Cottage charm @ Cameron highlands
Atmosphere: charming cottage surrounded by nature
Looking for: serenity in a colonial and Tudor inspired setting
Price range: RM370 – 495
After a 3hours drive from KL, many loops and steady climbing, pulling up in the grounds of this charming 1937 english Tudor cottage certainly feels like traveling in style – in a British fashion of course.
Overlooking the golf course, the Smokehouse is niched in a romantic English garden that attracts many photographers. The setting is ideal for an afternoon tea or dinner at one of the intimate terraces, surrounded by abundant blooming flowers and the charming period features of this Tudor style inn; the very quintessence of english heritage.
Setting foot in the reception, the quaint seating area with its comfy sofas invites to relaxation and becomes the heart of the hotel during fresh evenings, with its (fake) fireplace and english memorabilia – silverware, vases, paintings. Take a few steps to reach the lively and very manly bar, with its huge century old fireplaces surrounded by leather sofas and its adjacent hidden salons for more privacy while conversing around an aperitif or a well deserved nightcap.
The Smokehouse plays host to 3 private bungalows and 16 suites individually decorated with different themes around english furniture, a canopied bed for some, large bathtub and even sometimes a private little terrace. Ask for a room with view on the golf course, unless you don’t mind the (loud) noise from the road – Spencer or Royal Pahang suites are nice and cosy.
The menu offers honest english food such as a devilish chicken, and of course a traditional english breakfast to be taken in the conservatory. The real asset in terms of food lies in the afternoon tea, its delcious scones, cream, homemade dark chocolate mousse and much more. If you are in luck, you might be able to enjoy it on the terrace nearby the red phone booth – for a complete feeling of british retreat.
Breakfast: served at the conservatory between 7.30am and 11.30am. A light english breakfast is available with cereals, fresh fruit juice and bread, while the full english breakfast complete with bacon and sausage is available for the ones looking for a more hearty option.
Assets: the romantic english gardens, the cottage encompassing the Tudor features.
Contact: The smokehouse, 39000 Tanah rata – Malaysia; (+60)05-491 1215