Heritance Tea Factory & Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Highlands, Nuwara Eliya
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Aitken Spence Hotels runs several properties on the island, three of them directly linked to Sri Lanka's most famous golf courses - from the historic Royal Colombo in the capital, to the modern Victoria Golf Club in the hills near the sacred city of Kandy, and the vintage Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, still higher up in tea country.
At 6,000 feet and overlooked by the island's highest mountain, Nuwara Eliya was a favourite retreat with the British, lured by its spring like weather year round. Heritance Tea Factory lies a short distance from the town centre amidst an emerald teascape of hills and mountains. The hotel began as a tea factory - hence its name, in the 1930's to service the Hettersett plantation, synonymous with the famous Pure Ceylon Tea. The impressive conversion of this old tea factory into a luxury hotel was distinguished with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Merit Award. To stay at Heritance Tea Factory is to experience a journey into time.
Blessed with a salubrious climate, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite hill station of the British who recreate a typical English Village in Ceylon's highlands. The jewel in the crown of Nuwara Eliya is its vintage golf club, founded in 1891. The course nestles into a valley in the heart of town, yet shielded by a thick belt of foliage from the city's rumours.
There are three further excellent golf courses in Sri Lanka, one near the former capital Kandy, stop over on the road to Nuwara Eliya, and two at the outskirts of Colombo, today's capital and gateway to the country. Aitken Spence runs the Heritance Negombo (opening mid 2015) in Negombo, a perfect place to stay when landing in, conveniently close to the airport and Colombo's two golf courses.
Heritance Tea Factory
Heritance Tea Factory lies a short distance from the town centre amidst an emerald teascape of hills and mountains. The hotel began as a tea factory - hence its name, in the 1930's to service the Hethersett plantation, synonymous with the famous Pure Ceylon Tea.
The impressive conversion of this old tea factory into a luxury hotel was distinguished with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Merit Award. To stay at the Heritance Tea Factory is to experience a journey into time. The atrium is latticed with steel and two giant fans remind guests that it used to be the leaf drying room. The tea packing room is now the bar and where tea was sifted and graded, the hotel's fine restaurant, while its modern kitchen used to be the engine room.
The withering lofts have been transformed into atmospheric, cosy bedrooms. Wood prevails throughout, with doors, shelves and cupboards left in their natural colours, while the windows original wooden frames provide glorious views of the tea plantation, hills and forests. Every bedroom has a built-in dressing table, beds are designed for a perfect night's sleep and each bathroom features a bathtub and shower.
Award winning hotel in a restored 1930's tea factory • UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Merit Award (2001) • Hethersett Estate at 6,800 ft.
54 Rooms • All guestrooms with heating, hot/cold water and full bathrooms with hairdryer • Telephone, satellite TV, radio and piped music • Tea/coffee maker (choice of tea in room)
Room service • Laundry/Valet service • Tour desk • Car rental • Safe • Shop • Library • TV Lounge • Main Restaurant & Railway Carriage Restaurant (fine dining) • 2 Bars • Fitness studio • Misty Mountain Spa • Putting green
Hethersett Estate (Pluck your own tea and process it in the hotel's own mini tea factory) • Jungle Trekking • Bird watching • Nature trails • Ponyback riding
Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
• Championship Course
Founded 1891 - 18 holes - 6,069 yds - Par 70 - Alt. 1,900 m./6,200 ft
Blessed with a salubrious climate, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite hill station of the British who recreate a typical English Village in Ceylon's highlands. The jewel in the crown of Nuwara Eliya is its vintage golf club, founded in 1891.
The course nestles into a valley in the heart of town, yet shielded by a thick belt of foliage from the city's rumours. This is a tight, challenging layout with long, narrow fairways lined by firs and dense rough, strategically placed bunkers and a river that comes into play on six holes. The course demands skilful position play and to cope with up and downhill lies. Well experienced caddies and a picturesque clubhouse round off a perfect game at Nuwara Eliya.
Well trained caddies available
Clubhouse: Pavilion, pro shop, bar/ restaurant. Cheap accommodation available
Golf in Sri Lanka
There are three further excellent golf courses in Sri Lanka, one near the former capital Kandy (see individual entry), stop over on the road to Nura Eliya, and two at the outskirts of Colombo, today's capital and gateway to the country. Aitken Spence runs the Browns Beach Hotel in Negombo, a perfect place to stay when landing in, conveniently close to the airport and Colombo's two golf courses.
The history of golf in Sri Lanka dates back from the days of the British Empire. During the mid 1800’s, the Galle Face Green in Colombo was the cradle of all British sports in Ceylon. Golf together with horse racing, polo, rugby, football, hockey and tennis share the vastness of the Galle Face Green. The Sri Lanka Golf Championship, the oldest National Golf Championship outside Britain was institutionalized in 1891.
