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Heritance Tea Factory

Heritance Tea Factory

Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At 2km above sea level, the views over our lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable. Enjoy them as you tuck into high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. Welcome to Heritance Tea Factory, where the kettle is always on.

Heritance Tea Factory, a luxuriously appointed hotel at Nuwara Eliya, located in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country, will prove to be a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. At approximately 14 km from Nuwara Eliya and 163 km from Colombo. It takes 6-7 hours to drive from Colombo and the international airport.

THE ORIGINS OF HETHERSETT
In 1867 a Scotsman, James Taylor, first introduced tea to Ceylon (as the island was then known). Within a decade, the plant had become a popular crop among colonial planters, covering over 5,000 acres.

As the number of requests to open tea plantations grew, the government sold land to pioneer planters in the 1870s. Among the bidders was William Flowerdew, who named his plantation after his native village, Hethersett, in England, and built a tea factory to process his crop.

In Tamil, the plantation is known as Pupanie, which means “flowers of frost” – a quaint way of describing the cold mist that occasionally descends on Hethersett. Mr Flowerdew had sold the plantation by 1881, and it then passed through the hands of different owners. In the Goatfell Bar you can see a list of all the planters, from William Flowerdew in 1879 to JME Waring until 1972, after which the factory closed down.

Before motorised transport, the tea was transported by bullock cart to Kandapola, from where a narrow-gauge railway ran to Udapussellawa via Nuwara Eliya. For a taste of yesteryear you can have dinner in one of the former railway carriages, now our TCK 6685 Restaurant.

The Hethersett tea plantation played an important role in the development of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. In 1891 its silver tip tea was auctioned at Mincing Lane in London for £1 10s 6d a pound – 30 times the prevailing average price at the time. This exciting achievement ensured that the Hethersett mark would become synonymous with quality pure Ceylon tea.

REBUILDING THE TEA FACTORY
The original wooden factory was damaged by fire during the First World War, so in the mid-1930s a hill was scalped to create a plateau for the new factory, which is the hotel today.

When it was first built it was regarded as a remarkable work of engineering. The factory was ingeniously powered by an oil fired engine with flywheels and pulleys to operate the large fans for withering the tea, and also to power the rollers and sifters.
But by 1968, the Hethersett factory had passed its heyday, and it was finally closed in 1973. It stood unused, among the surrounding tea bushes, a silent monument to the days of pure Ceylon tea.

In 1992, Mr G C Wickremasinghe, a Director of Aitken Spence and Company Limited, happened to observe the tea factory through the mist-covered hills. He had a vision of transforming the shell into a unique, luxury hotel.

The idea was brought to fruition through the talent of architect Nihal Bodhinayake. No alterations or additions have been made to the exterior – the windows and woodwork are entirely original as designed by British engineers. Heritance Tea Factory opened as a hotel in 1996.

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Conference room
  • Courtyard garden
  • Fitness equipment
  • Free parking
  • Hair dryer
  • High-speed Internet
  • Living
  • Reception Safe
  • Room service
  • Spa services on site
  • TV

Facilities

  • 24hr room service
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar/pub
  • bicycle rental
  • business center
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • currency exchange
  • disabled facilities
  • elevator
  • executive floor
  • family room
  • laundry service/dry cleaning
  • meeting facilities
  • newspapers
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • shops
  • tours
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Sports and Recreation

  • children's playground
  • fitness center
  • garden
  • Spa
  • steamroom

Car park

  • car park

Children and extra beds:

Infant 0-1 year(s): Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-11 year(s): Must use an extra bed

Guests over 11 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

Superior

Newlyweds that seek honeymoon hotels in Sri Lanka will find our lodging intimate and relaxing. Enjoy splendid views of the Hethersett plantation or the Randenigala valley from the comfort of the armchairs in your room while sipping a cup of tea made from leaves grown in our own plantations.

Number of rooms: 39
Location: First, second and third floors
Size: 210 square feet

FACILITIES

King size bed or twin beds, Digital safe, Fully stocked minibar (at a charge), Telephone with international direct dialling (at a charge), Free Wi-Fi, Bath tub with overhead shower, Room heater, Tea and coffee-making facilities, 24-hour room service(at a charge), Extra pillows and blankets, TV with satellite and local channels, Laundry service(at a charge), Hairdryer, Free toiletries

Junior Suite

This interconnected master bedroom and separate single bedroom on the executive floor provide breathtaking views over the plantations around the hotel. Both rooms have 32-inch flatscreen LCD TVs, and each has its own bathroom.

Number of rooms: 1
Floors: Fourth floor
Size: 405 square feet

FACILITIES

King size bed, Digital safe, Fully stocked minibar (at a charge), Telephone with international direct dialling (at a charge), Free Wi-Fi, Bath tub with overhead shower, Room heater, Tea and coffee-making facilities, 24-hour room service (at a charge), Extra pillows and blankets, TV with satellite and local channels, Laundry service (at a charge), Hairdryer, Free toiletries, DVD/CD player (DVDs can be borrowed from the butler counter), Bathrobes and slippers, Fresh strawberries and cream, Canapes and crushed ice, Turndown service with fresh flowers and hot water bottles, Pillow menu (six different varieties of pillows per room), Duvets, Express check-in and check-out, Butler service 6am to midnight

Flowerdrew Suite

Those seeking sanctuary at a Nuwara Eliya Hotel in Sri Lanka will find Heritance Tea Factory a refreshing change of pace. Named after the planter who founded the Hethersett estate in 1879, this is the highest elevated room in Sri Lanka, situated 2 km above sea level. It feels as if you are on top of the world, as windows on three sides of the bedroom provide a triple aspect of Ragala and Randeingala reservoir. A sofa bed can be converted to an extra bed for a family.

You can dine in your own sitting room with butler service, or relax after a day’s sightseeing in front of the 48-inch flatscreen TV. And the bathroom has a Jacuzzi for an invigorating soak as well as a separate rainshower cubicle.

Number of rooms: 1
Floors: Fourth floor
Size: 485 square feet

FACILITIES

King size bed, Digital safe, Fully stocked minibar (at a charge), Telephone with international direct dialling (at a charge), Free Wi-Fi, Room heater, Tea and coffee-making facilities, 24-hour room service (at a charge), Extra pillows and blankets, 48-inch flatscreen TV with satellite and local channels, Laundry service (at a charge), Hairdryer, Free toiletries
DVD/CD player (DVDs can be borrowed from the butler counter), Tea Factory bathrobes and slippers, Fresh strawberries and cream, Canapes and crushed ice, Turndown service with fresh flowers and hot water bottles, Pillow menu (six different varieties of pillows per room), Duvets, Express check-in and check-out, Butler service 6am to midnight, Sofa bed

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