Seriously?! You and Your Boo Could Get Paid to Run This Gorgeous Hotel

Do you and your significant other constantly talk about “leaving it all behind”?

About traveling the world and going on adventures — together?

Well, here’s your chance to get paid to spend a year living in one of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the world.

Ashburnham Tea Estate is looking for a Guesthouse Manager. It wants a couple to run its boutique guesthouse in the foothills of central Sri Lanka, an island nation off the south coast of India.

And it sounds pretty amazing…

How to Get This Dreamy Hotel Job in Sri Lanka

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Right now, Ashburnham is hiring a couple who’s “looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to learn about a new culture in a breathtaking setting.”

You and your honey would be responsible for running the guesthouse, with tasks as varied as “hosting guests, managing the daily spend budget, sourcing supplies, managing the staff and organising (sic) guest activities.”

According to the job listing, it’s a “beautiful 1930s colonial bungalow set on a 100 acre working tea estate.” Its reviews on TripAdvisor are near-perfect, with guests calling it “magical,” “delightful” and even “heaven on earth.”

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You must be hardworking, willing to learn new skills and “ideally have some hospitality background— though it’s not essential.

The salary is £500 per month (about US$658) per couple. That’s not much, but keep in mind you’ll also receive food, drinks, accommodations and access to a vehicle.

It notes a work permit or visa sponsorship “may be available for this opportunity,” which is a rarity for international jobs.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 12. The full-time position starts in October and requires a commitment of one year.

Previously, an English couple held the position. Here’s what they had to say:

“With a working tea plantation on your doorstep, surroundings of tropical jungle, and abundant wildlife, there can’t be many more spectacular settings, but that’s only half the charm of running Ashburnham Estate.”

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The other half?

“The real experience of working with the amazing local staff, engaging in rural Sri Lankan culture and community, and hosting the genuinely interesting guests that pass through our doors is what has made this an incredible life experience for us.”

Um, I only have one more thing to add: Better get your application in before I do!

Your Turn: Do you think this sounds like a fun job?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.