The house has just six bedrooms, all a little different.
Four double rooms make up one ‘wing’ – the so-called Sunset Room being the largest of the four. The Balcony Room offers, as its name would imply, a little balcony with views up over Mount Hunasgiriya. The Bay Room opens onto a private terrace area. The Hideaway is tucked quietly and comfortably to one side.
A family room offers a double and two (antique) single beds. The Ashburnham Suite has a large sitting room and private outside sitting area.
Although just an hour from Kandy, Ashburnham is very much in tea-country and, being a working estate, the ideal place to explore production of the island’s most famous crop.
Guided tours of the tea fields can be arranged with the estate’s own manager. A short tuk tuk ride drops you down to the local tea factory to see the leaves being processed.
The estate and its surrounds boast great walking and trekking routes; guided walks are offered, ranging from easy jaunts to whole day treks. Mount Hunasgiriya offers the most arduous challenge.
Bikes are also available for hire – we recommend the ‘morning downhiller’ (tuk tuk escort back up).
If the weather folds then cooking classes (gin & tonic supported) are great fun.
Kandy is easily within day trip range. Attractions there include the Temple of the (Buddha’s) Tooth and the Botanical Gardens.
Other day trips – with a little more driving – can be made to the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya and the Cave Temples at Dambulla.