Sri Lanka In Style Adds Escape to Warwick Gardens to its Inspiring Holiday Portfolio

Bangkok, Bangkok Thailand (PressExposure) December 11, 2008 -- Sri Lanka (Syndacast) December 9, 2008 -- Sri Lanka In Style's collection adds a special hideaway in Sri Lanka that guarantees tranquility and peace. Some 1,850 meters above sea level nestling among the peaks of Ambewela, Jetwing’s Warwick Gardens was built by a Scottish Tea Planter in the 1800’s before being abandoned and left derelict. Since then the property has undergone a very tasteful metamorphosis to become one of Sri Lanka’s most desirable boutique villas and hideaways in the hill country.

“Jetwings Warwick Gardens is a very exciting addition to our collection of small original hotels and villas in Sri Lanka and to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry in general” says Miguel Cunat, CEO of Sri Lanka In Style. “This is an historic hideaway a stone throw from the tea country ideal for resplendent relaxation, for walkers; a place to get back in touch with yourself and Mother Nature”.

Originally purchased as a private home by the Managing Director of Jetwing, Hiran Cooray, Warwick Gardens was carefully and authentically restored under the guidance of renowned local architect Channa Daswatte. As the potential of the Planters House was recognized a decision was made to develop Warwick Gardens as a small boutique hotel rather than private residence and thus launch the “Villas by Jetwing” collection.

“Having realized the ever changing needs of our guests and the desire for secluded experiences offering personalized care, we wanted to introduce 'Villas by Jetwing' for a long time. Today, this dream is a reality of which we are proud” says Hiran Cooray.

Warwick Gardens brims with experiences from eccentric to yesteryear colonial [] and quintessentially British to authentically Sinhalese. The local barber, armed with an array of cut-throat razors, is on call for gents and offers the closest of shaves and a soothing head massage in Nature’s own barbers’ shop; a table and chair set-up in the gardens of this granite mansion.

Guests can take a traditional English breakfast in bed or on the lawn with ingredients fresh from Warwick Garden’s own farm including milk from Daisy, the resident cow. Warwick Gardens features a wide selection of teas from nearby Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s finest tea growing region.

Oozing Baronial splendor, Warwick Gardens has five double bedrooms with open fireplaces, four poster beds and cast-iron roll-top baths. Downstairs the dining room and lounge have been restored to their former glory with period furnishings and family heirlooms including a baby grand piano, Jaipur rugs and Murano chandeliers.

The views from the house look out over the large, flower-filled gardens, across tea estates and deep valleys and the Ambewela mountain range. Although secluded, Warwick Gardens is within easy striking distance of a variety of day trips including Ambewela farm, Hakgala Botanical Gardens and Horton Plains, the latter presenting exciting opportunities to spot leopards and sambhur.

Activities include the renowned Nuwara Eliya Golf course, horse and pony riding in the Nuwara Eliya Park, wildlife spotting, tours of tea factories and cultural visits to the tea estates line housing to experience first-hand the way of life of the island’s plantation workers. Dr Faris, a naturalist with a PhD in forestry and wildlife conservation, is the resident manager and a veritable encyclopedia of information.

The essence of Warwick Gardens is that guests should make it their home and feel free to walk around the house, enter the kitchen, relax in the living areas and take picnics on the lawn. The house is an ideal escape for families, for groups, for couples, for Honeymooners and for those that simply want to get away from it all. Children are welcome particularly as part of a group party booking Warwick Gardens exclusively.

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