The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands is a Tudor-style boutique hotel located in the Cameron Highlands, approximately 200 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. It sits beside lush state reserve jungles on top of a beautiful, scenic hillside. The nearest town, Ipoh, is a 90-minute drive away.
The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands was built in 1970 by a retired British colonel, Stanley Foster. It has a sharply angled roof and a half-timbered exterior with vibrant red windows. With over 19 rooms and suites individually decorated with old-world decor, the Lakehouse is truly a unique place to stay.
Arrived at the Lakehouse Cameron Highlands
We were initially attracted to the Lakehouse by the rave reviews we read on the internet and decided to stay for one night as a respite from the busy city life.
We were indeed not disappointed when we walked in and immediately teleported to what felt like the beautiful English countryside. The ambiance of the hotel was incredibly charming. It didn’t even feel like we were in Malaysia anymore!
The staff greeted us with lots of kindness. After we checked in and waited in the main hall, they served us some welcome drinks as if we were the masters of the entire mansion. After that, we quickly checked into the room, taking in the stunning interior.
One of the first things we noticed was the four-poster bed draped with silky linen, beckoning you to lay on it.
Beside it was a wooden desk with a cool antique fan, a dark wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, and an espresso machine.
The bathroom is equally sumptuous, fitted with black and white tiles and an entirely separate shower room and bathtub!
Don’t miss out on watching the Lakehouse hotel review video! It is at the end of this article.
Exploring the garden of Lakehouse Cameron Highlands
After we surveyed our room, it was time to check out more of the beautifully designed Lakehouse.
The main building of the Lakehouse Cameron Highlands connects to a luscious green lawn with chairs, park benches, and wrought iron tables overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake.
The lake is a man-made creation that powers the hydroelectric dam nearby.
The Foster suite is located in the Lakehouse wings along the hillside, perched on a slope right above the lake that overlooks that main building. It was once Colonel Foster’s residence but is now used as a luxury suite.
The Foster suite
The interior of the building is covered in dark wood beams, ornate rocks, and beautiful antique furniture. There is also a reading lounge with a small collection of books and cozy armchairs perfect for curling up into.
The lounge is an excellent place for drinks, catching up with friends, and relaxing by the fireplace. They also have several board games available for you and your company to have some friendly competition.
The bar by the lounge is designed after an old English pub.
The Lakehouse terrace
Next to the bar is a terrace that serves afternoon tea and the famous Cameron scones. We sat on comfortable wicker chairs and enjoyed the excellent freshly baked scones.
Next to the reading room is a small meeting room for up to ten people for more serious discussions.
Breakfast at Lakehouse Restaurant
The next day, we ate breakfast at the Lakehouse restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast is semi-buffet style, which means picking your main course from a selection of traditional English and local favorites. Other options are available, including a free-flowing salad, juice, dim sum, and fruit.
They even have a natural honeycomb straight from the beehive that they take honey out of and service to you.
During breakfast, we also found out with great surprise that they wash the cars of every guest!
Morning Guided Jungle Trekking
After we were done eating breakfast, we met up with our tour guide and set out on a morning hike into the lush jungle on the hill behind the hotel.
The hike was moderate to difficult due to the slippery slopes caused by the previous day’s rainfall. When you go, make sure you wear good hiking shoes and have a steady hiking stick!
Our tour guide showed us various flora along the trail and told us some interesting facts about the area. I definitely recommend taking a guide with you on the hike. The trail is not marked at certain parts, making it possible to get lost. It’s also much better to have a person knowledgeable about the trail so they can point out interesting things you would otherwise miss.
After hiking, we went back to the hotel and packed our luggage so that we could return to Kuala Lumpur.
Nearby Attractions in Cameron Highlands
Staying at the Lakehouse Cameron Highlands puts you close to some pretty cool attractions. Besides staying at Lakehouse, we also spent a night at The Smokehouse Hotel, another Tudor-style boutique hotel that is considered a landmark of Cameron. You can check out the video we shot at The Smokehouse.
The Cameron Highlands is known for its strawberry farms, rose gardens, and lavender farms.
We also take the challenge to climb up to Coral Hill, one of the mossy forests remaining in Cameron.
Lastly, you should check out the Boh Tea Plantation, where you can see exactly how the tea is grown and harvested into the famous Boh Tea brand. Pick up a couple of their signature brews to take home with you.
We will publish another article about our trip to these tourist attractions once it is ready.
The Lakehouse was a beautiful and peaceful break from the hectic city life. The staff was super friendly, the decor was enchanting, and the food was quite delicious.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Lakehouse and highly recommend that you stay there during your next trip to the Cameron Highlands.
Booking and Contact
The best way to learn more about the Lakehouse in Cameron Highlands is to check out their website here. In addition, you can email the Lakehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also book your stay on Booking.com, which often has good deals.
Watch our Lakehouse review video shot during our visit to the hotel.
If you have come so far reading this blog post, don’t miss out on the review video we shot during our holiday. Click the image below to watch on YouTube (shot in high definition!).
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