Rockwood Estate Bungalow located within 'Rockwood Estate' in Hewaheta was one such bungalow once occupied by the early breed of 'Planters' who strived to make the high quality tea that Sri Lanka is renowned for. The Bungalow was constructed in the early 1900s and is situated approximately 4700 feet above sea level on top of a mountain overlooking the Randenigala Reservoir.
The local elders believe that Rockwood Bungalow was built between 1914 and 1924 for use by a British Planter in charge of the Eastland Division of Rookwood Estate.
Clay, Lime and Rock - The original bungalow consisted of walls built with rocks and bound by a mixture of clay and limestone dust.
Self Sustaining - There exists evidence of a Cattle-Shed supporting the notion that the early inhabitants of the bungalow had been self sustained with milk, meat, poultry and vegetables at their disposal on site.
The newly added living room has seating for up to 10 people, together with a fire place, bar counter, LCD TV, DVD Player and Stereo to keep your spirits up when the weather plays spoiler from time to time.
The 4 bedrooms (3 with historic fire places intact) have a queen sized bed in each room, enough to sleep 2 adults comfortably. The 4 rooms have been painted yellow (historic wooden floor), pink, blue and beige keeping with the surroundings. 3 Rooms have bathrooms en-suite, whilst access to the bathroom from the 4th bed room is through the passage way connecting the rooms.
The open air dining room with seating for 8 occupies the area in between the living room and the main structure that houses the bed rooms, and offers a view of the valley beneath with direct access to the barbeque area at the rear end of the bungalow. We also have a chef on site, with experience in the preparation of Sri Lankan and Western cuisine.
The view point comprises of two levels; i.e. - an upper deck offering breathtaking views of the valley below including the reservoir at Randenigala complete with sun benches; and a rather secluded lower deck with seating for a couple or more. Both decks can be used for gatherings of any nature, with the lower deck better suited for rainy or extremely sunny weather given the ceiling above and the shade around.
Category - Tea Plantation Bungalows
Distance from Colombo - 156 Km (3 hour drive)
Distance from Airport - 175 Km (3.45 hour drive)
Price Guide - Rates on Request