• The Royal Colombo Golf Club
Colombo (Founded 1879) Donald Steel & Martin Ebert - 18 holes - 6,560 yds Par 71
Oldest club in the country and 4th oldest course outside the British Isles, Royal Colombo is situated within the city limits, yet it remains amazingly calm and tranquil. In 1879, a handful of intrepid British expatriates decided that it was time to introduce golf to a small British Colony called Ceylon. Not only golf but horse racing, polo, cricket, football, hockey and rugby were initially introduced on Galle Face Green. It was there, sharing with cricket and rugby enthusiasts on Galle Face Green, that the Royal Golf Club was inaugurated without a clubhouse or a proper golf course. In 1896 the club moved to its present location, which was a model farm, and in 1928 the privilege of using the prefix “Royal” was bestowed upon the Club by His Majesty King George V.
The course was recently redesigned by world reputed golf architects Donald Steel and Martin Ebert, yet maintaining its immaculate Colonial Ceylon style. A flat course with broad fairways featuring many water hazards. At the 6th, you may encounter the Kelani Valley train which runs across the fairway. Superb old Colonial British Club
• Waters Edge Golf & Country Club
Battaramulla, Colombo (2006) Murad Ismail - 18 holes - 6,504 yds - Par 72
Completed in 2006 the course was built on 200 acres of land criss-crossed by waterways on one of the most privileged locations in Sri Lanka's residential area, minutes away from Colombo, and amidst tranquil and natural surroundings. Waterways form the main hazards. There is a 300 m long drive range with 20 floodlit bays for night practice and a choice of turf or artificial mats. Other amenities at the Water's Edge includ a swimming pool, jacuzzis,, spa, banquet hall, restaurants, gymnasium and members lounge.
• Browns Beach Hotel
An Aitken Spence's beachfront hotel in Negombo, 5 mi. from Colombo airport and convenient to Royal Colombo GC & Waters Edge G&CC
About the size of Florida and known as "the Pearl of the Indian Ocean", this tropical island lies just off the southern tip of India and boasts hundred of miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, lush mountainous interiors and no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites listed by the UNESCO and spanning close to 3,000 years of history.
Known as Ceylon till 1972, when it became independent and renamed Sri Lanka, the former British colony was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road and also the craddle of Buddhism, being the nation where the Buddhist teachings were first written down as well as the oldest continually Buddhist country. The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, gems, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon, the last of which is native to the country.
Discerning visitors will marvel at the ancient sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Panduwasnuwara, with the remains of a great and ancent civilisation. The cities of Colombo and Kandy show the influence of the foreign colonial powers that fought for control over this strategic island, where Dutch-inspired buildings stand along with Victorian British mansions and Portuguese fortifications.
At 6,000 feet and overlooked by the island's highest mountain, and blessed with a salubrious climate, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite colonial hill station of the British who recreate a typical English Village in Ceylon's highlands. Know as "Little England", the town Tudor style architecture, Victorian homes and colonial landmarks have stood the test of time to take visitors on a journey back in time.
Nuwara Eliya dates back to the early nineteenth century when the British colonial administrator John Davy discovered this verdant bowl-shaped valley, overlooked by the rugged, jagged peak of Mount Pidurantalaga – Sri Lanka’s highest mountain. Governor Edwards Barnes soon followed in his footsteps and founded a sanatorium whilst overseeing the construction of a road from Kandy. Years later, as first coffee and then tea took precedence in local affairs, country clubs, hotels, golf courses, a lake, a park and even a racecourse popped up all over town.
• Hakgala: Botanical Gardens, Hakgala Peak (450 m./1,500 ft.) and Hakgala Natural Reserve and Sita Eliya Temple
• The Horton Plains National Park: Misty grassland plateau at over 2.000 m. (6,500 ft.) interspersed with forest - World's End (700 m./2,300 ft. sudden cliff drop on the edge of the plateau)
• St. Clairs & Kurundo Oya Falls
• Randenigala Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary (wild elephants)
• Adam's Peak: Legendary pilgrimage site to watch the sunrise
Address & Contact
Heritance Tea Factory
Aitken Spence Hotels
315, Vauxhall Street
Central Highlands "Tea Country"
Kandapola, 30 min. from Nuwara Eliya
Colombo International Airport (CMB)
180 km. (Scenic train ride from Colombo via Kandy)
All year (Hotels & Golf)
Tropical, tempered by the altitude 1.900 m. (6,200 ft.). Cool in winter