Roseland Cottages lies on a hill in Bandarawela, boasting gorgeous views of the Sri Lankan hill country mountains beyond. Surrounded by tea estates, sparse forest and a feel of homeliness, this is a place you could truly relax in. With mild weather and pleasant temperatures, Bandarawela is a more peaceful hill-country option to nearby Ella, which is now a hotspot for many a traveller. Positioning oneself in the comforting warmth of Roseland Cottages is well worth the extra drive as there is much to experience in and around this fabulous property.
With two comfortable and spacious chalets, Roseland Cottages is perfect for an intimate time away, be it with family or just with your better half.
Each of the two cottages includes a comfortable double bed with plush mattresses and ever-so-soft pillows. The rooms are simple, with titanium-finish cut and polish cement floors and walls. The floor to ceiling windows opening out to the views are truly impressive and allow you to relax on the spacious wooden rail balcony. Each room is equipped with a TV with satellite channels, Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, tea/coffee facility, hairdryer and an incredibly comfortable sofa as well as a generous shelf to keep your belongings.
Each room can accommodate one extra bed although the double bed is spacious and able to accommodate a young child if required. There are also plenty of extra blankets for a chilly night.
The bathroom is simple and consists of h/w shower as well as necessary toiletries.
The main house consists of a small open lounge blending into the relatively spacious restaurant area furnished with a couple of dining tables. There is a serving hatch from the well-equipped kitchen and a small, but interesting range of books in a small corner of the open space.
There are plenty of treks possible, through tea fields and scrub jungle. Roseland Cottages has a not-so-little farm, which guests can visit. With a selection of vegetables and some very rare varieties of fruits, the farm walk is a rewarding experience. There is a small tea factory close by which specialises in handmade tea varieties and makes for an insightful experience. Spend time in a refreshing river which is accessible by a 30-minute trek. If you feel like just staying put, the views are incredible enough to keep you happy anyway.
Roseland Cottages is not positioned close to any eateries so be prepared to enjoy some delicious homemade food. You can choose from a variety of Sri Lankan cuisine, all made from fresh produce. The dishes are arguably some of the best in the area.
Why We Like It
Stirring mountain scenery and an inviting community vibe are just things that make this a loveable budget property.
Roseland Cottages overlooks a valley and lofty ranges near Bandarawela, a peaceful option about half-an-hour from the backpacker haunt of Ella. Kandy is four hours away, Uda Walawe about two hours and Roseland Cottages is also a great stop to or from Arugam Bay which is three hours to the east.