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Amba Estate Farmstay

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Amba Estate is a working organic farm in the Uva Highlands of Sri Lanka. The farm is approximately 30 minutes drive from Ella, perched in a small valley above the Ravana-Ella Waterfalls, with views of Ella Rock and Lipton's Seat. We produce a range of artisanal teas, coffees, spices and preserves, and we work with the local community to support a variety of educational, economic and environmental initiatives. We offer guests the opportunity to stay in the Estate farmhouse, learn more about organic farming and artisanal tea-making, and enjoy our little corner of paradise. Built 100 years ago by one of the first local families to develop their own tea estate, the bungalow has 4 double guest bedrooms, as well as a small study, where we can set up 2 extra single beds. There are two shared bathrooms. For larger groups looking for the ideal place for a group retreat, we can also make arrangements with a couple of nearby guesthouses - offering up to 12 rooms in total. Meals are eaten together, and food is mainly vegetarian, using as much of our own organic produce as possible (including of course our famous Amba tea and coffee!). We offer B&B and half-board rates, and can also prepare sandwiches for a picnic or a simple farmhouse lunch. We are not licenced, but guests are welcome to bring their own beer, wine and spirits.We recommend staying at least 2 nights so that you have time to enjoy the excellent hikes and stunning sunsets and sunrises in the valley. There are a variety of hiking trails in and around the valley, including gentle walks around the estate and more strenuous climbs - up Ella Rock or St Catherine's Mount, or down to the secret pools atop the waterfall or through our own mini forest reserve. The valley is home to a wide variety of birdlife and wildlife, including deer, wild boar, mongoose, porcupine, peacocks, kingfishers and much more. We also have a couple of bikes, binoculars and a big selection of books and board-games that guests are free to use. For guests with a vehicle, there are number of lovely spots just a short drive away: spectacular views at Lipton's Seat and Pilkington Point, the monolithic Buddha statues hidden in the forest at Buduruwagala, and the wild elephant pools at the top of Diyaluma Falls. And Arugam Bay, Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains are all within 2-3 hours drive. Please note: due to increasing popularity, tours of Amba's artisanal tea-making operation are available for outside guests only at 11am on weekdays; the factory is closed on weekends, poya days and other holidays.
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Perfect place if you like beautiful views, incredibly nice people, delicious food & tea, natural settings, hiking, swimming in mountain rivers and supporting sustainable development. The hike from Amba to Amba Rock to Ella is wonderful. Recommend 2-3 nights minimum. You won’t
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Being there many times over the past years and stayed overnight once. This is a lovely small boutique hotel on top of the famous "Rawana Ella" in Bandarawela Sri Lanka owned and managed by Mr. Simon. They have good food clean linen and cozy rooms. And you get to try some of the
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My husband and I stayed at Amba for three nights and I honestly can’t think of a bad thing to say about it. The location, food, vibe and activities where all absolutely spot on. Simon and John are both an absolute pleasure to spend time with. We would love to go back just to
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Arrived early and was offered tea and home made cake. The 11.00am talk and visit around the estate was extremely informative and enlightening. The setting in the hills is delightful. We then stayed for lunch, which was the only downside as we were only offered a small bowl of
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I stayed here for two nights as part of a G Adventures tour. The bedroom was lovely, two single beds and mozzie nets over the beds. There were only two bathrooms between about 7 bedrooms which isn't ideal but one of those things. The bathroom was very clean and the shower
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Hi, Sorry for slow reply, only just saw the question in my inbox. Use this web site to obtain a phone number and email address. Simon will be very helpful. amba estate . com. There is a bit of building going on as far as I know, and an equally nice alternate venue a couple of hundred meters away is available, though the building may well be finished by the time of your trip in January, so you may have the new facilities and extra accommodation to choose from. Regards,
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Hi, we do not have safes in the rooms. as a community-based enterprise, security is really not an issue. however, if you are travelling with some particularly valuable items, we can always keep them in the safe in the farm office. hope that helps, Simon
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Hi, we are very busy in late July, but please email us at and we will check. we are not allowed to give email addresses on tripadvisor, but google ambaestate and you'll find the email address! Thanks, Simon
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"This is not a hotel, but basic accommodation is offered in a delightful setting in the hills"
"Line rooms are newer and separate from the main building."
"Work Q4'18 to improve, en-suites etc, so will be in near nice house, +new build complete, so my advice re existing, out of date."
"I love the rooms in the Bungalow"
"Both Main House Rooms and Clove Villa Recommended. Main House has shared bathrooms for 4 rooms."
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