The Heritance Tea Factory Hotel was built in the mid 1930’s and at the time was thought to be state of the art. It used a new oil fired engine rather than a steam engine to drive the pulleys and flywheels that powered the fans and other tea processing machinery. It belonged to the Hethersett Tea Plantation. It closed in 1973 because new technology made it redundant.
Just imaging waking up in a hotel bedroom where all you can see are rolling hills covered in tea plantations. It is wonderful. it is not in the town centre. It is about seven miles outside in the country, on top of a hill, near the village of Kandapola
n 1992 a plan was made to transform the old empty Tea Factory into a luxury hotel. Much of the old building was kept. The renovation work was very sympathetic to the Architectural style of this industrial building. No major extensions or alterations were made to the exterior. Four years later the hotel was opened in 1996. This is one of the rare hotels that has become a tourist destination in its own right.