I can not recommend Strathisla enough. Peter and Moselle are wonderful hosts! Priya's cooking is amazing and JKo is a fantastic tour guide. It's off the beaten track which is what makes it so special. However, there are plenty of adventures to be had close by! We had 3 young children with us and they just loved it! We will be back x
This is BY FAR the best place we stayed at in all of Sri Lanka and BY FAR where we had the best food in all of Sri Lanka. I would strongly recommend staying here. This is a beautifully restored tea estate bungalow accommodation just outside Matale Sri Lanka. Set amongst the hills and tea estates, with breathtaking views, it is just magical to be at this serene and beautiful location. The food cooked by Priya is delicious and the best food we had in the whole of Sri Lanka. Freshly cooked to your liking and extremely delicious. JKo, the manager of the property bent over backwards to make sure our stay was exceptional and his hospitality was very much appreciated. He took us on a very fascinating and informative walk around the tea estate and local villages where we learnt about the local spices and fruit that go into the beautiful cuisine of Sri Lanka. The living areas are wonderfully restored with comfortable and tastefully selected furniture and décor. Hosts Peter and Mozelle are a wealth of knowledge of the local area and surrounds and we are extremely grateful for their hospitality. I strongly recommend staying here. It is a true gem in a paradise location. Thankyou so much for making our visit to Sri Lanka so wonderfully memorable.
A wonderful stay - only downside was that it was so short. We even had a. Interesting and informative walk and exploration of the local area organised by the charming owners. Would definitely visit again.
My family and I stayed at Strathisla in May 2016 where we had the most relaxing and enjoyable experience. The hosts were incredible and provided us with a wonderful atmosphere and incredible food which we believe was the best we had on the whole island. The estate and surroundings are full of history. We found ourselves relaxing whilst taking in the culture and tranquility that the island has to offer. I would definitely recommend for anyone who wants to experience the real Sri Lanka, full of culture, history and beautiful nature. I will be back!
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As a traveller searching for an authentic and unique stay on a tea and spice plantation, I loved the tranquility of Strathisla. The owner, Peter, was a wealth of knowledge on where to visit in Sri Lanka, and the hosts, Priya and Jko, were exceptional. All the other reviews are all correct - the food, the tour of the tea estate and lazing away by the pool overlooking the mountains and tea estates, were all dreamy highlights. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
We were supposed to stay for 3 nights but ended up extending our stay to 4 amazing nights at Strathisla guesthouse. The accomodation was clean and very comfortable. It was like a little paradise high on the mountain amongst a tes planation with the most perfect view of the peaks across the valley.
The food at Strathlisa is also worth a mention, the dinner is a feast of freshly prepared Sri Lankan cuisine and easily some of the best food we've had in Sri Lanka and the breakfast options are delicious too! We didnt feel the need to go out for dinner at all during our stay here.
One of the property managers, Kumar lead us on a beautiful walk through the local village. He is very knowledgeable on the local plants and routes, and his stories, friendliness, and insight on local culture made the walk perfect.
Overall this is a very special place in a very special spot run by a lovely and warm family!
We spent two unforgettable days and nights in Strathisla guest house, what a blissful place, a beautiful old house with so much charm, beautiful bedrooms with high shilling and wooden floor, tall trees all around, a lovely vintage pool with wring fresh water...I've done the most amazing yoga session in front of a spectacular view over the trees and the tea plantations..and the food...ohh God the food was the best food ever!
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