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Friday, May 3, 2013

Ye Olde Smokehouse Fraser's Hill - Old England in Tropical Malaysia (Part 5)


A trip to Fraser's Hill is never complete without a visit to Ye Olde Smokehouse. Even if you do not intend to stay overnight, just a few hours there is good enough to experience the quaint old English charm where one can take a walk down memory lane to the yonder days of our old colonial times.


Ye Olde Smokehouse Fraser's Hill is designed with mock-English Tudor architecture that resembles a colonial manor (English country house) with Old English windows and brick walls covered with creeping figs. There is an open area nearby with vintage chairs and tables for guest to enjoy some good afternoon tea amidst  rustic surroundings.

The Smokehouse has been around since 1937 and it had even served as a Red Cross centre for the British Army during the pre-Independence days. It has since been renovated into a hotel with dining facilities.

Now let's take a look at the garden surrounding the Smokehouse.

“Ye Olde Smokehouse Fraser's Hill - Old England in Tropical Malaysia (Part 5)”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on May 3rd, 2013.

The air here is cool and fresh. The atmosphere is serene with no noise from oncoming traffic. One can even hear the chirping of birds on the branches of bushes and trees nearby, the sound of a leaves rustling in the wind or dropping on the ground.


Close-up of the big Tibouchina bush next to the open air dining area.


The side yard beside the main road.


It was March when I visited.
The yellow daffodils they have ordered from overseas
and planted in the garden were just beginning to bloom.
It was like Spring has just arrived!


An old conifeous tree with epiphytic orchids, ferns, moss and lichens attached to its trunk.


These are red anthuriums in front of the conifer tree.


A bushy tailed squirrel darted from a nearby tree onto the roof.


A big azalea bush.


The lovely pink azalea blooms.


This side reminds me so much of my childhood days when I stayed with Mom, Dad, Grandparents, sister and brother in a detached house with a stone bench to sit and play and self made swing under the rambutan tree. The ground below was our playground, and trees above provided the shade. We didn't have a big and beautiful swing like this one but I have seen it in other houses and this is the swing that I love to sit on and have always wanted to have in my garden.


A bottle brush tree can attract many lovely birds. They just adore the blossoms.


Dining English style amidst ancient rainforest jungle scenery in the distant.


My favourite swing with yellow daylilies below, a vast lawn and many flowering shrubs in front. My mind wander off to those days where children often played in the outdoors. The games that we played were hide-and-seek, stones and marbles, catching spiders and fishes and also make believe 'family' where we cooked with flowers, leaves, stems, pebbles and sand. Flowers were strung into garlands, bracelets and leis while big broad leaves were made into hats. When playing war games, we hid under big bushes or somewhere behind the house, and our ammunition were 'grenades' made from sand. Older brothers and sisters looked after their siblings and friends help too whenever the little ones got into trouble or mischief. When it was time to be home for lunch or dinner, this was 'notified' by a loud scream or shout from dear mom or our beloved grandma. Yeah, those were the days.....

Scenes from the courtyard.
Pillars made of bricks, stone walkways and brick planters.


This hanging plant looks like the Oxalis spiralis subsp. vulcanicola 'Zinfandel'
with bright yellow flowers and burgundy red leaves.
Reference: Dave's Garden website here.


A hanging basket of blooming white petunias.
A curved and winding stone walkway leads to the back yard.
Do I see a chimney in the background?


Yes, you are indeed seeing flowers growing on the rooftop here!


These look like Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' with large dark purple to purplish black leaves. I was told that the leaves are only of this colour in the highlands, and in the lowlands, the leaves colour changes back to green.


Petunias, oxalis and vincas in this row of hanging baskets. 


Creeping figs growing densely side-by-side with ferns and grasses.


Vibrantly blooming New Guinea Impatiens.


At this point, I have walked round the garden
and indeed there are blooming flowers and lush green plants everywhere.


Ye Olde Smokehouse
Jalan Jeriau,
 49000 Bukit Fraser, 
Pahang Darul Makmur, MALAYSIA.
Tel : 609-362 2226 Fax : 609-362 2035

This is my entry for Fertilizer Friday hosted by Glenda at Tootsie Time, link here.
This is my entry for Our World Tuesday Week 88, link here.
This is also my entry for Outdoor Wednesday #225 (here) and Weekend Flowers #97 (here)


  1. Lovely buildings there. Some lovely variety of plantings and blooms.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Loved this place on our visit in January!

  3. Love the re-visit through your blog. The cooler temperatures enhance the tea-time experience. Muffins, scones with a cup of English tea would complete my trip - I'm going to make a cuppa now.

  4. thanx for your beautiful weekend flowers! :)

  5. What a beautiful English tudor house. Thanks for the serene, quiet walk around the lovely gardens. I never expected to see a bit of England in modern Malaysia.

  6. I never knew we can see daffodils in Fraser hills.

  7. It's just so lovely place with beautiful flowers!


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