Kandanegedara, Sri Lanka
Located in a rural area approximately one hour from our arrival point at Bandaranaike International Airport, this elegant private bungalow on a 50-acre estate offers a serene introduction to Sri Lanka. Plenty of modern comforts complement the stately colonial architecture, for the optimal combination of amenities and atmosphere. Just five bedrooms with oversized en suite baths have private verandas overlooking the green foliage. Each spacious room has high ceilings and polished wood floors, air conditioning and a fan, and all are individually furnished with antiques and ornate, hand-carved four-poster canopy beds. Common areas include large living and dining areas and a library.
Immaculate lawns and manicured gardens surround the house, a tranquil backdrop for the saltwater swimming pool, Jacuzzi, walking trails and vibrant birdlife—species you may hear and see include an array of varied barbets, orioles, parrots, woodpeckers, doves, drongos and flycatchers. Beyond the garden, the estate's organic farm grows pepper, cashew, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemongrass, and many more herbs and spices. Neatly planted rows of organic coconut, jackfruit, soursop, tamarind, mango and guava provide sustainably sourced fruit for the kitchen and families in the adjacent village. There's also a rice paddy on the periphery. All this homegrown bounty provides abundant fare for the creative chef, who employs traditional rural cooking techniques to prepare the freshest and most authentic dishes: fresh spices are ground on a stone, curries are cooked in clay pots, fruits are juiced for breakfast.