Kandy, Sri Lanka

Taylors Hill

Rates from (ex tax)$195.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD255.45), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Just a spot of cool


Loolecondera’s heavenly hills

High in the mountains above Kandy, Taylors Hill hotel is a hidden gem, tucked away in a valley of rare beauty and sprawling tea plantations. This colonial-era country house has been given a new lease of life with an inspired refurbishment. Its mountain-view pool, immaculate lawns and five contemporary rooms welcome guests home after a day of exploring this slow-paced corner of Sri Lanka.

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A signature spa product made with Sri Lankan cinnamon or a selection of local teas from the neighbouring plantation


Photos Taylors Hill facilities

Need to know




11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 31 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD255.45), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a full English breakfast with a choice of fruit, porridge or muesli, afternoon tea, and a three-course dinner. The full-board supplement is US$10 each, exclusive of tax and service (US$5 for under-10s).


There’s no TV or phones in the room; instead, pass your time testing the rooms’ silky soft bedding and cinnamon-scented toiletries, both tailor-made in Sri Lanka for the hotel.

Please note

Any bookings over Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve will involve a compulsory afternoon tea and five-course dinner (including house cocktails; not including wines and spirits). This will be charged at a rate of $55 a person ($25 for under-10s; free for under-3s).

At the hotel

Three acres of gardens, croquet lawn, tennis court, badminton, snooker room, kids play room, television room with DVD library, bikes to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: bathrobes, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Located on the hotel’s first floor, each of the five rooms takes its name from Sri Lanka’s tea-planting history. The largest, Pattigayama, has pale lemon yellow walls, a striking bed with four posters carved into tree shapes and the only bath tub in the house. With its draped four-poster bed and rococo vanity, Le Cocq has an air of French romance; all rooms are stylishly decked out with dark painted floors, bold patterned wallpaper and panelled ceilings.


The hotel’s curvaceous pool sparkles on a raised stone terrace circled by luxuriant trees, a row of royal-blue sunloungers and its own little pool house. Float away in total serenity to the sound of chanting from nearby temples echoing around the rolling hills; at dawn, the morning mist rising around this scenic stretch of old-world Ceylon can be quite magical.

Packing tips

The hotel doesn’t sell alcohol, but staff will happily chill your own sundowner supplies and postprandial tipples. It can get cool in the mountains at night, so bring a light knit.


Access through the gardens and the staircase to the rooms make the property difficult to navigate for disabled guests, although staff will help as much as possible.


Welcome. A free cot for under-3s and extra beds (from US$45 a night excluding tax and service) are available. The chef will happily adapt meals to suit little palates; free babysitting can also be arranged with a day’s notice.

Food and Drink

Photos Taylors Hill food and drink

Top Table

The rooftop of the poolside cabana has front-row seats to the valley’s spectacular sunsets.

Dress Code

White cotton lawn will take you from a game of croquet to the lounge; change into something a little more tailored for dinner.

Hotel restaurant

Dark wood furniture, damask wallpaper and tapestry-covered chairs give the dining room an elegant old-world feel. The fields around Kandy grow the country’s freshest, most varied produce, expertly put to use at Taylors Hill in tempting Asian-British fusion fare. You’ll find cinnamon-flavoured pork, mango salsa and beetroot curry on the daily-changing menu, alongside more traditional roast chicken and eton mess. Take afternoon tea in the sun room or in the gardens; home-baked cakes and biscuits are best savoured with a perfect cup of local tea.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but pick a spot anywhere in the grounds and sip on a fresh juice or smoothie made from mango, passion fruit, papaya or pineapple.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30am–10.30am; lunch 12 noon–2pm; dinner 7–10pm. Linger with drinks over a game of snooker until 11pm.

Room service



Photos Taylors Hill location
Taylors Hill
Pattiyagama Estate, Deltota
Sri Lanka


International flights touch down at Colombo’s Bandaranayake International Airport, a four-hour drive away. Operated by Cinnamon Air, sea plane transfers to Kandy’s Polgolla Reservoir take just 25 minutes; from there it’s an hour’s drive to Taylors Hill.


