There’s good reason why Cameron Highlands is also known as the Little England of Malaysia, due to the handful of beautiful old English country homes, some of which were built during the British colonial era as home-away-from-home retreats for British soldiers and expats who were based in Malaysia at that time.
As for The Bala’s Holiday Chalet, it opened initially as a boarding school in 1934 for children of European expats. After the school closed down, its present owners, Mr K. Balakrishnan (a local) and Peter Blumbach (a German businessman), bought over the property.
They turned it into this guesthouse you see today, retaining its original Tudor decor, that even when former students returned for leisure visits, they could still recognise the old music room, dining room and more.
Considerably more affordable than other similar-themed guesthouses in Cameron Highlands, The Bala’s Holiday Chalet (now also known as Planters Country Hotel) is a pretty value-for-money stay if you want to indulge in old English countrysides, traditional afternoon teas and a comfortable stay without forking out too much!