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Plantation Bungalow, A Division Makuludola Estate (Cinnamon & Rubber Plantation)

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa

Overview

About the property

It has 3 bed rooms with 3 attached bathrooms, 1 swimming pool & large gardens.

ABOUT US

You can book individual rooms at US dollars 150/= per day with complimentary breakfast for two adults. Bookings over 14 nights will receive generous discounts and bookings over 07 nights will also be considered for discounts on case by case basis. The Bungalow at Makuludola Estate, inland from Matara on the south coast, is set on a hill 270 feet above sea level overlooking our cinnamon and rubber plantation and villagers’ paddy fields. It is newly built to a design by acclaimed Sri Lankan architect, C Anjalendran, as home for myself, my wife and daughters. Since I am an international civil servant currently posted to Afghanistan and often away, we have decided to open The Bungalow to visitors under Sri Lankan Tourism’s “Homestay” scheme.

“Homestay” is a scheme monitored by Sri Lankan Tourism to encourage “local residents to open their home to paying guests on a bed & breakfast basis enabling tourists to live in a homely environment and to experience the local customs and traditions.”

At The Bungalow, guests are welcomed by my wife and staff and, when I am in residence, are invited to join us for meals and fellowship. Reservations must be made in advance and, to preserve our home’s exclusivity for our guests,

walk-in visitors are not encouraged

My aim is for guests to experience the gracious hospitality typical of plantation bungalows in an exclusive atmosphere on a private estate, undisturbed by public intrusion, in natural surroundings with breath-taking views of the surrounding hills and forests.

My wife and I look forward to welcoming you to stay in our home.

THE BUNGALOW

Makuludola Estate was purchased by my great grandmother Ms Sofaya Magline Abeyasuriya in 1906 from the British government. A deed in English granting us the mining rights on the Estate to minerals including gold was issued in 1935 under the authority of His Majesty King George V. More than 50 acres in area, the Estate is now planted with cinnamon and rubber.

After many years in planning, a new bungalow has been built into the side of a hill overlooking the cinnamon fields to a design and supervision by C Anjalendran, formerly an associate of the iconic Sri Lankan architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The Bungalow is spacious and open in character, with broad, granite-paved verandas and steps, high timber ceilings, teak furniture, and has a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.

Entrance is from the car park forecourt up granite steps to the south-facing veranda where the glistening blue of our infinity swimming pool contrasts with the verdant surroundings of cinnamon bushes, forest and hills. Guests are greeted with a welcome freshly squeezed fruit drink to sip while gazing at the view and hearing wild peacocks cry.

The veranda runs the width of the main reception area of lounge with sofas and armchairs and its adjoining dining area where a solid slab of mara timber forms a dining table that seats twelve. Beyond is the garden courtyard with a library and guest rooms on the west and east sides. A back interior veranda with wrought iron sliding gates and ancient Indian swing is a private area for relaxation.

ACCOMMODATION

Bedroom #1

At the eastern side of the interior courtyard, the bedroom #1 has a view of the eastern hills and sunrise. The beds have top quality cotton sheets, a brocade cover and comfortable pillows. There are two chairs and two bedside tables with flat screen channel television and a direct dial telephone. The bathroom is compact with hot water rain shower and plenty of towels.

Bedroom #2

This large bedroom is at the northwest corner of the bungalow, protected from the elements by the cutting in the embracing hillside, with windows but no view. There is a side entrance by a door from the side patio and a main entrance to the bedroom from the bungalow’s back veranda. The bedroom is furnished with cupboards and drawers under a counter top of teak, as well as two almirahs. The bed is king-sized with quality cotton sheets, a brocade cover and comfortable pillows. There are two chairs and two bedside tables with flat screen channel television and a direct dial telephone. The bathroom is large with hot water rain shower and plenty of towels.

Twin Bedded Room #3

A bedroom with twin beds with access from the side patio is opposite the bedroom #2. There are spectacular views of the sunset from the window. The beds have top quality cotton sheets, a brocade cover and comfortable pillows. There are two chairs and two bedside tables with flat screen channel television and a direct dial telephone. The bathroom is compact with hot water rain shower and plenty of towels.

DINING

A full Sri Lankan or Continental Breakfast of each guest’s choice is complimentary, served at whatever time required on the poolside veranda or in the dining room. Tea and genuine Italian coffee from a state-of-the art especially imported, fully automated Italian Coffee machine (Espresso, Cappuccino, Macchiato and Latte) are served on request at an extra charge.

Other meals, snacks and soft drinks can be selected at reasonable prices from the cook’s menu but out of respect for the ancient sanctity of the area, we do not cook or serve beef or pork.

