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About the Property

About the Property

Set amongst the stunning tea plantations in Sri Lanka, Stafford Bungalow is a heritage tea plantation bungalow, initially built by the pioneering Scottish planters in 1884. It is located in the outskirts of the Hill resort of Nuwara Eliya...

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Welcome to our holiday home in the hills - Stafford Bungalow -which provides the perfect choice for couples or families. Stafford has 4 spacious bedrooms each with its own character and ensuite bathrooms...

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Take a moment to view eye-catching images of Stafford bungalow estate, facilities, comfortable rooms, surroundings and guest experiences that you may have at your stay at Stafford bungalow...

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PLANTATION EXPERIENCE

    Tea Plantation History

    Tea Plantation History

    In 1867, James Taylor marked the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon by starting a tea plantation in Loolecondera estate in Kandy in 1867. He began the tea plantation on an estate of just 19 acres (76,890 m2). In 1872 he started a fully equipped tea factory in the same Loolecondera estate and that year the first sale of Loolecondra tea was made in Kandy.

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    Stafford Pioneering Initiative

    Stafford Pioneering Initiative

    In response to the requests for expanding plantations, the government sold crown land around Ragala to pioneer planters in the 1870's.Among the many bidders was the Scottish founder of Stafford Estate, Ragala. The name 'Stafford' derived from Old English may have meant 'a landing place ford' or 'brook' from the stream below the bungalow and at the bottom of the hill which gurgles its way through the tea bushes...

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    Tea Industry Overview

    Tea Industry Overview

    Early on, the tea planters in Ceylon discovered how different climes affected the tea production. Their discovery led to the production of an array of teas which were endemic to each agro climatic region in the island. While Sri Lanka is known to have seven agro climatic regions, four of them produce high-grown teas at an elevation of about 4000 feet above the sea level in the areas of Nuwara Eliya, Uva, Dimbula and Udapussallawa...

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    Tea Related Activities

    Tea Related Activities

    Stafford, Ragala- Nuwara Eliya is a unique geographical location that brings you a collection of teas that are amongst the finest in the world...

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    Tea Superintendent / Planter

    Tea Superintendent / Planter

    Our Tea superintendent , or as in the times gone by known as ‘Periyar Dorey’,  has 20 years’ experience in the tea plantation industry...

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    Attractions

    Horton Plains

    Horton Plains

    This misty grassland plateau is a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site...

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    Cycling

    Cycling

    The cool breezes and breathtaking landscape around the hotel are perfect for exploring the area by bike...

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    Sita Eliya

    Sita Eliya

    According to legend, Sita Eliya Temple is believed to mark the spot where Sita, the heroine...

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    Tennis

    Tennis

    Enjoy a set of Tennis on the clay court situated at the Bungalow. Rackets and balls are available on request...

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    Cuisine

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    ceylon tea

    ceylone tea

    The 'Stafford' tea estate was developed during the pioneering times of the Ceylon tea industry. Tea was first grown commercially in Ceylon (which became Sri Lanka in 1972) by Scotsman James Taylor in 1867, on a coffee estate named 'Loolecondera', in the central hill capital of Kandy...

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    Testimonials

    Reed Millers - Farnham, United Kingdom

    What a treat!

    Stafford Bungalow is the old tea plantation owners house, it's been recently renovated & is just beautiful!...

    Reed Millers Farnham, United Kingdom

    Artistina - Berkeley, California

    A Sanctuary!

    A wonderful place to retreat and relax in a very special setting. Tea country is magical in Sri Lanka and the Stafford Bungalow is very special...

    Artistina Berkeley, California

    Charinda - Doha, Qatar

    Excellent!

    The location and the surroundings were breathtaking. The bungalow had a perfect blend of antique and modern architecture...

    Charinda Doha, Qatar

    Nalinda - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Excellent bungalow with very friendly staff!

    We drove up with rain pouring all around but once inside the Stafford Bungalow the warmth of the premise...

    Nalinda Colombo, Sri Lanka

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