The nearest station is Peradeniya, an hour’s drive away, served by trains from Sri Lanka Railways and Expo Rail. The journey takes three hours and can get very busy, so if you’re not keen on experiencing this colourful transportation mode, driving’s your best option.


Negotiating Sri Lanka’s chaotic roads can be fraught work; most visitors wisely opt for a car with a driver. Avoid driving up or down the mountain at night as the roads are narrow, steep and dark; if your flight lands late, consider spending the night in Colombo or Kandy. The hotel has accommodation for drivers – arrange this when booking.


There’s a helicopter landing field a kilometre away, for which you’ll need permits well in advance.

Worth getting out of bed for

Give in to the languid pace of life in the high country: no eyelids would be batted should you simply choose to spend a few quiet days indulging in genteel pastimes in the hotel’s grounds. Games of croquet, tennis and badminton provide just enough exertion for a rewarding dip in the pool. Borrow a bike or set out on foot to explore the countryside and tea plantations on your doorstep; staff will happily pack a picnic for you. Loolecondera Estate, where James Taylor planted the seedlings of Sri Lanka’s tea industry, is just a 10-minute drive away; take a tour of the historic factory and sample the fine tea leaves that are still harvested there. Nearby Taylor’s Seat has sweeping views over the valleys and mountains; it’s said the pioneering plantation master would retreat here for solitary reflection (and the occasional tryst). An hour’s drive away, Kandy – a Unesco World Heritage Site – makes an intriguing daytrip; explore the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth and Peradeniya’s perfectly trimmed botanical gardens.

Local cafés

The Empire Café (+94 (0)81 223 9870) makes a pleasant pit stop in Kandy. Located right by the temple, it’s a bright, inviting space with tall rattan chairs serving lunches, smoothies, home-made ice-creams and sorbets.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this secluded hotel in Kandy and unpacked their croquet whites and loose-leaf teas, a full account of their luxury mountain break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Taylors Hill in Sri Lanka…

The road up Kandy’s mountains twists and bends, weaving between lush foliage and sheer drops. Here, the air is cool and tea plantations stretch across the rolling hills; hidden away in this sleepy corner of Sri Lanka, Taylors Hill hotel welcomes weary travellers home. Set in pretty manicured gardens, this stone-clad colonial-era house has retained an air of British gentility: there’s crunchy gravel on the path, croquet on the lawn and plenty of delightful spots for afternoon tea. Inside, an inspired restyle has refreshed the beautiful parquet floors and elegant panelled ceilings with bold patterned wallpaper, brightly upholstered chairs and whimsical four-poster beds. You’d be forgiven for giving in to a gentler pace of life – a splash in the pool, perhaps, or a game of tennis or badminton to while away the hours until dinner is served. When the mood strikes, Kandy’s colourful countryside awaits: take a picnic to the hills, stroll through the country’s oldest tea plantations and discover Hindu and Buddhist temples – just make sure you’re back in time for tea.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Taylors Hill’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Stunning views, the staff, the food and the Arak Sours!

Don’t expect

Lively nights although it should be noted that they do serve alcohol now. The hotel is in the middle of a tea plantation that is great to explore but that does mean over an hours drive into Kandy.


Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

We loved

The lazy days at the estate with afternoon tea. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. The tea factory tour through the colonial era facilities and up to James Taylor's seat was gorgeous.


Stayed on 5 Jan 2017

We loved

Great food and attentive service, it felt like we were staying at a good friend's house who kept spoiling us every day!

Don’t expect

It takes about 5-6 hours to get to Taylor's Hill from Colombo airport and about 1.5 hours from Kandy. We didn't expect the journey will take so long, but was still worth it!


Stayed on 1 Dec 2015

We loved

Everything. The service, food and beautiful house make this place such a dream. And the Empire Cafe in Kandy is a great spot for lunch after a day exploring.


Stayed on 29 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything about this hotel. The tranquility, the excellent appointments, the food and the wonderful staff.

Don’t expect

Lively nights.


Stayed on 24 Sep 2015

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