#SETRAVELS: The Weir House is a Sanctuary in Sri Lanka
Once you enter The Weir House, be prepared for a peaceful respite. The drive up is unassuming with windy dirt roads and 360 degrees of surrounding flora and fauna. Slowly, a residence emerges from the greenery yet fits in with the natural vegetation surrounding it. The Weir House is slowly revealed. The second you step foot onto the property, you know you’re in for a treat.
A set of stairs leads up to the foundation where The Weir House starts and comfort begins, marking the start of a peaceful and wondrous escape. Perfectly crafted on 6-acres of land, situated in Ulapane (prpnounced: ooo-lah-pan-ay), The Weir House is just 30km away from the chaos of Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka, and 70km away from the tea plantations of Nuwura Eliya in Sri Lanka’s hill country. It’s an ideal base for visiting the sites or to just catch up on rest and relaxation.
After spending a few nights in Kandy, this was the perfect juxtaposition. The house itself is reminiscent of a modern chalet with floor to ceiling windows, timber accents and bohemian touches, it’s easy to see that this is more than just your traditional accommodations.
There are four bedrooms within the Weir House, as well as a common dining and living room. Each of the bedrooms are themed after one of the spices grown on the grounds (peppercorn, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg). We stayed in the peppercorn room, which was spacious and airy. Each room is unique in style but all are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, ceiling fan and air conditioning, not to mention, outdoor seating with amazing views make you feel like the leader of your very own horticultural kingdom.
The living room is a great room in every explanation of the term, providing an abundance of natural light to complement views of the serenity outside. The living room is equipped with modern day comforts, including a TV, DVD player and stereo, but with the sounds of the river flowing below and birds chirping above, it’s better to soak in the natural surroundings with a great book in hand. There is a plethora of reading options scattered about the living room (just in case you forgot your own) as well as plenty of comfortable seating to settle yourself in. It’s the perfect spot to sit back, relax and soak it all in.
There is no shortage of tantalizing meals at The Weir House. You can help yourself to the pantry or make a cup of tea or just prepare yourself for a sensorial delight. From breakfast to dinner (and everything in between), Lesley, their in-house chef, creates authentic dishes with local ingredients – some that are straight from the back garden.
The team at The Weir House strives to accommodate your tastebuds. Breakfast options consist of western style omelettes or waffles, or Sri Lankan rotis or hoppers (a crepe-like dish). And while most people are out during the day, if you choose to stay in, lunch consists of rice and curry or a simple cheese sandwich, depending on your needs/wants. Dinner is the main event. While fusing eastern and western elements and flavours, Lesley creates a three-course meal that satisfies your palette.
Prior to visiting the Weir House, we had a bit of an upset stomach. Combating a bout of food anxiety is never easy but Lesley worked with us to create meals that were easy on the stomach yet healthy and delighted all of our senses. Upset stomach and food anxiety begone!
The Weir House offers a wading pool just steps away from the house itself. Complete with a shaded sitting area and pool towels, it’s the perfect spot to cool off after a hot day in the sun.
Although not previously mentioned, one of the best parts of The Weir House is Lucian, their in-house manager. From the start, he is a fantastic and warming host who is friendly and helpful, without being obtrusive.
In the proximity of The Weir House there is a river and a tea factory, and on the grounds there are gardens with coffee, spices and even a modest vegetable garden. During our stay, Lucian equipped us with leech socks (to avoid unwanted leech bites) and we explored the vast garden area where he explained the plants in great detail. We also walked to the closest tea factory (about a 20 minute walk) and toured the factory while learning about the different steps in the tea making process. He truly made the Weir House experience a memorable one.
The Weir House is as beautiful as it is comfortable. It can accommodate up to ten guests at a time and is ideal for couples or contemporary families who love the outdoors. It was designed to extract the most from the stunning scenery and is the ideal base for your Sri Lankan travels. Living in complete harmony with its surroundings, The Weir House is a reflection of nature packaged in a humble, yet beautiful, modern chalet.
Prices from $180USD/night
242/8 Kandawatte, Ulapane, Sri Lanka
+94 81 384 5420
– Chenessa Lam
Disclaimer: Our media visit was hosted by the hotel, however
the opinions expressed in this post remain our own.