There are just five very individual timber-floored bedrooms at Camellia Hills. Each gazes through floor to ceiling windows over the Castlereagh Reservoir or the lush surrounding hills. Bedrooms are all distinct in design and layout yet equally comfortable and luxurious.
The cosiest are the two Camellia Bedrooms while the three roomier Lakeview Bedrooms boast far-reaching views of the entire Castlereagh Valley from private garden terraces.
Bedrooms are usually booked individually, however the bungalow is small enough for groups and families requiring privacy to take the whole house for themselves on an exclusive basis.
The bungalow sits amidst acres of pea-green tea bushes, and a drive through them, along the valley’s edge, to a colonial-era tea factory where you can observe the age-old art of tea production, is included in the stay.
The fresh mountain climate makes venturing outside a breeze. Trails through neighbouring tea estates, patches of dense forest and to gushing waterfalls promise striking panoramas at every turn. Picnics canbe packed up for enjoying in many of these locations.
The islands on the reservoir offer further picnic potential, and itis possible to island hop by boat or voyage along the banks of the reservoir to the colonial-era Warleigh Church.
The lush forest edges of the surrounding hills is home to wild leopards. At the local Leopard Research Station, learn all about this elusive hill-dwelling sub-species that manages to ex-ist in this fragile environment.
If feeling adventurous head to the sacred Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s fourth highest mountain – a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus alike.