As soon as you arrive at this charming cottage, you will be enveloped by its tranquillity and soothed by its verdant setting amidst lush tropical gardens. Grassy lawns surround the cottage, sun dappled below swaying coconut palms and fringed by banana trees and crimson heliconia. Whilst a wall encircles most of the property, on one side a tall earthen bank carpeted in creepers, ferns and greenery makes for a particularly lush backdrop for the deep blue swimming pool whose still water perfectly mirrors the natural scene. An elevated wooden ambalama (relaxation pavilion) overflowing with colourful cushions overlooks the pool and garden and offers an opportune place to discreetly watch for wildlife.
The interior of the cottage is light and airy. Soaring ceilings are a feature of the open-plan living room whose trio of cosy sofas are placed beside wide doors that open onto the garden. Cool polished terrazzo floors are prominent throughout the cottage whilst semi-outdoor bathrooms in three of the four bedrooms perfectly mirror the natural tropical aesthetic of the house. A blend of carefully chosen antique and reproduction furniture topped with exotic flower arrangements provide the villa with essential furnishings, whilst a selection of books, board games and swimming pool toys will keep both adults and children amused. It is a great family house, where children, their parents and even grandparents may enjoy spending quality time together.
The Indian Ocean is only a short walk from the villa whilst the local village of Moneragama, interesting for its majestic old houses, discreetly surrounds you. The villa staff of three takes as much care over the house and gardens as they do their guests, warmly welcoming them and shopping and cooking on their behalf, if necessary, as well as helping to arrange any local transport. Self-caterers are welcome and since none of the staff are live-in this choice brings increased privacy. There are also a handful of good local restaurants and cafés nearby.