Horathapola Bungalow

Horathapola Bungalow Lovely colonial mansion hidden on a working coconut estate, perfect for those wishing to avoid the bustle of Colombo…

Horathapola Estate lies hidden in the vast green coconut belt that stretches from Negombo to Puttalam and inland up to Kurunegala. Owners Javana and Pia Fernando have recently converted their family estate's grand mansion into a tranquil guesthouse that offers the ideal spot for spending the first or last few nights in Sri Lanka. An hour and a half drive from the International Airport, Horathapola is a good alternative to Colombo, where traffic congestion can make the journey from the airport to the city centre over 2 hours long.

The 1920's colonial mansion is surrounded by a large lawn with tall flowering trees and is part of a functioning estate. Take a walk under the shady trees, dip in the 50-foot rimless pool or Jacuzzi, relax in the extensive library or laze in the garden - this is the perfect place for those wishing to avoid the hustle and bustle of Colombo. It also makes a good starting or end point for trips to Kandy, the Cultural Triangle and Wilpattu National Park.

The 50 ft rimless pool and jacuzzi set in the lovely garden with willow trees, mangoes and frangipanis.

The husband and wife team, Javana and Pia, will go out of their way to make sure your stay in their family home is utterly memorable.

The estate - where coconut, rice, pineapple and other fruit, as well as spices and hardwood trees, are cultivated on 60 acres of lush land. Don't miss the chance to get shown round by Javana.

The house itself - this 1920s colonial mansion has been painstakingly restored to its former glory with its lovely green copper roof, terracotta stone floors downstairs, polished wooden floors upstairs, intricate ironwork windows, and black and white detailed ceilings.
Distance From Colombo : 90 km
There are 2 large suites and a two-bedroomed family suite in the main house. All these rooms are furnished with antique four-poster beds and dark wooden furniture. The lovely polished dark wood floors are beautifully contrasted by the white walls and white furnishings, giving the rooms a calm and sophisticated feel. The airy bathrooms come with double sinks, large shower and toilet rooms. These rooms have been completely renovated yet have maintained the antique style of the mansion.

The Master Bedroom on the first floor has a large veranda overlooking the pool. An intricately carved king-size four-poster bed and other antique furniture under high ceilings make it popular for honeymooners. Also on the first floor, the family suite offers space for a family of 4 or 5. It consists of a triple room with a king-size four-poster bed and a spacious single bed, and a double room with a queen-size four-poster bed. Each room has an en-suite bathroom. The two rooms are connected by a large covered sitting area overlooking the garden.

On the ground floor, the fourth room has a kingsize ebony four-poster and a single brass bed, which makes the room ideal for a family with young children. Extra beds and cots are available on request. A large covered terrace gives direct access to the garden and pool area.

Traditional curries are still prepared in clay pots on the firewood stove. Many of the ingredients are grown on the estate itself and the spices freshly picked and ground. Horathapola's reputation for its food is growing and we think you'll enjoy some of the most authentic food in Sri Lanka here.

Breakfast consists of a large fresh fruit platter, eggs cooked to order, home made bread, rotti and jam, and usually one or two curries to be sampled if you are keen for local food. Children’s favourites are French toast with cinnamon sugar and pol-paeni pancakes (filled with roasted coconut and palmsugar)

Dinner will be discussed with you upon arrival. There is something to everyone’s taste, be it meat or seafood, vegetarian or vegan. The array of rice, string hoppers, hoppers and pittu, vegetable curries, sambols, chutneys and pickles is almost endless and the ingredients always garden-fresh.

Pasta dishes, fish in banana-leaf, Thai curries or even home-made gnocchi are only a few options to be had if you happen to be at the end of your Sri Lanka trip and had your fill of curries.

The lunch menu is a small but select list of favorite salads and sandwiches, pastas and seafood.

Afternoon tea and home-made cake will tempt you wherever you happen to be lazing about. All meals are served wherever you wish - under the shade of a tree in the beautiful garden, on your private veranda or balcony, or in the grand dining room.
Horathapola Bungalow
Positive :
  • The pool - you could spend all day (and night) in it
  • Having a drink whilst watching the sunset from one of the verandas
  • Getting Javana to show you round the working estate
  • A wonderfully tranquil and hassle-free alternative to staying in Colombo
Negative :
  • You are in the middle of rural Sri Lanka, so not for those looking for bars and nightlife (though Negombo is only an hour's drive away)
  • To get there expect a bumpy ride over local roads, which seem to be getting worse every year
Activities :
  • Lazing by the pool and in the Jacuzzi
  • Exploring the estate on a bullock cart. See how a coconut is picked and sample the water. Find out how pepper is grown, how cinnamon is peeled and how the paddy is harvested.
  • Wander around the nearby village temples and enjoy bicycle rides on the quiet village roads; visit the local markets (Wednesday and Saturday)
  • Spot dozens of bird varieties and fruit bats
  • Trips to the west coast beaches (30 minutes drive to the nearest beach)
  • Day trips to the ancient city of Panduwasnuwara and to the ancient rock temple Yapahuwa - both stunning World Heritage sites.
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