to ferment in humidity. The final process dries the leaves and then the leaves are graded for sale at the wholesale market.
Exploring the local Markets:
They have the busy market town of Kegalle just 15 minutes down the main road. This is a busy trade route town with a market with the hustle and bustle to match. Head to the market with a chef in their own tuk tuk or in your own vehicle and the chef will walk you through the different parts of the market. After this you can go back to the estate and conduct a full cooking lesson or demonstration with the chef.
Best At Travel is offering 7 night packages from £895 per person on a half board basis with flights from London.