I am a New Zealander and this is my holiday cottage I built in Sri Lanka. I would like to share with international tourists. The cottage is 6 kms outside of Nuwara Eliya at 2000 metres in the middle of a tea Estate. The views are spectacular.
This is a private cottage I built to the plans of a Sri Lankan architect. The brief was to build a place that used a lot of wood and was warmer and more suited to the cool climate than modern Sri Lankan concrete houses. The house is situated in a small village in the middle of a large tea estate. The environment is clean and the air fresh. The cottage is at over 2000 metres, sometimes it takes a few days to adjust to the altitude. The cottage has a permanent caretaker/cook, [Channa] who has worked for me for over 5 years. All my holidays for the last 7 years have been at this location. Originally I built a small wooden cabin of cypress wood and later I added the cottage that has mango wood floors, jackwood door and window frames and an exterior of brick and cypress weather board. The garden has a tea and cypress hedge for privacy and the caretaker grows Peruvian Lilies[alstromarias] as a cut flower. Originally I accessed the site by car but during the last few years I have begun to use public transport. You can take a rickshaw from town for 600 rupees. Or you can walk down through the tea estate to take a bus for 20 rupees. I usually take the bus with the caretaker. You can also walk through the tea estate to the Pedro Tea Estate in Hawa Eliya. The cottage has been furnished and has most of the equipment and facilites for a comfortable stay. There is one bathroom inside the tourist cottage for guests and another outside in the garden which is inteded for the caretaker.
The cottage was a purpose built tourist accommodation. The entire cottage and garden is for guests. The caretaker uses the attached cabin and i store my personal belongings here. The cabin can be used as an extra bedroom if required as Channa can stay with neighbours. But the cottage has two upstairs bedrooms, a study, a bathroom and a living dining room. There is a kitchen but it is mainly intended for the caretaker not myself to use. It is a small room attached to the cabin and has a pantry, two burner gas stove, fridge, toaster, kettle, blender etc. There is space in the driveway to park one small car and there is a concrete road to the cottage. You cna get to th door by rickshaw from Nuwara Eliya.
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Normally I am only in Sri Lanka on holiday and the the cottage is not available. At present I am living in New Zealand and available by text and e mail. Really the cottage is for guest use the only complication is there is a caretaker who is there to provide as much or as little service as the guest requires. Minimum I insist that the caretaker is in Nuwara Eliya at guest arrival and departure. But the caretaker is there to cook, clean, wash, shop for food, guide at the guests request. He is paid a small monthly retainer but guests are encouraged to tip him at the end of their stay whatever they think his services were worth. I personally am not there to intera ct with guests but the caretaker is, if you want to walk through the tea estate on its trails you are strongly encouraged to take him with you as it is easy to get lost.
I will provide a fact sheet on caretakers services, so guests know how to interact with him. The idea is that I or my guests can holiday at the cottage and not worry about any domestic duties such as cleaning, cooking washing etc. Any questions about cottage and caretaker, guests can e mail me. The caretaker speaks Singhalese and some English.
The cottage is in a multi-ethnic, Sri Lankan village. Please respect the locals and their cultures and follow the guidance of the caretaker when necessary. The caretaker will keep out of the cottage during your stay to respect your privacy unless you want to invite him in to clean and tidy. He is available in the cabin or at the end of a phone when you want him. If he wants to leave the village during your stay he should ask your permission and always be back before your departure. The caretaker will cook most Sri Lankan dishes and some western on your request. But you will need to buy the food for him to cook yourself and share with him too. There is a service charge to cover cooking gas if he cooks for you. That's for him to collect. Guests can cook if the caretaker is there to supervise and clean up. Due to the nature and placing of the kitchen guests can not cook themselves unless the caretaker is present. Please treat the cottage as your own home and try and leave it as you find it.
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