A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

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The exquisite Planters Country Hotel in the Cameron Highlands (if you don’t pay your bill you end up in the stocks though!)

Sitting in a pretty cottage garden in front of a Tudor style building we could have been in England. A  little speckled hen pecking around in the garden beside us just completes the picture. But any illusions of being in England evaporates when the evening call to prayer begins. We are still in Malaysia, though in a very English hotel in the Cameron Highlands. A mere 200kms from Kuala Lumpur, but at 1,471.6m above sea level the temperature here rarely gets above a pleasant 25C.

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Our little afternoon tea visitor at Planters Country Hotel

We have spoilt ourselves (and bruised the credit card) and booked four nights at the historic Planters Country Hotel. This hotel started life as a school for the children of expats in 1934. They are very proud of their history with many photos of the old days filling the walls. The building itself is wonderfully higgledy piggledy, just like an old house you would find in England! The deluxe rooms and suites are all individually decorated, no boring beige and grey here! Our colour scheme is lavender and we are lucky enough to have our own private balcony. As a card-holding sticky-beck I did poke my nose into quite a few other rooms and I think ours is one of the best!

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James taking it easy in our beautiful room, please note my laptop open as I’m working! (okay maybe I was Facebooking…)
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The view from our balcony overlooking the hotel.

There is much to see in the Cameron Highlands, so we did extricate ourselves for some excursions. You can’t come to the Cameron Highlands without visiting a tea plantation, strawberry farm or a rose garden. Nor it seems a butterfly farm and an apiary!

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The Cameron Valley Tea Plantation, and yes we bought some of their Orange Pekoe tea and it is delicious!
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We love strawberries and we couldn’t resist picking our own. But they have a big sign saying “No Free Eating” here which I didn’t like much so we couldn’t sample till we got back to the hotel!
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I was like a kid in a sweetie shop with all the roses here!
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The stunning Raja Brooke butterfly.
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There are very happy bees in the Cameron Highlands with so many flowers to choose from, and of course I bought some of their honey!

 

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