It’s not for nothing that Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is known as Little England. The posher parts of this former summer retreat for British colonial rulers are quintessentially UK Home Counties, and proud of it.
Even more so now that the 40 properties on the US$20m Little England Cottages gated development are providing lifestyles that are entirely in keeping with the neighbouring upscale Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and Royal Turf Club.
As a recent piece in the Sunday Times of Sri Lanka recounts: “British ideas, techniques and lifestyles remain the same in certain regions of the island. One example – British styled cottages.
“The architectural styles vary from Cotswold, Tudor, Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian, Chip Lap and many more, while the street lighting replicates old English street lamps.”
Says Managing Director/CEO Vasantha Jayasuriya of project developer Jaysons Holdings: “Building English cottages in a cold and stress-free environment has been a long awaited dream for Jaysons Holdings. The land belonged to the Nuwara Eliya Urban Development Authority and it was purchased by the company in 2007.”
And he stressed that “Sri Lanka should be proud to say that it produces ‘Ceylon Tea’ and not ‘Sri Lanka Tea’ and preserve the old British features of Ceylon, at least to add value for tourism and other economic benefits, he emphasized”.