Non-resident guests are welcome to try our plantation cuisine when there are no resident guests, but reservations must be made in advance.

We do not sell alcoholic beverages in The Bungalow and no corkage is charged on guest’s own supplies. Transport can be hired for guests to purchase liquor from Cargills in Matara or from the Wine Stores at Telijjawila.

FACILITIES

 Each bedroom has a high timbered ceiling supported by solid concrete beams complemented with brushed cement floors.

 Each bedroom has independently controlled air conditioning as well as a central ceiling fan.

 Peo TV with over 100 local & international channels in each room.

 Telephone extension to each room with IDD & automated billing.

 Data outlet including Wifi provided through a dedicated fibre optic leased line.

 Washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities for guests’ use.

 Filtered water, pressure pumped from our own tube well, 180 feet deep.

 Underground wiring system (no cables spoiling the view).

 Roof solar panels for water heating and electricity generation.

 Standby generator (45kva) on auto mode.

 Active lightning protection conforming to EU standards.

 For relaxation, there is:

 an interior veranda at the north side of The Bungalow with an ancient swing;

 an interior grassed courtyard;

 a reading room/library;

 a large living room with armchairs and sofas;

 a dining area with long slab table seating 12;

 a south-facing veranda,

 an infinity swimming pool overlooking the hills and valleys;

 a pool pavilion and two spacious gardens with a spectacular view.

 Bo Tree with a natural rock platform for meditating or Yoga adjoining The Bungalow.

 Private estate paths for walking, hiking or jogging without disturbance.

 For nature lovers, a large variety of birds and unusual fresh water fish in the streams.

 There is a provision to build a helipad behind The Bungalow during the next stage.

 4x4 vehicle with driver for guests to travel to and from the National Parks at Yala, Udawalawe, Sinharaja or to any other location including the south coast beaches.

 Comfortable chauffeur-driven transfers from and to the airport (under three hours) or from/to the Matara railway or bus stations.

LOCATION

The Bungalow is on Makuludola Estate just north of Telijjawila, a small town on the A24 road from Matara to Akuressa. Access is easy by car.

From Colombo or Galle take the Southern Expressway, leaving it at the Matara exit. Take a left turn to enter the Matara to Akuressa road and travel up to the Telijjawila junction. Take a right turn there and drive for about a mile towards Akuressa until reaching the Dampella Garage with cars under repair on the left side of the road. Turn left there and you are on the private road to The Bungalow marked by gate posts (no gate). Where the road forks, take the right fork up to The Bungalow.

From Yala or the east or the hill country, drive along the A2 south coast road through Matara and then take the A24 road to Akuressa and follow the above directions.

GUESTS

Our guests are people of discernment who value the natural serenity of our plantation setting and appreciate the spacious design of our modern bungalow with its traditional attributes. Guests who want to be alone whether to indulge in sheer relaxation, romantic interludes, reading, writing or painting; bird watching or rambling; hold workshops, brainstorming sessions with colleagues; private celebrations, plantation dinners or even pre-wedding photo shoots, are always welcome by prior arrangement.

CONTACT

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More Details

Owner
Sathis Abeyasuriya
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2018

About Sathis Abeyasuriya

I am an International Civil Servant based in Afghanistan.

Sathis Abeyasuriya purchased this villa in 1906

Why Sathis Abeyasuriya chose Southern Province

Makuludola Estate was purchased by my great grandmother Ms Sofaya Magline Abeyasuriya in 1906 from the British government. A deed in English granting us the mining rights on the Estate to minerals including gold was issued in 1935 under the authority of His Majesty King George V. More than 50 acres in area, the Estate is now planted with cinnamon and rubber. I was born and raised in the old plantation bungalow, which was sadly destroyed - and my father killed - by subversives in 1989.

After many years in planning, a new bungalow has been built into the side of a hill overlooking the cinnamon fields to a design and supervision by C Anjalendran, formerly an associate of the iconic Sri Lankan architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The Bungalow is spacious and open in character, with broad, granite-paved verandas and steps, high timber ceilings, teak furniture, and has a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.

Entrance is from the car park forecourt up granite steps to the south-facing veranda where the glistening blue of our infinity swimming pool contrasts with the verdant surroundings of cinnamon bushes, forest and hills. Guests are greeted with a welcome freshly squeezed fruit drink to sip while gazing at the view and hearing wild peacocks cry.

