This is the 1st Tripadvisor review I have ever chosen to write...
I had made a reservation at another Unawatuna Hotel, when I idly scrolled through the photos of the top 10 so called Bed and Breakfasts in Unawatuna, and found something exceptional - Sergeant House - a spanking brand new Hotel. As a round-the-world traveller, it takes something quite different to catch my wanderlust eye…
I googled Sergeant House’s website which I believe is the top Unawatuna website because of its great attention to detail. In particular, through original photographs. Eg A local Sri Lankan tea estate in the South, and the Buddha of the Rocks, which no other Unawatuna Hotel websites featured.
The magic website address is http://www.sergeanthouse.com/the-resort.html - spoil yourself - GO THERE NOW !!!
A SERGEANT HOUSE DIARY
Thursday 7 March 2013
For 12 guests.
But only the 2 of us: swimming pool, Givernesque Monet Lily Pond, Andree the Manager, and 3 Sri Lankan guys, all to ourselves!!
Andree the Manager is extremely interesting, multi-talented, and international.
‘Stewie’ the house dog: a wonderful Heinz, a rescued street pup, who rests head on knee or foot, and is very soft to stroke…
Friday 8 March 2013
Awoken at twenty to seven - call to prayer from Mosque Minaret? No. Buddhist Temple, up hill, chanting morning and night - at 6.30 am and 6pm, which I came to love!
As an aspiring Buddhist, we had great chats with Randal, one of the Sri Lankan guys, who is a devout Buddhist.
Divine banana smoothie for breakfast.
Our detached Swimming Pool Pavilion had 2 verandahs, one overlooking the pool, the other overlooking the garden, with 2 comfortable chairs on each; 5 sets of windows; 1 side of the Pavilion opens right up: 10 windows, 10 shutters, and 40 bolts!
White Breasted Water Hen, and Husband, with yellow stockings, plus 5 black balls of fluff - chicks, using the lily pad highway!
Took tuk-tuk to Seafair Shop - Signal toothpaste, peach nectar, Lemon Puff biscuits, Choco cereal…
Starlit swim, through tropical vegetation around Sergeant House…
Saturday 9 March 2013
Beautiful carved wooden fretwork at the top of shutters.
Very interesting, diverse art work: a painting of acid lime green paddy fields; a tiny elephant sketch; a print of Indian men, in long, wide skirted frocks.
Borrowed “The Witch of Portobello”, 300 pages, read it in a week - very good! Author Paulo Coelho, Brazilian, sold 85 million books, in 63 languages...
Very interesting conversations with Lambert, one of the Sergeant House guys: Centre Forward in the Sri Lankan National Hockey Team; formerly in the Sri Lankan Navy…
Sunday 10 March 2013
Divine papaya and pineapple smoothie for breakfast.
Tuk-tuk to Galle: gorgeous 1 and 2 storey Dutch Colonialist buildings - like Havana, Cuba’s Spanish Colonialist buildings, in miniature; treated self to Mango Moisturiser at shop Barefoot - smells so good, I want to eat it; perfect Mango Lassi at Arts Cafe…
Andree’s suggestion - Lighthouse Hotel: flames on huge rocks on beach; very fine Pina Coladas!
We love whizzing about here, there, everywhere in tuk-tuks!
Monday 11 March 2013
Lovely early morning walk on Unawatuna Beach: concrete foundations 75% or 90% gone, washed away under some buildings, with people sleeping on top?!
Austrian lady ‘Hildegard’, Chocolate Chip Biscuit Heroine: feeds 12 Beach Dogs, every day, for 2 months, on holiday. German Heroine: sends 500 Euros a month, for Beach Dogs for rice, sometimes chicken…
Tuk-tuked to fruit, fish and spice markets…
Swam and read at Sergeant House - our home for the week…
Exceptional attention to detail eg two, not the normal one, spare toilet rolls!
Treated Manager Andree to supper to say thank you for her genuine care, friendship…
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Andree’s suggestion - Kahanda Kanda Tea Estate and Ambalama - FABULOUS!
Tea bushes tumbling down the hillside, with small palm trees planted in between… An Ambalama is an open sided pavilion, originally intended as a rest place for pilgrims. A very large, comfortable cushioned daybed affair at Kahanda Kanda … We led the high life for a few hours: I had a Pina Colada, White Russian, B52, and Banana Tarte Tatin; James had 2 Mojitos, and a Margarita; we enjoyed coffee table Architecture Tomes, in particular regarding Bawa, Sri Lanka’s foremost, tropical modernist, architect. We tuk-tuked there, we tuk-tuked back: through lime green paddy fields, with cows with personal White Egrets, set against Los Angeles movie palm backdrops.
Andree’s suggestion - Wijaya Beach - WONDERFUL!
At one end stilt fishermen - the stilt handed down from father to son: in the middle, surfers with BIG waves; and a wonderful lagoon at the other. As a big round orange sun set, we enjoyed life as Lagoon Creatures, with waves breaking over the reef - not us, with wonderous, tall, wonky palm trees bending over the sand and sea, dancing.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
“Stewie” Pup came bounding over, wagging his tail to say Good Morning, and lay between my feet…
Time to stop and stare: first two mugs of tea on our Verandah, overlooking the inspiring garden: a high Banana-leaf hedge; the sharp chip, chip, chip of a stripey chipmunk, beating his tail up and down excitedly?!
Suresh, one of the Sri Lankan guys, literally jumped on his motorbike to buy fresh brown bread for toasting for me, and was back before I had drunk my divine coconut smoothie.
Andree’s suggestion - The Buddha of the Boulders – BRILLIANT!
Enormous boulders resting on each other at crazy, impossible angles… A bright yellow Buddha, standing tall… Up the steps of a giant boulder, to behold another boulder strewn hill… An 1,800 year old Bo tree, like the Bo tree Buddha sat under.
We can’t wait to return to the Swimming Pool Pavilion at Sergeant House because it’s an exceptional detached Villa for two, with an outstanding Manager - Andree, and 3 great Sri Lankan guys - Suresh, Lambert, and Randal who we enjoyed great conversations with - about Sri Lankan life, the universe, and everything, and, of course our very own wo-wo Stewie!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sergeant House is a three minute stroll from the glistening waters and palm fringed beach of Unawatauna. It is a unique villa complex composed of individual pavilions and the historic, Sergeant House Bungalow. Sergeant House, with its tranquil gardens, ponds and swimming pool offers an ideal oasis to enjoy the richness of the south west coast of Sri Lanka and surrounding countryside. ... more less
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