Although The Weir House is located only a kilometre off the main Peradeniya to Hatton road, its undisturbed location within a sleepy verdant valley makes it feel a million miles from anywhere. Extensive six-acre gardens filled with fruit trees, shrubs and spices hug the hillside and subtly hide the house from view. Comfortable garden chairs on the lawns and terraces offer the perfect place to hang out; the melody of bird call filling the fresh mountain air accompanied by the gentle gurgle of the stream in the lush valley below are wonderfully therapeutic. As you take a dip in the hillside plunge pool, views of the dramatically steep mountain opposite put everything into perspective, making you feel quite tiny and insignificant in comparison.
Here and there labels identify certain tree or plant species in the steeply terraced garden, while herb and vegetable plots line the red earth track that leads eventually to tea, coffee and pepper groves. At the top of the land wild deer can often be seen grazing in the neighbouring woodland whilst the view to the south is a stunning vision of misty mountains, verdant valleys and silent settlements nestled in between. It’s not surprising that the owners selected such a glorious spot to enjoy with friends and family far and away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Built on several levels, the four-bedroomed Weir House compliments this rugged hillside setting. Polished cement floors, high timber ceilings and multiple sets of folding doors and French windows act to cool interior spaces that are typically more pleasant at this mid-hill country elevation of 1,900ft. A small staff team of four discreetly look after the house and meet your needs. Whilst the chef will indulge you with delicious breakfasts and three course dinners (included in the rate alongside unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juice), there is also a fully-equipped guest kitchen should you get the urge to cook something for yourself. Speakers built onto the walls of the dining room and front terrace heighten any mood, whilst a satellite TV and DVD player can be found in the spacious lounge.