This stunning estate located just an hour’s drive from Sri Lanka’s international airport is reached via a road lined with 100-year old Na trees (Sri Lanka’s revered national tree). The main wallawwa (heritage mansion) was built in the 1930s by the returning High Commissioner of Ceylon to the United Kingdom and his aristocratic spouse. The property was later acquired by a internationally-famed Hollywood actress who did extensive renovations and upgrades to the property. The current owners acquired the property and converted the estate into a luxury high-end boutique hotel.
The estate consists of a main wallawwa and 3 separate distinct houses perched high on a hilltop offering long distance vistas, overlooking beautiful tropical gardens, jungles and lush plantations and sits on a 7 acre plot surrounded by 5,000 acres of plantations. The property comprises 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 2 large sitting rooms/reception areas, a spacious study, two large banquet-style dining areas, cobbled sun terraces and wraparound covered verandahs.
The property features distinct design – a Kandyan-style sharply-pitched roof, large ornate pillars and high vaulted ceilings. The property also includes a manager‘s bungalow, an office, a free standing storage building, a laundry room and staff quarters. An imposing courtyard with a three-tiered fountain is located at the centre of the wallawwa.
The garden behind the property doubles as a croquet lawn. The gardens were landscaped by a protégé of the late Bevis Bawa and offer a truly secluded and tranquil environment. The main lawn runs from the main wallawwa to the swimming pool which is surrounded by the cabanas and a well-equipped pool house with showers, restrooms and a kitchen area. Other amenities at the property include a 60 ft swimming pool, 2 spa treatment rooms, a helipad and ample parking space.