The Tea Factory Sri Lanka
Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At 2km above sea level, the views over our lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable. Enjoy them as you tuck into high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. Welcome to Tea Factory Hotel, where the kettle is always on.
Tea Factory is a Luxury Hotel nested in the mountain range that is considered the birthplace of the world’s best tea. The original tea factory was constructed in the days of British Raj.
The atrium is latticed with steel, colour coded green to show the original metalwork and red to show which supports were added during the conversion in 1996. Above your head, two giant brass-capped wooden fans remind you that the bedrooms used to be the withering lofts, where the tea leaves were laid out to let the moisture evaporate.
Although it gives you the initial perception of a historical Museum; Heritance Tea Factory is equipped with all modern amenities that ensure a memorable experience without compromising comfort.
In recognition for being one of the leading Nuwara Eliya hotels in Sri Lanka, Heritance Tea Factory has won 26 awards for its architecture and heritage.
Harvesting the fresh young shoots from mature tea bushes is known as plucking. Each pluck takes only theflush – the two leaves and a bud of tender succulent fresh growth.
When the plucked shoots reach the factory, they are emptied out into special racks. Here, currents of air flow through the open windows and circulate through and around the leaves, evaporating some of the moisture they contain, leaving them soft and limp.
After rolling, the leaves are fermented. During this stage, the chemical act of oxidisation takes place, and the leaves change from a greenish colour to a bright, coppery shade.
Hot air (heated by a furnace) is forced into the chamber, stopping the oxidisation/fermentation. This stage takes about half an hour and it ensures that the new “black” tea leaf will keep until it is brewed in whatever far-off country it is destined for.
The Mini Tea Factory, which is situated in our hotel premises, produces around 25kg of black tea a day with tea leaves grown in our own 25-acre organic plantation.
As a hotel resident, you have the chance to pluck your own tea and have it processed in the Mini Tea Factory to take home with you!
Traditional Sri Lankan food is a wonderful mix of taste, colour and aroma. The island’s location made it a popular stopping off point for foreign traders, indigenous spices such as cinnamon and cloves have been enriched by diverse culinary influences from around the world. For example, the Arabs introduced saffron and rose water, while the Portuguese not only brought chillies to the island but also culinary terms such as “temper”, which is derived from the Portuguese word, meaning to fry and season.The Dutch introduced recipes rich in eggs and butter, like Breudher, a Dutch Christmas cake. There are also Malay influences, such as the steamed dessert watalappam and the rice dishes pilau and biriyani.
For something completely different, our TCK 6685 Restaurant gives you the chance to dine in a converted 1930s railway carriage, served by white-gloved attendants amid polished teak and brass – an unforgettable experience.
Boasting some of the best Nuwara Eliya accommodation, Heritance Tea Factory has 54 comfortable rooms on four floors, converted from the former withering lofts (this is where the freshly plucked leaves were laid out on jute mats for some of the moisture to evaporate).
The full-length windows that once helped to control the temperature for drying the leaves now ensure that the rooms are flooded with natural light, while providing spectacular views of the surrounding tea plantations.
Wood is a key element of the rooms, with doors, shelves and cupboards (plenty of them) left in their natural colours.
The free bottles of Hethersett Water come from the hotel’s own spring, pure and natural, and of course each room is supplied with our own tea leaves, as well as coffee and a fully stocked minibar.
|SUPERIOR|| max. 2 Adults* King or Twin
Description: Digital safe, Fully stocked minibar, Telephone with international direct dialling, Free Wi-Fi Shower cubicle, Air conditioning and fan, Tea and coffee-making facilities, 24-hour room service, Piped music, 21-inch TV with satellite and local channels, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Laundry service, Private balcony, Breakfast
|*the rate shown is per person sharing a double room. If you you prefer another room category or need a quote for single occupancy / extra bed or complimentary baby cot please mention it on the reservation / enquiry form. Please note that the above rates are only valid if booked in combination with one of our Sri Lanka Tours or Holiday Packages. If you require a 'accommodation only' quote, please contact us.|
|DEFINITION OF SEASONS|
NORMAL SEASON 01.May - 15.July & 01.September - 31.October
HIGH SEASON 01.March - 30.April
PEAK SEASON 16.July - 31.August
Please be adviced that most hotels charge a compulsory supplement for Christmas Eve / New Year and on important local holidays. If your travel falls within one of these periods, we will inform you accordingly.
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