The SpaceCranford Villa is a spacious heritage bungalow nestled in the lovely hills of Diyatalawa. Overlooking misty blue capped mountains that embrace up country rail track, Cranford is surrounded by vineyards, vegetable plantations and a beautiful garden. Ideally suited to spend a peaceful holiday and to relax and rejuvenate your mind.
The design of the bungalow takes its inspiration from Sri Lanka's colonial past, with its bright, cool veranda, teak four-poster beds, and quaint fire-place. Cranford boasts five newly refurbished bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathroom facilities. The two deluxe rooms have their own television sets with a variety of local and international (cable) channels. You can take a stroll in our extensive garden, relax in the hot water Jacuzzi or enjoy a game of basketball or badminton. We also offer a range of indoor games like carom, darts and cards upon request, and guests are welcome to make use of our extensive DVD library.
Once a pleasure retreat of European plantation, owners, the town of Diyatalawa retains much of its old-world charm. Its simple rusticity is enticing to both the world-weary and the adventurous. Blessed with a pleasant, mild climate all-year round and boasting plenty of scenic walks, it offers the jaded traveler the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate his mind. The more energetic will take delight in the region's hiking trails or choose to visit some of its attractions by cycling.
Cranford is located 20 minutes away from the breathtaking Ella gap and just 3 km from the traditional tea country of Bandarawela. The impressive Diyaluma, Dunhida and Rawana waterfalls are a short drive away. The striking Victorian railway viaduct known as the "Bridge in the sky" is another notable attraction while railway enthusiasts might want to visit the famous Demodara railway loop nearby. Though some 30 km away, the 16th century Bogoda Wooden Bridge which is believed to be the oldest surviving wooden bridge in the world is another place of interest. Guest AccessCranford Villa is located in Diyatalawa, 215 km away and 6 hrs drive from Colombo in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It is at an altitude of 1,499 m (4,921 ft) and has a much cooler climate with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. It is home to the military training academy and according to available records the location was selected around 1885 by the British Army to establish a training facility. It is believed that the selection was based on the agreeable climate in the area. Diyatalawa is situated in close proximity to the scenic towns of Banadarawela and Haputale. The NeighborhoodBandarawela
During colonial times, the picturesque town of Bandarawela was once hailed as possessing one of the healthiest climates in the world, & nothing much has happened here to change that. Therein this was the most favorable climate in the island.
The elevation above the sea level at Bandarawela is 1300 m and the monthly average temperatures are between 15 C (in February) and 27 °C (in May and June).
It is 220m high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and situated 35 km from the Villa. Diyaluma waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka and is easy to visit because the waterfall is by a main road. According to Dr. R.L. Brohier, the famous historian, Diyaluma is the setting of the folklore about a tragedy involving a young King and a young woman of a low-caste.
Haputale Town is situated 13 km from Cranford Villa with an elevation of 1579 m (4736 ft). Lying along a mountain ridge of the southern edge of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Haputale is one of the most spectacularly situated towns of Sri Lanka. The high elevation vantage location of Haputale allows us bird’s eye view to the north as well as to the south. Haputale Gap is one of the most spectacular views in the country.
Dambatenna Tea Factory
One of the few tea factories in the area which was built in 1890 by Sir, Thomas Lipton, and 24 km away from the Villa is visited by many. The whole process of tea production can be viewed here. The legendary Dambatenna Tea Factory built in 1890 by Sir Thomas Lipton, the tea magnate whose name is immortalized in Lipton's Tea. The colonial Dambatenne Tea Factory brings in an unmistakable message of philanthropy in addition to the efficient industry. At the entrance is a quote from John Ruskin: "Quality is no accident. It is the result of intelligent effort." In spite of the on-going modernization, some of the machinery of the colonial era is still in operation in this ISO certified factory. Other Things to NoteWe offer both Eastern & Western cuisine to guests and our chef will be able to accommodate most dietary requirements. At Cranford, we like to be flexible with our dining arrangements, so if you prefer a more romantic setting, we would be happy to arrange a candle-lit dinner for you. Breakfast and tea can be taken outdoors in our summer hut or on the verandah. Picnics and BBQs can also be organized at a small extra charge. Room service is available until midnight.
Cranford produces most of its fruits and vegetables, so you can expect the freshest ingredients from us. Clients who stay at Cranford can taste organic food and at the same time and purchase some of our produce.