The Planters House: A colonial estate bungalow

Wilde and Co. has expanded its boutique hotel collection with the addition of The Planters House; a colonial estate ‘bungalow’, which enjoys a secluded position on the original Lipton Estate, just below the famous Lipton’s Seat. 

The company operates with owners to develop, manage and promote a handful of beautiful hotels and lodges across Sri Lanka. 

Founders Tim Edwards and Max Duddy share a twin passion for heritage and conservation and those themes inform the makeup of their portfolio. 

The Planters House fits the heritage bill perfectly. It is located in a secluded position at Lipton’s Seat, and the large main house has been exceptionally well maintained and offers five bedrooms, plus multiple sitting rooms and extensive gardens. A further two private cottages sit on its grounds, along with an infinity pool offering incredible views of the mountains and valley below. 

Max Duddy, Director at Wilde and Co., says; The Planters House sits at 1200m, so it’s a 45-minute drive up in a 4×4, alternatively we can arrange a helicopter, but once up there you’ll enjoy some of the best views in Sri Lanka. Add to this its stunning interiors, and a host of activities; from afternoon tea on the mountain, to hikes up to Lipton’s Seat, and you have a wonderfully unique stay.

“We always look to preserve for our visitors the very best of what Sri Lanka can offer via our properties, and The Planters House is a one-of-a-kind stay.  

Wilde and Co. are also overseeing the launch of a new heritage property turned boutique hotel, Viceroy House, which will open in December.

Currently being renovated, the house has a storied past – it was once the home of Sri Lanka’s most famous artist, and has been owned by a Hollywood actress.

Offering the very best in luxury, but with the ‘house party’ feel that Wilde and Co. looks to create, rooms will start from $380, and suites $680. 

The Wilde and Co. portfolio includes;

Gal Oya Lodge; a boutique lodge on the fringe of Sri Lanka’s forgotten National Park. Rukgala Retreat; a yoga escape on the shores of the Victoria Lake.  Ashburnham Estate; a boutique tea estate guesthouse with views of the Kunckles Mountains and Bougainvillea Retreat; a converted family home – a peaceful haven less than an hour from Kandy 

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Wilde & Co. develops, manages and promotes a small collection of boutique hotels and lodges in Sri Lanka. With a focus on heritage and conservation its properties are well placed to offer varied, multi-stop trips around the island. They include: Ashburnham Estate, Gal Oya Lodge, The Planters House, Bougainvillea Retreat, Rukgala Retreat.


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