- Estate Life
The Estate House and 62 acre plantation was purchased by the Marikkar family in 1978 and remains in the family today. After a period of 30 years of not being inhabited, the Estate House was completely refurbished in 2010. Stemming from a background of 30 years’ experience as a retail travel agent in London and more recently as a tour operator to the island, Farzana Marikkar Dobbs and her husband Neil have invested their deep knowledge of service industries & luxury travel into the Rosyth Estate House. Drawing inspiration from the countless properties that Neil and Farzana have visited across the globe, the Rosyth Estate House is their brainchild and reflects not only the Colonial and Sri Lankan history of the Bungalow; but the decades of experience in the Travel Industry that has led them to running this truly stunning, hilltop paradise.
Given the fact the valley in which the Estate House is situated only received electricity access in 2008, the story of the Hotel has been intertwined with the developments of the local area. From a derelict colonial bungalow, a luxurious but humble property has emerged. Starting the renovations in 2010, the original house was transformed, creating an initial 3 bedrooms in the main house, all of which tastefully restoring the Planters Bungalow to its original 1920’s glory.
Following this, in 2013 the owners decided to expand the facilities by adding a swimming pool, dining pavilion, outdoor Sala and two additional freestanding rooms sitting adjacent; all of which were built to complement the existing facilities on site at the Rosyth Estate House. Since these works, we have added our Plantation Suites in 2016, built with the best views yet, as well as our Spa which was completed at the end of 2015.
The estate contains walking trails, there are mountain biking routes and our staff will be happy to suggest places to walk or to guide you through the tea terraces, rubber plantation and down to the paddy fields. Down in the bottom of the estate discover the old rubber presses and smoke house, where on a hot day, you can cool down in the small waterfall.
As well as our main crops of tea and rubber, a whole range of fruits, vegetables and spices grow on the land, including King Coconuts, mangoes, papaya, jack fruit, pepper and cloves. In season, many of these are sourced freshly for inclusion in our menus.
We also have a diverse selection of fauna that you can enjoy, with different species of monkey including Langurs and Grey and Red Loris’, as well as numerous species of birds & occasionally a wild deer. With this bio-diverse and flourishing ecosystem that surrounds the Estate House, you are never short of a good view.”