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The Lavender House

Pussellawa, Sri Lanka

Built in circa 1890s The Lavender House, Hellboda Estate is a former tea planter's residence nestled in the historic tea fields of Pussellawa in Ceylon. Its comfortable surroundings are combined with beautifully tended gardens to create idyllic settings.

At a Glance

  • The perfect solution for those who want to sample the hill country but only have limited time to spare

  • The swimming pool boasts one of the most magnificent views in the world looking out and over the mountains of tea plantations

  • Log fires blaze in the hearths in winter

  • The Lavender House remains one of the few tea estate bungalows designed by the British with its original wooden shingle roof

  • Finish off an evening of fine dining in the comfort of the Billiard room

Adventure, Culture, Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

While a little brisk when you first enter, the swimming pool has possibly the most fabulous view in Sri Lanka.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Don't forget your trainers if you are keen for a spot of tennis

Clare Monro

Insider's View

There is a cozy living room with a complete library, dont worry if you have forgotten your book at home, there is plenty for a good read!

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Lavender House or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country


The Lavender House is set in 7 acres of beautifully tended gardens nestled in the heart of the up country tea estates of Ceylon. The property offers informal luxury, a country house which is operated more like a private home. Garden flowers, log fires and home grown vegetables all contribute to the comfortable feeling of this well maintained home.

Enjoy quiet morning coffees on the terrace and traditional afternoon tea in the Conservatory. Pre dinner drinks will be hosted in the sitting room while the dinning room will offer guests a wide selection of classically presented local dishes and international cuisine using the best of local produce. A selection of wines from the owners very own collection in the cellar next door, will satisfy even the most demanding palate.

The dining room is run in an innovated style the dishes have a refreshing vitality and lack of fuss, with emphasis on distinct flavors of home cooking. Guests can finish off the evening with an aperitif in the comfort of the Billiard room.

The entire house including the pool area is fitted with a Bose sound system that the guests can use with their own iPod or select your choice of music from the in-house collection.

The most striking element of the property is its infinity swimming pool, merging with miles of tea covered hills and the mountain peaks beyond.

A haven to relax at for a few days or explore the local surroundings.


The Lavender Houses' five Bedrooms are furnished with traditional pieces giving each room its individual character offering every comfort and amenity. Each of the five suites is furnished with rich textiles, period photographs and prints and antiques with private outside spaces.

Master Suite

Furnished with an antique king-sized four poster bed, this spacious room has a sitting area, a work desk, and private sit-out. Ensuite bathroom has a bath tube and h/w shower.

Garden Suites 1 & 2

Similar in design, these two suites have sit-outs with front garden views.

Garden Suite 3

Furnished with twin beds, this room has front garden views.

Garden Suite 4

With a timber panelled fireplace, blue and white porcelain giving it an oriental touch, and four poster canopied antique bed dressed in white linen, this is a romantic room ideal for couples.


While there is no child care, children and families are very welcome. Children will enjoy all the activities on offer in and around the hotel. They will also love the cultural trips to local tourist destinations such as Kandy famous for its Temple of the Tooth and the Peradeniya botanical gardens. A journey to the Uda Walawe national park to see the elephants and other game is a must.


Facilities at the Lavender House include clay tennis courts, a jogging track and an infinity pool. The dinning room serves sumptuous local cuisine and the Billiard room is a great place to unwind in the evening.


Activities at the hotel include jogging, tennis, swimming and walking in the beautiful surroundings. Local sight seeing includes visits to the tea factory on the estate, the Peradeniya botanical gardens in Kandy, the Nuwareliya Park where you can go horse racing and riding and the Haggala Park which is also home to some stunning natural beauty.

Location & Directions

Pussellawa, Sri Lanka

The drive from Kandy takes about 30-minutes to the bungalow. Nuwara Eliya is 45-minutes further into the hills. Lavender House is a perfect solution for those who want to sample the hill country but only have limited time to spare.

When to go

Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Lavender House or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country

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