The Beach House


The Beach House The original beachcomber Edmund Banfield would have been delighted to make his home at the Beach House at Seenimodera in Tangalle. With direct access onto one of the finest beaches in the Indian Ocean, a large tropical garden and a stunning infinity pool, this is definitely barefoot luxury at its best.

Once the tropical retreat of American artist Douglas Johnson, The Beach House has been upgraded to meet the needs of the most demanding modern beachcomber. Five en-suite bedrooms, many with outdoor bathrooms offer dreamy nights for guests, while a full time staff of four provide discreetly for your every need. For those wishing to venture than the ocean on your doorstep; day trips can easily be made to the game reserve at Uda Walawe, neighbouring rock temples, turtle hatcheries, bird sanctuaries and vibrant local markets.

Frequently described as one of the best beach villas in the world this is a modest understated five-bedroomed bungalow once owned by Douglas Johnston who lovingly restored this colonial property into an idyllic beach retreat with the help of his friend Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka's most eminent architect.

The bungalow has been painted in shades of blue and white highlighted in some places by ochre to make it stylishly blend in with its beach surrounds. The white walls of the colonnaded verandah are offset by dark wooden antique furniture and planters chairs.

Cushions in slate, blue and cream add a stylish splash of colour but stay in keeping with the understated elegance of the property. Johnson's own paintings, collages and portraits provide for his legacy alongside mosaic mirrors, colonial artifacts and exquisite antiques that predominately fill the more formal sitting room. The garden sofas and chairs beside the manicured lawn are ideal to relax in especially as you close your eyes and listen to the gentle crashing of the wave's just footsteps away.

The Beach House's most inviting feature is definitely its seclusion; it is immensely private and set on one of the island's most beautiful and undeveloped sandy beaches at Seenimodera. You are invited to do little more that completely succumb to the blissful solitude of this fabulous property - whilst being pampered by an able staff - and make the most of its every asset, which includes a 15m swimming pool and three-acre tropical garden. While a stay at the Beach House must surely involve doing very little, you are in a great position to explore Tangalle's wild stretch of coastline and visit a selection of wildlife parks, historical towns and temples.
Distance From Colombo : 196 km
The bungalow sleeps nine in its five en-suite bedrooms, many with dreamy outdoor bathrooms that are each unique in character and appearance. All of the rooms have beds draped with soft mosquito netting and complimenting antique furniture in the form of spacious wardrobes, quaint bedside tables and writing desks. While none of the rooms are air-conditioned, ceiling fans and the sea breeze keeps you amply cool at night.

The Master Room is the grandest of the Beach House's accommodation and an ideal honeymoon suite. Spacious though well-furnished, it features a striking antique four-poster bed dressed with pale sheets from which panoramic views of the ocean may be admired. The bathroom is especially romantic since it has an outdoor vanity unit, an outdoor shower and perfectly placed free-standing bathtub under the swaying palms and star-filled sky.

Mr Peter's Room is a similarly furnished large bedroom to the back of the house which has huge wooden doors that open onto a granite courtyard furnished with an ayurvedic treatment table. The en-suite bathroom is indoor, but has a luxury feel with a choice of bath or shower. A further double room ideal for children is located to one side of the house.

The Pool Room is in a pretty ochre-coloured chalet that features temple doors which open into a room with antique bed, temple wall hangings and ample furniture. Central archways lead you to a vanity area with a tiled hot water shower room and plenty of soft white fluffy towels.

The fifth room is simply named the Garden Room and is located in a distressed-blue summer house hidden under bamboo fronds in the garden. It has a very pretty contemplative verandah that leads into a simply furnished single room with en-suite shower room. Ideal for the adventurous!
The Beach House
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