What makes this villa unique

Our guests are people of discernment who value the natural serenity of our plantation setting and appreciate the spacious design of our modern bungalow with its traditional attributes. Guests who want to be alone whether to indulge in sheer relaxation, romantic interludes, reading, writing or painting; bird watching or rambling; hold workshops, brainstorming sessions with colleagues; private celebrations, plantation dinners or even pre-wedding photo shoots, are always welcome by prior arrangement.

Because of its location and ease of accessibility to the Southern Expressway, the Bungalow is a convenient base for touring Sri Lanka’s south coast, the National Parks, and even visiting Colombo for shopping.

Amenities

Southern Province Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Rain Shower with hot and cold water.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Rain Shower with hot and cold water.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , Rain Shower with hot and cold water.
  • Spacious and beautifully laid out bathrooms with modern fittings.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , At the eastern side of the interior courtyard of Bungalow
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , At the western side of the courtyard.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , At the western side of the courtyard.
  • The bedroom 1 has a view of the eastern hills and sunrise. The beds have top quality cotton sheets, a brocade cover and comfortable pillows. There are two chairs and two bedside tables with flat screen channel television and a direct dial telephone. The bathroom is compact with hot water rain shower and plenty of towels. Bedroom 2 and 3 are at the northwest corner of the bungalow, protected from the elements by the cutting in the embracing hillside, with windows but no view. There is a side entrance by a door from the side patio and a main entrance to the bedroom from the bungalow’s back veranda. There are spectacular views of the sunset from the window of Bed Room 3. The beds have top quality cotton sheets, a brocade cover and comfortable pillows. There are two chairs and two bedside tables with flat screen channel television and a direct dial telephone. The bathroom is compact with hot water rain shower and plenty of towels.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • caves
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
 Each bedroom has a high timbered ceiling supported by solid concrete beams complemented with brushed cement floors.  Each bedroom has independently controlled air conditioning as well as a central ceiling fan.  Peo TV with over 100 local & international channels in each room.  Telephone extension to each room with IDD & automated billing.  Data outlet including Wifi provided through a dedicated fibre optic leased line.  Washing machine, dryer and ironing facilities for guests’ use.  Filtered water, pressure pumped from our own tube well, 180 feet deep.  Underground wiring system (no cables spoiling the view).  Roof solar panels for water heating and electricity generation.  Standby generator (45kva) on auto mode.  Active lightning protection conforming to EU standards.  For relaxation, there is:  an interior veranda at the north side of The Bungalow with an ancient swing;  an interior grassed courtyard;  a reading room/library;  a large living room

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Lose yourself and rediscover it at Makuludola

  • 5 of 5

There is not enough room in this review to fully express the overall satisfaction of my stay at Makuludola Estate. The view of surrounding hillsides is amazing from the pool which seems to cascade into the horizon's surrounding. I can't really describe it, you'll have to see it for yourself. The property is spotless, clean and very functional. The room was gorgeous with antic furniture and very private. The antic furniture throughout the property promotes an era from the past to relax you and make you forget you are in the 21st Century. Oh yeah it would be a travesty not to mention the staff's courtesy from chef to all workers on site. Finally Sathis and Manel are incredible hosts. Their friendliness, demeanor and genuine concern to make your stay as outstanding as possible is the theme of Makuludola Estate. I wont begin to harp on the food, because I am still exercising trying to rid myself of the two kilos gained by those exquisite dishes. The chef is amazing. I loved everything about Makuludoala Estate. To be totally honest about it, the only thing I hated was leaving.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sir, Thank you for the vivid expression of your genuine thoughts on what you experienced at Makuludola Bungalow. We appreciate it in no small measure. Your comments will encourage us to serve all our valued guests even better. As much as you felt difficult to leave the bungalow, we felt the same. You were a wonderful guest and most importantly, a very fine human being to associate. All the very best and please stay with us again!
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Telijjawila
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Matara and Weligama
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Colombo - Matara Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
13 Kilometres
Rest House, Matara
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres
Madiha, Mirissa, Polhena and Weligama Bay
Car: necessary

Following can be observed in the estate itself: a. Natural Rubber cultivation, tapping, collection of latex, processing (rolling & smoking). b. Paddy cultivation, harvesting, milling, c. Cinnamon cultivation, harvesting, processing and Cinnamon leaf oil distilling. Tea cultivation, processing can be seen in a nearby estate. Snake Farm is located closer to the Bungalow.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Three double rooms are available at Makuludola Bungalow. Guest are free to book individual rooms. Each room will cost 150 dollars with breakfast for two adults per day. Should you wish to book for longer than 14 days, generous discounts will be offered on case by case basis. In any case, discounts will be considered for all bookings over 07 nights duration.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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