If you are looking for an exceptionally quiet place to unwind in a natural setting, then Malgedara is the villa for you. The name of the property is derived from the Sinhalese words mal (flower) and gedara (home); two words that sum up this charming colonial property well. The verdant one-acre garden is a delight: an enclosed, child-friendly space filled with a huge array of colourful tropical flowers that naturally fringe the emerald green lawn. The elevated sky-blue pool overlooks the paddy fields and is the perfect place to relax while you watch the exceptional number of exotic birds that visit the garden; their twittering melodies provide a memorable soundtrack to your stay. Leaping monkeys and tiny clucking squirrels are other visitors, whilst the chirruping of crickets and croaking of frogs reaches an orchestrated crescendo by nightfall.
Most of Malgedara is over 130 years old; however the property has been extended to include two more bedrooms in an annex to the rear. As if to emphasise the extensive garden, the deep high-roofed veranda to the front of the house offers plenty of lounging and dining space for further contemplation of the scene and the actors playing in its midst. Ideal for families, serenity seekers and long stayers this is a property that will particularly delight nature lovers and it’s perfect for those looking for something a little off the beaten track in a locale that is authentically Sri Lankan.
The house is fully serviced and comes with four full-time members of staff who discreetly and without fuss look after you during your stay. The cook will prepare simple meals for you from a small menu of local and western dishes (at cost price) in Malgedara’s fully equipped kitchen. Just a short walk down the road takes you past rural homes to Koggala Lake, a beautiful expanse of water where you can go boating or visit spice gardens and cinnamon factories. Some good swimming beaches are only a 15-minute drive away whilst the historic fort of Galle is just 18km down the road.