We stayed for two nights in the Gate House and enjoyed every moment of it. The place feels as though it has been landscaped by Capability Brown himself. With each step a new vista seems to open up giving you a glimpse of another hidden view of the estate.
The Gate House is a set away from the main house but just as comfortable and inspiring. Our room was made up every morning and beds also folded back in the evening.
I was particularly tickled by the response I got when asking for the menu: 'when you would like to eat' and 'what you would like to eat...'. So we had a beautiful seafood treat that evening, local fresh catch of the day. Just plain magic. After being there for a few hours you begin to feel how the world seem to slowly start to fade back and you fall into the spell of this place. It's a place to sit in the garden with a good book and be spirited away to outer tranquility.
The lake at the foot of the estate looks incredibly inviting but is apparently not suitable for swimming although we did see people washing and swimming at the side of it. We took a tuktuk down to one of the hotels at Bentota — also designed by Geoffrey Bawa — and enjoyed a swim in the ocean, lunch, and a spot of complimentary wifi as well (withdrawal symptoms were beginning to set in). Just ask one of the ever helpful house sprites.
Our driver did initially have a little trouble finding the place but a few calls to his friends and relatives soon resolved this. We drove up from Galle which was about 2.5 to 3 hours. Next time we would try and take a water taxi and head straight to Bentota.
It's the ideal hideaway to escape from everything for a few days. Thank you again to Asha, Michael and Damian for letting us feel so at home.
- Also Known As:
- Lunuganga Hotel Bentota